Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning.
1. Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have killed 16 suspected Boko Haram members in Kangarwa area of Borno State.
Army Spokesman, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said weapons recovered from the insurgents include 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade 7 tube, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb, 11 AK-47 Rifle, a 60mm Mortar tube, a dozen of 60mm Mortar bombs, a 36 Hand Grenade, 5 AK-47 rifle magazines, 1 Gionee Handset and 1 Bandolier.
2. The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be civil in his approach to some issues and to be mindful that he is no longer a military man.
The monarch, who spoke in Lagos during the unveiling of SunTrust Bank Limited, said the ongoing economic hardship in the nation could not be totally blamed on former President Goodluck Jonathan.
3. The Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB) has approved the dismissal of three senior Prisons officers serving in Kuje Medium Security prison and three other senior officers serving in Koton Karfe prison for their alleged negligence, which led to the escape of prisoners from the respective prisons.
The Controller-General of Prisons also in his capacity approved the dismissal of 7 junior staff serving in Kuje Medium Security prison and 10 other junior staff serving in Koton Karfe prison also implicated in the escape saga.
4. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday declared that the present Federal Government inherited a battered economy from the previous administration led by Goodluck Jonathan.
The VP, who spoke while inaugurating the agricultural sector road map titled, ‘The Green Alternative: Agriculture Promotion Policy 2016 – 2020’, assured Nigerians that the Muhammadu Buhari administration was doing its best to salvage the situation.
5. Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja has ordered the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to halt its National Convention slated for (tomorrow) Wednesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Abang gave the order late Monday afternoon while hearing the suit filed to determine who is the authentic National Chairman of the party between Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Senator Ahmed Makarfi. However, the party has vowed to go on with its scheduled convection despite the court’s verdict.
6. The U.S. Government has promised to bring in officials from its Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, and other security experts to provide technical assistance to the Nigerian Government to deal with terrorism and other crime-related activities in the nation.
Alan Tousignant, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, who made this disclosure on Monday in Abuja when he led a security delegation on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, said that the delegation which comprised a crack team of the U.S Security Governance Initiative (SGI) was in the country as a follow-up to its earlier visit in January.
7. Leading Igbo socio-cultural organization, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resume direct negotiation with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu without delay.
The national president of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro while speaking on the issue, advised the federal government not to allow such opportunity pass it by.
8. The Federal Inland Revenue Service has sealed some companies in Lagos, Abuja and Asaba, the Delta State capital over unremitted taxes running into N715m.
FIRS identified the companies it sealed as Urban Shelter Limited in Abuja, Venro Energy Limited in Lagos, Enegas in Lagos and Davnotch Nigeria Limited in Asaba, Urban Shelter Limited located at Shippers Plaza in the Wuse Zone 5 Area of Abuja for its failure to remit accumulated tax arrears of N637m for the period between 2008 and 2016.
9. The Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, Mondnay declared that a former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, would not go unpunished for bringing embarrassment to members of the national assembly on the alleged padding of the 2016 budget.
He described Jibrin as a “coward,” who violated the rules of the House and must be punished accordingly.
10. Nigerian sprinter, Blessing Okagbare, who crashed out of the women’s 100m at the semifinal stage, has raced into the semifinals of the 200m.
Okagbare finished first in heat five of the 200m in 22.71secs to qualify for the semifinal. The Nigerian champion will be seeking to make the final after missing out on a medal place in the 100m won by Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson.