7 things you didn’t read yesterday (but should have)

by Kolapo Olapoju


1. The drama continued at a coroner’s inquest into a building collapse of a building at Synagogue Church of all Nations, in Lagos. Founder of the church, TB Joshua, yet again, failed to show up at the inquest because of his High court application to stay proceedings. Rafiq Arogunjo, of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, however, testified that the aircraft Joshua blames for the building collapse, was on a training mission and was operating “normally in line with aviation rules”.


2. The show of shame that ensued at the National Assemby complex in November, is now being investigated by the Senate. On 20 November, lawmakers were locked out of the complex because of Speaker,  Aminu Tambuwal’s defection to APC. The police, who fired tear gas canisters at Tambuwal, and the lawmakers, who scaled the Assembly fence will now be investigated by the Senate.


3. “Muhammadu Buhari is a puppet of a Tinubu controlled All Progressives Congress cabal”, so says the fellas at PDP. The ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party is accusing Tinubu of having an agenda to frustrate Buhari out of office, if he ever gets to power. The APC, as always, replied them, saying that Buhari is not the kind of man who can be controlled by anyone.


4. Everyone is talking about the 7 warships Tompolo acquired from the Norwergian government. We did a little digging, and came up with the identity of one of the ships, ‘Horten’. We’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a Tompolo’s Horten warship, which he says is nothing but a boat.


5. Nigerians are still being stigmatised over the spread of the Ebola virus disease, which has long been curbed in the country. After coming home for holiday, Sudan refused to allow 30 Nigerian students entry back into the country because of the virus. The Federal Government, has as always, condemned the repatriation the poor students, who probably have no Ebola.


6. You’ve got stable electricity supply in your house? Yeah? Blame it on ‘gas challenges’, not the government. According to the Mr Frank Edozie, Senior Special Adviser on Gas to the Minister of Power, “we are constrained due to the gas challenges and it has contributed to the drop of power generation to 3,500 megawatts”. Now you know who to blame whenever their’s power outage.


7. Brace up folks, we just may be at the dawn of a nationwide fuel scarcity. Despite the invitation of the leadership of NUPENG and PENGASSAN for a truce meeting in Abuja, the nationwide warning strike will definitely continue. The leaders of both unions are protesting the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and the sack, by Total Nigeria, of the Port Harcourt PENGASSAN zonal Secretary, Elo Victor.

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