South East leaders seek Nnamdi Kanu’s release, Army Spokesperson visits PREMIUM TIMES, Naira now N425 to a dollar

Our top stories today: South Africa deports 97 Nigerians; Army Spokesperson visits PREMIUM TIMES, Naira appreciates further against dollar, and South East leaders seek Nnamdi Kanu’s release and much more.

1. South Africa deports 97 Nigerians

While the Nigerian government criticises South Africa’s handling of recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians, the South African Government has responded by deporting 97 Nigerians for committing various offences in the country.

2. Army Spokesperson visits PREMIUM TIMES, seeks synergy with media

Sani Usman, the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, visited PREMIUM TIMES head office in Abuja on Monday to interact with editors of the newspaper. He made the case for an expanded and cordial army-media relationship in the country.

The visit was aimed at normalising relations between the military and the investigative platform after weeks of tension.

3. Naira further regains strength at N425 to a dollar in parallel market

The naira continued to regain strength and appreciate in value in the parallel market as it was sold for N425 to a dollar on Tuesday.

It was N450 to a dollar at the close of transactions on Monday.

7. Boko Haram suspect, who escaped from SSS custody, rearrested

A Boko Haram suspect who escaped from the custody of the State Security Service, SSS, has been rearrested.

Muktar Suleiman and others still at large escaped from SSS (also called DSS) custody in 2015.

8. Again, no former African president worthy of Mo Ibrahim award

For the second year running, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced that there is no winner of the 2016 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

The announcement was made on Tuesday following a meeting of the independent Prize Committee chaired by Salim Ahmed Salim, and the Foundation’s Board meeting last weekend, the Foundation said in a statement.

9. JAMB scraps awaiting results, includes 4th choice

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB announced that students will no longer be able to secure admission into higher institutions while awaiting their O’level results.

JAMB said this was part of its restructuring in preparation for the 2017 UTME higher institution examination.

10. Soludo, Utomi, other South East leaders demand immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu

Some Igbo leaders demanded the unconditional release of the leader of Indigenous People Of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Addressing journalists on the detention of Mr. Kanu, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo, described the continued detention of Mr. Kanu as unacceptable and an abuse of Mr. Kanu’s right to ‘legitimate agitation”.