The Late 5: Nigerian Senate to amend Constitution to allow for state, community police; Oprah Winfrey says running for president would kill her and other top stories

These are the stories that drove conversation today.

The National Programme Coordinator of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), Temitope Sinkaye, has disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Federal Government has, since 2016, disbursed N10 billion to no fewer than 300,000 beneficiaries.

She said that the programme started in 2016 with eight pilot states that met the condition set by the Federal Government. She added that the condition was just for states to provide offices, personnel and equipment for the take-off of the programme.

At least 13 suspects have been arrested for their alleged involvement in killings in some communities in Plateau.

The suspects arrested include Biliaminu Abdullahi, Samaila Saleh, Muhammadu Kabiru, Aminu Mohammed,  Alhassan Saidu,  Abubakar Adam, Gazali Isah, Hamza Inusa  Yahuza Yau, Dahiru Ahmed and Friday Musa.

The police, however, withheld names of two other suspects.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki Tuesday, revealed that the Senate has started the process of amending the Constitution to allow for the creation of state and community Police.

He tweeted, “Today, my colleagues and I in the eighth Senate resolved to begin the process of amending the Constitution to allow for the creation of State and Community Police. This is following our debate on solutions to the killings across the country.”

A Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the arraignment of an Abuja-based lawyer, Ben Chuks Nwosu, and three Channels TV anchors over presumed contempt.

Justice Okon Abang Tuesday, ordered the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) to also arraign anchors of ‘Sunrise Programme’ on Channels TV, Chamberlain Usoh, Gimba Umar and one other “to determine whether it is proper for them to discuss” matters pending before the court on their programme.

Nwosu, who is one of the defence counsel for the former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, appeared on the programme on May 22 where he spoke in response to the court’s refusal to permit Metuh’s request to travel abroad for medical spinal-related surgery.

Counsel to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Festus Keyamo Tuesday, in Abuja, said that the order of the court recognising the NFF election of Chris Giwa was not binding on FIFA.

The  Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, had on Monday directed the NFF to comply with the judgement of the Supreme Court delivered on April 27, 2018.

And stories from around the world…

Oprah Winfrey debunked rumours she might embark on a 2020 presidential run in an interview with Vogue UK, saying that running for president “would kill” her.

In that political structure — all the non-truths, the bulls—, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on — I feel like I could not exist. I would not be able to do it. It’s not a clean business,” she said.

The UN refugee agency in Tripoli Monday reported that 276 refugees and migrants were disembarked in the Libyan capital on Monday, including 16 survivors of a boat carrying 130 people, of whom 114 were still missing at sea.

On Tuesday the Libyan coastguard reported a further seven deaths and a further 123 migrants rescued.

A 1,000 death landmark was reached on July 1. So more than 200 migrants have drowned at sea in the Mediterranean in the past three days as further shipwrecks were found at the weekend.

US President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that denuclearisation negotiations with North Korea are “going well,” adding that the U.S. would be at war with the repressive communist state if not for him.

Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well! In the meantime, no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months,” the president wrote on Twitter.

All of Asia is thrilled. Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining. If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!”

The Trump administration is planning to rescind a set of Obama-era policies that promote using race to achieve diversity in schools, CNN reports.

The decision provides a strong illustration of the administration’s position on an issue that could take on renewed attention with the departure of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested Tuesday, according to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), which has been investigating billions of state funds that went missing while Najib was in power.

Najib was arrested by a special task force at his home in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and will be charged in the city’s high court Wednesday, MACC said in a statement.

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