The Big 5: Total blackout in Abuja, other states as national grid collapses again; Adeleke, PDP to challenge verdict at Supreme Court | Other top stories

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National grid collapses again

The national electricity grid suffered a major failure on Wednesday, seizing power supply to homes and plunging Abuja  into darkness and other states. According to Premium Times, power might not return to normal for another 72 hours.

Buhari tells service chiefs to wake up over security challenges

Buhari has renewed his directive to the security chiefs to end all security challenges. The president met with service chiefs for the second time this week. Previously, he had on Tuesday received briefing from them at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Briefing State House Correspondent at the end of the meeting, Vice Admiral Ibas said the President ordered them “to ensure that Nigerians go to bed with their eyes closed, feeling confident that their security is guaranteed.

Adeleke, PDP to challenge verdict at Supreme Court

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, on Thursday, vowed to approach the Supreme Court to re-validate the tribunal judgment that declared him the winner of the gubernatorial election that held in the state in September 2018. Adeleke said he was dissatisfied with the majority decision of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which upheld the election of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, APC, after it nullified the judgment of the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal.

Senators vow to oppose creation of  new universities

The Senate Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye, on Thursday said he would continue to oppose bills that seek to create new universities in Nigeria. Adeyeye said this while contributing to a debate on a bill seeking the establishment of Maritime University in Lokoja, Kogi. The bill was sponsored by Isaac Alfa, Kogi East senator.

Ngige unfit to be ministers, NLC tells workers

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged workers in the nation’s airports and those in the 163 countries that are members of the International Trade Union Confederation to subject the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to ridicule.

The congress said it called for the action because Ngige invited thugs against workers during a “lawful protest” to his house. Rising from its Central Working Committee meeting on Thursday evening, the Congress demanded an “unreserved apology from the minister, for his action.

 

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