Former vice president of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar has rubbished claims by the country’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that he is not a Nigerian by birth. The APC had last week filed a motion at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja by its lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, challenging Atiku’s eligibility to run for Nigeria’s highest office in the 2019 general election.
National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu has described as “untrue” reports that he is planning to strengthen his presidential ambition by planting his allies in key positions at the National Assembly. Concise News reports that the respected politician said those who feel they know his mind better than he does were spreading such rumours. Tinubu said he aligned with President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on the leadership of the national assembly in order to show support for his second term in office.
Police in Sri Lanka have said the toll in a series of eight blasts in the country on Easter Sunday has risen to no fewer than 207, with over 450 people wounded. Concise News learned that police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera made this known even as world leaders have come together to condemn the attacks. The blasts, six in quick succession, left many dead and hundreds injured. St Anthony’s Shrine, a historic Catholic Church, was among the places attacked. This news medium understands that at least two of the explosions were carried out by suicide bombers. This information was made known by police sources and a hotel official.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results would be released next week. Concise News learned that spokesman for the examination body, Fabian Benjamin, made this known Sunday in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial centre. Benjamin, who disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the results ‘are all ready,’ said JAMB would reach out to candidates through their phone lines as soon as all the results of the 2019 UTME were ratified.
Zamfara governor Abdulaziz Yari has dismissed claims that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) killed villagers in the state during its bombardment of suspected bandits’ camps in Dumburum. “As far as I am concerned and as the head of government in the state, l haven’t seen anything wrong done by the air force, l haven’t received any brief on such matter,” the governor said when a 7-member investigation team on the matter visited him at his Talata-Mafara private residence.
Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has advised university lecturers to pull out from election duty. Concise News reports that reacting to a statement by Attahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), that some lecturers conspired politicians in Kano state during the general election, Sani asked lecturers to withdraw from elections and “protect the moral sanctity of the academia”.
Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, says the country is mindful of rising debt burden, which eats up about 25 per cent of its annual earnings. The finance minister was reacting to fears raised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank over Nigeria’s borrowings. Nigeria currently has an external debt stock of about 24.27 billion dollars as at December 31, 2018.
The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has assured motorists in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial centre, that the Third Mainland Bridge is safe for use. Concise News understands that the ministry gave the assurance on the back of under-water confirmatory tests on the bridge’s piles.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated a revenue of N311.2 billion for the first quarter of 2019. Concise News reports that a document released by the office of the Public Relations Officer of the service, Joseph Attah, to NAN in Abuja shows that the revenue was generated between January and March. The federal government had set a revenue target of N887 billion for the NCS in 2019.
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will take on Guinea in the first semi-final of the CAF U17 Africa Cup of Nations at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, on Wednesday. The Nigerians reached this stage after finishing top of Group A with seven points, while Guinea booked their place in the last four with a 1-0 win over Morocco to finish second in group B with 6 points; one behind Cameroon.