These are the top ten news stories that drove the conversation this week:
1. Zuck in Nigeria
Facebook founder and Chief Executive of the social media giant, Mark Zuckerberg, paid a visit to Nigeria this week. He first visited the Yaba technology cluster before meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the state house, Abuja.
2. Obasanjo meets with Sheriff
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo met with the factional leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, behind closed doors. After the meeting, the erstwhile President called for a stronger opposition party – and yes, he made a few snide comments about his former party.
3. Pastor was arrested for having 30 sex slaves in Lagos
The Lagos state Police Command has arrested a pastor, Chukwuma Nkwocha, for allegedly keeping about 30 young girls as sex slaves.
4. Phone calls, SMS, and data should be taxed
The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has suggested a 10 per cent tax on phone calls, text messages and data for the growth of the telecommunications industry.
5. Nigeria’s economic situation worsens
The National Bureau of Statistics has released new findings on the Nigerian economy which showed that not only is the country in recession but the economic situation is worst that previously thought.
6. How EFCC treats suspects
Ibrahim Magu, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) says that the anti-graft agency doesn’t torture suspects under its custody.
7. Jidenna returns home
American born Nigerian star, Jidenna, visited Nigeria. The musician treated the crowd to a fiery live showcase at the Hard Rock Cafe, Victoria Island Lagos.
8. Recovered loot cannot revive the economy – Lai Mohammed
Minister of Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed, has said that the funds recovered from the ongoing anti-corruption campaign cannot be used to revive the economy.
9. EFCC begins probe against Speaker Dogara
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is said to have begun probing the speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, over allegations of budget padding.
10. Nigeria loses position as West Africa’s aviation hub
As aviation companies continue to stop their operation in Nigeria, the country has lost its position as the aviation hub of West Africa to Ghana.