The Big 5: R-APC sues APC, Oshiomhole and 52 others, Buhari refuses assent to 4 bills passed by NASS and other stories

These are the stories you should be monitoring today:

The Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) has sued the APC, its National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and 52 others.

In the suit filed by the group on Thursday at the Federal High Court in Abuja, they urged the court to restrain the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and 52 others, from parading themselves as officers of the party or performing any function in such capacity, as their election and swearing in as officers of APC was invalid, null and void.

President Muhammadu Buhari has refused assent to 4 Bills sent to the presidency by the National Assembly.

According to a letter read by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara at Thursday’s plenary, the President justified his decision to withhold presidential assent on the bills: Corporate Manslaughter Bill (2018); Agricultural Credit Guarantee Skill Fund Amendment Bill (2018); N.C.P.E.A (Child Protection and Empowerment) Amendment Bill (2018) and the Courts and Tribunals Standard Scale of Fines Bill (2017) for reasons of inconsistencies.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo says the mining and exploration of bitumen in the state would commence before the end of the year.

Akeredolu who made this known in Akure during a courtesy visit on Thursday by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Paul Arkwright, added that equipment for mining were already being shipped into the country while Southwest Bitumen Company would soon debut.

The Federal Government had awarded a mining licence to Ondo State Government on July 18, 2017.

The Federal Government has disclosed plans to unveil 200 names of people who own illicit property in Maitama, Abuja.

Chairman, Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, said this on Thursday in Abuja, adding that the people must be held accountable to disclose how they got the property.

The Nasarawa chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has advised Governor Tanko Al-Makura to site some of the proposed ranches in the state in his Kwandera village in Lafia East Local Government Area.

In faulting the alleged plan to site four out of seven proposed ranches in the state in Alogo communities in the Southern Senatorial Zone, the Chairman of the party in the state, Francis Orugu, accused Al-Makura of siting important developmental projects in his own village, Kwandera, but proposing to set up four cattle ranches in the Alogo communities of Doma, Keana, Assakio and Awe.

And stories from around the world:

U.S. President, Donald Trump has directly criticized UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, saying her proposals had probably killed off hope of a U.S. trade deal and that she had failed to take his advice on how to negotiate with the European Union. (Reuters)

An explosion at an industrial park in China’s Sichuan province has left 19 people dead and 12 others injured, officials say. (BBC)

Parents are still waiting to be reunited with their sons two days after the last members of a youth football team were extracted from a cave in northern Thailand, as details of the high-risk rescue operation have started to emerge.  (Aljazeera)

South Sudan’s peace process has been complicated by the parliament’s vote to extend the tenure of President Salva Kiir by three years while talks are under way to bring an end to the country’s civil war, experts and opposition leaders say. (Aljazeera)

The United States asked the UN Security Council on Thursday to order an immediate halt to all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea after accusing Pyongyang of violating sanctions with illegal imports of fuel, according to documents seen by AFP.

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