Latest News in Nigeria Today 22nd January 2019

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1. IGP Disbands FSARS

Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal SARS.

He made the announcement in Abuja on Monday at his inaugural conference with Commissioners of Police and other senior officers.

According to him, SARS will now work under the direct supervision of the Commissioners of Police in all the states of the federation.

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2. Regina Daniels Gets Atikulated

Nollywood teen actress, Regina Daniels has been appointed as Atiku Abubakar’s Youth Campaign Coordinator.

The actress disclosed this in a post on Instagram where she pledged her support to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and the ”Atikulated’ campaign.

The post reads; ”I am Regina Daniels. Proud to be 100% Atikulated with Atiku Abubakar who is in the race to become Nigeria’s next President.

Nollywood teen actress, Regina Daniels has been appointed as Atiku Abubakar’s Youth Campaign Coordinator.

The actress disclosed this in a post on her Instagram page where she pledged her support to the PDP, and the ”Atikulated” campaign.

The post reads; ”I am Regina Daniels. Proud to be 100% Atikulated with Atiku Abubakar who is in the race to become Nigeria’s next President.

”I accept my appointment as Youth Campaign Coordinator For Nollywood with humility and youthful zeal. Atiku is a youth-friendly leader who has assured that every 4 out of 10 of his cabinet will be a youth,” the young actress said.

3. FG, ASUU in Fresh Talks Over Strike

Following the strike embarked upon on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) since on November 4, the FGN has again resumed negotiations with the union in a bid to bring the strike to an end.

The meeting began on Monday evening by 5pm, with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige in attendance as well as a delegation of the striking lecturers.

Some of the conditions which ASUU has given the FG to call off the strike include a release of N50 billion to demonstrate the FG’s commitment to the revitalisation of the universities.

This is following the MoU signed by ASUU and FG in 2013 wherein the FG agreed to pay the academic body N1.3 trillion spanned over a period of  5 years, (2013-2018) as part of the funds for the revitalisation of the universities.

However, only N200 billion was released in 2013.

At the meeting today, Dr. Ngige said the meeting is aimed at bringing the strike to a halt.

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4. Afe Babalola Proposes Unified Final Exams in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions

Afe Babalola(SAN), has proposed to National Universities Commission and the Ministry of Education to adopt a unified examinations for final year students in every course in Nigerian universities.

Babalola said this is one of the potent weapons that can be deployed to engender quality education in the country and rout the culture of laziness in the system.

He also added that his university, Afe Babalola University had partnered with NUC to move the institution beyond the minimum standard set by the commission.

Babalola spoke on Monday during the 10th matriculation ceremony Afe Babalola University.

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5. Atiku Weeps in Jigawa

The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, broke down in tears in Jigawa.

Atiku was moved to tears as a mammoth crowd chanted his name during the PDP presidential rally in Jalingo on Monday.

The state government was alleged to have denied the PDP access to the stadium and another venue had to be arranged.

6. Buhari Orders Ngige to End ASUU Strike Immediately

President Buhari has given the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige a direct order to bring the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to an immediate end.

The Minister who spoke at the resume negotiation meeting between the government and the union said the President was concerned about the continued stay at home of Nigerian students and has directed him to bring the strike to an immediate end so that students can return to school.

In Ngige’s words, “The President has directed me to pass the night here until all issues that have kept our children away from school are resolved and strike called off. He has also directed me to impress upon you, the imperative of little sacrifice from all sides, knowing full well that the revenue of the federation has dwindled from what it was before the present administration assumed office.”

7. Troops Neutralise Boko Haram in Yobe State

The Nigerian Army on Monday said they have dealt Boko Haram terrorists with more pains.

The troops said they repelled attacks by the Boko Haram terrorists in Buni Yadi, Gujba LGA of Yobe state, killing scores of them.

According to a statement by the Assistant Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Major Nureni Alimi, “Troops of the 27 Task Force Brigade and Nigerian Army Special Forces School, Buni Yadi, Gujba Local Government of Yobe State successfully defeated Boko Haram terrorists that launched an attack on the military base”.

However, 4 Soldiers sustained injuries during the encounter, Major Alimi said.

8. What I’ll Do for Buhari – Uba

Anambra South Senator, and state coordinator of President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Council, Andy Ubah has promised to land President Buhari a landslide victory in Anambra State, in the Febuary 16 Presidential election.

According to him, his reason for beginning his campaign in his ward was to fulfill the saying that “charity begins at home”.

9. FG Approves 108 Firms to Supply Electricity Meters

The FG has approved 108 companies for the provision of meters to electricity consumers across the country.

The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola announced this on Sunday in Lagos.

The announcement came during the continuation of his neighbourhood consultations/campaign for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019 in the Surulere LGA of the state.

According to the minister, 108 metering companies had been furnished with licences to supply meters to address the problems of unmetered billing system in the country.

10. We’re Not under Any Pressure to Rig Elections – INEC

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu, said that the commission was not under pressure to do any wrong in the coming elections.

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo had on Sunday, expressed doubt about INEC’s integrity to conduct free, fair and credible elections.

Obasanjo had also accused President Buhari of plotting to rig the general elections.

In an open letter titled “Point for Concern and Action” which he made available to journalists, Obasanjo also likened President Buhari’s government to the government of the former military ruler, Sani Abacha, who was known as an audacious dictator and alleged corruption master.

“This is to be expected in an election year when people make all sorts of insinuations”, Yakubu had said on Monday in Abuja.

“I want to tell you that we as a commission have never been under any pressure to do what is wrong”.

According to him, INEC will never compromise its integrity to do what the law says that we shouldn’t.

“And for the 2019 general elections, I want to assure and reassure Nigerians that votes and nothing but votes will count”, he said.


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