Good morning OgeneAfricans! Lets take a look at today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The Lagos State House of Assembly has directed former Governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, to appear before it on Wednesday. A letter inviting Ambode, asked him to appear before the Committee of the House by 1 pm in order to explain all he knows about some financial transactions that took place under his administration. The invite was signed by the Clerk of the House, Mr. A. A. Sanni.
2. Twenty-three days after they were kidnapped, six female pupils and two workers of the Engravers College, Kakau Daji in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State were released by their abductors on Saturday morning. Report claims that the pupils were released after their parents allegedly paid a ransom of N13.6m to the kidnappers. The spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, on Saturday confirmed the victims’ release in a statement.
3. A former Chairman of the Special Presidential Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, on Saturday alleged that he was being framed up by some persons. Obono-Obla, who was recently declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, said on his Facebook page that those who stole from the treasury were not treated the way he was being treated.
4. The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bolaji Asiwaju Tinubu has said that there is no need for an airport in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State. Tinubu, while speaking at the seventh convocation ceremony of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUA) said that the functional airport in Akure, the capital of Ondo State will fulfil the air transport needs of residents of Ekiti state, as well as visitors to the state.
5. Justice Abdul Dogo, a Judge of the Federal High Court, Ondo State Division who was abducted by kidnappers has regained his freedom. The judge who was kidnapped alongside his driver five days ago by gunmen was released from captivity around 2 a.m. on Saturday. The judge was freed together with his driver but it has not been established whether ransom was paid to secure their release.
6. No fewer than nine persons were confirmed dead on Saturday while 12 others sustained various degrees of injuries in separate accidents around Ijebu Ife axis on Sagamu – Ijebu -Ode – Benin expressway. Mr Clement Oladele, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the incidents in Abeokuta. Oladele stated that the first crash occurred at 5:40 a.m, when the weather was still dark, while the second crash occurred at about 8:20 a.m on the same corridor at Ijebu Ife in Ogun.
7. The Presidency has said that President Buhari’s trip to Russian was asuccessful one as the purpose of the trip was fully accomplished. According to Buhari’s Spokesman, Garba Shehu, who highlighted the takeaways from the President’s visit in an article on Saturday, Buhari returned extremely happy with the success of the visit.
8. The Fulani Socio-cultural organization, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has apologized to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over herdsmen attacks and killings in the state. National Secretary of the association, Engr. Saleh Alhassan made the apology during a peace initiative brokered by the Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyeama, On Saturday. Alhassan expressed regrets over the Benue killings and pledged to ensure peaceful coexistence between herdsmen and farmers moving forward. He described Governor Ortom as a peace-loving man who stood firmly for the emancipation of his people.
9. A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has criticised Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for saying Nigerians should endure the pains associated with the closure of Nigeria’s borders, alleging that those suffering the effect of the closure are southerners as borders in the North are not shut.
10. Violence broke out on Saturday in Edo State as a BMW car ran into four women said to be of the same parents at Uselu, on Lagos-Benin Road, Benin City and killed them on the spot. Report claims the driver reportedly lost control of the car and veered into the roadside where the four siblings were waiting to board a cab. One of the deceased women was said to be pregnant. The incident which happened around 6.30 am resulted in violence after Uselu youth mounted a roadblock in protest.