Wednesday, October 4, 2023


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

1. The House of Representatives plenary has been adjourned until May 16 to allow members partake in the ongoing induction programme of the 10th National Assembly. The announcement is contained in a statement by the Clerk of the House, Dr Yahaya Danzaria, on Tuesday in Abuja. He said the earlier adjourned date of May 9, will no longer stand as it would not allow members to participate actively in the ongoing induction programme of the 10th Assembly. DAILY POST

2. The National Examinations Council (NECO) has rescheduled the 2023 entrance examination, which is conducted for gifted and talented children seeking admission into Federal Government Academy Suleja, Niger State, from Saturday May 13, 2023 to Saturday, June 10, 2023. According to a press statement by the Head Information and Public Relations Division of NECO, Azeez Sani, the examination was rescheduled to enable more candidates register for the examination following request by some stakeholders for an extension of the registration period. The Federal Government Academy Suleja is a training ground for moulding the gifted and talented children of Nigeria. It provides enormous opportunities for outstanding gifted students to develop their potential in the interest of nation building and technological development. LEADERSHIP

3. Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has condemned what he described as the dollarisation of the Nigerian economy, adding that the country has no business selling crude oil in dollars. He said he has led a campaign against the dollarisation of the economy to the leadership of the Central Bank of Nigeria who have promised to address the situation but have been unable to do so. Falana, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, also questioned the position of Nigeria amid the quest by the BRICS countries and others to introduce an international currency to challenge the dollar. CHANNELS

4. Autopsies on corpses found in mass graves linked to a church in Kenya have revealed missing organs and raised suspicions of forced harvesting, investigators said, with a fresh round of exhumations set to resume Tuesday. The discovery of mass graves last month near the Indian Ocean coastal town of Malindi has stunned the deeply religious Christian-majority country in what has been dubbed the “Shakahola forest massacre”. Police believe most of the bodies belong to followers of self-styled pastor Paul Nthenge Mackenzie who is accused of ordering them to starve to death “to meet Jesus.” While starvation appears to be the main cause of death, some of the victims — including children — were strangled, beaten, or suffocated, according to the chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor. VANGUARD

5. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has declared Nigeria’s 2023 elections the most competitive since the return of democracy in 1999. The Lagos lawmaker rated the general polls on Tuesday in Abuja at an induction organised for Senators-elect and Reps-elect. He noted that in the national exercise, “assumptions about electoral performance based on historical antecedents proved nought”. Gbajabiamila recalled how top political parties and interests were dislodged in places where such were impossible for two decades. Noting that national politics have been rewritten, the Speaker said the people are in a new age of Nigerian democracy. DAILY POST

6. An Ogudu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, on Tuesday, remanded a couple, Omolara Alashe, 36 and her husband, Ramoni Lateef, 40, for allegedly assaulting and raping their 19-year-old housekeeper. The couple, who reside in Igbonla, Ketu, Lagos State, are facing trial for alleged rape, assault, stealing and sexual assault. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs M.O. Tanimola, who did not take the plea of the defendants, ordered their remand at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre pending receipt of advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions. Tanimola adjourned the case until June 8 for mention. Perezi told the court that the husband, being the first defendant, had sexual intercourse with their 19-year-old housekeeper. PUNCH

7. Queen of Afrobeats, Tiwa Savage has lamented she needs to own a jet as her luggage consisting of 15 travelling boxes was revealed at an undisclosed reception for clearance on Monday. Tiwa Savage was among other music artistes that performed at the coronation concert of King Charles III, at Windsor Castle, in the United Kingdom on Saturday. Following her record-breaking performance at King’s coronation ceremony, Tiwa Savage jetted out of London thanking England for the heroic moment. VANGUARD

8. A new name will be engraved on the CAF Confederation Cup trophy this season as the Moroccan near monopoly of the competition comes to an end. In the semi-final first legs on Wednesday, Young Africans of Tanzania host Marumo Gallants of South Africa and ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast entertain USM Alger of Algeria. The line-up contains several surprise qualifiers and is unusual in that the dominant region in African club football — the north — has only one representative. Moroccan clubs Raja Casablanca and Renaissance Berkane each won two of the previous five finals with Egyptian outfit Zamalek the other side to win the African equivalent of the Europa League. CHANNELS

9. Renowned South African music producer DJ Maphorisa has been arrested for assaulting his girlfriend, Thuli Phongolo, at her apartment in Sandton, Johannesburg. Phongolo, who is also an actress and club DJ, reported the incident to the police and gave a statement at the Sandton police station. She claimed that the assault took place after she confronted Maphorisa regarding their previous night’s argument.During the altercation, Phongolo also alleged that Maphorisa took her phone but returned it later. After that, she contacted her manager, who accompanied her to the police station to file a case of domestic abuse against Maphorisa. PULSE

10. Rangers manager, Abdul Maikaba, has revealed that the team will approach their Federation Cup Round of 32 matches against Kano Pillars like a Cup final. Rangers will take on Kano Pillars in the Round 32 tie of the Federation Cup at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Wednesday. Maikaba said the encounter is going to be a tough battle but believes that his players will do the needful on the pitch to come out victorious. He also stressed that his team’s current impressive form will come to play in this tie. DAILY POST




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