Just before you go to bed, here are the major political and crime stories you missed today.
FG sacks striking doctors nationwide
The Federal Government has ordered immediate sack of striking resident doctors in the country.
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in a circular signed by Amina Shamaki, the permanent secretary of the ministry, directed Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) and medical directors (MDs) of FG tertiary health institutions to fill the vacancies created by resident doctors who have “abandoned” their programme.
Resident doctors in government hospitals had declared indefinite strike on Monday over issue bordering on their entitlements.
The circular reads: “It has come to the notice of the management of the ministry that some resident doctors in your establishment have voluntarily withdrawn from the residency training program by refusing to report for training without authorization. public service rule, PSR 030402 (e) is relevant.
“This is in spite of the ongoing negotiations on their demands put forward by the representatives of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association.
“In view of this development, you are hereby directed to replace all the doctors that have withdrawn their services, with others from the pool of applicants for the training programs in the various disciplines in order not to create ominous gap in training with attendant disruption of health care delivery in your facility.
“Meanwhile, the ministry is working with the panel on the review of the residency training programme in Nigeria, led by Professor Wole Atoyebi, the registrar of the National Postgraduate Medical College, to fast-track the development of a comprehensive blueprint for postgraduate training of doctors in the country.
“Please, ensure immediate compliance.”
Zahra Buhari & Adekunle Gold become ambassadors for Sickle Cell Aid Foundation
First daughter Zahra Buhari and singer Adegunke Gold have been unveiled as brand ambassadors for the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation, SCAF.
Sex scandal: Accused lawmakers deny allegation, insist on proof
Following the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against three members of the House of Representatives by the United States embassy, the House on Tuesday mandated its committees on Ethics and Privileges and Foreign Affairs to investigate the matter.
This followed a motion brought under Order six, Rules two and 22 of the House Standing Orders by one of the accused, Rep. Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue).
In the motion, Gbillah described the action of the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwhistle, in petitioning the house, as a move to tarnish the image of the lawmakers and the hallowed chamber.
He said that no such incident occurred as reported by the ambassador, and insisted that the envoy should provide proof to support his allegation.
Gbillah, who was accused with Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Mohammed Gololo (APC, Bauchi) of the crime, said that none of them was interrogated by U.S. authorities over the allegation.
He said that there was, therefore, the need not to draw conclusion on the matter until it had been properly investigated.
The motion was unanimously adopted through a voice vote.
Current hard times will make Nigerians act right, says Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the current economic downturn in Nigeria would surely make the people act right, assuring that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency would ensure that the Nigerian people benefit from the resources of the nation. Osinbajo spoke during a courtesy call on him by the Australian Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary, African Branch, Mr. Mathew Neuhaus who was accompanied by the country’s High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr. Paul Lehmann. “it is a difficult time, but we think it is an excellent opportunity to do right by the people so that our people are able to get the benefit of the nation’s resources,” he said.
He however noted that the presidency was making appreciable effects in the areas of security, governance, anti-corruption and the economy.
According to him, there had been a liberalization of the oil and gas’ downstream sector and that the flexible foreign exchange policy recently put in place would encourage foreign investment adding that “we are looking forward to the benefits of the new foreign exchange policy.”
Synagogue: No valid building permit, commissioner tells court
Mr Olutoyin Ayinde, a former Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, on Tuesday revealed before an Ikeja High Court that the Auditorium of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) does not have a valid building permit.
Ayinde, made the disclosure before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo while being led in evidence by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mrs Idowu Alakija during the ongoing trial of two engineers charged with criminal manslaughter of 116 persons in the collapsed seven-storey guest house of the church. Beside, he said the collapsed building does not have building permit and no request for application.
“The building collapse occurred on a Friday, I got in touch with the District Officer of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) to confirm if the Synagogue Church had any building approval in the system.
“The Electronic Document Management System was searched and the only building approval for the church did not cover the site of the collapse building. “The document, a five – storey building approval was meant for the church auditorium but as at the time of the collapse, the church auditorium had gone from five floors to eight floors.
“By the Ministry’s definition, the approval the church had for the auditorium is no longer valid and there was no application for approval registered for the collapsed building.
“The Building Control Agency pasted their sticker on the auditorium which had surpassed the approved five – storeys but there was no need for sanctions on the other building because it had already collapsed, Ayinde said
Naira stable at N283 to the Dollar
The Nigerian naira has attained apparent stability at the interbank market, trading at N283 for the better part of Tuesday.
The naira opened at 253 to the dollar on the new official market in Monday, but closed its first trading day of the new regime at 281.85 after hitting a daily-high of 283.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in a bid to engender clarity in the market, sold $4.02 billion worth of forex to 21 banks in order to clear the backlog of existing demands.
After CBN sales of $4.02 billion, the naira took a downward swing from 280/$1 to 283, with some appreciation at the parallel market.
In anticipation of the new regime, the naira appreciated dramatically on the parallel market, with dealers losing over N50 on every currency in their possession.
Isiaka Baba, a trader in Lagos who spoke to TheCable said: “The way the naira is going now is unprecedented, many traders have lost on all currencies. Dollar is selling at 330, and may go as low as 250 before the end of the day.”
“Euro that we buy at 400 is now selling near 300, while the pound is moving close to 400, from its position at 500, just last week.”
On Tuesday however, the dramatic movement continued at the parallel market, with the naira opening the day at 347/$1, only to end the same day at 337.
The naira appreciated to 475 against the British pounds, while the Euro moved slightly to 388 to 387.
Traders said they do not understand why the Euro has failed to follow the appreciation trend seen with the dollar and pound.
The central bank remains “reasonably optimistic” that the naira will settle at 250 against the dollar.
Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, and Solomon Arase, the retiring IGP
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday appointed an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, as the acting Inspector-General of Police.
The appointment was contained in a statement made available to journalists by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
Idris succeeds Arase who proceeds on retirement at the attainment of 60 years.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, as the Acting Inspector-General of Police,” the statement read.
According to the statement, Idris, who hails from Kutigi, Lavun in Niger State, was born on 15th of January 1959, and was enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1984, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture.
He also holds a degree in Law from the University of Maiduguri.
Idris has served in various commands and formations in the Nigerian Police Force, working in the Police Mobile Force for 17years as Unit Commander, Squadron Commander, and Commandant.
Rivers Assembly approves N14.16b FG fund for Wike
The Rivers State House of Assembly has authorised the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, to access a N14.16bn Federal Government Budget Support Facility.
The 14 lawmakers, who were present at Tuesday’s plenary unanimously gave the approval based on the request of the state governor.
Wike who had written a letter to the House through the Speaker, Dabotoru Dima, explained that the approval would enable his administration to sustain the payment of salaries to civil servants and pensioners.
The governor had said in the letter that his administration had not accessed the N10bn earlier approved by the House as bailout.
He, however, added that the N14.16bn was to be collected in three tranches with nine percent one year moratorium, if approved by the state legislature.
The letter indicated that the loan would be secured on future dividends or funds accruing to the state from the Federal Government.
Troops kill nine cattle thieves, recover arms in Zamfara
The troops of the Nigerian Army have killed nine suspected cattle rustlers at Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Tuesday that the troops of the 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade, who carried out the raid also recovered some arms and ammunition from the rustlers.
According to him, the troops recovered three AK-47 rifles, four AK-47 rifle magazines, five rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, a machete and 24 motorcycles after a thorough combing of the general area.’
Usman said that members of the local vigilance group at Yargada Village, Gusau Local Government Area apprehended another bandit in the state.
He said, “In continuation of the concerted efforts of clearing cattle rustlers, armed bandits and kidnappers in the north western geo-political region, troops of 1 Division in conjunction with other security agencies have been making tremendous progress.
“It is in line with this that troops of 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade, Nigerian Army embarked on a patrol to Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State. During the patrol, the team encountered and engaged notorious armed bandits that have been wreaking havoc on the communities.
“The troops killed nine of them, while a few escaped with gun shot wounds. The team recovered three AK-47 rifles, four AK-47 rifle magazines, five rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, a machete and 24 motorcycles after a thorough combing of the general area.