1. President Buhari appoints SGF, Chief of Staff, others
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Babachir Lawal as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation. This is contained in a statement issued by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina. The statement said the president also appointed Alhaji Abba Kyari as his Chief of Staff ; retired Col. Hameed Ali as Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service, while Mr Kure Abeshi is the new Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service. It stated that the president also appointed Sen. Ita S. Enang as Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) while Hon. Suleiman A. Kawu is the new SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives).
According to the statement, the appointments are with effect from August 27.
2. Yobe tribunal judge dies in Abuja
A member of the panel hearing petition seeking to annul the election victory of Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State, Justice Audu Bako, has passed on
Justice Bako reportedly died around 2p.m. on Wednesday at Primus Hospital, Karu, a suburb in Abuja, after a brief illness.
He was buried in his home town, Nasarawa, Nasarawa State, according to Islamic rites.
3. PDP hit with fresh crisis over new chairman
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is embroiled in a fresh crisis over which zone and who takes over from Chief Uche Secondus as National Chairman. According to Daily Sun, the Northeast and the Southwest are now at loggerheads and have positioned candidates to take over the post. Secondus is presently holding the post in an acting capacity following the resignation of Adamu Mu’azu in July. Frontrunners in the race to choose the new chairman are Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose and former Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Minister Senator Bala Mohammed.
4. EFCC probes of ex-Rivers Gov. Amaechi’s administration
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced a detailed investigation into some financial transactions during the tenure of the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, THISDAY is reporting. The investigation was based on a petition by a Port Harcourt-based group, The Integrity Group, which on July 29, wrote to the EFCC, detailing three instances of alleged corruption, graft and abuse of office under Amaechi’s government.
5. Nigeria marks 500 days since Boko Haram schoolgirl abductions
Relatives of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram prepared Thursday to mark 500 days since the abductions, with hope dwindling for their rescue despite a renewed push to end the insurgency. The landmark comes amid a worsening security crisis in the northeast, where Islamists have stepped up deadly attacks since the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, killing more than 1,000 people in three months.
6. Dangote expands to Asia, signs $4.34bn deal with Chinese firm
Dangote Cement Plc has expanded its frontiers to Asia by constructing a 3-million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa) cement plant in Nepal as part of its new investment of $4.34 billion into 10 African countries. It also signed a N854.98 billion ($4.34 billion) worth of contracts with a construction firm renowned for construction of ultra-modern cement plants worldwide, China’s Sinoma International Engineering Company, to build cement plants across Africa.
7. Nigeria’s Amb. to US, Ade Adefuye, has passed on
Nigeria’s Ambassador and Head of Missions in the United States of America, Prof. Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, has passed on. He passed on Thursday in a hospital in Washington, DC, according to report. Since March 2010, Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye a former history professor has been the ambassador from Nigeria to the United States, who has helped persuade the U.S. to remove this country from the government’s “country of interest” terrorism watch list.
8. Bauchi SSG Ahmed Sulieman emerges new Emir of Misau
Secretary to Bauchi State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Suleiman, has emerged the new First Class Emir of Misau in Bauchi State. His appointment is contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the Permanent Secretary in charge of Political Affairs, Government House, Bauchi, Malam Hashimu Yakubu, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
9. Senate probes Customs, FIRS over N567bn scam
The Senate on Thursday commenced investigation into the alleged unauthorised spending of N567bn being the cost of tax collected by the Nigerian Customs Service and the Federal Inland Revenue Service from January 2005 to July 2015. A non-governmental organisation, Legislative Watch, dragged the two Federal Government agencies to the Senate through a petition that was sent to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on 13 August, 2015.
10. Tribunal decides Gbajabiamila’s fate Sept. 28
The Lagos State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal has fixed September 28, 2015 to give judgment in a petition challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress lawmaker representing Surulere Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila. Gbajabiamila, who is now the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, had been declared the winner of the March 28, 2015 poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission after polling 21, 715 votes.