Breaking News in Nigeria This Evening, Today being Thursday, 25th of June 2020
1. Buhari-backed NEC sacks Oshiomhole-led NWC View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday disbanded the party's National Working Committee (NWC) previously headed by Adams Oshiomhole.
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The APC NEC meeting held at the State House Council Chambers, Abuja, took the decision on the heels of the ongoing leadership crisis which had rocked the party.
He tweeted: "The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) has been disbanded following the recommendation of President Muhammadu Buhari."
It is also understood that Mai Mala Buni, a former Party National Secretary and Yobe State Governor, has been appointed as APC Caretaker Chairman and chair of an Extraordinary Convention to be held on a letter date.
2.PDP is an example of order,' Atiku takes a shot at APC over leadership crisis View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Atiku believes his PDP is an example of the order and constitutionality needed in a democracy.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar appeared to take a shot at the All Progressives Congress (APC) over its current leadership crisis in a series of tweets on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
The party currently in control of the country at the federal level has been engulfed in a power tussle for the past week since a Court of Appeal in Abuja upheld the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman.
Atiku took to his Twitter account on Thursday to praise his own Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as an example of the order and constitutionality needed to sustain genuine democracy in Nigeria.
"I pray that the order, discipline and constitutionality, which we, as a party have exemplified, should guide institutions of our democracy, especially other political parties.
"Without law and order in a party, a party cannot provide law
3. Obaseki set to grab PDP ticket as last standing aspirant, Imasuangbon, steps down View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The coast is apparently clear for Governor Godwin Obaseki to clinch the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the September gubernatorial election in the state.
This followed the report that his two major rivals, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama and Barr Kemmeth Imansuagbn have accepted to step down for the governor.
Meanwhile, 2,400 delegates from the three senatorial zones who are meant to select the party’s governorship candidate have since arrived Benin, the state capital for the primary exercise.
4. Google Says It Will Pay Publishers For News View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Google on Thursday agreed to pay some media groups in Australia, Brazil and Germany for high-quality content, expecting to do more deals with others.
The U.S. internet giant has for years tried to fend off demands for payment from news publishers worldwide in return for using their content.
Today, we are announcing a licencing programme to pay publishers for high-quality content for a news experience launching later this year,” Brad Bender, Google’s Vice-President for News, said in a blogpost.
“We will start with publishers in a number of countries around the globe, with more to come soon,” he said.
Bender said Google would also offer to pay for free access for users to read paywalled articles on a publisher’s site where available.
4. Gov. Mai Mala Buni emerges sole administrator of APC , sworn-in View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state has emerged the Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.
He was sworn-in by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami.
Buni, who was a one-time Secretary of the party, will oversee the conduct of the forthcoming APC convention.
His emergence was the high point of the emergency National Executive Council meeting held today, with President Buhari as chairman
All the members of the NWC were sacked, including the convener of the meeting, Victor Giadom.
National chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who has been court-suspended since last week topped the casualties in the 20-man NWC swept away by the meeting.
5. Kenenth Imasuagbon Steps Down In Edo PDP Primary Race View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
One of the aspirants hoping to win the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party for the upcoming Governorship elections in Edo state, Kenenth Imasuagbon has withdrawn his candidacy.
Mr. Imasuagbon confirmed his exit from the race to Channels Television on Thursday.
He is the third candidate to withdraw from the race after Governor Godwin Obaseki joined the PDP from the All Progressives Congress.
Obaseki is in pole position to pick up the PDP ticket at the primaries, which is scheduled to hold today, Thursday.
6.Our Party Must Not Disintegrate, Buhari Tells APC Members View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
President Muhammadu Buhari has advised members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to withdraw all pending litigations against one another.
He urged them to settle for internal conciliation, warning that the mutating disagreements could lead to self-destruction of the party with dire consequences.
The President made the remarks on Thursday at the emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the APC held on a virtual platform in Abuja.
He stressed that the gains of the party could be reversed as conflicts overshadow the primary objective of service to the people, asking members to refocus on the larger picture and place more emphasis on uniting the party
Fellow party members, this is a very crucial moment in the life of our party and it is with a deep sense of concern that I stand before you today to speak as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who has been elected on the platform of our great party – the All Progressives Congress,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Femi Adesina.
He added, “The issues currently confronting our party at this time are such that should worry every party member.
“At the moment, our great party is faced with internal wrangling; there are ongoing litigations amongst some party members and we cannot clearly ascertain the status of certain National Working Committee (NWC) members.”
President Buhari was also worried about what he described as ‘shifting loyalty’ within the party and ‘inconsistency in leadership’, saying such have exposed the party to mockery.
According to him, there are also other associated disputes as to the legitimacy of holders of certain national offices of the party while the APC is contending with judicial claims and counter-claims, orders and counter-orders, as well as judgments and counter-judgments that are predominantly at cross-purposes
7. Miner Becomes Millionaire After Uncovering ‘Biggest’ Precious Stones In Tanzania View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
A Tanzanian small-scale miner has become a multi-millionaire after uncovering two of the biggest of the country’s precious tanzanite stones ever found and selling them to the government.
Saniniu Kuryan Laizer, 52, found the stones weighing 9.27 and 5.1 kilogrammes (20.4 and 11.2 pounds) respectively in the northern Mirerani hills, an area which President John Magufuli had fenced off in 2018 to stop smuggling of the gem.
He sold them to the government for 7.7 billion Tanzanian shillings (nearly $3.3 million/2.9 million euros)
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Tanzanite was first found in the foothills of Kilimanjaro in 1967, and the northern Tanzanian region of Manyara is the only known place where the stones, coveted by jewellers by their remarkable violet-blue sparkle, are found.
At a function celebrating the find in Manyara on Wednesday, mining minister Dotto Biteko said the stones were the biggest ever uncovered in the country
8. Dubai Police seizes $40.9m cash from Hushpuppi, explains arrest View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Dubai Police have seized $40.9m in cash and more than a dozen luxury cars in the arrest of Hushpuppi, Nigerian Instagram celebrity accused of online fraud and money laundering.
In a video shared by the police, officers explained how they arrested Nigerian gang leader Raymond Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi.
Hushpuppi’s principal scam was to create websites that looked identical to well-known companies and banks, it is alleged.
He and his accomplices then used emails and messages to prompt people to log in or make payments on the fake sites.
The gang hacked corporate emails and directed huge payments by companies towards accounts they controlled.
Olalekan Jacob Ponle, known as Woodberry, was also arrested along with ten other men in an operation involving six police SWAT teams.
Along with 13 luxury cars, valued at an estimated $6.8m, police confiscated 21 computers and 47 smartphones.
The gang had 119,580 “fraud files” as well as addresses of more than 1.92 million victims.
Hushpuppi posed as a real estate investor and businessman, with more than two million followers on Instagram.
His account shows a lavish display of wealth, landing at Atlantis, The Palm in a helicopter and flying across the globe by private yet.
At a wedding in Dubai attended by Nigerian celebrities that made headlines in his home country, he was seen in a video dancing around the room throwing $100 notes into the air.
Abbas posed as a successful businessman “celebrating his wealth via social media platforms, in an attempt to lure victims from all over the world,” Dubai Police CID chief Brig Jamal Al Jalaf said.
9. 3.Finally, N-Power Batch C Registration Date Revealed View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has fixed Friday, June 26, 2020, to commence enrolment for the new batch of N-Power beneficiaries.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the deputy director (information) of the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Rhoda Iliya.
Naijapadi reports that the new Batch of beneficiaries (Batch C) are expected to come online after Batches A and B transit on June 30 and July 31, 2020 respectively into entrepreneurship schemes.
In preparation for the reception of new beneficiaries, N-Power has revealed in a tweet on Tuesday, 23rd June on its official handle that those who will be eligible for recruitment must be:
1. Currently unemployed
2. Be between 18 – 35 years old
3. Desire lifelong skills to become solutions providers in their community
Responding to the agitations by the beneficiaries, the N-Power scheme on Monday morning in a tweet from its official Twitter account promised that all outstanding issues will be addressed.
“To our Batch A and Batch B beneficiaries,”
“We have seen your questions on the exit plan, backlogs and devices.”
“In the following days, these issues will be addressed individually. Please stay tuned to our social media pages for updates.
10. Wike sets new guidelines for ceremonies in Rivers View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Rivers State Executive Council has approved new guidelines for marriages during the Covid-19 period in the State.
State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim announced the Council’s decision while briefing newsmen at Government House Port Harcourt.
Paulinus said prospective couples would be required to apply to the State Governor through the Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation.
“Such applications must be accompanied with information on the venue of the ceremony, names, addresses and phone numbers of attendees to make contact tracing easy if the need arises.
“Marriages would not have more than 50 attendees, including family members who must wear face masks and adhere strictly to social distancing of not less than two meters.
“While church weddings must be conducted between 9am and 12noon, traditional marriages would be conducted between 4pm and 7pm.
“Venues of marriages must have provisions for running water and soap at three points and the venue decontaminated after the event,” he said.