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Nigerian Newspapers: Top 10 Latest News Headlines Today, Wednesday, 7th Aug 2019

1. Buhari gives fresh updates on when to swear in ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to swear in ministers-designate on Wednesday 21st of August, 2019.

This was contained in a statement issued by Babatunde Lawal, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs Office in the
Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Before the inauguration of the cabinet, the ministers-designate are expected to go through induction retreat at the Presidential Villa on Monday and Tuesday 19th and 20th of August.

The retreat was earlier scheduled for 16th to 17th of August.

The statement reads “The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, invites all ministers-designate, head of the civil service of the federation, federal permanent secretaries and top government functionaries (specifically invited) to a 2-day induction retreat to be presided over by his excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the retreat earlier publicized has been rescheduled as follows:

2. FG to review revenue sharing formula

The Federal Government says it will set up a committee in the coming week to review the revenue sharing formula for Federal, States and Local Governments due to current economic realities.

The Chairman, Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Mr Elias Mbam disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, shortly after he received an Award of Excellence from the Nigeria Civil Service Union.

According to the current revenue allocation formula, the Federal government gets 52.68 per cent, State, 26.72 per cent and Local government 20.60 per cent.

Also, 13 per cent of oil and gas federally collected revenue is returned to the oil producing states as derivation revenue to compensate for ecological disasters arising from oil production.

The formula was designed during former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration.

However, the RMAFC in 2013 saw the need to review the formula for balanced development of the country, embarking on a nationwide consultation and met with notable figures on the issue.

3. JUST IN: Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison Is Dead

The first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88 following a brief illness.

Her death was confirmed by her family in a statement on Tuesday.

Morrison was born in Ohio on February 18, 1931. She died at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York on Monday.

“It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends,” they said.

“Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well-lived life,” the statement added, describing her as “the consummate writer who treasured the written word.”

4. ATBU shut down over collapsed bridge, reveals two students killed

Management of the Abubakar Tafawa Belewa University, Bauchi, has reacted to the collapse of a bridge in the University campus campus, revealing that school lost two students in the accident.

Latest Nigeria News reported earlier of palpable tension in Bauchi following the death of some students of the University who were reportedly killed following the collapse of a bridge linking the University Monday night.

The incident was as a result of a heavy downpour in the State which lasted for several hours.

But in a statement to Latestalert on Tuesday afternoon signed by Prof. M.A Abdulazeez, the school Director of Media, the school said that full details of the incident was still being awaited, adding that the Senate had decided to close down the institution for the time being.

5. Audio record of where Gov Akeredolu threatens to destroy Ondo community

The Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has been caught in an audio recording where he threatened to destroy Ikale land in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.

Latest Nigeria News gathered that Akeredolu made the threat at the palace of Abodi of Ikale land, Oba George Faduyile, where he tongue-lashed the monarch over the communal clash at Ago-Alaye between the Ikales and the people of Araromi-Obu in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.

In the audio recording obtained by Latestalert, the governor fumed, “What happened in Ago-Alaye must not repeat itself and it will not. And if anybody tries it, I’m saying it now, I will level that place, nothing will happen.

“How? people live with themselves for years and some people will just start burning down houses. How can we live like this?

“Kabiyesi, the Deputy Governor has called you for a meeting twice and you refused to show up. I’ve deployed security personnel to Ago-Alaye and nobody will be allowed to move until you (Abodi) curb those perpetrating the atrocities. And if care is not taken it will be forever. We’ll do it and nothing will happen. This is government.

“How? People will just wake up, destroy people’s property and maim them, how? How do we do this?

“Even if the whole of Ondo State belongs to you (Abodi) we’ll chase ourselves over what?

“Kabiyesi, I just felt with all reluctance to come here. Even when I called you on phone, you said the line was bad. I got information that meetings were called and you did not come, the Deputy Governor said it and others came. You claimed to be observing a traditional festival that forbids you from coming out. If that is true or not, I don’t want to know about it, because I don’t know about any festival that will not allow one to come out.

With all respect sir, with due respect that is why I had to call your son, Dayo who is close to me to call you to order.

“Today we’re here, the government must be there to protect the lives and properties of the citizens, no matter where they are.

We (government) are not scared. We have said what we wanted to say. On the day of election, if you (Ikales) wish, don’t give us your votes, no problem about that. And if we lose the election, we will go back to where we came from. We are not scared. What are we scared about? Nothing.

6. ‘Voices of Nigerians must be heard’ – Fela Durotoye reacts to Sowore’s arrest

The presidential candidate of Alliance for New Nigeria in the 2019 general elections, Fela Durotoye has called for the immediate release of the convener of RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore.

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Durotoye said that Sowore has a constitutional right to protest and make demands against bad governance, hence should be released from the Department of State Services, DSS, custody.

According to him, Sowore only lent his voice to the collective frustration of Nigerians, adding that the country is in dire need of a new beginning.

Durotoye, on his official Twitter page, wrote: “Nigeria is in dire need of a new beginning. Every Nigerian has a constitutional right to Freedom of Speech and peaceful protest.

“My brother Omoyele Sowore has only learnt his voice to our collective frustration as a people. The voices of the people must be heard. Free Sowore now.

7. 5 civilians killed, others injured as soldiers and ISWAP clash in Borno

Residents of Monguno Local Government Area of Borno State in the northeast region on Tuesday said that attack by Boko Haram, Monday night at about 10:25 pm left five civilians dead with several others injured following exchange of gunfire between security forces and members of the ISWAP.

Mohammed Muktar, a resident told Latest Nigeria News that, the situation in Monguno is now calm, but there was restriction of movement in some part of the town.

According to him, “There have been several attempts by Boko Haram to take over Monguno since the beginning of this year. But last night attack was deadly. We do not know the number of soldiers or Boko Haram that were killed, however, stray bullets killed five civilians and injured many others. It was too bad. Most of us are just returning from hiding. ”

A source within the security operative in Monguno told our Correspondent that, the attackers came through Kuya village to attack soldiers’ location at Charlie1 near the stadium.

” We fought them throughout the night and managed to repel them. I am not in the position to speak on casualty, but as I always said, this is not a game and casualties are bound to come at the end of a battle as this. We are counting on your prayers as we put our lives on the lines. If we lose comrades in a fight, we move on knowing that, we do not die in vain but so that innocent people can have peace, ” our source said.

8. #RevolutionNow: What Sowore tells Nigerians to do while in DSS Custody

Omoyele Sowore, summoner of the #RevolutionNow protest, spoke about his arrest by the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Revolution Now protests.

Sowore assured his followers that they would remain firm in their convictions and express their gratitude to the Nigerians for their support. He said his intention is to conduct a peaceful protest against the bad government in the country, also calling for the release of arrested protesters.

According to The Nation, he made his statement Monday when members of the “Take It Back Movement” visited him in the DSS facility where he was detained since his arrest on Saturday.

“I would like to assure everyone that I am being treated well and in very good health.

“I am pleased that the peaceful #RevolutionNow protests went ahead.

“However, knowledge of the sheer number of innocent Nigerians being arrested for exercising their civil rights bothers me.

“I join others in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested by the police on Monday,” Sowore said.

Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, Director, Media and Communication of the movement, confirmed in a statement released on Monday evening that the group has been able to see Sowore and that he was in high spirits.

She wrote: “At 6pm today, 5th August, 2019, members of the Take it Back Movement were allowed to visit with our convener, Omoyele Sowore, for the first time since his armed abduction in the early hours last Saturday, August 3.

9. DSS arrests top Journalist over Facebook Post

The Department of Security Services (DSS) arrested a former editor of the Daily Trust newspaper, Ibrahim Dan-Halilu.

Latest Nigeria News understands that the journalist was arrested for allegedly supporting RevolutionNow activities in a Facebook post.

Monday night DSS agents broke into Dan-Halilu’s residence in Rigachikun, Kaduna state, and took him at 2 am.

The former political director had supported the activities of the #RevolutionNow protesters in a Facebook post.

The DSS source, however, stated that the arrest of Dan-Halilu was not a serious problem.

“Contrary to the speculation going rounds, DSS just wants to get some necessary clarification from Mr Dan-Halilu on vital security issues. That’s all and nothing more,” he said.

Dan-Halilu’s Facebook post reads:

“I feel I should share because it resonates with me. If resonates with you too, please share until all oppressed people of Nigeria get the message and domesticate it. This is #Not the Nigeria of My Dream.

“Somebody asked me why we need a revolution now, this was my reply: The aim of the revolution is to challenge the uncommon hardship why we have 16m children on the street; challenge why we have become the poverty capital of the world; challenge why we have 20 persons with corrupt cases as federal legislators and would-be Ministers

“We need to restructure the country. We need to put an end to trillions spent on electricity while we live in darkness and pay estimated bill for electricity and meters. Why do we have huge oil reserves but our refineries are dead and we are re-importing what we exported as crude oil? It is time to ask why those in government travel abroad for medical care when they have left our hospitals dilapidated; why they send their children to school abroad when our children learn under mango trees.

10. Senate President Ahmed Lawan’s office releases official portrait and how to address him

Office of the Senate President has released his official portrait and also stated how Ahmad Lawan should be addressed officially.

An email from the Senate President’s Media Office reads;

”The attached photograph is the official portrait of the president of the Senate. The President of the Senate is to be addressed as: Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, Ph.D, CON, as indicated on the portrait.”