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1. Disaster: Flood destroys 300 houses in Ibadan.
Mr Yakubu Sulieman, the South West Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has revealed that over 300 houses were affected in the heavy downpour of Tuesday June 20, 2017 in Ibadan, with property worth millions of naira destroyed.
During the heavy downpour, many houses including a Celestial Church of Christ, Orogun, along UI-Ojoo Road were submerged and property destroyed.  Areas heavily affected by the rain include Olodo, Oki, Akobo, Onipepeye, Kute, Eleyele and Ariyo.
NEMA said that it is still collating the number of families displaced and the means of livelihood destroyed.  The agency identified the major cause of the flood as indiscriminate dumping of refuse in rivers and erection of illegal structures on waterways and flood path.

2.  Deportation:  34 Nigerians Deported From Six European Countries
34 Nigerians deported from six European countries for committing immigration-related offences yesterday arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport ,MMlA, Lagos in the early hours of yesterday morning.

They were deported from Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Belgium and Hungary. The deportees, comprising of 32 males and two females, were brought back in a chartered Airbus Panorama aircraft.

The spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi who confirmed the arrival of the deportees said; “This morning, we received 34 Nigerians who were brought back from Europe. They were made up of 32 males and two females.“

3.  Ex-Plateau Gov candidate, Chris Giwa defects to PDP, says the party is a better option
Mr. Chris Giwa, who was the ACN candidate for the Plateau governorship seat in 2011, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of 2019 elections.

Giwa, the proprietor of Giwa FC of Jos, who was received at the party’s secretariat in Jos on Thursday, said that he opted for the PDP because he was convinced that it held the key to a better Nigeria.

“Nigerians have tested and tasted the PDP and the APC; from experience, the average Nigerian believes that PDP is a better option. I have opted to go with the majority,” he said.
Giwa, who said that he had “no immediate ambition”, promised to work for the return of Sen. Jonah Jang (PDP, Plateau North), to the Senate in 2019.
In an address to welcome Giwa, Jang said that the PDP in Plateau was intact and ready to regain power in 2019.
“We had a setback in 2015 but we have put that behind and moved on. The defeat was a temporary setback that has made up stronger after realising our mistakes,” he said.
Jang cautioned PDP members against the temptation to jump ship simply because the party was out of power, and declared that those doing so would regret “very soon”.
He stressed the need for the PDP to remain united, saying that a divided opposition had no chance against an incumbent government.
“As your leaders, we will do everything within our powers to ensure that the PDP remains a strong and united entity.
“It is good to have an ambition, but no ambition is more than the PDP because it is the platform through which we can achieve such ambitions,” he said.
Jang assured PDP members that there would be no imposition of candidates, and advised those interested in seeking elective positions to reach out to the people.
Plateau PDP Chairman Damishi Sango in his remarks said that the party was stronger with Giwa in its fold. Sango tasked members on discipline, noting that nothing would be achieved if members were not focused and discipline toward achieving set goals.
“The party is supreme; every member must respect it,” he said.
Other top PDP members who gathered at the party’s secretariat to welcome Giwa included Sen. Jeremiah Useni (PDP, Plateau South), national and state assembly members, as well as former ministers and commissioners.

4. Terrorism:  Ex-Militant Leaders Demand 30% Of Surveillance Fund
Repentant ex-militant leaders in the Niger Delta region, yesterday, urged the Federal Government to avoid fresh crisis in the region by ensuring that the 30 per cent pipeline surveillance money was paid directly to each of the leaders and not through a single individual.

It will be recalled that after President Muhammadu Buhari terminated the pipeline surveillance contract which was given to the ex-militants by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, he agreed to pay them for the period of their services with a view to ensuring peace in the region.

However, addressing journalists in Benin City, Edo State, Awe Akuke, Indian Fineboy Kolotor, Augustine Aboh and others, raised alarm over alleged plans by a few of the ex-militant leaders to hijack the money, noting that same will create fresh crisis in the region since all the leaders were involved in the surveillance job.

According to Akuke, “We don’t want the 30 per cent payment to be given to a single ex-militant leader.

 We, the ex-agitators, particularly those of us from Delta State and other parts of the Niger Delta, note that nobody bought arms for us. We got arms to fight the struggle before dropping them and we are all leaderss in our own right.

“This 30 per cent fund which is already with the NNPC should be given directly to the ex-militant leaders so that peace will reign in the region.”

And if the Federal Government wants to know the authentic Generals they should call the chairman of the Amnesty Committee, Gen. Paul Boro (retd) to invite all of us so that we can identify ourselves.

“The coming pipeline security contract that they want to give to ex-agitators by the Federal Government should be shared among all the leaders in the Niger Delta.

They should ensure that the ex-agitators who embraced amnesty in the first, second and third phase are captured to avoid crisis. We all want peace in the region but we will not accept any attempt to cheat or undermine any body in the sharing of the money.

“The government should also advise NNPC to always invite all the leaders of the ex-agitators each time they want to discuss issues with them rather than invite just a few of them,” he added.

5. Politics:
  I Have Not Been Notified Of An Appeal By FG- Saraki
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said he was yet to be formally notified of an appeal by the Federal Government against his acquittal by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.

Saraki was discharged and acquitted of false asset declaration charges by the tribunal a week ago, with the outcome stunning many Nigerians, including some civic groups who called on the United Nations to intervene in Nigeria’s legal system that they perceived too lenient towards impunity

Although the Federal Government, through its counsel in the case, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, had announced that it had appealed the verdict of the CCT, chaired by Danladi Umar, Saraki said he has not received any notification to that effect.

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