Nigerian government to end shady ports contracts; Kano anti-corruption agency suspends Emir probe

Here are some of our most read stories on Saturday.

1. EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian govt to end shady $70 million yearly ports contracts

The Nigerian Ports Authority says it is ready to end joint venture agreements with two companies that managed and dredged the Lagos and Bonny access channels, after a PREMIUM TIMES investigation showed both firms sidestepped the nation’s procurement laws to win multibillion naira contracts, yet failed to deliver due benefits to government.

The firms, Lagos Channel Management and Bonny Channel Management, were formed in 2006, after NPA entered into joint venture partnerships with some “technical partners”, including Dredging International, Vinci, IPEM and Dapesa Maritime International.

2. Nigerian govt issues advisory on massive global cyberattack

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, on Saturday issued an emergency advise to Nigerians about a rampaging ransomware virus that emerged across the globe on Friday.

Within the last 24 hours, no fewer than 100,000 computers were reported affected in 99 countries by ransomware, which encrypts a computer and demands a $300 ransom before unlocking it.

The virus, also known as “WannaCry” or “Wannacrypt”, is believed to be part of the United States National Security Agency hacking tools that were leaked earlier in the year.

The ransomware virus swept computers running on Microsoft Windows Operating System, especially those not currently supported such as Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003, across the globe.

3. Kano anti-corruption agency suspends Emir probe

The Kano State government’s anti-corruption agency has suspended probe into the financial dealings of the Emirate council.

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission was investigating alleged misuse of N6 billion.

The state’s House of Assembly launched a separate investigation of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sunusi II, following allegations of funds misappropriation, “defamation of character, breach of oath of office/oath of allegiance, abuse of office privileges and protocol, and political and religious interference”.

4. Ebola: Nigeria steps up surveillance at airports

The management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has assured Nigerians of adequate surveillance at the nation’s airports following the outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, saying that at least one person had been confirmed dead due to the virus in the country’s north-east.

Henrietta Yakubu, FAAN’s Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, saying that there was no direct flight from Congo to Nigeria.

5. Why we don’t want to be freed from Boko Haram custody — ‘Chibok Girls’

The extremist Boko Haram sect on Friday released a new video appearing to show some abducted Chibok girls explaining why they would prefer to remain in the custody of the terrorist sect rather than return to their families.

A negotiator who facilitated the recent release of 82 of the girls had said some of the abductees were reluctant to be freed.

In the video, uploaded to YouTube by Sahara Reporters, one of the girls, clutching an AK47 rifle, responded to questions from a man believed to be a Boko Haram commander. Other girls were seen sitting around her.

6. Again, suicide bombers attack University of Maiduguri

Three suicide bombers were killed in the early hours of Saturday when they attempted to infiltrate the Department of Works of the University of Maiduguri in Borno State‎.

A security guard at the university was also killed from the explosions which occurred at about 1:10 a.m.

7. 2017 UTME: Candidates decry poor internet at CBT centres

As the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) began its 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), candidates commended JAMB as others lamented the hitches experienced at the exam centres.

Some of the candidates who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in some parts of the country decried poor internet network.

8. SHOCKING: Zamfara UBEC chairman convicted of corruption given N200, 000 fine option

The chairman of Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board, Murtala Adamu, was on Friday convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment by Justice Zainab Abubakar of the Federal High Court Gusau Zamfara State for engaging in private business while in public service.

The convict was however given the option of fine of N200, 000.

The convict’s journey to prison started when the commission received a petition from Abdullahi Nakura who alleged that the convict refused to pay him and other contractors for jobs executed for the board.

9. APC-controlled states to set up Security Trust Funds

The All Progressive Congress (APC) controlled states have proposed the setting up of a Security Trust Fund to tackle security challenges in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this was part of the recommendations reached at the second quarterly meeting of the Secretaries to the Governments of APC-controlled States in Sokoto.

The meeting held under the auspices of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), on May 11 and 12, and was hosted by the Sokoto State Government.

The meeting had as its theme: “Setting Enabling Framework for Implementation of Progressive Governors’ Forum Policy Briefs.”

10. Family of child with medical disorder, Kate Henshaw clash over raised funds

The family of Michael Alvarez, a two-year-old child diagnosed with “Ulcerated Infantile Haemangioma”, has accused Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw, and Project Alert, a non-governmental organization, of misinformation and a “deliberate campaign of calumny” over funds raised for the treatment of the disorder.

Ms. Henshaw and the NGO had come to the child’s rescue, last year, and had begun soliciting for funds from the public for treatment.