It’s the weekend, and you know you can’t end the week without digesting our Big Ten articles.
Ten Nigerian news headline you just should not miss:
1. Senator’s assault case stalls .
The absence of Senator Elisha Abbo, who allegedly assaulted a nursing mother, and the prosecution counsel; on Thursday stalled continuation of trial in a Zuba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja.
NAN also reports that Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the National Assembly, was arraigned on July 8, 2019; for allegedly assaulting a nursing mother, Mrs Warmate Osimibibra.
At the resumed hearing, the police counsel, James Idachaba, and the defendant, (Abbo) however were not in court.
2. ASUU insists on no to payroll enrollment.
Disagreement persists between the Federal Government and University lecturers; over the enrolment in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel and Information System (IPPIS).
On Thursday, government official appeal to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU); to back down on it opposition to the IPPIS. But the union declined.
It was during the union visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
3. Labour gives Jan 31 deadline on new wage.
States yet to implement the payment of the N30,000 new minimum wage; or also conclude talks on the consequential adjustment of salaries; for senior civil servants by January 31 will face the wrath of Labour.
Organised Labour said it would therefore not be able to guarantee industrial peace and harmony in such states; at the expiration of the ultimatum.
4. Gunmen abduct seminarians in Kaduna.
Four seminarians have been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers.
The victims were reportedly abducted when the gunmen stormed the Good Shepherd Catholic Major Seminary in Kakau; along Kaduna-Abuja road on Wednesday night.
The Registrar of the school, Rev Fr (Dr) Joel Usman, also reported they were seized around 10:30pm and 11:00 pm.
5. Sea robbery: Navy arrests suspected pirates, rescues abducted Russians, Indian.
The Nigerian Navy (NN), Central Naval Command (CNC) says some suspected sea robbers have been arrested; in connection to the killing of four naval ratings as well as the abduction of two Russians and an Indian; off the Ramos River entrance; bordering Delta and Bayelsa states, on January 2.
6. Police commence investigation into video of ‘officers’ extorting with POS machine .
The Nigeria Police has commenced investigation into a viral video on social media; where persons dressed and armed as policemen are extorting from members of the public with a point of sale (POS) machine.
In the video shared by @marshallkacy, the “policemen”; are seen demanding some citizens by making payments with their ATMs on the POS machines.
In the 45-second video, a particular young man can be heard protesting; that he would not provide his own ATM, because he had never heard about such..
7. Blood transfusion denial: Lagos rescues 14-day-old baby from Jehovah Witness parents.
The Lagos State Government, through the Office of the Public Defender (OPD); has recovered a severely jaundiced 14-day-old baby whose parents denied her life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds.
The baby girl (name withheld) was delivered prematurely at a private hospital in Surulere; with headquarters at Ikoyi on December 18,, 2019 to Mr and Mrs Emmanuel Onokpise of Abata Close, Orile-Iganmu.
The baby was however discovered to be severely jaundiced at birth; and the doctors prescribed that she be given urgent blood transfusion to survive.
8. Army tackles Borno governor over extortion allegation.
The Nigerian Army on Tuesday warned that the allegation by Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum; that soldiers extorted people plying the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway was counter-productive.
Although it promised to investigate the allegation, it said the action of the governor was capable of reversing the gains recorded so far; in the fight against insurgents and other criminal elements across the country.
9. 2023 succession talks now unnecessary, says Tinubu.
All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described as premature, talks about 2023 elections and the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari.
To him, those making such calls do not love Nigeria.
10. Rivers ranks second in money laundering – EFCC.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) has rated Rivers as the state with the second highest number of laundering cases in the country.
Lagos beats Rivers to the top spot as the state with the highest number of money laundering cases.