These are the stories that drove the conversation today:
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Jos to assess the level of security in the state following killings over the weekend that claimed over 80 persons.
According to a tweet on the verified account of the Presidency, he was meeting with stakeholder groups & security chiefs.
“President @ is now currently in Plateau State, meeting with the representatives and leaders of affected communities and stakeholders. State Government officials, led by Governor @, as well as Security chiefs also in attendance.”
His visit follows a town hall meeting of critical stakeholders with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo in Jos on Monday.
Co-covener of the Bring Back our Girls Group (BBOG) and former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili was reportedly harrassed by security men attached to the Presidential villa during a one-man protest to the State House on Tuesday.
The former minster who was on a protest march to the State House, Abuja to protest the killings of 100 persons by suspected herdsmen in Plateau communities last weekend accused Buhari of lack of empathy for victims of the attack by sending his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo to deliver his speech to the troubled state, adding that he was rewarding incompetence in the fact that security establishments and systems have not prevented the deaths that has been recorded in this country as a result of terrorist herdsmen’
“Buhari should stop being without empathy to its citizens.” “…it’s an abomination for the president to acknowledge the killings of many innocent citizen as retaliatory,” she added.
A new Commissioner of Police, Mr Bala Ciroma, has been deployed to Plateau State.
This was confirmed in a statement by t(June, 26, 2018).
According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Tyopev Mathias Terna on Tuesday, Ciroma was the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID) in Abuja.
The development is coming on the heels of attacks over the weekend in the north-central state which claimed close to a 100 lives.
The Federal Government has on Tuesday threatened to sanction any tertiary institution which charges more than N2,000 for Post University Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (Post-UTME).
The Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, disclosed this at the ongoing Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Policy Meeting on Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Gbongan, Osun, adding that no admission to any tertiary institution should be announced before the policy meeting.
Adamu said: “At the 2017 policy meeting, I endorsed that any institution which was interested in conducting any form of Post-UTME screening could do so, but that the gross charge for the screening should not be more than N2,000.
“Firmer sanctions than those of last session shall be applied to cases of violation,” the minister added.
The government in Gombe has donated relief materials and N10 million cash to the victims of rainstorm and fire which occurred days ago in Bauchi.
Dankwambo added that the visit was to convey the heartfelt sympathy of the people and government of Gombe state to the people of Bauchi state over what befell them in the rainstorm which affected Bauchi and other parts of the state and the fire incidence which destroyed the Azare Main Market.
Australia fell 2-0 to Peru in their final group game – a game they had to win to have any chance of qualification. Goals from Andrea Carrillo and Jose Paolo Guerrero sealed the victory. The result was of no real consequence to the Peruvians who were already knocked out of the competition before the game.
The result means France end the group stage as group winners with seven points, Denmark as runners-up with four points. Peru and Australia eliminated from the World Cup. France will face the runner-up in group D (hopefully Nigeria) and Denmark will face the winner of group D (most likely Croatia).
An appeals court in Sudan has overturned the death sentence of a woman who killed her husband after he allegedly raped her, her lawyer says.
Noura Hussein, 19, was instead sentenced to five years in jail, lawyer Abdelaha Mohamad said.
Her mother, Zainab Ahmed, told the BBC she was happy her daughter’s life had been spared. (BBC)
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban restricting entry to people from five Muslim-majority countries, delivering the president a major victory in a tortuous legal battle.
The win follows two embarrassing climbdowns for the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on migrants crossing the Mexico border and with Trump under mounting pressure to legislate a solution to the immigration crisis, one of the most polarizing debates in US politics.
Conservative jurists prevailed over liberals in Tuesday’s majority opinion from America’s highest court. The 5-4 ruling validated the most recent version of the ban, which the Trump administration claims is driven by national security. (AFP)
President Hassan Rouhani promised Iranians on Tuesday the government would be able to handle the economic pressure of new U.S. sanctions amid a second day of demonstrations in protest at financial hardship and a weakening rial.
Parts of Tehran’s Grand Bazaar were on strike for the second day running, state media reported, after traders massed outside parliament on Monday to complain about a sharp fall in the value of the national currency.
Video footage posted on social media showed protesters setting fire to garbage dumpsters in Tehran streets to block riot police from attacking them. (Reuters)
The Finnish capital of Helsinki is being considered as a location for a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said over the weekend it was likely Trump would meet his Russian counterpart “in the not too distant future” following a visit to Moscow this week by White House national security adviser John Bolton.