Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Thursday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The House of Representatives was on Wednesday divided over the motion to stop the conduct of examinations of post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) in the country’s higher institutions. A motion moved by Rep. Ademorin Kuye (APC-Lagos), resulted to heated debate. Kuye, in the motion, had asked the house to urge all higher institutions to stop the post UTME/JAMB screening examinations. The house, however, resolved that the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services should interface with JAMB on the conduct of the post UTME/JAMB by higher institutions and report back within four weeks.

2. The presidency has denied that President Buhari is undermining the power of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare, on Wednesday defended President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to travel without notifying the National Assembly, saying the President did not undermine the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by travelling without transmitting a letter to the federal lawmakers. While addressing journalists in Abuja, he insisted that the President was free to perform his functions from anywhere in the world.

3. The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Wednesday dismissed the appeal filed by Hon. Kolapo Osunsanya of the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the September 9 verdict of the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribuna in favour of Barrister Taiwo Shote of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). With the judgment, Osunsanya ceases to be a member of the House of Representatives until a partial rerun is held and a valid winner is returned.

4. The Court of Appeal sitting in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday declared the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Senator Biodun Olujimi, winner of the Ekiti South Senatorial District’s poll. The court had moved to Kaduna State on Wednesday to deliver the judgment in the case filed by the senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.

5. The House of Representatives has directed its Committee on Capital Market and Institutions to investigate unclaimed share dividends in the capital market, valued at over N126.03 billion. This followed the unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Rep. Babangida Ibrahim at the plenary, on Wednesday. The House, therefore, mandated the committee to investigate the rising value of unclaimed dividends and unremitted withholding tax on dividend and their attendant effects on the nation’s economy. It directed the committee to report back within six weeks for further legislative action.

6. There are reports in some newspapers that 35 aides of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo have been sacked. The reports have claimed that despite efforts from the office of the Vice President to stop the sack pending Buhari’s return, the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari went ahead to fire the aides. A report had claimed that many of the aides were denied entrance to the Villa on Wednesday.

7. The Catholic Church has commenced investigation after it discovered that two of its missionary nuns got pregnant while working in Africa. The two women, who belonged to separate religious orders in Sicily, are expecting children despite their vows of chastity. Both nuns are now facing pressure to quit religious life and the scandal has caused ‘consternation’ among the clergy.

8. Joint Counter Kidnapping operation conducted by the FCT Police Command in conjunction with the Nigerian Army, and other security agencies have successfully smashed the notorious kidnapping gang terrorizing Kuje, Rubochi, Kwali and Abaji axis in Abuja. About 26 kidnap gang members made up of Fulani/Hausa speaking criminals led by one Usman Abdullahi, were on Wednesday paraded by the FCT Police Commissioner, CP Bala Ciroma. CP Ciroma said the Joint operation tagged ‘Operation Sharan Daji’ arrested the suspects in several dens along Kuje, Kwali, Abaji road.

9. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday served the Department of State Services, DSS, warrants for the release of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, from their custody. Their lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), had earlier said during the proceedings that his clients had met the bail conditions imposed on them by the court. But it has not been confirmed yet when exactly Sowore and Bakare will be released.

10. The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday announced that he should no longer be addressed as ‘His Excellency. In a statement the Governor personally signed, he noted that only God should bear such titles. He said that as a Governor, he is only a servant appointed by the people and as such should be called “Mr. Governor.”

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