Friday, June 14, 2024


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

1.  Reports emerged on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari has moved out of his official residence inside the Aso Rock Presidential Villa to the Glass House, a temporary structure that has served as the abode of outgoing presidents since 1991. The move is to allow for maintenance works on the residence in preparation for its next occupant, President-elect Bola Tinubu. DAILY POST

2. The Chief of0Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, on Friday, declared that human rights violations allegations levelled against the Nigerian military by Reuters, were not only shocking but also spurious. Irabor said this when he appeared before the National Human Rights Commission investigative panel on rights violations in counter-insurgency operations by the military in the Northeast. The commission inaugurated the panel on February 8, 2023, following the allegations of gross human rights violations contained in the three-part report published in December 2022 on military operations in the North-east by media group Reuters hence the panel. Answering Reuters’ claims that it interviewed some officers who gave it such information about abortions, he said those officers should be brought to the panel. PUNCH

3. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said some commercial bank officials are complicit in Nigeria’s money-related fraud. Also, EFCC warned that commercial banks should stop shielding customers suspected of financial malpractices. Michael Nzekwe, EFCC Zonal commander, disclosed this on Friday in Ilorin during a meeting with senior compliance staff from Kwara and Kogi states. He noted that the officials hold sensitive positions and are critical to the fight against economic and financial crimes. Nzekwe said the conversation was to educate banks on new trends in cybercrime and seek areas of further collaboration as stakeholders in the battle. DAILY POST

4. Kenyan investigators unearthed 29 more bodies on Friday bringing the number of victims linked to a doomsday starvation cult to 179, many of them children. Police believe most of the bodies found in a forest near the Indian Ocean town of Malindi belong to followers of Paul Nthenge Mackenzie, a taxi driver-turned-preacher who is accused of inciting them to starve to death “to meet Jesus.” Coast Regional Commissioner Rhoda Onyancha, who announced the latest figures, said no person was rescued on Friday in the vast bushland. Heavy rains had stalled the search and exhumation operation last week with the exercise resuming on Tuesday. CHANNELS

5. The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations have issued a 15-day strike ultimatum over alleged inconsistencies by the federal government in the on-going negotiations to adjust the Consolidated Health Salary Structure for health workers on their platforms. This was made known on Friday in a letter addressed to the Federal Ministry of Health and signed by the National Secretary, Matthew Ajorotu. The unions noted that the ministry had shown tendencies to shift from their agreed terms and rules of engagement relating to non-discrimination in the determination of the wages and benefit packages of health workers in Nigeria. PUNCH

6. A team from the Global Defence Network United Kingdom (UK) has pledged to collaborate with the Army War College Nigeria (AWCN) to strengthen the capacity of the Nigerian military and promote regional security and stability. The team led by the Director of the network, AVM Mick Smeath, said they would strengthen collaboration in the areas of training and other capacity-building initiatives. The AWCN Public Relations Officer, Maj. Hashimu Abdullah, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said that Smeath and his team made the pledge on Wednesday. In his speech, the Commandant AWCN, Maj.-Gen. Bamidele Ababi, expressed appreciation to the team for the visit, saying that Nigeria and UK shared a long history of cooperation on security issues. VANGUARD

7. Well-known content creator and influencer Caramel Plugg has expressed her belief that men are to blame for the rising trend of Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBLs) among women. She shared her two cents during a recent appearance on the BTS Reality podcast hosted by Jermaine. According to Caramel Plugg, many women undergo BBLs because men tend to prefer women with larger buttocks. Despite publicly criticising women for undergoing such surgeries, men allegedly still privately patronise them. PULSE

8. The Interim Management Committee (IMC) have deducted three points and three goals from Plateau United for physical assault on Match Officials by their fans who breached security at the end of MatchDay 17 fixture against Remo Stars at the New Jos Township Stadium on Sunday, May 7. In addition to the points and goals deduction from their total accrued, Plateau United have also been ordered to pay N2.5m as sanctions for other breaches arising from the incident. Plateau United was charged for breach of Rules B13.18, B13.52 and C11 which variously were for encroachment on the field of play by supporters to harass Match Officials, failure to ensure adequate and effective matchday security and assault on Match Officials in the course of the MatchDay 17 fixture. LEADERSHIP

9. Oscar-winning US actor Jamie Foxx is out of hospital and recuperating from an unspecified medical emergency, his daughter and publicist said Friday. Last month, the 55-year-old Foxx was rushed to a medical facility in the state of Georgia, where he was filming a Netflix movie at the time. No details on his medical condition had been divulged since, leading to some speculation that the “Django Unchained” star could be deteriorating. But Corinne Foxx dispelled those rumors in an Instagram post Friday. CHANNELS

10. John Mikel Obi is expected to make a return to Stamford Bridge when Chelsea legends take on Bayern Munich legends in a charity game in September. The Blues team will be drawn from the squad that won the UEFA Champions League in 2012. The West London side defeated Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties in the final, with Mikel playing a pivotal role.
The encounter will give the players chance to meet and reminisce on the memories of that special night in Munich. DAILY POST




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