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Why food prices are high in Nigeria – Osinbajo, Ondo Local Government chairman slumps, dies in hotel room and other major headlines you missed today!

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N1.2bn fraud: Court grants son of former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, N100m bail

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja has granted Shamsudeen Bala, son of a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed N100 million bail and has ordered that he be remanded in Kuje prison pending the perfection of his bail terms which includes two sureties in the sum of N50million each.

Bala is being prosecuted on a 15-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N1.2 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

According to the presiding judge, the sureties must either be private businessmen or public servants not below the rank of assistant director. The sureties must have landed properties in Abuja or within Lagos metropolis excluding satellite towns.

The defendant must produce three years tax clearance and must not travel without the consent of the court.

The defendant must also comply with Section 15 of the ACJA, 2015 or depose to an affidavit in case of delay by the EFCC.

Female fuel attendant in Kwara State found and returned lost N108,000 belonging to customer

A female staff of Total Nigeria has been praised for her rare display of integrity. Adeyeye Omolara (pictured in Red) returned the sum of N108,000 that a customer lost at a branch of the station. Below is the announcement made on Facebook by Total Nigeria:
"We all know that it is widespread in Nigeria that Service Station attendants are fraudulent and in fact, they have been subtly termed as "crooks". Well, I am proud to announce to you that Total Nigeria is not in that category!

Ondo Local Government chairman slumps, dies in hotel room

Chairman of Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State died in the early hours of today, after attending a political meeting with Governor Mimiko. Agunola Omomowo, popularly known as 'Adoration' was said to have slumped in his hotel room shortly after the meeting and was confirmed dead on arrival at a local hospital in the area.

Late Omomowo was elected as the Ilaje Local Government Chairman on March 24, 2016 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP)

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan addresses US House of Representatives

Former President Jonathan, yesterday addressed members of the US House of Representatives. He was accompanied by former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi.

If you don’t like Buhari, wait for 2019 election – Obasanjo tells Nigerians

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that Nigerians should stop praying for President Muhammadu Buhari’s death.

He said they should rather wait for the next general elections in 2019 to vote him out if they don’t like him.

This was contained in a press release issued by his media aide on Friday in Abeokuta.

Obasanjo described those behind the rumoured death of Buhari as wicked, callous and treacherous.

He added that all the President needed “are our prayers and best wishes, which will ginger his morale to come back more stronger and better.”

Obasanjo also recalled that he has also been a victim of such rumours when he was president and stated that “no normal human being will wish an elderly person dead irrespective of their differences.

“If you don’t like him, wait for another election, not going about to say he is dead. No matter his health situation, we should pray for him to recover quick and come back more stronger and better. For anyone wishing him dead, such person or group of persons are callous, wicked and treacherous.

Why food prices are high in Nigeria – Osinbajo

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has explained why prices of food items are high in the country.

Osinbajo said one of the reasons was lack of accessible roads in rural areas.

Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity quoted Osinbajo as making this remark at the Task Force on Food Security constituted by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the meeting, which was presided over by the Ag. President focused on “gaining a full understanding of all factors that contribute to unduly high food prices, especially at urban markets throughout the country.

“It also considered the ways and means of urgently ameliorating the situation, particularly by addressing issues of affordability and availability.”

He said, “In particular, it identified some key staple foods and the factors that were most likely driving high food prices in some parts of the country, despite bumper harvests at many farms.

“Some of the factors identified in this regard include: the poor state of rural infrastructure like roads; multiple revenue collecting points on the highways; and inadequacy of distribution networks-all of which contribute, among other things to high transportation costs.

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