PUNCH NEWSPAPERS

I.Ohanaeze Insists On Slot As 17 Govs Demand 2023 South Presidency 

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has urged the Southern Governors Forum to zone the 2023 presidency to the South-East in the interest of fair play and justice.

Spokesman for the Ohanaeze, Alex Ogbonnia, who said the group backed the southern governors’ position that the region should produce the president in 2023, said the region must be magnanimous in conceding the presidency to South-East.

II. Fire Guts Building In T.B. Joshua’s Synagogue Church 

There was a fire outbreak at the Synagogue Church of All Nations located in Ikotun area of Lagos State on Monday night.

The PUNCH gathered that the fire, which gutted a store house in the church’s premises, started around 11 pm.

The fire incident happened on the night of the candle procession in honour of the late founder of the Church, Prophet Temitope Joshua, popularly called T.B. Joshua.

III. My Party Members Are Nigerians Battling Hunger, Unemployment, Poverty – OBJ

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday said he had no plan to float any political party in the future.

Obasanjo who was in Kabul in Afghanistan, as a guest of President Ashraf Ghani, accused some unnamed persons of planning to drag his name in the mud.

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GUARDIAN NIGERIA

I. Obasanjo denies plan to form new political party

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, debunked media reports that he was planning to float a new political party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

He said he remained an elder stateman and no amount of effort by anyone would bring him back. Obasanjo said those behind the rumour should have their brains checked at the psychiatric hospital.

II. Lagos Assembly passes bill barring parade of suspects by police

The Lagos House of Assembly has passed an amended version of the Criminal Justice Law in the state barring police from parading suspects before the media.

The bill was passed yesterday at a sitting presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, on behalf of the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa.

III. One killed, two hospitalised in Kaduna bomb explosion

Police in Kaduna yesterday confirmed the death of one child, and two seriously wounded in a bomb explosion planted by terrorists at the heart of the city.

Spokesperson for the command, ASP Muhammed Jalige, said that on July 3, 2021, about 1615hrs, there was an explosion at Shagari Close, Badarawa, Kaduna as result of a suspected Improvised Explosive Device concealed in three bottles of popular children’s juice (Viju Milk).

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

I. Large cap stocks pushes local market by +0.52 per cent

Trading at the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), on Tuesday, closes northward as gains from blue-chip stocks pushes the Index to 0.52 per cent increase.

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At the close of Tuesday’s trade, the NGX All-Share Index (ASI) increased by 0.52 per cent to settle at 38,418.04 basis points amid buying interest in blue-chip stocks.

II. N272.3bn export cargoes facilitated at Lagos port in 2021 H1 ―  NCS

Amid dwindling government revenue, the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday said it has facilitated export cargoes worth N272.3 billion between January to June 2021.

Addressing maritime journalists at a press briefing in Lagos on Tuesday, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Apapa Command, Yusuf Malanta said the command also generated N363billion from Duty collected on imported cargoes within the first six months of 2021.

III. Gunmen kidnap four farmers in Ekiti, demand N50m ransom

Gunmen have demanded N50 million ransom for the abducted four farmers in Ikosu-Ekiti, Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti state.

This came barely a week after the traditional ruler of Eda-Ile in Ekiti East local government area of the state, Oba Benjamin Osho, was abducted and released after the family cough out N2 million to secure his freedom.

INDEPENDENT NIGERIA

I. Ishaku Urges FG To Speed Up Oil Exploration In North East

Taraba State Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to speed up oil exploration in the north east part of the country in order to help enhance and diversify the country’s economy.

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Ishaku stated this at the 5th meeting of the North East Governors’ Forum Held at the Government House in the state capital, Jalingo.

II. Kogi Poly Student Sentenced To 8yrs Imprisonment For Cultism

A Magistrates’ Court in Lokoja has sentenced a National Diploma (ND II) student of Kogi State Polytechnic, Shehu Mohammed, to eight years’ imprisonment for unlawful possession of firearm and unlawful association.

Mohammed pleaded guilty to three counts charges of unlawful association, illegal possession of firearms, and membership of a cult group.

III. NADCEL 2021: Emir Of Damaturu Commends Army For Medical Outreach To Residents

The Emir of Damaturu, Alhaji Dr Shehu Hashimi II Ibn Umar El-Amin Kenemi has commended the leadership of the Headquarters Sector 2 Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI for the Free Medical Outreach conducted to Damaturu residents and its environs.

He made the commendation today Tuesday 6 July 2021 during the Free Medical Outreach organised to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration held at the Emir’s Palace in Damaturu the Yobe State capital.

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