The Big 5: President Buhari names Keyamo, others NDIC board members; FG shut three cough syrup manufacturers and other top stories

These are the top stories you should be monitoring today.

The governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came to an end on Tuesday with the Deputy Governor of Ekiti, Kolapo Olusola, emerging the candidate of the party.

He defeated his closest rival and former minister of works, Dayo Adeyeye, after scoring 1,190 votes. Adeyeye polled 771 votes.

The election was peacefully and transparently conducted.

Some police personnel have lamented the reduction in their salaries for the past few months, Premium Times reports.

The police officers, cutting across states, said they have had portions from their salaries deducted especially for the months of February, March and April.

The police officers also complained about the lateness in the payment of their monthly salaries, urging the authorities to look into the matter.

Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, has however explained the short payment of salaries as experienced by some of its personnel. He confirmed the development but added that the issue is being treated appropriately.

He said the salaries for the months of February, March and April were particularly affected. He urged the officers affected to exercise patience as the matter would be resolved.

President Muhammadu Buhari has requested the Senate to confirm Chief Olabode Akeem Mustapha (Ogun) and Festus E. Keyamo (SAN) (Delta) as chairman and member of the board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) respectively.

Other members of the board also listed by President Buhari for confirmation included Alhaji Garba Buba (Bauchi), Bello Garba (Sokoto), Brig-Gen. Josef O.J. Okoloagu (Enugu), Mustapha Adewale Mudashiru(Kwara) and Mr. Adewale W. Adeleke (Ondo).

Federal Government has shut down three leading drugs companies after a BBC investigation into addiction to cough syrup containing codeine.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (Nafdac) said it shut the firms for failing to fully co-operate with its inspectors.

The BBC investigation showed that the syrup was being sold on the black market, and was being used by young Nigerians to get high.

NAFDAC director Mojisola Adeyeye said in a statement that Peace Standard Pharmaceuticals, Bioraj Pharmaceuticals and Emzor Pharmaceuticals had been shut because of “apparent resistance to provide needed documents during our inspection”.

The Lagos Government on Tuesday said it had approved the payment of N11.8 billion compensation to property owners whose buildings were demolished to pave the way for the ongoing road projects across the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule, stated this on Tuesday at the Lands Bureau 2018 Ministerial Press Briefing.

And… stories from around the world.

Western powers say they remain committed to the Iran nuclear deal – after the US announced it was withdrawing from the agreement.

The UK, France and Germany say they “will work with all remaining parties” and urged the US not to obstruct its implementation.

The other signatories to the 2015 deal – Russia and China – have also stressed their continuing support.
Iran says it is working to salvage the deal without US involvement.

“Our governments remain committed to ensuring the agreement is upheld, and will work with all the remaining parties to the deal to ensure this remains the case,” the UK, France and Germany said in a joint statement.

Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe will not appear before a parliamentary committee on Wednesday as anticipated, news agency Reuters reports.

Mugabe was expected to answer questions on a claim he made about huge-scale diamond theft at the eastern Marange mines.

But Temba Mliswa, who leads the parliamentary committee on mines, said the former president had not been officially informed of the summon.

Syrian state media says Israel has launched an air strike against an army position south of the capital Damascus.

The Sana news agency said Syrian air defences had shot down two Israeli missiles in the Kiswah area on Tuesday.

It reported no casualties, but a monitoring group says at least nine pro-government forces had been killed, including Iranian-backed fighters.

The Canadian government has sharpened its tone towards asylum seekers, warning that simply making it across the border is not a “free ticket” to Canada as the number of migrants crossing from the US continues to rise.

Last year more than 20,000 people entered Canada at remote, unguarded locations along the border, sometimes braving freezing temperatures, fields of waist-deep snow and icy ditches. Doing so allows migrants to skirt a longstanding pact that bars most refugee claimants in the US from applying for asylum in Canada.

A high court decision ruling Labour senator Katy Gallagher ineligible to sit in the Australian parliament has triggered four MPs – including three Labor MPs – to resign over dual citizenship issues.

In a litmus test for both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten the four MPs will now fight to retain their seats in a “super Saturday” string of byelections in states that will be crucial to the next federal election including Queensland and Western Australia.

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