The Big 5: Osinbajo says he approved NNPC loans, House to probe Minister of Agriculture for Yam exportation, and other top stories

Good morning.

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

There were a number of new appointments from the Aso Villa Thursday.

President Buhari first appointed Prof Isa Hayatou Chiroma as the new Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, then he re-appointed Uchechi Orji as Managing Director of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

Meanwhile, the senate passed a major bill, one which would require the President and Vice-president to be sworn into office at the National Assembly Complex. Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who sponsored the bill, explained that it was a symbol of democracy. Here’s what he said.


However, it was a more dramatic day at the office of the Vice president.

In what can be described as an epic plot twist in the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) contract scam allegations by Dr Ibe Kachikwu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has confirmed that he, indeed, approved the NNPC joint venture loans, following a statement by the corporation that he approved two oil contracts worth N640 billion.

Apparently, this happened while he was filling in for President Buhari as Acting President. See what he said the contract deal was for.


At the House of Representatives, a number of investigations were set in motion — some of which are long overdue.

First, an investigation into the ‘deplorable’ condition of the State House clinic which has raised alarms lately, even from the wife and daughter of the president.

Also being investigated is Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture, for the exportation of yam, which, as it turns out, is against the law.

But no everybody seems to be open to the idea of being investigated. The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has filed a suit before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja, seeking an order restraining the Senate and Senate President Bukola Saraki to investigate allegations against him.


Still, on Davido’s involvement in the death of his friend Tagbo Umeike, it has been discovered that just days after the Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, began investigating the musician, he got demoted. Coincidence? YNaija dives deeper into the matter. Read the analysis here.

However, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Dr Mike Okiro, denied demoting Edgal to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police. Here’s what he said.

Meanwhile, Davido, still insisting that he had no involvement in Tagbo’s death, released these CCTV footage to prove his innocence.


On the international scene, the United States has announced plans to withdraw from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), accusing the body of “anti-Israel bias.”

The move will most likely be announced later this week. Here’s what we know, so far.

Following the U.S. footsteps, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, has also announced his country would withdraw its membership from UNESCO, accusing the organisation of ‘distorting’ instead of ‘preserving’ history. Here’s the full statement detailing Isreal’s decision to exit the UNESCO.

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