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Nigerian News Today (Tuesday, 16 July 2019 Edition)

Good Day Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Tuesday. Enjoy!

1. A recent audit conducted by a Nigerian and Ukrainian experts showed that about $652million is needed for the revival and completion of the Ajaokuta Steel Plant in Kogi State.

The audit was allegedly conducted by Nigerian engineers, technicians and two other Ukrainian steel plant experts in April 2018.

The report was allegedly presented to Mr. Bawa Bwari, the immediate past Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, who took charge of the ministry following the resignation of Dr. Kayode Fayemi who had left the ministry to contest the Ekiti State governorship election.

2. The Presidency has begged Nigerians to stop politicising the death of Mrs. Funke, the daughter of the leader of the Afenifere socio-political group.

Mr. Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, who described the incident as tragic and regrettable noted that politicising the issue would not help the unity of Nigeria.

“Times of tragedy like this are not the time for politics. It reveals only disrespect for the departed and her family. And we hope that those who stand in positions of influence recognise and understand this,” Presidency said.

3. Reno Omokri, a former aide to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday published the identity of the company behind the apparently deleted INEC Server.

The company, INITS Nigeria Limited, located at 16 Majaro Street, Onike, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria, belongs to Femi and Ronke Taiwo.

According to the number best seller, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has requested the firm to remove all traces of their connection.

Mr. Taiwo had however already responded to Omokri’s revelation. He noted that his company has never operated any server for election result collation or transmission on behalf of INEC. Read more

4. Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State, on Monday declared his assets publicly. Makinde, in his CCB1 form which was declared at the Oyo State High Court revealed that he is worth over N48billion.

Governor Makinde alleges that he has N234,742,296.01 cash in the bank (as seen in a statement by the Governor’s aide, Taiwo Adisa, which was sent to Naija Buzz News).

According to the statement, the governor has $30,056.99; N2,624,800,500 in properties and household items; $4,400,000 in properties and household items in the United States of America; R4,400,057,550.04 in properties and household items in South Africa.

Others are his companies all worth about N48,150,736,889, with 33,730,000 units of shares. Read more on Naija Buzz News

5. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in a new four-page open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, calls for urgent national conference and dialogue, says that four avoidable calamities awaits Nigeria.

According to Obasanjo, these four avoidable calamities are;

“1. Abandoning Nigeria into the hands of criminals who are all being suspected, rightly or wrongly, as the Fulani and terrorists of Boko Haram type;

“2. Spontaneous or planned reprisals against the Fulani which may inadvertently or advertently mushroom into pogrom or a Rwanda-type genocide that we did not believe could happen and yet it happened;

NaijaBuzz.News published the complete four pages open letter to President Buhari. Read it here to see the complete avoidable calamities Obasanjo warned about

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