The Big 10: These are the stories that drove conversations this week

These are the 10 biggest stories that made headlines this week.

  1. Data Tariff hike

The Nigerian Communications Commission had announced an increase in data tariff to 0.90k/MB taking effect from December 1.

However, the Senate ordered the NCC to halt the planned increase of prices for data following a motion raised by the Deputy Senate Leader, Ibn N’Allah.

The NCC later announced the suspension of the data tariff hike following the senate’s order and uproar among Nigerians.

2. Colombia plane crash

76 people were confirmed dead from the crash in Colombia of an airliner carrying a Brazilian football team, Chapecoense.

Players and officials of Chapocoense Real, a Brazilian football team were to play Wednesday in a Copa Sudamericana final.

However, four players escaped the crash as they were dropped due to injuries.

3. OPEC oil cut

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed to cut oil production starting from 2017.

The resolution to cut production was taken at the 171st meeting of the group in Vienna, Austria.

Countries under the organization will now take a cut of 1.2 million barrels per day from January 1, 2017 with the aim of increasing the price of crude oil.

4. 2017 budget approval

The Federal Government approved the 2017 budget proposal for onward submission to National Assembly for final approval.

The budget was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at its meeting on Wednesday.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki also promised that the budget will be passed early once presented to the upper chamber.

5. PDP Senators walk out of plenary

Senators representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday walked out of the chamber.

They were protesting the defection of Yele Omogunwa, a senator from Ondo south, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Omoguwa’s defection ensured PDP lost all the senatorial seats from Ondo State after two others had earlier defected.

6. Deaths in NYSC camps

A First Class Graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Oladepo Ifedolapo died in the Kano NYSC camp after she was allegedly left unattended to by camp officials who thought she was feigning illness to avoid attending the usual parade.

Nigerians were yet to recover from the shock when another death was announced at the NYSC Zamfara Orientation camp.

The deceased Udeme Monday was a First Class graduate of Petroleum Engineering.

And then another female corps member, Elechi Chiyerum was pronounced dead at the Bayelsa NYSC camp after she failed to disclose her health status.

7. Court orders release of El-Zakzaky

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday ordered the release of the leader of the Shi’a Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

He and his wife were also awarded N25 million each, to paid by the DSS for the violation of their fundamental human rights.

8. Nnamdi Kanu denied bail

The bail application filed by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and three others was dismissed on Thursday by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

Justice Binta Nyako said the charges against them were not bailable.

9. Wole Soyinka ‘bins’ his green card

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka on Thursday said he has thrown away his green card just like he promised if Donald Trump wins the US Presidential elections.

Soyinka had promised to destroy his green card and leave the United States if Trump wins the election while speaking to some students at the Oxford University.

10. Much ado about Zahra Buhari’s wedding

The much talked about wedding between Zahra Buhari, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari and Ahmed Indimi, son of billionaire, Mohammed Indimi was said to have been delayed due to an altercation between one of the Indimis and a security protocol officer at the Presidential Villa.

Before then it was revealed that 30 customized Louis Vuitton boxes worth N47m were delivered to her as part of preparations for the wedding.

The wedding programme was scheduled between Wednesday 30th November and Sunday 4th December, 2016.

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