Tuesday, June 25, 2024


Good day! Below is a Summary of News Stories Across Nigeria and Abroad:

1. President Bola Tinubu has been urged to allow for a full-scale investigation into the immediate past administration led by the former president, Muhammadu Buhari. Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, who made the call in a tweet on his verified handle on Sunday, said the investigation should begin with Buhari, members of his cabinet, service chiefs and other cabals in the administration. According to Sani, if the probe is not extended to other aspects of the previous government, the president may be accused of being selective. DAILY POST


2. Troops of the Nigerian Army have raided a baby-making factory in Adamawa State, arresting seven suspects. According to report the suspects were apprehended during the operation on June 23, with the parade done at the military headquarters on Saturday. Also rescued were 17 teenage girls as well as two babies. Report says, the suspects were nabbed during a raid in their enclave in Adamawa state on the Nigerian-Cameroon border. They were said to be operating a brothel, human trafficking joint and baby-making factory. CHANNELS

3. Youth Rights Campaign, YRC, a non-governmental organization has called on President Bola Tinubu to put all political office holders at all levels on National Minimum Wage. The group has also demanded an inflation-proof increase in the minimum wage up to N200,000 per month without retrenchment and an unemployment allowance for young people without a job. Subsequently, the group has described the federal government’s denial of a 114 per cent pay rise as inconsequential saying that all political officeholders need a pay cut According to the National Coordinator, Michael Lenin, this denial does not address the glaring fact that President Tinubu and all political office holders already receive humongous salaries and allowances, aside from other stupendous privileges they enjoy, at a trying period in the life of the nation when workers and poor Nigerians have been told to tighten their belt and sacrifice purportedly for the good of the country by tolerating severe attacks on their living conditions through fuel subsidy removal, currency devaluation, planned increase in electricity tariff and introduction of tuition fees in public higher institutions. VANGUARD

4. Nottingham Forest are desperate to add Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho to their squad this summer. The Reds have already established contact with Leicester City and hopeful of a concrete outcome. Iheanacho is keen to leave the Foxes this summer following the club’s relegation from the Premier League. The Nigerian international linked up with the former Premier League champions from Manchester City in 2017. The 26-year-old has scored 55 goals and registered 33 assists 206 appearances across all competitions for the Foxes. Iheanacho will be the third Nigerian at Nottingham Forest should he complete the move with Taiwo Awoniyi and Emmanuel Dennis already part of the squad. LEADERSHIP

5. The Federal University of Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, has described the news of being ranked as the fourth most sought-after university in Nigeria as a step in the right direction. JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, during the board policy meeting on Friday, listed FUOYE alongside the University of Ilorin, the University of Lagos and the Lagos State University as the most-sought universities following an appraisal of its 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations. Oloyede said the rating followed the high number of applicants to the schools during this year’s UTME application period. Reacting to the development, FUOYE, in a statement released on Saturday by the Public Relations Officer, Mr Foluso Ogunmodede, said the university had distinguished itself under the watch of the present Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Fasina. PUNCH

6. President Vladimir Putin vowed Saturday he would not allow Russia to slip into civil war, after the leader of the Wagner mercenary force seized a key military headquarters overseeing the offensive in Ukraine. The rapidly moving events mark the most serious challenge yet to the Kremlin chief’s long rule and Russia’s most serious security crisis since he came to power in late 1999. Wagner chief Yevgeny Prighozin said his troops had taken control of the military command centre and an airbase in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, and vowed to topple Moscow’s top military leaders. Responding in a televised nation address, Putin slammed his former ally — whose private army provided some of the most successful shock troops in Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine — for a “stab in the back” that posed a threat to Russia’s very survival. CHANNELS

7. Actress Foluke Daramola has taken to social media to solicit financial aid for her ailing colleague, Obiageli Molobe, who is currently battling with partial stroke. Molobe, a veteran actress best known for her role as Mama Nduka in the popular television series Checkmate from the 90s, is in dire need of assistance. Daramola, deeply concerned about Molobe’s deteriorating health, recently paid a visit to the ailing veteran. Moved by the distressing situation, she reached out to well-meaning individuals, urging them to come forward and support Molobe during this challenging time. PULSE

8. Georgina Rodriguez has come under fire after she appeared to disrespect the five-time Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro. The family came together in Madrid for the celebration of Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. on June 17, with Miss Rodriguez leading the show. In the superstar’s absence, his mother, Dolores, made the trip from Portugal alongside her partner Jose Andrade. The pair decided not to stay in the house with the rest of their family, instead opting for La Finca – a 5-star hotel in the Spanish capital. Rodriguez shared several photos of Cristiano Jr’s birthday party. However, she opted to not include her mother-in-law in any of them. Dolores then shared a video of the party on her Instagram account on June 22. Several commentators on Noite das Estrelas, a talk show on the network CMTV, criticized Georgina Rodriguez for sitting while letting Dolores stand. DAILY POST

9. Barring any last minute change, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will return to the country on Tuesday, a day before the Sallah celebrations. A source close to the Presidency confirmed this on Sunday, saying the President would spend the Sallah holiday in Lagos, the nation’s commercial hub. According to the source, an advance team has already been dispatched ahead of the President’s arrival. On Friday, Tinubu concluded his official trip to Paris, during which he participated in the summit for ‘A New Global Financing Pact’ hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. CHANNELS

10. Greece did not respond to an offer to send a plane to monitor a migrant boat that later sank with huge loss of life, EU border officials say. At least 82 people are known to have died in the incident last week, but the UN says a further 500 may have drowned. Greece has faced criticism for not doing more to respond to the disaster. The BBC also found that the migrant boat hardly moved in the hours before it capsized contradicting the Greek claim it was on a safe, steady course. The overcrowded fishing boat had set out from Libya and was first detected early in the morning of 13 June in international waters moving towards Greece. It was spotted by a plane operated by Frontex, the EU’s border agency, which then needed to refuel. Frontex claims it offered to send the plane back to the fishing boat to monitor the situation but that the Greek coast guard never replied. BBC





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