Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:
1. Former Minister of Transport and Secretary to the PDP Board of Trustees, Ojo Maduekwe is dead. Report claims he passed on, Wednesday evening, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport , Abuja while returning from a trip to the US.
2. A Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court in Apo, Abuja, Wednesday struck out a fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, seeking an order releasing him from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
3. An FCT High Court presided over by Justice Valentine Ashi has annulled the PDP 2014 Constitution Amendment through which, the embattled factional Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff assumed office. The judge, in his ruling described the amendment as a violation of Electoral Act and declared that actions by the embattled factional leader and his officers were illegal.
4. The Comptroller-General of Prisons, Ahmed Jafa’aru, has ordered that the officer in-charge of Kuje Medium Prisons, Musa Tanko, be removed and redeployed over the escape of two inmates last Friday. Tanko has also been asked to report at the Federal Capital Territory Command of the service where he would face a team of investigators.
5. A mild drama played out on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital as members of the state House of Assembly in support of the state governor, Ayodele Fayose held a plenary session in the middle of a highway in protest of the freeze of the governor’s account. The lawmakers, who were protesting against the freezing of Fayose’s Zenith bank account by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, sat under a canopy with placards carrying with different inscriptions condemning the action.
6. The Federal Government Wednesday ruled out the possibility of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), hiring a foreign coach for the Super Eagles. Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, said this after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. He stated that the current economy was not favourable and added that it was not wise to hire an expatriate, especially as the country is still indebted to some local coaches.
7. Kinsmen of former commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo under the auspices of Gbaramatu Community Chairmen Forum have appealed to resurgent militant group, Niger Delta Avengers and other agitating group to sheathe their swords and toll the path of dialogue in a bid to bringing lasting peace to the region. The appeal was made public on Wednesday.
8. The Federal Government on Wednesday advised the Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, to stop henceforth the disparaging comments on President Muhammadu Buhari for their arraignment over alleged forgery of Senate Order 2015. A statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, in Abuja, said the Senate leaders should allow the court to decide their fate.
9. Renowned author, Elechi Amadi is dead. The literary icon died Wednesday, at the Good Heart hospital in Port Harcourt at the age of 82. A member of the family , Bar Wabueze Amadi, confirmed the death, disclosing thag he passed on at about 3: 45pm at the hospital.
10. Commodore Sanusi Ibrahim, the out-going Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Port Harcourt, said on Wednesday that 11 suspects have been arrested for allegedly parading themselves as naval personnel. Handing over the suspects to the Rivers Police Command in Port Harcourt, Ibrahim said the men used navy uniforms and paraded themselves as personnel of the Merchant Navy in order to defraud unsuspecting individuals and companies.