Former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu says he was assaulted in Germany because his attackers had issues with the handling of the Operation Python Dance in the South-East. He also described his assault as the actions of a few misguided individuals and not a representation of the character of the majority of Nigerians. The Senator made this known to reporters at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Monday after returning to Nigeria from Germany.
The Nigerian Embassy in Germany has said the attackers of former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu will be prosecuted under German laws. Concise News had reported that Ekweremadu was attacked by members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday at an event organised under the auspices of “Ndigbo Germany”.
The Presidency has ‘categorically’ denied that the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler, is under investigation. It made the statement in reaction to the comments prompted by a query issued to the FIRS boss by Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. Some reports claimed that the query meant that Fowler’s tenure would not be renewed following the expiration of the first term on Saturday.
Employees tied to the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) on Monday commenced a five-day strike. They have embarked on strike because, according to them, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration had failed to show firm commitment towards resolving the issues raised by the unions, including the payment of earned allowances to members.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday presided over the Day 1 of the Ministerial Retreat and Induction with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, all 43 Ministers-designate and top government officials in attendance. Concise News reports that the ministers-designate will be sworn in by the President on Wednesday, August 21.
The German police have said they did not arrest any member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) following an assault on Senator Ike Ekweremadu. Concise News understands that members of the pro-Biafra group had on Saturday in Germany molested Ekweremadu during a public function. However, the Press Officer of the Nuremberg police in Germany Raineer Seebauer told Channels TV that the matter is not being investigated.
Former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke has asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to reject an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking the final forfeiture of her 2,149 pieces of jewellery and a customised golden iPhone. The court had on July 5 ordered the temporary forfeiture of the items valued at $40million (about N14.4billion).
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom disclosed that the state is owing over N22 billion as a gratuity of the state’s workers, Concise News reports. During the inauguration of the Chairman and members of the State Pension Commission in Makurdi on Monday, the governor said that he inherited N18 billion gratuity liability in 2015, and that because of the paucity of funds to upset the debt coupled with an additional number of retired workers overtime, the debt had risen to N22 billion.
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove the name of Uche Nwosu as a governorship candidate in the last election held in Imo State. Justice Inyang Ekwo voided Nwosu’s candidacy on the grounds of double nomination by two political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Action Alliance (AA), in violation of section 37 of the Electoral Act. The ruling came as Nwosu, a son-in-law to former governor of the state Rochas Okorocha, is challenging the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Paul Pogba saw a penalty saved as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves on Monday Night Football at the Molineux Stadium. Anthony Martial scored for the second game in a row to put United ahead in the 27th minute, but Ruben Neves levelled with a brilliant curling strike from outside the box shortly after half time.