Goodluck Jonathan, Evans Trial, iPhone 8 launch; Your Wednesday Morning Briefing

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Former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

Good morning,

Here’s everything you need to know to start your day:

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Former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan



Nigeria yet to retrieve $15m ‘arms fund’ seized by South Africa from Jonathan’s Government

  • The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, gave details as to why the country has not been able to retrieve its fund stuck in South Africa.
  • He said Nigeria has not been able to retrieve the funds because of some cumbersome processes, according to Naij
  • The $15million was allegedly meant for the purchase of arms during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan.

The Suspected Billionaire Kidnapper, Evans, will be arraigned Today

  • The billionaire kidnapper, Chulwudumeme Onwuamadike (also known as Evans), will be arraigned before an Ikeja Division of the Lagos State High Court on Wednesday.
  • A report from Premium Times disclosed that the alleged kidnapper would appear before Justice Hakeem Oshodi, according to a police source.
  • The kidnapper has been in police custody since June 10 when he was arrested in Lagos, and will be facing charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, murder along many other charges.

Ex-militant laments non-payment of 8-month stipend

  • Gabriel Ebuo, an ex-militant has lamented the non-payment of his eight months stipends by authorities of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
  • He called on President Muhammadu Buhari & Coordinator of the programme, Brig-Gen Paul Boro (retd.) to intervene as he could barely feed his family since they stopped paying him eight months ago.
  • The situation, he described as unfair and disheartening according to Vanguard.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Senator Kanti Bello, a former Nigerian Senator who represented the People’s Democratic Party in the Katsina North Senatorial District of Katsina State, is dead.

  • He died in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Abuja.



Kachikwu: Buhari’s decision to shift attention from oil is yielding results

  • The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, made it know that the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to shift attention from oil-dependence to gas was gradually yielding positive results.
  • Dr. Kachikwu also stated that the agreement will unlock unbelievable opportunities as the first phase will produce 2200 standard cubic feet, scf, of gas to 5,000 scf.
  • The Gas Sales Aggregation Agreement will bring an investment of 500 million dollars in the first phase and 350 million dollars in the second phase.



Apple is set to unveil next generation of iPhones in September

  • Wall Street Journal reports that the new iPhone will officially be launched on September 12
  • Apple will reportedly be launching three new devices but its new smartphone (possibly called the iPhone 8) will be the center of attention.
  • The launch will most likely be held at Steve Jobs theater which is on the grounds of the new Apple Campus, according to Forbes, but WSJ says the campus is still under construction



The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values. – William S. Burroughs





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