Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Wednesday, affirmed that the Nigerian military was almost meeting the December deadline to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists. Mohammed who made this disclosure during his maiden meeting with editorial heads of media houses in Lagos, said he noticed that the insurgents had completely been defeated during his recent visit to the Northeast alongside some journalists.
2. The All Progressive Congress (APC) has dismissed media reports that December salaries of its staff have not been paid yet. According to the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the party has not only paid December salaries, but has also gone ahead to distribute food items to the staff in order to have a swell Christmas celebration.
3. Report says no fewer than Eighty-three Shi’ite members, including children and women who were arrested and detained during the Zaria clash between the Nigerian Army and the Islamic Movement have been released by the Police in Kaduna.
4. The Human Rights Watch, HRW, has alleged that about 300 members of the Shi’ia sect were killed and secretly buried by the members of the Nigerian army. This was contained in a statement signed by its African Director, Daniel Bekele, where he called on President Muhammadu Buhari to check the several abused perpetrated by the Nigerian military.
5. The Chief Security Officer of the University of Benin, Edo State, Umar Otokiti, was on Wednesday arraigned before an Ekiadolor Magistrates’ Court for alleged stealing. Otokiti one Osayande Osaro were arraigned on three counts bordering on stealing.
6. The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, on Wednesday, said that the December 31, 2015 deadline given to MTN Nigeria to pay the N780bn fine imposed on it by the Nigerian Communications Commission would not be feasible. He said the outcome of the court’s judgment will determine further actions that will be taken on the matter.
7. Report says it’s almost a bleak Christmas for the Super Eagles coaches as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has failed to pay coaches and officials of the team, after the camp closed for Christmas break on Wednesday.
8. The Kaduna state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC is set to suspend Senator Shehu Sani. Report says all plans have been made to suspend Sani because of the unresolved rift between him and Kaduna Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.
9. The Nigeria Labour Congress has stated that the N18,000 Minimum Wage is due for review, stating that it will resist attempts by state governors to reduce the current wage. This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the Central Working Committee’s meeting of the union.
10. Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, withdrew from the trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu that he had no confidence that the court would grant him fair trial. Kanu said he would rather remain in detention than to be subjected to the rigours of trial that would eventually amount to nothing.
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