Catch up on Nigerian news headlines with the Big Ten today.
1. Civil servants are Nigeria’s major problem, says Afe Babalola.
Legal luminary Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) has said Nigeria’s civil servants are the nation’s major problem.
Furthermore, he said he turned down ministerial appointment twice because of corrupt civil servants. The eminent lawyer said the nation’s civil servants would make him create instant enmity; if he had accepted the offer to serve as a minister.
2. Police declare emergency on Lagos traffic, deploy 1,000.
At an emergency meeting with his management team, heads of units/ departments; Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) to review the current traffic situation; Odumosu directed 24-hour coverage of all roads.
According to a statement by police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP); the Commissioner also reviewed traffic duty to two shifts daily.
“Traffic Duty Officers will run shifts between 10 am and 10 pm while the second shift will be 10 pm to 10 am. They will therefore provide 24-hour coverage. They will all operate in their usual reflective jackets.
3. Melaye tenders petition with 21 video evidence at INEC.
People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate for the Kogi West Senatorial District by-election, Dino Melaye; has presented 21 video clips to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); to serve as evidence of electoral violence and malpractices during last Saturday’s election.
Melaye, in a petition put together by his solicitors and signed by Tobechukwu Nweke; claimed that the Kogi West Senatorial election was less than satisfactory; as it was mostly characterised by all forms of violence and malpractices.
4. How Presidency traced airport cleaner who returned over N40m.
Mrs Josephine Ugwu was a cleaner at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Ikeja; the Lagos State capital.
On several occasions, she found huge sums of money totalling over N40 million in the course of her duty; and returned them to authorities who gave same to the owners.
Her honesty was celebrated by many Nigerians but some derided her; for “shunning the easy path” to make money in life.
A Nigerian soon drew the attention of the Presidency to her case; and also proposed a national recognition and award to honour her; and therefore encourage other Nigerians to be honest.
5. Social media offenders risk 3-year jail term, N10m fine.
A Bill prescribing a three-year jail term or N10 million fine for social media offenders yesterday; scaled second reading in the Senate.
Furthermore, it is entitled: “A Bill for an Act to make provisions for the protection from internet falsehood and manipulations and related matters, 2019.”
Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, representing Niger East, sponsored it.
Also, in his lead debate, he said it has become imperative to curb the excesses of those using social media; to cause disaffection and character assassination through fake news.
6. Enforcement of new number plates starts January 2020.
The enforcement of the new vehicle number plates will commence from 1st January 2020.
The Joint Tax Board made this known in a communique issued at the end of its 14th meeting in Abuja.
Additionally, according to the board, “the enforcement of the new vehicle number plates; shall commence with effect from 1st January 2020 upon the expiration of the one-year period of grac;e granted for the replacement of old vehicle number plates.”
7. Sowore instigating violence from custody – DSS.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has said the Convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore; who is still in their custody; has been making calls to mobilise people for violence and take action against Nigeria.
DSS spokesman Dr Peter Afunanya, who addressed reporters on Tuesday in Abuja; said though they had received the court order that Sowore be released; they however could not just let him go without proper documentation to appropriate sureties.
8. Ibadan ‘Obas’ to surrender crowns.
The 21 Obas who emerged through the review of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration may surrender their crowns; based on a new court judgment that set aside the gazettes that backed their elevation.
Furthermore, the judgment, which was an out-of-court settlement; may bring an end to a two-year-old disharmony within the Olubadan-In-Council ;and the Ibadan traditional obaship system.
9. Kogi: Why my wife was murdered – husband of slain PDP Women Leader.
Husband of Mrs Salome Abuh, the Women Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ochadamu, Ofu LGA of Kogi State; who was allegedly killed and set ablaze in her home by suspected political thugs; Elder Simeon Abuh, has therefore called for justice in the case.
Furthermore, the family, in a statement signed by the bereaved husband, noted that; the brutal murder of Mrs Salome Abuh and also the destruction of properties were premeditated.
The culprits, they also said, were known to members of the community.
10. Burna Boy’s Grammy nomination excites Nigerians.
Fans have continued to flood social media with congratulatory messages following Afro-fusion star; Damini Ogulu, also known as Burna Boy’s Grammy nomination.
Additionally, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Burna Boy’s inclusion in the prestigious Grammy nomination list; broke the internet when it was announced on Wednesday evening.
He was nominated in the ‘Best World Music Album’ category for his album ‘African Giant’; which also featured Angelique Kidjo who was nominated in the same category.