These are the stories that drove conversation today.
Nigeria’s Oil marketers Saturday, said they did not reach an agreement with Federal Government on the N800 billion subsidy arrears, saying their ultimatum to cease depots operations on Monday remains.
Executive Secretary, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN), Olufemi Adewole said in a statement, that, “We did not sign the purported document with the government as claimed. We still stand by our ultimatum which will expire on Monday.”
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have reportedly repelled an attack by members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram at Jakana village in Kaga local government area, Borno.
As reported by NAN, the insurgents coordinated the attack at Jakana barely 12 hours after the troops repelled them in Bama and Rann communities.
The report said the troops engaged the insurgents in a gun duel to repel the attacks.
In a statement by the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, for winning the anti-corruption lifetime achievement award.
Ribadu was conferred with the honour at an event organised by Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Award in Malaysia on Friday.
The former EFCC boss was one of eight recipients from five continents.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it would soon take delivery of 12 newly acquired aircraft from the United States as part of renewed efforts to end the insurgency in North East Nigeria.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Saddique Abubakar stated this while inaugurating “Modular Theatre” at the 465 Nigeria Air Force Hospital in Kano on Saturday.
He said the Air Force is also expecting six gunship helicopters from Italy, saying the aircraft and helicopters will enhance the operational capacity of the force.
President Buhari has approved the appointment of nine new Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.
The appointment was announced in a statement signed by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita.
They include, Dr Bakari Wadinga (Adamawa), Dr M.K. Dikwa (Borno), Dr Ajani Magdalene N. Olor (Delta), Umakhihe Ernest Afolabi (Edo), Mbaeri Maurice Nnamdi (Imo), Babatunde Lawal (Lagos), Engr. Festus Yusuf Narai Daudu (Nasarawa), Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan (Osun) and Dr Musa Hanafi Moriki (Zamfara).
And stories fro around the world…
U.S. President Donald Trump has downplayed the federal investigation into Russian election meddling after court filings produced the most direct evidence yet linking him to criminal conduct.
He tweeted on Saturday in capital letters, “AFTER TWO YEARS AND MILLIONS OF PAGES OF DOCUMENTS (and a cost of over $30,000,000), NO COLLUSION!”
AFTER TWO YEARS AND MILLIONS OF PAGES OF DOCUMENTS (and a cost of over $30,000,000), NO COLLUSION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2018
An estimated 31,000 people have joined “yellow vest” anti-government protests across France today, in which more than 700 protesters were detained.
Deputy interior minister Laurent Nunez said, “At the national level, including Paris, we’re at more than 700 detained with participation in the movement at 31,000 nationwide including 8,000 in Paris.”
The leader of the far-right National Rally (formerly known as the Front National), Marine Le Pen has again called on President Emmanuel Macron to address what she called the “suffering that is being expressed” through the protests.
“He must come up with a response, come out of the Élysée Palace, stop walling himself in inside the Élysée … The response of the president of the Republic to this movement cannot just be based on policing,” Le Pen said.
Six people have been killed and dozens have been injured, 12 of them seriously, in a stampede at a nightclub in Italy, officials say.
Up to 1,000 people were inside the Lanterna Azzurra club attending a concert by rapper Sfera Ebbasta.
Germany‘s ruling Christian Democratic Union party elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel as its new leader on Friday.
A 66 million euro ($75 million) upgrade was intended to help the Royal Museum for Central Africa, which houses items looted from what is now the DRC during Belgium’s brutal occupation of the country, shed its imperialist image.