Hello Nigeria, welcome to the Naija News weekly round-up of major news stories that grabbed the headlines this week.
Nigeria witnessed a combination of pleasant and unpleasant events during the working week ending today, 23rd August 2019.
Naija News brings you a summary of the major happenings from Monday through Friday.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday assigned portfolios to the newly sworn-in Ministers at the Presidential Villa Abuja.
Naija News recalls that Buhari had inaugurated 43 persons as ministers to assist him in various capacities during his second term in office after a two-day retreat.
2. Breaking: Tribunal Nullifies Dino Melaye’s Election
The Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly election petition tribunalsitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, has nullified the election of Senator Dino Melaye.
Naija News reports that the tribunal nullified Senator Melaye’s election on Friday morning, August 23.
This online news platform recalls that Mr. Melaye was declared the winner of the Kogi West Senatorial election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in February.
NEC while speaking at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal stated that it is sure that the former Vice President of Nigeria did not secure the highest votes during the election.
The electoral body stated this in a final written address it filed before the Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-member panel tribunal, INEC, through its lawyers led by Mr Yunus Usman SAN, seeking the dismissal of Atiku’s petition on the outcome of the 2019 presidential election.
President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Femi Adesina as Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
Naija News reports that President Buhari also retained Garba Shehu as Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.
This was made known in a letter dated August 14th, 2019 signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
The group in its statement also threatened that it will humiliate Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
The threat was issued by the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, during a live broadcast on Radio Biafra on Sunday.
The United States government has released the names and details of the 80 suspected internet fraudsters recently arrested in the country.
The report also names Valentine Iro, 31, and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe, 38, both Nigerian citizens as lead suspects in the case. It added that both individuals allegedly coordinated with others to launder the funds from victims.
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has reacted to the attack on the immediate past Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in Nuremberg Germany.
This online news platform understands that Ekweremadu was attacked during the annual cultural festival of the Ndigbo, apex social-cultural group in the south-east.