WE HAVE MAJORITY IN THE N’ASSEMBLY TO IMPEACH BUHARI- R-APC
** Buba Galadima, national chairman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), splinter group of the ruling party, says his group has majority in the national assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to THISDAY, Galadima said this in response to Adams Oshiomhole’s, national chairman of the APC, description of R-APC members as “hired mercenaries”.
Oshiomhole had said this after a 5-hour meeting with the APC caucus in the house of reps on Thursday.
*. The Police Command in the FCT has arrested and dismissed a policeman who allegedly killed an NYSC member, Angela Igwetu, in Abuja. Miss Igwetu, who was allegedly shot in the early hours of Wednesday around Ceddi Plaza by a police officer, was rushed to the Garki Hospital where she died. The Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the incident on Friday in Abuja. Mr Bello said that necessary disciplinary procedures had been concluded.
*. Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke, has said he no longer features in many films these days because movie producers can no longer afford his fees. The Nollywood lover boy told Netng on Friday that he always interpreted his roles professionally and would still act if he got the right pay. “I have not been away, it is the producers who cannot afford me. So, I know my worth. But I have been busy creating opportunities and jobs for Nigerian youths so that we all can live better lives,” he said.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Therese Patricia Okoumou, the Black woman who scaled the Statue of Liberty, has said she was inspired to do what she did by Michelle Obama’s speech. “When they go low, we go high,” Michelle Obama famously proclaimed at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. This is what Therese said inspired her to take the risk and climb high onto the Statue of Liberty. She said on Thursday outside the Manhattan courthouse where she had been arraigned: Michelle Obama — our beloved first lady that I care so much about — said, ‘When they go low, we go high,’ and I went as high as I could.
2. FOREIGN SCENE:
A Pakistani court on Friday sentenced ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison over his family’s purchase of upscale London flats, in a major blow to his party ahead of a general election in July. The guilty verdict in absentia against Sharif, 68, threatens to end the career of one of Pakistan’s most high-profile politicians over the last four decades, a political survivor who served as prime minister on three occasions.
Sharif’s daughter, Maryam, widely seen as his chosen political heir, was sentenced to seven years in prison.
3. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Namibia’s economy will grow by 0.6 per cent in 2018 and by more than double that in 2019, the central bank has said. The Bank of Namibia said on Friday in Windhoek that its gross domestic product (GDP) would be supported by a recovery across most sectors, particularly in manufacturing and mining. The bank said in a statement that slower growth in neighbouring South Africa might hinder the outlook.
The southern African nation Namibia slipped into recession in 2017.
Some of the killings across Nigeria are sponsored by “disgruntled politicians” who have lost out politically, President Buhari has said. The president was quoted as saying this in Borno in a statement by his media aide. Mr Buhari also vowed to deal with such people sponsoring the violence. Hundreds of people have been killed in separate violence in different states across Nigeria. Some of the states affected include Plateau, Benue, Kaduna, Zamfara and Taraba.
5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has reacted to the Supreme Court ruling that upheld his earlier Appeal Court victory on Friday. The lawmaker reiterated his confidence in the judicial process and the ability of the Judiciary to do justice to all manner of men and in all circumstances. In a statement he personally signed after the judgement of the Supreme Court, Saraki expressed gratitude to all Nigerians who have supported him since the case commence three years ago.
6. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Sen. Ali Ndume has revealed why his colleagues are allegedly afraid of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and compromise on critical issues. He claimed that senators compromise a lot because going against the “standpoint” of the Senate President will lead to them losing certain “advantages and privileges” due them.
Speaking at a News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, forum in Abuja, Ndume said these alleged privileges were all in the hands of the Senate President.
He alleged that the Senate has been personalized, hence lawmakers are afraid of expressing their opinion
Gabriel Suswam, former governor of Benue state, was arraigned before a court in Abuja on Friday. The office of the attorney-general of the federation arraigned him on charges bordering on illegal possession of firearms and money laundering. Suswam, who was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) two weeks ago, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him. The court granted him bail in the sum of N500m.
This is not the first time that the secret police would arrest Suswam. Last year, DSS picked him up after allegedly discovering firearms in his cars.
8. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Babatunde Fashola, has appealed to landlords in the country to consider the plight of low income earners and start collecting their rents in arrears beginning from today , July 6 , 2018. He argued that salary earners who could afford to pay rents, were not receiving their salaries in advance but in arrears. Fashola made the appeal when he spoke at an event organized by the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria REDAN in Abuja yesterday July 5th. According to Fashola, most workers, who earned salary regularly and could even afford to pay rent, did not receive their salaries in advance, but in arrears.
In a video released on Friday night, Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, announced his return to PDP. When he returned to the senate after different court cases, he opted to sit among PDP lawmakers. In the video currently in circulation, Melaye danced as he taunted the ruling party. “PDP! Oh my home, oh my home, oh my home, when shall I see my home? When shall I see my PDP, I will never forget my home,” he sang. “Oh my home, oh my home, oh my home, when shall I see home? APC suffer me o. When shall I see my PDP, I will never forget my home.”
NEC said it registered no fewer than 10 million Nigerians in the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at the commission’s quarterly consultative meeting with security agencies under the auspices of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) on Friday in Abuja. Yakubu said that the people were registered between April, 2017 when the CVR commenced and end of June, 2018.