Here are the stories that drove conversation this week:
12 reportedly killed in Shiites protest as IGP Adamu meets Buhari
A Shiite protest that turned violent on Monday was the major issue of discussion at a meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. At least 12 people, including a police officer, were reported killed and several injured when the protesters clashed with security officers.
Three Nigerian authors make 2019 Booker Prize longlist
Congratulations are in order to Oyinkan Braithwaite, Chigozie Obioma, and Bernardine Evaristo, three Nigerian authors who have made it to the 2019 Booker Prize longlist, which was announced yesterday. Braithwaite’s debut novel My Sisiter, the Serial Killer has received a lot of praise and acclaim in the literary world. An Orchestra of Minorities is Obioma’s second novel after the widely acclaimed The Fishermen and Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other is coming off the back of a slew of literary offerings from the British-Nigerian writer.
We have not barred banks from investing in treasury bills – CBN
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has not barred commercial banks in the country from investing in treasury bills. At its May meeting, the monetary policy committee of the bank had agreed that it would release a regulatory framework that would limit the access of banks to bonds and treasury bills.
Air Peace aircraft crashlands at Lagos airport
Passengers on board an Air Peace flight panicked on Tuesday as the aircraft lost one of its tyres while landing at Murtala Muhammed International airport in Lagos. According to a source, the aircraft was returning to the country from a West African nation.
Kano sets up committee to reform Almajiri system of education
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has constituted a technical committee to remodel the almajiri system of education in the state aimed at arresting the menace of children roaming the streets and begging.
Senate suspends recess to screen Buhari’s ministerial nominees
Following Buhari sending the list of ministerial nominees on Tuesday, the Senate has decided to postpone its annual recess in order to screen the list. The lawmakers had planned to embark on the vacation on Thursday.
Buhari sends list of ministerial nominees to Senate
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, finally forwarded the long-anticipated list of his ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.
According to the list read during plenary by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at exactly 11:12am on the floor of the Red chambers, the list of 43 comprised about 12 of his immediate past Ministers. Others are APC Presidential campaign spokesperson, APC former National Women Leader, 8 former Governors, 1 former Deputy Governor and 3 Senators who lost their re-election bid to the National Assembly.
Buhari swears in Tanko Muhammed as substantive CJN
President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The swearing-in ceremony was held at the council chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Muhammad, a justice of the Supreme Court, was cleared by the Senate last week after his name was submitted to the lawmakers by President Muhammadu Buhari.
US travel ban shows presidential election was rigged – Atiku
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar, has said that the current travel ban imposed by the United States on some politicians in Nigeria has validated his claim that the presidential election was rigged in favour of the All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former Vice President in a statement by his media aide, Paul Ibe, on Wednesday, said he had maintained after the presidential election that the poll was not credible.