The Federal Government has declared Monday October 3, 2022, as public holiday to mark the nation’s 62nd Independence Anniversary Celebration.
In a statement signed by the permanent Secretary ministry of interior Shuaib Belgore, the Minister Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulates all Nigerians on this year’s celebration and assures of government’s commitment to tackle all the challenges facing the nation.
Aregbesola admonishes Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration to reflect on the challenges facing the nation and the role individuals can play in addressing them.
While urging Nigerians to work hard, shun any attraction to get rich through criminal and other immoral means, saying only through productivity can an individual and the nation create wealth and get rich.
There was tension in Enugu as gunmen, yesterday, attacked an Army checkpoint at Obeagu-Amodu Road in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.
It was gathered that the hoodlums stormed the checkpoint in two Lexus SUVs and one Toyota Sienna around 7:25 a.m., and reportedly opened fire on the combined team of Police and military.
A source confirmed that there was heavy shooting, while two deaths were recorded in the shoot-out.
Confirming the incident, spokesman of the state Police Command, Daniel Ndukwe, said:
“There was an attack on a Joint Operation Team checkpoint at Amodu in Nkanu West LGA, in the morning hours of today (yesterday).
“However, I await full briefing on the incident due to ongoing intense manhunt of the masked assailants, most of whom escaped the scene of the incident with fatal gunshot injuries, after the gun duel with the team. Further development will be communicated.”
The federal high court sitting in Damaturu has ordered the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission to recognise Bashir Machina as Yobe North senatorial candidate of the party.
The presiding judge, Justice Fadima Murtala Aminu, nullified the parallel primary election that produced the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on June 9,
The police in Lagos state have arrested three persons for drug peddling.
Disclosing this on his Twitter handle, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, spokesperson of the state police command, wrote;
”Started with reasonable suspicion, then search. Francis Friday ‘m’ aged 30; Kemi Adeyemo ‘f’ aged 35 years; and Nonso Orji ‘m’ aged 22 were arrested while conveying 150 bottles of skuchies in a Suzuki minibus at Igbo Agowa, Ikorodu. Investigation is ongoing. Say no to drugs!”
As the new academic session begins, the Kwara State government has warned school principals not to engage in collections of illegal fees in secondary schools in the state, adding that new students should not pay more than N7,430 and N9,580 for the Parents and Teachers Association levy and books for Junior and Senior Secondary Schools respectively.
The Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Mary Adeosun, gave the warning at a meeting held with Principals of Secondary Schools at Saint Anthony Secondary School, Ilorin, on Friday.
Supporters of the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, are currently carrying out a rally in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.The rally began from the Unity Fountain to the Moshood Abiola National Stadium amid security presence.
Some Nigerians have kicked against the proposed plan by the Federal Government to ban the consumption of cooked cow skin, popularly known as ponmo.
Recall that the Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology, Zaria, Prof. Muhammad Yakubu, recently said the institute and other stakeholders would be approaching the National Assembly and state governments to establish a legislation to ban the consumption of the cow skin.
According to him, the decision is aimed at reviving the moribund tanneries and leather industry in the country.
He said it had no nutritional value and should be proscribed to save the industry and boost the nation’s economy.
The Federal Government is currently gearing up to put the Transmission Company of Nigeria, up for sale, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.
The fresh move comes on the heels of stalled negotiations between the Federal Government and the National Union of Electricity Employees as the latter threatens to shut down the economy.
A source close to the matter, on Thursday, told The PUNCH, on condition of anonymity, that talks to resolve pending disputes between the workers and the Federal Government had hit the rocks, and was “currently not yielding the desired results.”
“The Federal Government is quietly negotiating with buyers to sell the TCN. The process will be announced soon,” the source had said.
Officials of the Department of State Service, on Thursday, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, allegedly denied human rights activist and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Mr Omoyele Sowore, access to detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, despite granting him a formal invitation.
Sowore was listed among those expected to visit Kanu as requested by the IPOB leader on Thursday. A document acquired by The PUNCH revealed.
chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State, Perekeme Kpodoh, has challenged Governor Douye Diri, to publish the costs of the projects his administration has carried out in the state and their contractors.
Kpodoh, in a statement on Thursday, claimed that projects executed by Diri’s government were shrouded in secrecy, stating that the governor had brought the state under ridicule with his penchant for inaugurating uncompleted projects.