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APC: State Congresses Rescheduled To Oct 16

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The ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) has rescheduled its nationwide State Congresses from October 2nd, 2021 to October 16th, 2021. This was disclosed in a brief statement on Wednesday by the National Secretary of its Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe.

N5billion Debt: AMCON Seize Mansions Belonging To A Former Governor

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The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has today announced that it has seized the ownership of some mansions belonging to, Abdulfatah Ahmed, a former Kwara state governor. AMCON said the former governor was accused of failing to repay back personal loans he took at various time from different banks, disclosing that its action was in reaction to court order of Justice A. M. Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos. Contained in suit no; FHC/L/AMC/01/2021, the statement also revealed that, Justice Liman further ordered the freezing of bank Accounts belonging to former governor Ahmed and his two companies; Trans properties and Investment limited and Trans IT consulting Limited. Former Governor Ahmed despite being a governor of kwara state for two terms, like many other Nigerian big wigs thought he would get away with borrowed money. Amongst the asset taken over by the AMCON is the mansion situated at Abdulfatah Street, GRA, Ilorin, KWara state. According to Jude Nwauzor, Head, Corporate Communication of the Department, “AMCON had taken over the Non-Performing Loans of the former governor and his companies, Trans Properties and Investment Limited and Trans It Consulting Limited, from the former Intercontinental Bank, FinBank and Bank PHB during the first phase of EBA purchases, in line with its mandate under the AMCON Act,” describing it as a successful enforcement.

INEC: Over 1M Nigerians Completed Voter Registration

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said over one million Nigerians have completed the ongoing nationwide physical voter registration. Also, the number of online pre-registrants is 3,165,189 while 1,457,766 Nigerians have applied for voter transfer, replacement of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), and update of information records.

COVID-19 Update: Nigeria Records New 336 Cases, Five Deaths

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Nigeria has recorded fresh 336 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with five deaths. This raised the total number of cases in the country since the pandemic began to 201,630. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) the latest positive samples were recorded in 16 states and the federal capital territory (FCT), Lagos maintained the highest number of 86 cases, followed by Benue-48, then Rivers with 48 and Bauchi-41. Other states that reported new positive samples to include Edo (25), FCT (19), Akwa Ibom (13), Ondo (12), Anambra (11), Ekiti (8), Kwara (7), Plateau (7), Bayelsa (4), Kaduna (4), Delta (2), Ogun (2) and Kano (1).

JOHESU, AHPA Suspends Planned Industrial Action, Issues Fresh 15 Days Strike Notice

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The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have suspended their planned strike scheduled to commence on Saturday, September 18, 2021. This followed a unanimous resolution adopted by the groups to step down the notice of strike and issued a fresh notice of 15 days. Following the emergency meeting of the expanded National Executive Council of the JOHESU and AHPA on Friday, the unions admonished the Federal Government to expedite actions and fulfill their demands within 15 days. This was contained in a communique signed by the acting National General, JOHESU, Mathew Ajorutu, issued at the end of the meeting. The unions had on September 2 threatened to embark on strike over unmet demands. The expanded NEC comprised the Presidents and General Secretaries of affiliate unions and professional associations, NEC members of affiliate unions, and JOHESU Chairmen and Secretaries at the State and Branch levels. The NEC-in-Session said it critically appraised the reports of JOHESU negotiation and conciliation meetings with FG since the declaration of the trade dispute through the 15-day strike notice issued on September 2.

Nigeria Records New 519 COVID-19 Cases, 18 Deaths

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 519 COVID-19 infections were recorded across the country on Tuesday from 14 states. According to the public health agency, the 519 additional new cases in the country represented an increase from the 387 cases reported on Monday. Lagos recorded 120 cases, followed by Ogun with 110 cases and Rivers with 74. Other states are Edo (63), FCT (58), Oyo (31), Kaduna (15), Bayelsa (11), Cross River (11), Delta (11), Kano (5), Ogun (4), Plateau (3), Adamawa (2) and Gombe (1).

Crude Oil Theft: FG To Deploy Army, Navy And Civil Defence Against Illegal Refiners

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Following the unabated oil theft in the Niger-Delta region, the Federal Government has said it will deploy Army, Navy and civil defence to fight against the economic saboteurs. Consequently, the FG has set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee on the recovery of all illegally refined products being produced in the creek of the Niger-Delta region. Accordingly, those who were drafted to constitute the committee include members from the Nigerian Army, Navy, Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Ministry of Defence. Representatives from the Federal Ministry of Justice were not left behind, Environment, Nigerian National petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Department of petroleum Resources (DPR) and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency were also co-opted into the team.

FG Says Collection Of VAT By FIRS Remains

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The Federal Government has said the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) will maintain the status quo and continue to collect Value Added Tax (VAT), the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami announced. Malami made the announcement while speaking to the press in New York, United States on the lingering disagreement over the collection of VAT between Rivers State Government and the FIRS.

FG To Recover £200m Stashed In The United States

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The Federal Government of Nigeria said it has embarked on massive recovery of assets belonging to the country and is working on recuperating £200 million in the United States. The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami disclosed this while speaking on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Malami said, “We are looking at the possibility of recovering further 200m pounds among others but then, that does not mean they are not other associated assets being pursued, in terms of other countries of the world inclusive of Ireland. “The government is trying to gather international momentum associated with the processes and procedures, in terms of making things easier for countries to recover assets with ease.”

Usyk Arrives UK For Fight Against Anthony Joshua

Boxing

Ukrainian Boxing star, Oleksandr Usyk has arrived in the United Kingdom (UK) for his upcoming boxing match against the World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua. The Ukrainian is expected to fight against Joshua on Saturday; Usyk has not yet suffered a defeat during his professional career. Joshua’s World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles are on the line if the Ukrainian wins his fight against Joshua.

Infantino's Visit: President Buhari Calls On FIFA To Consider Nigeria For Investment

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja urged the leadership of the world football governing body, FIFA to consider Nigeria top on its plan for support and investment. President Buhari expressed delight that Nigeria has produced excellent role models to inspire the next generation of stars to take up football. President Buhari made this request while receiving the FIFA delegation led by its president Gianni Infantino and the president of Confederation of African Football (CAF) Patrice Motsepe, at State House. They attended the opening match of maiden Aisha Buhari women’s football tournament; and NFF delegations. The President also called on the top echelon of football’s world governing body to see Nigeria as one of its greatest assets when it comes to the development of football. Mr. Infantino praised football’s uniting qualities, the power of the sport’s development, and the growth of women’s football during the two-day visit to Nigeria. He emphasised that exposure to high-level competition is the key to evolution for the Super Falcons, Super Eagles, and the wider, global game.

UEL: Osimhen Shines, Ndidi Sees Red As Napoli Draws Leicester City Away

Football

Super Eagles and Napoli striker Victor Osimhen bagged both his maiden and second goal in Europe as Napoli held Leicester City to a 2 -2 draw away from home at their Uefa Europa League (UEL) opener.  The 21-year-old, having been a doubt for the game against Brendan Rodgers’ men following a knock suffered during Napoli’s 2-1 victory over Juventus in a Serie A fixture, ended his wait for a Europa League goal with a brace as Napoli settled for a 2-2 draw against Leicester City on Thursday night.

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Nnamdi Kanu: IPOB Threatens One Month Sit-At-Home

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened one -month lockdown in the entire Southeast if the Federal Government fails to produce its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in court on October 21, 2021. The Media and Publicity Secretary of the secessionist group, Emma Powerful, made this known on Wednesday in a statement made available to our correspondent in Awka, Anambra State. He said IPOB got from a reliable source that the Department of State Services would not bring Kanu to court on October 21 as a ploy to continue to incarcerate him. The statement reads: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great prophet and liberator of our time, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the plot by Nigeria government and her DSS in Abuja not to produce our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to court on 21st October 2021, the date he is due to appear in court to start his case. “The federal government of Nigeria has again perfected plans not to bringing him to court on that day. Their wicked plan is to perpetually keep him behind bars without trial to see if they can demoralise him and Biafrans but they are late.

Nigeria Sets Up Two New Satellite Companies

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami has unveiled two new satellite companies on Tuesday created from the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT). The companies are the Satellite Infrastructure Company (SIC) and the Satellite Broadband and Broadcasting Company (SBBC). The companies were unveiled during the just concluded NIGCOMSAT Stakeholders’ Forum titled “NIGCOMSAT Ltd: The Present and The Future.”

EbonyLife Partners Sony Pictures To Set Up African Writers Initiative

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Nigeria’s premium media conglomerate, EbonyLife media has partnered with Sony Pictures Television to set up an initiative for African writers. The initiative named “Alo” is translated from the Yoruba language, meaning “Once upon a time” will provide a platform for African writers to submit the stories and television scripts. Speaking on the initiative, EbonyLife CEO, Mo Abudu disclosed that submissions for scripts and stories will be open between September 24 and November 5, 2021, noting that the submissions will pass through an extensive screening by executives of EbonyLife and Sony Pictures.

Sudan Military Thwarts Coup Attempt Blamed On Al-Bashir Loyalists

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Sudanese authorities revealed they had foiled an attempted coup on Tuesday, blamed on plotters loyal to ousted president Omar al-Bashir of a failed bid to derail the revolution that removed him from power in 2019 and ushered in a transition to democracy. Sudan’s military said 21 officers and a number of soldiers had been detained in connection to the coup attempt, and a search is being sustained for others. The military also said all affected locations are currently under army control. Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who noted that Tuesday’s coup attempt was organised by elements in and outside military establishment, said previous attempts to create insecurity, especially in the country’s east, had been made in the past. Hamdok said: “For the first time, people involved in the attempt were arrested… They are being interviewed to discover their intentions and the truth behind this. There is a special committee investigating what has happened.” Hamdok said that Monday’s coup attempt was preceded by others attempting to create insecurity, especially in the east of Sudan.