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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Newspaper Review For Monday 24th,August

1. Buhari to Lawyers: Expose all Crooks, Corrupt Persons

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerian lawyers not to sacrifice the integrity of the country’s legal system in a bid to cover the misdeeds of their clients, no matter how lucrative the brief may be. Speaking at the opening of the 55th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Sunday in Abuja, President Buhari called on Nigerian lawyers to support his administration’s war against corruption and help the country return to the path of rectitude by making Nigerian courts functional and effective again.

2. Ban Ki-moon To Mark Bombing and Chibok Girls

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived Nigeria on Sunday to commemorate the bombing of UN’s headquarters by Islamist sect, Boko Haram and also to focus new attention on over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State by the ruthless extremists. Ki-moon will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, amid plans to launch a long-delayed regional offensive against the Islamic insurgents who have since pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. A UN statement says the leaders will discuss ways to counter violent extremism as well as human rights and climate change.

3. Otuoke Community Head Decries Water Scarcity

Mr Elijah Ateki, the Chairman, Community Development Committee (CDC), Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa, has bemoaned the scarcity of potable water in the area. Ateki told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Otuoke on Sunday that lack of drinking water was the major problem in the community. According to him, the situation is due to the pollution of rivers in the area by oil spilage. He said the community had suffered inadequate potable water over the years, and urged the State and Federal Governments to provide the people with potable water. “Otuoke community depends on rivers and now that all the rivers are polluted by oil, it is difficult for us to get potable water here.” Ateki said.

4. PDP to Commence e-registration For Members

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) resuscitates the online system for registration of party members across the country. The party said Edo state would be used as a pilot for the project, a development that has resulted in the deferment of earlier scheduled congresses in the state. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Sunday said the decision to resuscitate the e-registration project is part of the reengineering efforts to rebuild the party. “The National Working Committee (NWC), after very wide consultations with critical stakeholders, and in line with the wishes and aspirations of our teeming supporters across the country, has approved the resuscitation of the e-registration project.

5. Rivers APC Dismisses Corruption Allegations Against Amaechi

The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the corruption allegations against immediate past Governor of the State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, with a wave of the hand. The party in a statement issued Sunday morning in Port Harcourt by its State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said that the latest allegation “by the wailing Care-taker Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike’s camp that Amaechi has foreign bank accounts lacks substance”.

6. Resign or Be Sacked From INEC - Ozekhome Warns Amina Zakari

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, has again called for the resignation of Amina Zakari as the acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission. His call followed speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari may make her substantive head of the commission. Zakari, who was National Commissioner at INEC, replaced Prof. Attahiru Jega, whose five-year tenure as the INEC chairman ended on June 30. Ozekhome in a chat with Sunday Punch said Zakari should resign or be dismissed. According to him, her credibility as acting INEC chairman should be called to question by law and based on the allegations brought against her.

7. Nigerians Will Stone Jonathan and His Men to Death If They Discover Their Loots - Oshiomhole

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has stated that Nigerians might be forced to stone former President Goodluck Jonathan and his cabinet members to death if they have full details of the money that went missing under the last administration. Oshiomole, in an interview with Vanguard said that under the leadership of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Federal Government spent the sum of N140billion on consultancy for the Second Niger bridge. ”If Nigerians know what these people did, they will stone them to death, jungle justice. 700 million dollars gone on second Niger bridge without any bridge to show”.

8. Abacha Nearly Killed Me - Obasanjo

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has recalled how he escaped death under the leadership of later former dictator, Sani Ababcha. Obasanjo, who made this disclosure on Friday at his Presidential Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, while playing host to officials of the National Association of Nigerians Students, said he would support President Buhari’s government. Recalling his near death experience under the late Abacha administration, Obasanjo said that he and some retired military officers and civilians were jailed in 1995 for allegedly plotting to overthrow the administration and released after Abacha’s death in 1998.

9. Pastor Reveals How Boko Haram Killed 8,000 Members of his Church

President of Ekklisiyar Yan’uwa A Nigeria, EYN (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), Rev. Samuel Dali, has disclosed that no fewer than 8,000 of his members have been killed by members of the Boko Haram in the North-East zone of the country. He, however, expressed hope that the war against Boko Haram would be won. The cleric said aside the massacre of his church members, 70% of church facilities in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States were destroyed in series of attacks championed by the insurgents. Yan’uwa was, however, optimistic that President Muhammadu Buhari would end the activities of Boko Haram.

10. Usain Bolt Beats Gatlin to Retain 100m Title

Beijing (AFP) – Jamaican Usain Bolt trumped American rival Justin Gatlin to retain his world 100m title in spectacular style on Sunday. Bolt, also the double Olympic gold medallist and world record holder in the blue riband event, ran a season’s best of 9.79 seconds in Beijing. Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, was just one-hundredth of a second off Bolt, taking silver in 9.80sec with fellow American Trayvon Bromell and Canadian Andre de Grassse awarded bronze medals after both timing 9.92sec.

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