Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers
1. A chopper that was to convey Vice-President Yemi Osibanjo from the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada in Abuja, was forced to land, few seconds after take off on Thursday.
The helicopter had earlier taken the Vice President to the college for a ceremony but could not ascend beyond the tree level, before it emitted thick smoke and landed on the same spot few seconds after take off. No one was injured, however.
2. The Nigerian Senate has thrown its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to formally recognise late chief MKO Abiola and Ambassador Babagana Kingibe with respect to the June 12, 1993 presidential election which was annulled by the military government of Ibrahim Babangida.
Consequently, the Senate resolved that both winners, Chief MKO and Kingibe be declared by INEC as both President and Vice President elect respectively.
3. The Chairman of Innoson Motors, Innocent Chukwuma, on Thursday floored the Guarantee Trust Bank, GTB, at the Supreme Court.
The apex court ordered the management of GTB to pay Chukwuma a sum of N12 billion within 14 days, according to a statement released on Thursday by Cornel Osigwe, Innoson Group’s head of corporate communications.
4. The Minister of Communications, Barrister Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu has petitioned the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, over what he described as “the undemocratic conducts and actions of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state.”
Shittu, in a four-page petition dated 5th June, 2018, cited many actions allegedly taken by the Governor without the proper consultation of the party elders.
5. Some lawyers in the country have faulted the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to confer the highest title in the land, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, on MKO Abiola, acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.
Some of those, who spoke with our reporter on phone, faulted the decision of the president, describing it as illegal and unconstitutional.
6. Benue state government on Thursday accused the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Musur Dan-Ali (retd.), of being responsible for the killings in the state on Wednesday.
The commissioner of Information, Laurence Onoja stated that nothing could exonerate the minister because the attack came barely 24 hours after his utterance.
7. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday stated that he was denied presidency three times despite defeating his opponents.
Buhari, however, observed that the Nigerian constitution had provided him the opportunity to work diligently towards uplifting the quality of life of all Nigerians irrespective of their socio-political backgrounds.
8. The House of Representatives on Thursday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare herdsmen terrorists.
The House demanded the declaration after Hon. Benjamin Wayo, lamented that Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State is one of the areas most affected by the continued herdsmen attacks on Benue farming communities.
9. The Federal Government on Thursday promised to pay promotion arrears and backlog of allowances owed public servants.
Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), Mrs, Winifred Oya-Ita, who gave the assurance in Abuja at a Peer Review Mechanism (PRM), meeting for Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service, said Public servants can now breath a sigh of relief as backlog of outstanding liabilities, such as promotion arrears would soon be addressed.
10. The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, on Thursday announced additional $102 million humanitarian assistance to those affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
Symington explained that the fund would help address the shelter, health and food security needs of populations in the North-East still struggling with the effects of Boko Haram insurgency.