Here are 10 things you need to know today:
1.It was a near plane crash on Saturday when an Overland flight 1186 crash landed in Ilorin AIrport. Report says fifty-nine passengers and four crew members on board the plane escaped unhurt as the aircraft veered off the runway after landing. It was reported that the airline took off from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.
- Report says Maxwell Olusegun Adegbenro, Special Assistant on Social Media to the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi has raised a strong allegation against traditional rulers in Ekiti State, who attended a forum organised by Concerned Yoruba Elders in Ile-Ife yesterday. He is accusing the traditional rulers of collecting N150, 000 bribe each to attend the event.
A former Commissioner for Health in the defunct Western Region, Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, and a former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Chief Frank Kokori, on Friday cautioned the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, against taking sides on political matters relating to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the opposition All Progressives Congress.
4.Report also has it this morning that a former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Rafiu Jafojo, and other chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos on Saturday moved to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Others who defected to the ruling party in the state are former Lagos State Chairman, Elders Council of PDP, Dr. Oluyomi Finnih, and former state secretary of the party, Tunde Daramola.
5.The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, yesterday reacted to the bomb blast that hit Kano central Mosque on Friday, saying Muslims cannot be intimidated into abandoning their religion. He also reiterated that those behind the attack were not Muslims, as their actions contradict the teachings of Islam.
6.A sad report says Nigeria’s former Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Gbenga Ashiru is dead. Gbenga, according to report died on Saturday in a South African hospital after a protracted brain tumor. He died at the age of 66 after three months in hospital bed.
7.In a reaction to the Friday bomb blast in Kano state, the Christian Association of Nigeria has said that the attack on the mosque was evil, saying it was an act that must be denounced by all Christians and Muslims as God does not promote shedding of blood in any form. The condemnation came through the President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.
- About eleven persons were were reportedly killed in Omoku, headquarters of Ogba Egbema Ndoni local government area of Rivers State. According reports, the victims were killed following a shooting spree by gunmen who stormed the area Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
9.The Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) has dismissed media reports about an attempted jailbreak by some convicted soldiers in Yola Prison, Adamawa State. The Spokesperson of the service, Ope Fatinukun, in a statement said there was no pandemonium, commotion nor gun shots fired into air in Yola prison as reported widely in the media.
- Chinedum Orji, first son of the Abia State governor, yesterday won the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, House of Assembly ticket for Umuahia Central state constituency as he defeated other challengers, Adighibe Maduakolam, and George Uwalaka by 11 out of the 12 total votes cast at the Primary election. One vote was voided as his challengers picked up no vote during the election.