Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:
1. Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has denied making any recent comment on the ongoing trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation.A statement by his Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, noted that the last time Atiku made any comment on National Assembly matters was in July 2015 during the leadership crisis in the legislature, expressing surprise why he should be quoted to have dropped a comment on the current tussle.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appointment Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, relieving Dr. Ibe Kachikwu of the position. This development equally followed the composition of the new board of the NNPC headed by Kachikwu. The appointment was contained in a statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
3. 12 directors of Skye Bank Plc, including the Chairman, Dr. Olatunde Ayeni, and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Timothy Oguntayo, Monday, tendered their resignation letter. Consequently, the CBN has announced the appointment of Mr. M.K. Ahmad and Mr. Tokunbo Abiru as the new Chairman and Chief Executive of the bank, respectively. The development follows the near liquidity of the bank. The Apex bank has only intervened to save the bank from a likely embarrassing situation.
4. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has rolled out its guidelines for the 2016 admissions’ process. The exams body described the method as a point system option, which was agreed upon after an extensive one-week meeting JAMB had with universities and other tertiary institutions’ administrators in the country. Jamb in the guidelines said that the modalities were going to be based on point system where the overall performance of the candidate would be measured. This will include his SSCE certificate and other examinations.
5. Former Aviation Minister and Senator representing Anambra North, Senatorial District, Stella Oduah, has denied media reports that she was been trailed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged stashing of nearly N2.5 billion in a bank account she set up using the identity of her domestic aide. The Senator while debunking the report, challenged those behind the allegations to produce proof that will justify their report.
6. Former wife of the President, Patience Jonathan, returned to Nigeria on Monday after a successful long holiday overseas. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, was on ground to receive Mrs. Jonathan at the Port Harcourt airport along with her husband and other well wishers and cultural troupes.
7. A Port Harcourt Federal High Court has upheld the removal of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party. The court in its ruling also held that May 21, 2016 National Convention of the PDP that sacked Sheriff was legal.
8. Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has said the plot to unseat him was a clear coup d’etat against democracy , stating that he was ready to fight to protect his mandate. The Governor was spoke when he received members of the Abia State Executive Council who paid him a solidarity visit, in Government House, Umuahia.
9. A Federal High Court in Lagos, Monday, granted N250m bail to each of the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, and ex-finance minister, Nenadi Usman, who are facing some charges brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over an alleged N4.9bn fraud. Justice Muslim Hassan granted the bail with two sureties in like sum and ordered both of them to deposit their passports in the custody of the court pending the outcome of the case. Their sureties, must also own landed properties within the court’s jurisdiction.
10. The Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, has declared the election of a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Musa Arogundade null and void. Arogundade’s election was nullified for not being validly nominated for the 2015 election by the Peoples Democratic Party. The court declared that Mr. Toyin Obayemi should take over the seat for the Ado Constituency 1.