President Buhari was alleged to have given N500,000 to a judge handling his case and Nigerians urged to stop calling Nigeria “Naija” and more

Our top stories today include an allegation that President Buhari gave N500,000 to a judge handling his case; Presidency says Mr. Buhari will remain in London for more “rest”; and Nigerians are urged to stop calling Nigeria ‘Naija”.

1. Buhari allegedly gave a judge N500,000 during the 2015 certificate controversy

A witness in the corruption trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari gave the embattled judge N500,000 while his certificate controversy was pending before Mr. Ademola.

Some persons had filed a suit challenging Mr. Buhari’s candidacy prior to the 2015 elections, alleging the president had no secondary school certificate as required by law.

2. APC prays for PDP over its leadership crisis

The All Progressives Congress, APC, prayed that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, resolve its leadership crisis soon to enable it take up responsibility as a viable opposition.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, in Abuja on Tuesday, the party said there was need for PDP to be vibrant to provide the critical opposition.

3. Oil prices rise as OPEC aims deeper cuts

Oil prices rose more than one dollar a barrel after OPEC said it was sticking to its agreement to cut production and hoped compliance with the deal would be even higher.

4. Ohaneze working towards Igbo presidency

The head of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Anambra, Damian Okeke-Ogene, said Ohaneze is working towards an Igbo presidency.

Mr. Okeke-Ogene said the John Nwodo-led executive of the body would address the problems of the Igbos and pursue its agenda, including producing a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction.

5. Buhari needs “further rest” after results of tests emerged

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, said the results of President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical tests suggested further rest.

Mr. Adesina, who stated this when he spoke with State House correspondents on the statement earlier issued on Mr. Buhari’s medical vacation, did not stipulate the period of time the resting will last.

Early Tuesday, he said in a separate statement that the president is immensely grateful for the prayers, show of love and concern, and said there was “no cause for worry”.

6. Nigeria rejects being called “Naija”

Garba Abari , Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA) appealed to Nigerians to stop referring to Nigeria as “Naija” to keep its originality.

Mr. Abari said, the new trend of making funky the original name of Nigeria was worrisome and not in the best interest of the country.

7. Kogi is now a haven for Boko Haram

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, said that following the losses suffered by Boko Haram in the north-east, its fleeing members had found a haven in his state.

He, however, warned that the insurgents had chosen a wrong place because he was ready to collaborate with the military to rout them out of the state.

8. Shoprite makes profit in Angola, Nigeria

South African retailer, Shoprite, reported a 15.5 per cent jump in half-year profit, buoyed by sharp sales growth in Angola and Nigeria.

Shoprite, which sells mostly groceries, has grown rapidly outside its home market with sales in other African countries now accounting for more than a fifth of the retailer’s total.

9. Brown Ideye joins Mikel in China

Brown Ideye will be joining John Mike Obi in China, and has become the latest Nigerian player to make a move to the lucrative Super League.

According to multiple sources in Greece as well as in China, Ideye signed a three-year deal with Chinese club Tianjin Teda which also have in their ranks Super Eagles captain, Mikel.

10. CBN injects $370.9 million into interbank FOREX market

As a follow up to its commitment to ease the difficulties Nigerians encounter in funding foreign exchange transactions, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Tuesday intervened in the interbank FOREX market by injecting a total of $370.9 million to the wholesale market through 23 deposit money banks.

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