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10 things you need to know this Wednesday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, has said the election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Bayelsa State, was a military coup against the nation’s democracy perpetrated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against Bayelsans, calling on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) supporters to remain calm as moves are on to reclaim the mandate of the people at the Election Petition Tribunal. He spoke at the State government lodge on Tuesday.

2. The Appeal Court in Abuja on Tuesday upheld the election of Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha. The judgment followed an appeal filed by the Action Alliance, All Progressives Grand Alliance, AA, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, challenging the election of Ihedioha. The appellate court dismissed the appeal for lack of merit. It also fined the AA gubernatorial candidate, Uche Nwosu five hundred thousand Naira for wasting the time of the court and struck out the petition of Senator Hope Uzodimma challenging Ihedioha’s victory.

3. President Muhammadu Buhari has said there is little to show for over one trillion Naira budgeted for constituency projects of the National Assembly members in the last 10 years. Buhari spoke at the National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in Public Sector, which was organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, in conjunction with the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in Abuja on Tuesday. He said to end corruption, special crime court must be established.

4. A report has claimed that a data obtained from the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency on Tuesday has revealed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was subsidising the cost of Premium Motor Spirit consumed across the country by N19.37 per litre. According to the report, the landing cost of petrol as of November 18, 2019 was N144.7/litre, while the distribution margin was put at N19.37/litre.

5. The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it has uncovered gross abuse of personnel budget and inflation as well as padding of nominal role by some Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) amounting to N18.62 billion. Chairman of the ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, made the disclosure at the National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector. According to him, the discovery of the scam followed the launching of the commission System Study and Review of MDA Practices, involving over 300 MDAs.

6. Umar Pariya, a close aide of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is dead. Pariya served Atiku during his time as Vice-President and has remained in his close circles. He died in Dubai, where Atiku himself has been since April. The cause of his death is yet unknown. The news of the death of the former presidential aide was announced by Yakubu Dogara, a former House of Representatives Speaker.

7. The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said on Monday that politicians and other actors made plans to counter security arrangements for Saturday’s governorship poll in Bayelsa and Kogi states. He said part of the counter plans was to sew uniforms for persons that posed as policemen and security officials. Adamu, who spoke with State House Correspondents said the police and other security officers deployed for the elections carried “special identification tags,” but that politicians and persons the IG called the “bad guys”, also made counter plans to cause problems in some isolated areas in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

8. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday presented Integrity awards to two public servants, ACG Bashir Abubakar and Mrs Josephine Ugwu of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, for exhibiting Integrity in the performance of their official duties. While an Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Abubakar rejected 412,000 dollars (N150 million) bribe offered to him by drug traffickers, Ugwu, a former cleaner at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos had on different occasions returned millions of naira found in the course of her duty, including the sum of 12 million dollars forgotten in the toilet by an airport user.

9. The Enugu State Police Command, Tuesday, paraded a self-acclaimed pastor, Sunday Egbo after a small coffin, multiple female pants and braziers were recovered from his house. Samuel is the General Overseer and founder of Christ Mercy Ministry, Ajuonu, Obukpa, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State. The end came for the said pastor after he allegedly raped a female member who had come for prayers. The development led to his arrest and subsequent recovery of the items. He confessed his other secret deals to the police

10. The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the Niger Delta Development Commission over failure to present its 2019 budget to the National Assembly in violation of the NDDC act. The House mandated the committee to invite the Minister of Niger Delta, Goodswill Akpabio and the Board of the commission over the refusal of the commission to submit the budget 14 months after expiration. The decision followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia) on Tuesday during plenary.

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