Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:
1. The Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has sent a letter to the British government to wade into his case and have him released from detention. Kanu, approached the British government through his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor. A letter lamenting his unjustly detention was sent to the British High Commission in Abuja.
2. The Defence Ministry, yesterday, denied media reports, which quoted its Minister, Mansur Muhammed as saying that the Boko Haram was still operating in two council areas in the north east.
A statement through the Public Relations Officer to the Minister, Col. Tukur Gusau, the Ministry said the Minister only said remnants of Boko Haram were left in only two local governments. The ministry also denied the Minister’s alleged statement that Chibok girls were being used as suicide bombers.
3. Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has denied ever slapping his Deputy, Barnabas Bala. The governor who said both of them had been good friends since they attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna State several years ago, said those peddling the rumour were not intelligent enough. He was addressing some journalists on Wednesday.
4. Spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Garba Shehu, has given the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a 72-hour ultimatum to withdraw its statement accusing him of illegally dealing in
forex, else he will drag the party to court.
5. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), will in two weeks time name a new foreign coach for the Super Eagles.
This was revealed by NFF president, Amaju Pinnick. He said the incoming manager’s salaries will be taken care of by private company.
6. Scarcity of fuel has reached an unimaginable height as the product is now being sold between N250 to N300 per litre in Abuja. Newsmen who went round the city discovered that black marketers along different roads in the city were selling at the aforementioned rate. Only few filling stations in the city were seen selling at the official rate.
7. Elders drawn from the three major tribes in Benue state have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare Fulani herdsmen’s invasion of the state as well as the continuous killings of villagers by the armed herders as act of insurgency and label the perpetrators as terrorists to be routed by the military.
They made this call in a communiqué issued at the end of a unity meeting held in Makurdi and attended by the leaders of Tiv, Idoma and Igede.
8. Electricity generation on Wednesday fell to 2,030.5 megawatts from the over 5,000MW peak recorded earlier this year.
Report says data obtained from the power System Operator in Abuja on Wednesday showed that as of 8.37am, electricity generation had fallen by over 800MW when compared to the 2,841.9MW that was recorded at 12.42pm last week Thursday. The fall has been blames on the activities of vandals.
9. Report has it this morning that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), were only able to pay each player of the Super Eagles $400 as allowances, for their trip to Alexandria, Egypt as against
the $1,000 each player was to receive.
The report claimed that most of the players were aggrieved over the poor payment.
10. Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Wednesday in Abuja said the federation did everything humanly possible for Nigeria to qualify for AFCON 2017, saying the ouster of the Eagle was an act of destiny. Pinnick said this at a news conference.