Nigeria Today: Top 5 Headlines

8 February, 2019 | Akeem

 

ASUU Agrees with FG and Calls off Strike

 

The federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have finally reached a deal to end the three-month-long industrial action that has crippled academic activities in all the publicly-owned universities in the country.

The suspension came after a series of meetings between top government officials and members of the union. ASUU has now directed its members to return to classrooms with immediate effect.

The President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made the announcement at about 8:30 p.m. yesterday night February 7th, 2019, after another round of meeting with the government delegation, led by the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige.

He said: “Following a careful review of the report of engagements with the Federal Government on proposals for addressing all outstanding in the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and 2017 Memorandum of Association (MoA), the National Executive Council (NEC) resolved to conditionally suspend the strike with effect from 12:01 a.m. on Friday 8th, February 2019.

 

DSS Arraigns INEC Officials for Stealing and Selling PVCs

 

Two employees of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were, on Thursday February 7th, 2019, arraigned before a Chief Magistrates’ Court by the Department of State Services for allegedly stealing over 3,097 Permanent Voter Cards belonging to eligible votes in Rivers State.

The suspects identified as Beesor Sorle, 39, and Monday Ifesimama, 52,  were charged with conspiracy, stealing and selling of PVCs among others.

The charges read in part, “That you, Beesor Sorle and Monday Rowland Ifesimama, between May and August 2018 at the INEC office, Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area, within the jurisdiction of this court, did conspire to commit felony to wit; stealing of 3,097 Permanent Voter Cards belonging to various registrants but in custody of INEC, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Law of Rivers State, 1999"

The Chief Magistrate, S. D. Andrew-Jaja, granted them bail in the sum of N100,000 each with sureties, who must be civil servants of not less than Level 12 in the Civil Service.

 

Before I Became Governor, I was a Billionaire, Ortom Replies Akume

 

Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue State, who spoke while reacting to his estranged godfather, Senator George Akume's allegation at the Buhari's presidential campaign rally held at Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi on Wednesday February 6th, 2019 that he was already a billionaire before he became governor.

In his allegation, Akume  said, “Today, there is one governor in the North-Central Nigeria, (a veiled reference to Ortom) who is richer than Buhari and has more money than Buhari in just three-and-a-half years of being a governor.

But in his response, Ortom lambasted the Akume, stating that the senator ought to be in prison for allegedly stealing N2bn when he was exiting Government House in 2007.

“Akume was a governor for eight years and he stole N2bn before he left office; up till now, the case is with the EFCC but because he is in the APC, nothing is happening of the case.

 

ACPN to Ezekwesil, Bring Back Our Money

 

The national chairman of the party, Alhaji Galadima who incidentally was the Vice-presidential running mate to the former Education Minister faulted the statement of account presented by the presidential candidate of the party and former Education Minister Mrs Oby Ezekwesili. Galadima declared that the party would not accept the statement of account.  “We reject in entirety everything she submitted.”

Galadima further said that, “For somebody who wants to contest for the presidency, all you could generate for a period of three! months was just N43 million and spent everything by herself. She could not even disclose to the party the sources of the fund and how much she was able to generate"

He however said  that, ”So, we are rejecting everything she submitted in entirety, we wanted to know all the content of the accounts and see the accounts because at the end of the day it is not the presidential candidate that INEC will hold responsible according to the law but the party, and whatever any candidate generated for his or her campaign belongs to the party"

 

Five Die in Taraba During Buhari's Campaign

 

On Thursday February 7th, 2019, no fewer than five person died during a stampede at the Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo, the Taraba State Capital during the Presidential rally of All  Progressive Congress.

Tanko Yusuf, an eyewitness,   said that the stampede happened as President Muhammadu Buhari was entering the stadium and the party’s supporters, who were locked outside, were trying to catch a glimpse of the President.

 He stated, “I was standing at the popular stand of the stadium when suddenly I saw some people going down and being trampled upon by a mammoth crowd who forced their way into the stadium as the President’s convoy was making its way into the arena.

 The Public Relations Officer of the state Specialist Hospital, Mrs Dorcas Philemon, confirmed  that five corpses were brought to the hospital and deposited at the morgue

President Buhari was quoted as saying, “I always feel very sad and distressed when ordinary Nigerians who love me and our party because of what we stand for and have done, make personal sacrifices by taking the pains to show their support, end their lives tragically.”