The Big 5: ASUU/FG reach agreement; Police launch mobile app to curb kidnapping; and other top stories


Good morning.

Here are the big 5 stories you should be monitoring today:

The Federal Government on Thursday warned that millions of Nigerians across the 314 local government areas may be affected by varying degrees of flooding.

Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) had warned in an Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) to brace for flood-related challenges.

The Water Resources Minister, Suleiman Adamu, said all the states of the federation “needs to make sure that their agencies are making the necessary surveillance and kind of regulating this development.”

See the list of local government areas predicted to be affected by the flooding here.


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has finally reached an agreement to consider the Federal government’s offer and suspend the ongoing strike, according to reports.

After a 12 hours and 30 minutes closed door meeting in Abuja, the leadership of ASUU said though it accepted the proposal presented by the government, it will make a decision on its position after a week.

“Now we have some concrete proposal that we will take back to our members for consideration,” Biodun Ogunyemi, the national ASUU President, said.


Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress has said that there can be no progress without quality education, urging the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to embrace collective bargaining in order to resolve the academic union strike.

The NLC President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, said, “It is a very important issue that ought to drive the process of our development because, world over, there is no way progress can be made without quality education, that is the centrality of the issue.”


A coalition Niger Delta militants have withdrawn its quit notice to northerners and Yoruba living in the region, according to a statement signed by thirteen militant leaders on Thursday. 

They said the decision to withdraw the quit notice was reached after consultations with some stakeholders in the region.

The militants also withdrew their threat to attack oil platforms in the region on September 10, 2017, if oil blocks/wells owned by northerners were not returned and left for the people of the region.


The Nigeria Police Force has inaugurated a mobile app, iPolice-Hawk Eye Crime Reporting System, to curb kidnapping across the country.

The Hawk Eye Mobile App allows users to report crimes anonymously to the police by video, voice, or text, according to DCP Arungwa Nwazue, a representative of the FCT Commissioner of Police.

The developer of the app, Kayode Aladesuyi said, “Hawk Eye is a revolutionary technology because of the enterprise tools it provides police to respond, address and manage crimes as soon as they are reported.”

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