Police abort Wole Soyinka’s press conference

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Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has been denied access to the venue of his scheduled press conference on the state-of-the-nation.
The Nigeria Police Force on Monday, August 19, 2019, barricaded the venue, 46 Ibijoke Street, Oluyole bustop Oregun, with their vehicles and men, thereby preventing the Nobel Laureate and other persons scheduled to speak at the event from gaining access to the venue.

Sudan's Bashir got $90 mn from Saudi, investigator tells court

Sudan's deposed military ruler Omar al-Bashir has admitted to receiving $90 million in cash from Saudi royals, an investigator told a Khartoum court on Monday.

Police Brigadier Ahmed Ali said at the opening of Bashir's corruption trial, which an AFP correspondent attended, that the former president told him that the latest payment was "delivered by some of Mohammed bin Salman's envoys".

Bashir, whose military Islamist regime ruled Sudan for 30 years, arrived at the Judicial and Legal Science Institute where the trial is taking place in a huge military convoy.

Nigeria’s govt should publish its budgets within reasonable period of time – U.S.

The United States Department of State has urged the Nigerian Government to always publish its budgets within a reasonable period of time, as to help the nation improve its fiscal transparency.

This suggestion is one of five proffered by the U.S Dept of State in its 2019 Fiscal Transparency Report spanning from January 1 – December 31, 2018.

According to the report, the executive budget proposal and the enacted budget were not published within a reasonable period of time.

Attack on Ekweremadu: We all have a responsibility to rise against evil – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

In a statement on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party described the attack on the immediate past Deputy Senate President and serving lawmaker as an assault on decency.

The statement said, “We all have a responsibility to collectively rise against evil wherever we find it and in whatever guise, it appears. We hope lessons have been learnt from this unfortunate incident.”

NASU, SSANU commence warning strike

Members of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) have commenced a five-day industrial action.

This followed the directive of the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU to all branch chairmen of the unions across the country.

Solution to our problem lies with us,’ Buhari tells ministers-designate

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday challenged the ministers-designate to live up to the tasks ahead of them.

According to him, this is in line with the efforts of his administration in addressing the numerous problems facing the country.

The President believes Nigeria has the solution to challenges if the leaders at various levels pay attention to the opportunities in their environment.

Court dismisses application seeking to restrain Buhari from swearing in ministers

The Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out an application for an interim injunction seeking to restrain President Muhammadu Buhari from swearing in his ministers.

The applicant Musa Baba-Panya is a lawyer and an indigene of Karu in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He had earlier approached the court to stop President Buhari from swearing in his Ministers. According to him, none of the minister-nominees hails from the FCT.

The presiding judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo struck out the application because it’s coming very late.

Flood kills three, displaces 500 in Niger

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UK judge to allow firm to try to seize $9b in Nigerian assets in gas dispute

A judge in London said on Friday he would grant a firm called Process and Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) the right to seek to seize some $9 billion in assets from the Nigerian government over an aborted gas project.

The company was awarded $6.6 billion in an arbitration decision over a failed project to build a gas processing plant in the southern Nigerian city of Calabar. With interest payments, the sum now tops $9 billion - some 20% of Nigeria's foreign reserves

Kwara Committee on Sales of Public Assets submits report, judicial solution likely

. As governor says agric key to poverty eradication

By Valentine Amanze