20 things you need to know this Wednesday Afternoon

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Good afternoon! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

There was apprehension in the air on Tuesday morning as some students of Fakunle Comprehensive High School collapsed due to exposure to teargas used by police personnel during morning drills. It was gathered that, numbering about 35, were affected by the targas, as some were hospitalised after being rushed to the hospital for emergency resuscitation.

A popular Biafra agitator, Separatist Simon Ekpa, has raised the alarm over the worsening health condition of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous of Biafra.Ekpa said this in a statement on Wednesday through his official Twitter handle.

The Yobe State House of Assembly has confirmed the appointment of Mai Aliyu Umar Gulani as the substantive state Auditor General for the first term of four years. The House confirmed the appointment of the nominee after receiving the report of its standing committee on public service and government house on the curriculum vitae of the nominee.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Wednesday dismissed claims that he hates President Muhammadu Buhari due to the persistent armed Fulani attacks in the state. Ortom explained that he does not hate Buhari, contrary to the opinion of many Nigerians.Featuring on Arise Television’s Morning News, Ortom also disclosed that he was not the best candidate but God made him governor in 2015 and 2019.

The Soun-in-Council has declared that the proposed amendment of the chiefs law in Oyo State is a deliberate attempt to annihilate the cherished tradition among the Yoruba race. The council, which is the governing council for the traditional institution in Ogbomoso land in Oyo State, noted that the proposed amendment is an attempt to rubbish the monarchial institution in the entire Yoruba land.

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed all the state political appointees to declare their assets before handing over their official duties on Friday, May 26, 2023. He added that the assets declaration complies with the provision of Paragraph 11 (1b), Part One of the fifth schedule of Nigeria’s constitution on the end of tenure assets declaration.

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently wrapping up his administration activities with a valedictory Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.The meeting which he is presiding over, may culminate in the dissolution of the cabinet.But before the cabinet is dissolved, members will put the finishing touches to outstanding issues, cross all t’s and dot every i’s to a number of documents and treat all remaining memoranda from various government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, has said since he assumed office, he has stepped on toes all in a bid to fight the battles of Nigerian workers. According to Ajaero, he is never ashamed because it’s a way of gauging his effectiveness as President of the labour union. He made the statement when he paid a familiarization visit to the corporate headquarters of the Senior Staff Union in Colleges of Education, Nigeria, (SSUCOEN) in Abuja.

The elite of African television and screen gathered over the weekend at the ninth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA9) and Pepsi shut down the show. Period! This year’s AMVCAs proudly refreshed by Pepsi was a three-day event from the 18th of May to the 20th of May, 2023.

The United Kingdom has barred foreign students from travelling with their family members. The move which affects all overseas students, apart from those on postgraduate research programmes, will take effect from January.

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Tuesday, absolved himself of blame in the situation that led to the relocation of the $19bn Dangote refinery from Ogun State to Lagos. Abiodun explained that he was not part of the moves that frustrated Africa’s richest man out of the state.

The Presidential Election Petition Court on Tuesday released the timetable for the hearing of petitions filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, Labour Party and Allied Peoples Movement seeking to invalidate the victory of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, in the February 25 election. The court announced that the hearing of the petitions would commence on May 30.

There was panic in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Tuesday, as about 35 pupils of Fakunle Comprehensive School, Osogbo, were hospitalised after inhaling teargas fired by some riot policemen. The pupils who became unconscious after inhaling the teargas were rushed to two different hospitals for urgent medical attention.

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition, Mr. Jerry Alagbaoso, tendered his resignation on the floor of the House on Tuesday. Alagbaoso also announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress. This is coming less than one month before the end of the current Assembly.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday expressed his appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, for signing into law eight bills of “far-reaching impact,” one of which is the National Social Investment Establishment Act, 2023.

The Central Bank of Nigeria has revoked the operating licenses of 132 Microfinance Banks, three finance companies and four primary mortgage banks. The list of affected Microfinance banks include Atlas Microfinance Bank; Bluewhales Microfinance Bank; Everest Microfinance Bank; Mainsail Microfinance Bank; Nopov Microfinance Bank; Ohon Microfinance Bank; Premium Microfinance Bank and Statesman Microfinance Bank.

A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed ruling for Friday on an ex-parte application filed by some three individuals seeking to stop the inauguration of President-elect, Bola Tinubu, until the determination of petitions before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC). Justice James Omotosho chose the date yesterday after listening to arguments from the applicant’s lawyer, Oliver Eya.

Embattled afrobeat artist, Seun Kuti has been released from police detention. The singer was remanded at the State Criminal, Investigations and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos on the orders of a Yaba Chief Magistrate Court for allegedly assaulting a policeman in a viral video.

Operatives of the Delta State Police Command have arrested a suspected gun runner and notorious cultist, Bibi Asengbe, 38, whom the police identified as being on the command’s wanted list. Investigation revealed that the suspect was on his way to supply arms to one of his customers at Jakpa Junction Warri at a cost of N250,000 when he was nabbed.

A teenager will appear in court after a TikTok “prank” video showed people entering a private home without permission.Bacari-Bronze O’Garro, 18, will appear in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, May 24,  after being charged with failing to comply with a community protection notice.O’Garro, of Hackney, east London, was arrested after an investigation into social media footage. Three teenage boys left a couple terrified after forcefully storming into their home.

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