The Late 5: Ambode extends operation on Apapa gridlock by 30 days, Oshiomhole threatens to expel Ngige, Sirika from APC and other stories

These are the stories that drove the conversation today:

The Lagos State Government has extended the activities of the Joint Security Task Force constituted jointly by the Federal and State Governments to restore sanity to Apapa area of the state by 30 days.

Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson, who announced the decision on Monday as part of a 10-point resolution reached at a meeting between the Governor and critical stakeholders at the Lagos House, Ikeja said that sanctions for shipping companies for non-compliance in utilisation of holding bay had been extended for five days, while trucks not called upon and found trampling would be impounded and sanctioned.

He added that the state government has suspended approval for development of tank farms, while it accelerates the completion of the Orile Trailer Park.

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole has threatened to suspend the Minister of  Labour and Producti­vity, Chris Ngige and the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika from the party for failing to reconstitute the board of agencies under their ministries based on a Preside­ntial directive to all ministers and as agreed at the APC Na­tional Executive Council.

“If the minister refuses, we will ­suspend him from the party. You know we ­must return to internal discipline. For ­me it is the height of mischief for any ­minister: you cannot purport to be a honou­rable minister and you act dishonourably­ and nobody is greater than the party.

“And if the President condones disrespec­t for his office, I will not condone dis­respect for the party. And when we expel­ the minister we will prevail on the pre­sident that he can’t keep in his cabinet­ people who have neither respect for his­ own decisions nor have respect for the ­party without which they would not have ­been ministers,” he added while speaking to State House correspo­ndents on Monday, after a closed-door meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Secretary to Osun Government and aspirant in the just concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) primary, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, has resigned his appointment and defected to the Action Democratic Party (ADP).

Adeoti announced his withdrawal a day before the primary, alleging that the primary had been skewed to favour Gboyega Oyetola, the Chief of Staff to Gov. Rauf Aregbesola.

On his defection to the ADP however, Adeoti was on Monday at a primary held at the ADP Secretariat elected in Osogbo as the candidate of the party in the Sept. 22 governorship election.

The Presidency on Monday announced that over 9m individuals have benefitted from the Cash Transfer Program (CTP) of the National Social Investment Program (NSIP).

The Special Adviser to the President on NSIP, Maryam Uwais, said this at the One-Day Sensitization Meeting of Stakeholders on Activities of the National Social Safety-Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) which held at Abuja on Monday, adding that the program which is being coordinated by NASSCO, has also resulted in the feeding of over 8.5 million schoolchildren across 24 states in the federation.

Eight persons including a suicide bomber were on Monday killed and seven others severely injured in an early morning suicide bomb attack in a mosque in Konduga Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno.

Police Public Relations’ Officer (PPRO), Edet Okon, who confirmed the incidence in a statement issued in Maiduguri, disclosed that the suspected male suicide bomber detonated Improvised Explosive Device (IED), strapped to his body during an early morning congregational prayer at about 04:55 am at the Goni Modu Lashibe mosque in Konduga.

And stories from around the world:

The Syrian government has condemned the evacuation over the weekend of the White Helmets civil defence group from a war zone in the south of the country.

Damascus described the move, carried out by Israel, as a “criminal operation” by “Israel and its tools.” (BBC)

Iran has dismissed Donald Trump’s threats of “consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before” after the US president’s late-night Twitter tirade at the Islamic Republic.

Iranian officials were dismissive of Trump’s tweet, which called on Rouhani to “never, ever threaten the United States” and “be cautious”, but the US president’s remarks provoked jitters in the Iranian market. (The Guardian, UK)

Alexandre Benalla, the disgraced former security aide to President Emmanuel Macron, has defended taking part in a police operation during a May Day protest, saying he was “lending a hand”, his lawyers said Monday. (AFP)

Toronto police on Monday sought a motive after two young women, ages 10 and 18, were killed and 13 other people were wounded by a gunman on a busy restaurant-filled street. The suspect was later found dead, authorities said. (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he “gave up nothing” at last week’s private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin but remained elusive about their conversation as fellow Republicans and other critics questioned any potential deals. (Reuters)


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