Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Thursday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.Mansur Dan-Ali, the Minister of Defence, on Wednesday said that the Boko Haram terrorists had over the years received support and training from larger terror networks within and outside Africa.
Dan-Ali stated this in a paper on regional security he presented at the 8th conference on international security in Moscow, Russia.
He however noted that sustained counter-insurgency operations by the Nigeria and other countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission had helped in destabilising the sect.
He further urged Russia for support in the building of nuclear power plants, petroleum pipelines, railways and other infrastructural development investments in the oil and gas industry.
2. Protesting members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria on Wednesday stormed the National Assembly in Abuja, forcing the House of Representatives to end its plenary abruptly.
They were chanting solidarity songs and demanding for the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
The protesters outnumbered the security and forcefully gained entrance into the premises of the National Assembly.
Danjuma Gajere, the acting spokesperson for the FCT Police Command, confirmed the report, saying that the police were able to control the protest.
“We were able to manage the protest which involved over 2,000 people, but there was no arrest,” he said.
3. The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has opposed a motion to recognize Kogi State as an oil-producing state.
Senator Isaac Alfa, the lawmaker representing Kogi East Senatorial District, moved the motion to recognize the state as an oil-producing state because Shell BP, Total, and Agip in 1952 explored oil in Odeke, Echeno, Ihile, Anocha/Uchuchu, Omabo, Ikah, Iregwu and Ujeh in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State.
After his prayer, the lawmakers overwhelmingly opposed.
4. Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday urged the Court of Appeal in Abuja to overturn the judgment of the state Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which nullified the governor’s victory at the September 2018 election.
The Tribunal had nullified the election of Oyetola and declared Senator Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner of the election.
After hearing all the appeals, the five-man panel led by Justice Jummai Sankey reserved its judgments.
5.The Nigerian Medical Association, the National Association of Resident Doctors, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project and human rights groups on Wednesday berated Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, for saying that Nigeria had enough medical doctors.
Ngige had during a programme yesterday on Channels TV said that doctors who want to practice abroad are free to do so because the nation had enough medical doctors.
The NMA President however disagreed with Ngige’s position, saying that in Nigeria we have 40,000 doctors taking care of 200million people.