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1. Mr. Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, has revealed that Osinbajo has not taken over Federal Government’s negotiation with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities. Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of LAbour and Productivity had after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja said that the vice president was taking over the negotiation.
2. Abiola Ajimobi, the Governor of Oyo State, on Friday, after the Eid prayers at the Agodi Muslim praying ground in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said that he had no power to stop the former Governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, from becoming the Olubadan.
3. Report shows that despite the current recession in the country, state governments and individuals at least spent about N136.5billion on Hajj this year. According to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, at least 91,000 Nigerians had arrived in Saudi Arabia out of the over 1.7million foreign pilgrim in the country to perform Hajj this year.
4. The Nigerian Police have reportedly increased its numerical strength in the South-East and South-South region of the country as measures to prevent a breach of peace which may result from the activities of Biafran agitators ahead of the forthcoming November 18 Anambra State Governorship election. Punch alleges that sources revealed that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been placed under surveillance to prevent him from fleeing the country should the court grant the Federal Government’s request to revoke his bail.
5. Following failure to capture the leader of the Boko Haram terrorists group, Abubakar Shekau, with the 40 days deadline earlier given by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the army chief has reportedly extended the deadline upon the request of Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole.