10 Things You Need to Know From the Nigerian Newspaper this Wednesday Morning

Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. The US Embassy, on Tuesday announced the indefinite suspension of interview waivers for renewals, otherwise known as the “Dropbox” process.

A statement on its website noted that visa applications will no longer be accepted by DHL in Nigeria.

2. The Hope Democratic Party, HDP, has appealed to the Presidential Election Tribunal to restrain President Muhammadu Buhari from his inauguration on May 29.

HDP made the appeal in a motion filed before the tribunal, which is also seeking an order restraining the Chief Justice of Nigeria from swearing-in, administering the oath of office and oath of allegiance to the president on May 29th, 2019.

3. Kingmakers in the Kano emirate, had filed a case against the Governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje, for splitting the emirate.

In the suit, with number K/197/2019 filed on Tuesday at a State High Court, Ganduje, the State House of Assembly, Attorney-General of the state and five others were listed as the defendants.

4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said he has reviewed the relationship between the executive arm of the government and the outgoing 8th National Assembly and concluded that it was not the best, and that the country deserves more.

He said the nation deserved better than what it got and hoped for a better working relationship between the two arms of government with the forthcoming 9th National Assembly.

5. Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Tuesday declared that the fresh investigation of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was not a witch-hunt.

Magu said the commission does not witch-hunt any government official, irrespective of their political background.

6. The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) said the Speaker of Bayelsa House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson and four other serving and former staff of the assembly will be arraigned in the court on May 22.

Mr. Ibraheem Al-Hassan, the tribunal’s Head, Press & Public Relations said those to be charged alongside the speaker are former Clerk of the Assembly, Aaron Timiye and former Accountant, Thomas Tamaraodubo, NAN reports.

7. The Senate has threatened to shutdown sports betting company, Bet9ja offices if it failed to honour its invitation for a second time.

The lawmakers issued the threat on Tuesday in Abuja during the verification of Loto companies with license to operate in Nigeria.

8. The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) has dissociated itself from a document being circulated by a group known as Nigerian Continuity and Progress (NCP) calling for support of a revolution to oust the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government and in its place establish an interim government.

A statement from Navy Captain Muhammed Ahmed Wabi, Deputy Director Defence Information on Tuesday said the AFN outrightly frowned at what it termed “undemocratic and demonic actions of the author of the document.”

9. The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on Tuesday removed Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State as its Board of Trustees Chairman (BoT).

The party also removed late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s wife, Bianca as a member, alongside others.

10. Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has refuted reports that he was set to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Governor Ortom maintained that he enjoys a robust relationship with other PDP leaders and members at the state and national levels.
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