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#NigerianNews: Daily News Summary

1. Immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, has said that it was proper for him and others from the Niger Delta region to mediate in the current faceoff between the federal government and some militants group from the region. Jonathan said that he was in talk with some elders from the region in order to resolve the renewed violence in the region. He disclosed this after a brief closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa on Wednesday.

2. Report says two pensioners of the Benue State Civil Service who were involved in the Wednesday protest over the non-payment of their arrears slumped. The retirees who came out under the umbrella of Concerned Benue Pensioners in Makurdi, the state capital were demanding for the immediate payment of their alleged unpaid entitlements and gratuity which spanned 11 months. The two were rushed to an undisclosed hospital after several efforts to revive them failed.

3. Factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has requested the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, not to be part of the Makarfi-led national convention slated for August 17. He urged the commission to trash the letter written to it by the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP Caretaker Committee in respect of the forthcoming convention.

4. The kidnapped lecturer of the University of Port Harcourt, Dr. Reginald Ohiri, Tueday night regained his freedom from the hands of his abductors. The victim was said to have been freed by his abductors after the kidnappers realized he was not their target.
Ohiri is a lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at UNPORT and was abducted on from his resident, in Aluu community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the Rivers State by some unknown gunmen.

5. There was report on Wednesday that some armed robbers took over the Warewa long bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, resulting to motorists abandoning their vehicles.
The police has, however, refuted the report, saying the said bridge was flooded with policemen and there was no robbery operation as reported.

6. A level six officer with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Christy Olabode, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Olabode was arrested for allegedly diverting and stealing N70m belonging to the agency. The accused, before her suspension had worked in the Accounts Department, where she allegedly diverted the said amounts between 2013 and 2016, using different accounts of FAAN employees until the fraud was discovered by the management.

7. A former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, on Wednesday alleged that the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, had given out $25,000 to lawmakers so that they could pass a vote of confidence on him as the Speaker.
In his claim, Jibrin said Dogara opened a register at his Asokoro guest house where each member was allegedly given the amount.

8. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has refuted media report on apprehension and panic by members of the public living around the area of ongoing air operations at AREPO and its environs. Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, Director of Public Relations and Information, in a statement Wednesday night, said bombardment was carefully planned to avoid casualties.

9. A member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has described as treasonable, alleged attempt by some politicians to remove the Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, through the High Court. He called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to probe the ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the FCT High Court in Abuja. He also said that those involved in the plot should be tried for treason.

10. A 48-year-old landlord and a retired Nepa staff, Popoola Adepoju, on Tuesday hanged himself in Ibadan, leaving behind a three-page suicide note. The incident which happened in Idi-Ose, along Akan road in Ona Ara Council Area of the city drew many people to the scene of the incident. Report claims the man sent his children on an errand before committing the act.

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