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Morning News In Nigeria, Thursday 18th June 2020

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1. Nigeria is fully capable of dealing with banditry and terrorism – Presidency assures Nigerians.

The Presidency has assured Nigerians once again, that the nation’s armed forces are fully capable of dealing with the challenges of banditry and terrorism, and urging for more patience as the military takes appropriate steps to block gaps that is being exploited to harm innocent citizens.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who has approved a joint military and police operation specifically targeted at combing Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto States to rid the areas of bandits, assures that surveillance will be improved, with more night vision aircraft already deployed under “Operation Accord’’.

According to a statement by Garba Shehu the President’s Senior Special Assistant, he said that the operation was launched three weeks ago.

Nigeria’s military has displayed its capabilities in the past and will show it again by dealing with the current challenges,” the President said.

President Buhari appealed to the people of Katsina State to be patient and supportive of the ongoing military operations in the state while sympathizing with those who are bereaved, injured, and lost properties.

President Buhari also admonished that taking to the streets for protest could distract the military operations, urging “Katsina indigenes not to give up on the military who over the years have a strong track record of quelling crises once given enough time.”

2. Federal government, States governments and Local governments share 574billion Naira as allocation for month of May.

The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee during it’s virtual meeting yesterday night, shared to the three tiers of government a total sum of N547.309bn as federation allocation for the month of May 2020.

FAAC’s virtual meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, according to a statement issued by the ministry in Abuja on Wednesday night.

The ministry stated that from this amount, inclusive of Value Added Tax, exchange gain and excess bank charges recovered, the Federal Government received 219.799billion Naira; states, 152.436billion Naira; Local Government councils 114.095billion Naira, while the oil-producing states received 37.021billion Naira as derivation (13 per cent of mineral revenue).

The finance ministry also stated that the total revenue distributable for the current month including cost of collection to Nigeria Customs Service, Department of Petroleum Resources and FIRS, according to the committee was 547.309billion Naira.

3. My Lawyers will advise me on the next line of action – Oshiomole says.

The suspended National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has said that he has accepted the court’s verdict which upheld his suspension.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday Night, Oshiomhole noted that his next line of action will be determined by his lawyers based on legal advice.

Oshiomole said; “We thank their lordships, they have given their judgement. In our democracy, the court is an independent arm of government.

When they hand that judgment, it is not for you to pick whether you will obey or not. I accept their judgement in good fate.

My lawyers will advise having studied the judgement, what the next line of action will be. So at this point, I will just thank their Lordships for their judgment and look forward to my lawyers on what should be the next line if there should be another next line of action,” he said.”

4. Obaseki meets with Secondus, Wike, Tambuwal and other top PDP leaders.

It has been reported Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, has met with some governors elected under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to firm up his defection to the party.

According to the Vanguard, they were reliably informed by a top PDP official that Governor Obaseki has met with the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus; governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other top PDP leaders, in Abuja.

Though the details of the meeting was not disclosed, Vanguard however, gathered that the meeting was to pave way for Governor Obaseki’s entry into the PDP to actualise his second term ambition, having been disqualified by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

5. An APC governorship aspirant in Edo State, Obazee, has stepped down for Ize-Iyamu.

An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Edo State, Hon. Osaro Obazee, has backed down from the governorship race and has backed Osagie Ize-Iyamu ahead of the party’s primary scheduled for Monday, June 22.

According to reports from POLITICS NIGERIA, Obazee was one of the three governorship aspirants cleared by the APC Screening Committee to participate in the party’s primary election.

But in a statement on Wednesday, the APC chieftain announced his decision to step down for the race and endorsed the candidacy of Ize-Iyamu, who is the party’s chosen aspirant.

Obazee pledged his support and allegiance to Ize-Iaymu and also promised to mobilise his followers ahead of the governorship election in the state.

Reacting to the development, speaking through a statement signed by Prince John Mayaki, the Director of Communication and Media of his Campaign Organization, Ize-Iyamu thanked Obazee for endorsing him.

6. Federal Government replies Atiku, says his criticism on debt profile is based on innuendos.

The Federal Government has said that the apocalyptic scenarios on the country’s debt profile, as painted by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in his press statement on Tuesday, is nothing but scaremongering anchored on a false premise.

In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday being Wednesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that while the Federal Government welcomes constructive criticism, such must be based on verifiable facts rather than conjectures and innuendos.

He said, “There is no doubt that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar loves our country and wishes it well, otherwise he would not have sustained his serial quest for the country’s highest position. One can only hope that his resort to the use of such words as ‘precipice’, ‘foreclosure’ and ‘economic ruin’ does not reflect anything but best wishes for the country at this time.”

Alhaji Mohammed also added that the figure of Nigeria’s debt to revenue ratio of 99% in the first quarter of 2020, as quoted by the former Vice President, is not in the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, where he claimed he got it from.

“We are also not able to ascertain the source of the first quarter figures of N943.12 billion for debt servicing and N950.56 billion for retained revenue, which he also quoted,” he said.

These are some of the breaking News in Nigeria this Morning, Thursday 18th of June 2020.

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