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Here’s our picks on today’s top stories on Daily Trust.
FG, CNN Trade Words Over Lekki Shootings
The federal government Thursday attributed the reports of a massacre during the Lekki shootings by security operatives to those it described as “purveyors of fake news.”
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, while addressing a press conference in Abuja, said there was no massacre in Lekki on October 20. He said the incident could either be a “social media massacre or at best massacre without bodies.”
He also tackled the Cable News Network (CNN), saying the media organisation should be sanctioned for “misinformation and irresponsible reporting of the October 20 Lekki shootings.” However, the US-based media outfit fired back saying it stood by its report of the Lekki incident and that it compiled its details after conducting a thorough investigation including talking to relevant people.
Bayelsa West By-Election: INEC Complies With Court Order, Removes APC Candidate
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has removed the logo and symbol of the All Progressives Congress (APC) among the political parties contesting in the December 5, 2020, senatorial by-election in Bayelsa West senatorial district.
The list of parties participating in the election published on Thursday at the INEC office in Yenagoa had only 12 political parties and their candidates, excluding APC and its candidate, Chief Peremobowei Ebebi.
The Head, INEC’s Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Wilfred Ifogah, said the exclusion of APC and its candidate was in compliance with the Federal High Court judgement in suits No FHC/YAN/CS/60/2020 and FHC/YAN/CS/66/2020 which restrained the INEC from including the name and logo of the candidate of APC in Bayelsa West senatorial district, Chief Peremobowei Ebebi.
Jonathan Has Brought Honour To Nigeria – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with former President Goodluck Jonathan on his 63rd birthday.
Buhari, in a statement yesterday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, congratulated Jonathan for a life of service which, he said, had brought honour and goodwill to the country.
He noted the peculiar and remarkable climb of the former president on Nigeria’s political ladder, and dedication that had kept him working most recently as ECOWAS envoy to bring peace to the Republic of Mali.
Airports Concessioning A Noble Idea – Minister
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says airport concession is a noble idea which should be carried out to generate more revenue and get the private sector involved.
He said this in Abuja yesterday at the end of a public hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation on six executive bills aimed at reforming the aviation sector.
The House of Representatives had recently called for the suspension of the planned concession of the four international airports in Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt and Abuja.
More PDP Govs Coming To APC – Yahaya Bello
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello says more governors of the People’s Democratic Party are on their way to the All Progressives Congress.
Bello, who featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme last night, was commenting on the defection of Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi to the APC.
“Umahi is with us, others are coming. Other governors are already knocking. They’re on their way. We’ll be unveiling them one after the other,” he said.
How Banks Are Aiding Fraud – Lawan
Senate President Ahmad Lawan yesterday in Abuja urged the nation’s anti-corruption agencies to beam their searchlights on operations of commercial banks.
Lawan, during his investiture and induction as Patron by the Chattered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria, said: “It is not only in government agencies that we have this kind of attitude, even in private organizations.
“So, our anti-corruption agencies should go beyond looking at what the government agencies are doing, they should also look at what our banks are doing.
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