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Akpabio Is Next Senate President – Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, is the next Senate President.

Ganduje said the decision to nominate Akpabio was already sealed.

However, he failed to explain if it was a decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership.

The governor spoke during a meeting with his Cross River counterpart, Ben Ayade, in Calabar.

“The Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will come from the South South and it is no other person than the former governor of Akwa Ibom.

“The uncommon governor, the uncommon minister who is going to be the uncommon president of the senate. So we have resolved that.

“I am giving you assurance, we are waiting for the D-Day that he will be the Senate President of Nigeria,” he said.

Daily Trust had exclusively reported that President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu had concluded plans to pair Akpabio with Senator Jibrin Barau (APC Kano) as Senate president and deputy respectively.

Akpabio and Barau are among the nine contenders for the Senate presidency of the 10th assembly, expected to be inaugurated on June 13.

Fire guts EFCC building in Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed a fire incident at its office in Enugu State.

One of the buildings within the Zonal Command was consumed by the inferno.

EFCC Head of Media, Wilson Uwujaren issued a statement Friday afternoon.

“The incident which occurred at about 12.30 am Friday, was triggered by a surge in public power supply."

“The ensuing inferno was later put out through the combined efforts of the Enugu State and Federal Fire Service,” he said.

The spokesperson added that no life was lost in the incident.

Organ trafficking: UK court sentences Ekweremadu to 10 years imprisonment

The United Kingdom court has sentenced former Deputy Senate President of Nigeria, Ike Ekweremadu, to nine years and eight months in prison for an organ trafficking plot.

The court also sentenced his wife, Beatrice, to four years six months while the medical doctor who acted as a ‘middleman’ in the plot, Dr Obinna Obeta, was sentenced to 10 years and his medical licence was also suspended.

The PUNCH reports in March 2023 that the jury found they criminally conspired to bring a 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.

The young man was said to have been falsely presented as Sonia’s cousin in a failed bid to persuade doctors to carry out an £80,000 private procedure at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

The young man was said to have been offered an illegal reward to become a donor for Sonia after kidney disease forced her to drop out of a master’s degree in film at Newcastle University.

Fintiri Approves N1bn For Payment Of WAEC, NECO, Others

The Governor of Adamawa State, Umaru Fintiri, has approved the release of N1 billion for the payment of West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and other fees for the 2022-2023 examinations.

The Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Wilbina Jackson, made the disclosure in Yola during the flag-off of the distribution of instructional materials to 56 primary schools in the state across the 21 local government areas (LGAs).

According to the commissioner, in the past four years, the administration has made appreciable progress in education, enrolling more children into primary schools.

Officials of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC), the Adamawa State Government, education secretaries of select local government areas and headmasters of primary schools were in attendance in Yola.

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