Good Morning!,Here are 10 things you need to know this Thursday morning:
1) The Association of Foreign Airlines’ Representatives in Nigeria (AFARN), Wednesday threatened to leave Nigeria if its members cannot benefit from the concession granted to them to access foreign exchange at the inter-bank foreign exchange market. The AFARN President, Mr Kingsley Nwokoma, said the present exchange rate was seriously affecting their operations.
2) The Joint Military Task Force deployed to the Niger Delta to protect oil infrastructure said on Wednesday said there was an explosion at an oil field operated by Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) in Delta.
Spokesman of the joint force code-named “Operation Delta Safe’’ Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu, said investigations had commenced into the incident.
3) Contrary to a recent report, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has denied ever meeting Mr. Ibanga Akpabio’s over his involvement in N10M oil scam. Ibanga is a cousin of former Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State. The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren that Magu had never met him.
4) Report says two Special Assistants to Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State on Wednesday resigned their appointments. Upon their resignation, they defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC. The two members are Aderonke Morolayo, the Special Assistant on Political Matters, and Victor Ojo, the Special Assistant on Mobilisation. In their resignation letter, they said it was due to circumstances beyond their control.
5) A delegation of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party led by the National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ahmed Markafi and other top members of the party on Wednesday visited some chieftains of the party who are in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The delegation were at the EFCC’s office around 2.30pm to see Obanikoro, Fani Kayode and others.
6) A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday convicted four companies of laundering $15.5m kept in their accounts with Skye Bank. The companies are Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited. They are linked to a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa. Justice Babs Kuewumi convicted the four companies, having pleaded guilty to money laundering.
7) Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has said should Donald Trump win the US presidential election, he will head back to Nigeria after destroying his green card.
He said this on Wednesday while giving a speech to students of Oxford University, England.
8) A former Comptroller- General of Customs, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, has reportedly returned the looted sum of N1,040,000,000 to the Federal Government and he is still expected to return more money to the government.
9) The Nigerian Army has said that a report by an online medium alleging that Burutai was exploiting its men was with not iota of truth, saying the allegations were so generalized without any specifics just as it was a deliberate hatchet man’s job. A statement by the Army Spokesman, Sani Usman urged the general public to disregard the report as the welfare of the men in front was key to the force.
10) Report says about 10 gunmen stormed three courts in Benue State capital, Makurdi and held one of the judges hostage. The gunmen who shot sporadically during the attack, invaded Benue State High Court 9, Chief Magistrate’s Court and Upper Area Court. Justice mary Abounu was one of the judges held hostage by the gunmen.