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By Olamide Fadoju
Presidency Confirms Sack of Osibanjo Aides
Amidst ongoing rumours of an ongoing rift between, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, The Presidency on Saturday, confirmed the sacking of some of the Vice President’s s aide.
Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu in a statement released via Twitter said the move was not malicious but was ordered to streamline administration cost.
The Presidency wishes to confirm that there is, on-going, an unprecedented overhaul of the nation’s seat of government, arising from which a number of political appointments have either been revoked or not renewed in the Second Term.— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) November 8, 2019
The exercise, which has been ordered by the President, is to streamline decision-making, cut down multiple authorities and reduce the cost of administration.— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) November 8, 2019
The office of the Vice President, His Excellency Yemi Osinbajo has, in compliance with the directive of the President, equally been shed of a number of such appointees.— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) November 8, 2019
In the light of this, the Presidency wishes to strongly deny rumours of a rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President @ProfOsinbajo.— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) November 8, 2019
Deadline for Data Price Reduction Extended
Nigerians may have to wait a little bit longer to start paying less for data after the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy extended the deadline given to the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) for the downward review of data cost in the country.
The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in a statement released on Saturday said the decision to extend the deadline was taken following pleas by the NCC to allow it “properly re-strategise and fully implement long-term solutions to the challenges, as directed.”
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, had earlier on November 5 ordered the NCC to reduce the cost of data, and stop illegal deductions from subscribers by service providers within 5 working days.
PRESS STATEMENT— Fed Ministry of Communications & Digital Economy (@FMoCDENigeria) November 9, 2019
NIGERIA COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (NCC) RESTRATEGISES TO IMPLEMENT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S DIRECTIVE pic.twitter.com/rzCBG8zzIE
DSS Defies Court Order, Fails to Release Sowore
Convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore’s battle for freedom goes on following the refusal of The Department of State Service (DSS) to release his and his co-defendant Olawale Bakare on Saturday.
The DSS had on Friday confirmed the receipt of an order from the Federal High Court in Abuja for the release of the two men from custody but failed to release them.
The Punch reports that Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) said lawyers in the defence team waited in vain for over four hours at the DSS headquarters in Abuja to receive the men but left after it became clear they were not going to be released.
Essex Lorry Deaths: Police Release Names of Victims
Essex Police in the United Kingdom have released the name of 39 individuals, all Vietnamese nationals who were were found dead in a refrigerated lorry in Essex.
Their bodies were found in a lorry trailer in an industrial park in Grays on 23 October and the Police had been working to identify them since the discovery.
Lorry driver Maurice Robinson, from Northern Ireland, has appeared in court charged with offences including 39 counts of manslaughter.
Bolivian President Resigns
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Sunday, November 10, announced his resignation amid the chaos following his disputed re-election last month.
Evo Morales, who has led the country for 14 years said the head of the army had called on him to go after protests over his election win.
Mr Morales re-election was questioned by auditors over irregularities and he said he was leaving to help protect families of political allies who have suffered a series of attacks.
Mr Morales urged protesters in a televised address to "stop attacking the brothers and sisters, stop burning and attacking".