Nigerian Top 10 News Headlines for Friday, 23rd August 2019.
1. Tribunal Court nullifies Dino Melaye Senatorial election
Kogi State Electoral Tribunal Court has nullified the election of Dino Melaye as senator representing Kogi West. The court further ordered for a fresh election to be conducted in the senatorial district over the alleged over voting and violation of electoral acts.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari approves broadcasting reforms
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of Information and Culture has revealed the plans of President Buhari to licence online television and radio stations and other major reforms in the broadcasting industry to curb the menace of fake news among other issues. This was made known to members of the Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria(BON) during a courtesy visit today.
3. Nigeria Government to extradite citizens accused of fraud by FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States has on Thursday released 80 names of suspected fraudsters. The list indicated most of the accused to be Nigerians. In a reaction to the press release, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Friday declared that the Nigerian Government will hand over the accused persons residing in Nigeria to the US authorities to answer to their crimes.
4. IPOB threatens to get President Buhari arrested in Japan
Ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari trip on Sunday to Japan to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) holding in the City of Yokohama, August 28-30, 2019. The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in a statement signed by their spokesperson, Emma Powerful on Friday ordered it’s members in Japan to arrest and handover President Muhammadu Buhari to security operatives for impersonation. IPOB has since insisted that Buhari was Jibril Al-Sudan masquerading himself as Nigerian President.
5. SSANU, NASU to Embark on an Indefinite Strike
The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and Non Academic Staff Union on Friday threatened to embark on an indefinite, extensive and total strike if the Federal Government fails to implement the 2009 union/Federal Government agreement. The Unions reportedly embarked on a five day warning strike after a fruitless protest to get the FG attention in meeting their demands.
6. EFCC detains Kwara TV GM, Adebowale and others over alleged land fraud
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the General Manager, Kwara State Television Authority, Abdulfatai Adebowale and two other staff over alleged land fraud. Also arrested was a senior official of the Kwara State Bureau of Land. This was disclosed by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren in a statement in Abuja.
7. Protests allegedly marred PDP ad-hoc delegates’ election in Bayelsa State
According to news sources, protests and threats of violence on Friday marred the conduct of the ward congresses of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ad-hoc delegate election in the 105 wards of Bayelsa State. The aggrieved PDP members were led by some PDP stakeholders who barricaded the PDP secretariat demanding a cancellation of the process over alleged fictitious list of electoral officers presented to the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi-led National Committee by the state chapter of the party.
8. COZA Founder, Biodun Fatoyinbo reveals why he boycotted PFN panel on Bisola Dakolo’s alleged rape
The Founder and Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, has explained why he boycotted the panel set up by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) to investigate the rape allegations levelled against him by the wife to Timi Dakolo, a popular musician. He revealed that he was advised by his legal team not to appear before the panel because it was prejudiced and may not conduct a fair session.
9. 133 Nigerian refugees returns to Nigeria
The Federal Government has welcomed back 133 Nigerian refugees that willingly returned home after staying in Minawao refugee camp in Cameroon. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq received the returnees on behalf of the federal government. Mr Bina Emanvel,Senior External Relations Officer, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), revealed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
10. Buhari reshuffles Federal Permanent Secretaries
President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the reshuffling of some Permanent Secretaries and accounting officers in the Federal service following the restructuring /creation of new ministries by the Federal Government on Friday. The new ministries created are Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Police Affairs, Special Duties and International Affairs; Aviation and Power.