Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:
1. The battle between the executive and the legislature continued on Monday as the Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, raised the alarm that some selfish individuals within the government have hijacked the apparatus of executive powers to pursue their personal agenda. Saraki was reacting to his arraignment, alongside his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and other principal officers of the Senate over alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules.
2. As the battle thickens, President Muhammadu Buhari consequently dismissed claim by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, that a cabal has hijacked his government. Buhari in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the allegation was a mere invention of Saraki and not even worth the visibility it got in the media.
3. A Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja on Monday ordered the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, to vacate office immediately.
This order follows allegation that he submitted false information to his party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for the party’s governorship primary in December 2014.
But reacting, Ikpeazu said he remains the governor even as he has now appealed the judgment.
4. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested Abiodun Agbele for allegedly collaborating with Governor Ayodele Fayose to receive N1.219bn during the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014. According to the anti-graft agency Agbele is Fayose’s closest friend. The money was allegedly diverted from the then office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
5. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday expressed disatisfaction over the devaluation of Nigerian naira, saying he could not see any benefit that the country could derive from the devaluation. The President was speaking during the breaking of the Ramadan fast with members of the business community at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
6. Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, yesterday, said the ban on Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, Post-UTME, was with immediate effect and that any institution that violates the directive will be sanctioned by the Federal Government. He was addressing journalists in Abuja.
7. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said it will sack chief executive officer and chairman of any bank that fails to publish its financial statement within the specified time. This was contained in the Monetary, Credit, Foreign Trade and Exchange Policy Guidelines for the 2016/2017 fiscal year released by the apex bank, on Monday.
8. The Defence Headquarters has raised a fresh alarm over the tactic Boko Haram insurgents now use to get to the members of public. The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said in a statement on Monday that the insurgents now disguise as hunters and vigilante members to evade being detected as insurgents.
9. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, has declared that his administration will not give up the state to the invading Fulani herdsmen, following unending attacks on Benue communities by herdsmen. The Governor who lamented that the activities of the herdsmen were hindering farming in the state reiterated that the government would not give out its land to herdsmen for open grazing.
10. And in sports, Roy Hodgson has announced his resignation as England coach, after they were eliminated from the 2016 European Championship. His resignation followed the country’s 2:1 defeat by Iceland. Report says the coach left without answering further questions from pressmen.