Breaking News in Nigeria Today 31st January 2019

Breaking News in Nigeria Today: Litigants Attack Port Harcourt NBA Chairman over Attempt to Enforce Court Boycott. Continue reading iDonsabi for more details…

1. Protesters Hit Asaba Streets in Demand for a University

Protesters under the aegis of Asaba Youths for Progress took to the streets of Asaba yesterday (January 30) to demand that the government upgrade the Delta State-owned university (DELSU, Asaba campus) and the Federal College of Education (Technical) in Asaba to Universities.

Leader of the protesting group, Emeka Okelium addressed newsmen in Asaba saying, “We need Delsu Asaba Campus and FEC, Technical to be universities hence the protest today”

2. Litigants Attack Port Harcourt NBA Chairman over Attempt to Enforce Court Boycott

Chairman of the Port Harcourt branch of the Appeal Court, Sylvester Adaka was beaten blue-black yesterday for trying to disrupt the proceedings of some litigants whose case was being heard.

Recall that the NBA had earlier announced a 2 day court boycott.

iDonsabi reliably gathered that the litigants who beat up the NBA chairman were members and supporters of the sacked Governorship candidate of the APC, Tonye Cole and other candidates of the party whose case was being heard.

SEE ALSO: NBA Strike Stalls Judicial Activities at FCT High Court

3. Lassa fever claim Over 50 Lives in Ondo

There have been heightened incidents of Lassa fever in Ondo State.

It is been reported that recent death toll as a result of the disease has reached a whooping 50 incidents.

Lassa fever has been ravaging some parts of the state for some weeks and has now found its way into the state capital, Akure.

4. Protests Rock Lagos House of Assembly over Plans to Impeach Governor Ambode

A group of protesters yesterday took their demonstration to the Lagos House of Assembly.

Their grievances were connected to the plans by members of the Lagos House of Assembly to impeach the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode who they accused of gross misconduct.

Ambode is also being accused of delaying 2019 budget as well as financing the opposition party, PDP from the state coffers.

ALSO READ: Lagos Assembly Summons Ambode over Budget

5. NUT Demands N-Power be Scrapped, Says it Employs Incompetent Teachers

The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has made a call that the N-power scheme be laid to rest.

According to the NUT President, Nasir Idris, the N-Power scheme employs people without necessary qualification which is bad for the sector.

Idris disclosed this during his address at the 2019 assembly of the union on Tuesday.

He further urged the government to employ only qualified teachers.

6. CBN Issues New Directive on Payment of Salaries, Pension taxes

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a new directive that the end-to-end electronic payment should be adopted for the payment of salaries, pensions, suppliers and taxes in the country.

On that note, commercial banks are now to dishonor payment instructions not transmitted through a bank’s approved electronic payment and collection platform.

The Apex Bank issued the directive in a circular posted on its website on Tuesday and signed by Sam Okojere, Director of Payments System Management Department.

7. Timi Frank Names Countries that Contributed to the Emergence of President Buhari in 2015

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Timi Frank, has penned down the names of countries that helped President Muhammadu Buhari emerge as the winner of the 2015 preidential election.

Frank says that if not for the intervention of countries like US, UK and also the United Nations, President Buhari would not have emerged president.

In that regard, the former APC Publicity Secretary called on these countries to ignore the recent folly of the presidency in exchanging verbal statements with them over Justice Walter’s suspension.

Frank further described the warnings President Muhammadu Buhari issued to the UK, USA and other countries to steer of Nigerian affairs as a “message from the table of an ingrate.”

Frank made his position known in his statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja.

8. US Reveals What Will Happen if Nigeria Fails at Credible Elections

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington has made the thoughts of his government known in his recent statement in Kaduna.

According to Symington, if Nigeria should fail at delivering a free, fair and credible election, Nigeria would be disappointing those that looked up to it after the feat recorded in 2015.

Symington opined this in his statement when he visited the Police Command in Kaduna.

9. Africa Youth Cup Organisers Invites Bayelsa Restoration Starlets to Cape Verde

Africa Youth Cup Organisers has invited the Bayelsa Restoration Starlets to Cape Verde for its 2019 edition slated to hold in Cape Verde, Serahanasports in April.

The youth team was assembled after the Governor Seriake Dickson-sponsored Restoration Cup last year.

10. Air Peace Aborts Flight Over Bomb Threat, Turns Out it’s a Hoax

Passengers commended the crew of Air Peace Flight P4 7121 for putting their safety first in a recent hoax bomb threat.

Air Peace had turned a plane around to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Wednesday after receiving information that there was an explosive on board the aircraft.

A statement issued by the Corporate Communications Manager of the carrier, Mr. Chris Iwarah confirmed the incident, saying the operating crew acted professionally and took the decision to return as a precaution.

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