This is a roundup of some of the breaking news in Nigeria for Today, Friday, June 07, 2019
Breaking: Court Orders Reopening Of AIT, Ray Power
A Federal High court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, has ordered the reopening of African Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power both belonging to Raymond Dokpesi.
Modibbo Kawu, NBC Director-General, announced the shut down at a press briefing in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Thursday evening, June 6.The NBC Director-General said the action was taken for failure of the stations to abide by the broadcasting code.
Just In, Saraki, PDP Govs, Other Bigwigs In ‘Crucial Meeting
Naija News reports that the meeting which has in attendance the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, is taking place at the Bayelsa State Governor’s lodge in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. This online news platform understands that the PDP bigwigs are meeting over the leadership of the 9th National Assembly, other national and current issues.
Naija News learned that the PDP leaders and governors also discussed the candidates to support for the 9th National Assembly leadership. Governors present at the meeting include Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) and Darius Ishaku (Taraba).
FG Suspends AIT, Raypower Indefinitely
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has suspended the broadcasting licences of the African Independent Television and Ray Power indefinitely. The two companies are owned by Daar Communications Limited, an outfit run by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Raymond Dokpesi.
Speaking to newsmen on Thursday, Modibbo Kawu, the NBC Director General, stated that the media organisations were suspended because they aired divisive and inciting contents.
The NBC Director-General, Dr Modibbo Kawu, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja, saying the Daar Communication Limited’s media houses’ shutdown was until further notice.
Theresa May Quits As Party Leader
British Prime Minister, Theresa May on Friday stepped down as leader of her Conservative Party.
May’s action formally triggers the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver the Brexit movement. May is expected to remain Prime Minister, until a new leader emerges, likely in late July as Brexit is still scheduled for October 31.
Recall that May took office after the 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU and has spent the past three years working on the plan.
APC Sets Up Committee To Probe Deputy Chairman Who Asked Oshiomhole To Resign
The National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress at the end of its 38th regular meeting on Thursday passed a vote of confidence on the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
According to a statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the decisions were reached at the end of the meeting held in Abuja.
Saraki Reveals ‘Saddest Day’ As Nigeria’s Senate President
Naija News recalls that there was a siege on the National Assembly by armed and masked operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on August 7, 2018, a situation which led to the sacking of the then DSS Director-General, Lawal Daura.
On August 8, 2018, Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, released a joint statement, where they described the invasion of the National Assembly by security officials as a “coup against democracy.”
Just In: Buhari In Closed-Door Meeting With Governors, Security Chiefs
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with state governors behind closed doors in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Naija News understands that service chiefs and heads of other security agencies are also attending the meeting which its agenda is said to be “insecurity.”
Governors present at the meeting include those of Zamfara, Kwara, Ondo, Bayelsa, Anambra, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau, Osun, Rivers, Oyo, Akwa Ibom and the Enugu States. Others are Kebbi, Delta, Sokoto, Imo, Ebonyi, Kogi, Yobe, Gombe, Ekiti, Lagos, Jigawa, Bauchi, Kano, Niger, Adamawa, Borno and Taraba states.
Also in attendance are the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, the former chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari and Boss Mustapha, the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Meanwhile, Naija News reports that the meeting is coming days after former Nigerian military head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, expressed optimism that President Buhari would fulfil his promise to solve the security challenges plaguing the country.
Fayemi Reveals What Governors Discussed With Buhari And Security Chiefs
Briefing newsmen on Friday, Fayemi said the governors were yet to take a position on the proposal for the establishment of state and local government police.
Naija News recalls President Buhari on Monday received the report on the reforms of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which recommended the creation of State and Local Government Police.
However, while addressing State House correspondents after the meeting governors and security chiefs held with Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa on Friday, Fayemi disclosed some governors had expressed reservation on their ability to finance state policing.
According to him, the governors noted their challenges in paying existing workers salaries particularly in the light of the newly approved minimum wage.