Three soldiers, two others held over assassination attempt on Magu.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has arrested three soldiers and two others in connection with last year‘s assassination attempt on the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu. Magu‘s farmhouse at Barkin Uza Karshi area of Abuja was attacked by a gang believed to be assassins and a 45 PMF Personnel, Sgt. Haruna Sarki, who was on duty was killed by the armed men and two AK47 rifles belonging to 45 PMF carted away. The house was ransacked, but fortunately, Magu was not in the house at the time of the attack.
Buhari meets APC Governors in Aso Rock.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed door with governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Presidential villa, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reliably gathered that the meeting would discuss national issues including the forthcoming APC‘s national convention slated for May 14 in Abuja. Already the leadership of the party has written the Independent National Electoral Commission to intimate it of plans to hold congresses and convention across the country.
President implementing war against Shiites, says movement.
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of carrying out a religious war (jihad) against its members. The group members, during a courtesy visit to The Guardian office in Abuja after a protest in the central business area of the city, said it had plan to follow the Boko Haram path to defend the unity and peace of the country if their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is not released.
SERAP seeks refund of N13.5m pecks from senators.
A group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Dino Melaye and other senators to refund N13.5 million monthly allowances they had received. It described the allowances and other pecks as illegal and unconstitutional, saying each senator should be made to refund N13.5 monthly allowance with interest, and to stop the lawmakers from receiving such unjustified allowances. SERAP is also asking the court to order an investigation by the appropriate agencies, as to how the funds were spent and for the findings of any such investigation to be made public.
$496m Withdrawal: House Lawmakers Grandstand, Call for Buhari‘s Impeachment.
In what appeared to be grandstanding, lawmakers in the House of Representatives Tuesday clamoured for President Muhammadu Buhari‘s impeachment over his alleged breach of the Constitution. The call for his impeachment was the fallout of the anticipatory approval the president gave for the withdrawal of $496 million from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) for the procurement of 12 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States government without the consent of the National Assembly. The call for the impeachment process started after the president‘s letter on the withdrawal of the $496 million from the ECA, which was addressed to the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, was read out at plenary. At a point in the debate, it was difficult to reach a consensus on the matter. Eventually, the speaker had to resort to the House rules to defer the formal debate on the president‘s letter to another day but was curiously silent on the precise date the debate would take place.
US Human Rights Report: PDP Urges Trump to Cancel Meeting with Buhari.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to reconsider the proposed meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari scheduled for April 30. The opposition cited a latest damming report released by the US government that exposed the festering corruption, impunity, gross violation of rights and killings under the watch of the Buhari presidency. In a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP challenged President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to quickly respond to the damning report by the US government, which further exposed the festering corruption, impunity, gross violation of rights and killings under the watch of the Buhari presidency.
Buhari Dumps Oyegun, Solicits Governors‘ Support for Oshiomhole as APC Chairman.
President Muhammadu Buhari last night solicited the support of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors for the emergence of former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, as the next national chairman of the party. This came as National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, yesterday described as “absolutely childish” the endorsement of Oshiomhole, to take over from him as national chairman by some party stakeholders from the South-south zone.
FG Makes NIN Compulsory for International Passport Applicants.
The federal government has concluded plans to make National Identification Number (NIN) compulsory for obtaining an International Passport even as it targets to reach over 170 million Nigerians at the end of 2019. President Muhammadu Buhari while declaring open the ongoing fourth Annual Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa tagged: ‘ID4-Africa 2018,‘ said his administration would pursue single national identity system for all citizens in order to carry out its mandate in social and economic development, law enforcement, intelligence and political development.
Protests in Benue as herdsmen kill two Catholic priests, 17 others inside church.
Armed Fulani herdsmen unleashed terror on Ayar Mbalom community in the Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State on Tuesday, killing 19 persons, including two Rev. Fathers. The deceased Rev Fathers were identified as Fr. Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha. Also among the victims were two school head teachers and a secondary school principal, identified as Peter Dick, Ape Chia and Michael Tor, respectively. Our correspondents also learnt the attackers burnt down over 100 houses during the attack. While the corpses of the victims were being driven to town, a large number of youths took over the major roads and streets, including the busy Makurdi/Gboko, Makurdi/Kafia, as well as the Wurukum Roundabout. The irate youths also set bonfires on major streets in Makurdi metropolis. All major markets including Makurdi Modern Market, Wurukum Market, Wadata Market and High Level Market, as well as commercial banks and schools were shut. Many parents rushed to schools of their children to take them home.
24 APC governors endorse Buhari‘s re-election bid.
The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Tuesday evening disclosed that all 24 state governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress have endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari‘s re-election bid. Okorocha who is also the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum stated this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting the governors had with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Governance in Nigeria is spiritual warfare - Osinbajo.
The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has called for prayers for leaders in the country, saying governance is spiritual warfare. Osinbajo spoke on Tuesday at the inauguration of the auditorium of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry headquarters at Gbagada, Lagos State. Osinbajo said the inauguration was auspicious because it came at a time when the nation is confronting different security challenges. He, however, faulted people who criticise Christians in government. While making reference to how Esther in the Bible delivered the Israelites, he urged Christians to pray more, saying governance is a spiritual warfare.
Sex-for-mark: Alleged victim, Monica Osagie, appears before OAU panel.
A post-graduate student of the Department of Management and Accounting, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ms. Monica Osagie, who accused Prof. Richard Akindele, of demanding sex from her to upgrade her mark has appeared before the committee set up by the university to investigate the scandal. The committee members met with Osagie and another lecturer, who the female student claimed she reported the matter to for his intervention, at the Pro-Chancellor‘s Lodge on the campus on Tuesday.
How oil marketers plotted to confine me to wheelchair - Okonjo-Iweala.
Former Finance Minister, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has alleged that there was a plan by oil importers and marketers to confine her to a wheelchair and force her out of office during the time she served under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. Okonjo-Iweala revealed this in her book entitled: ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines.‘ But in a swift reaction, yesterday, the marketers under the aegis of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, DAPPMA, dared her to prove the allegation.
Insecurity: Nigeria now ripe for state police - Zamfara Gov.
Nigeria is now ripe for state police, the Governor of Zamfara State, Dr. Abdulaziz Abubakar, said Tuesday. He spoke in his country home in Talata Mafara, Zamfara State, while addressing journalists on facility visit to the state. According to him, the nation‘s democracy has grown to a level to accommodate state police. The governor explained that the continued killing of innocent Nigerians by various types of criminal elements made state police most imperative now.
Ex-Katsina Gov. Shema remanded in EFCC custody.
The former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shehu Shema was on Tuesday remanded in Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC custody over alleged money laundering of N5.7bn SURE-P Funds. The presiding judge at the Federal High Court in Katsina, Justice Babagana Ashigar gave the order at the Tuesday court sitting. Ashigar said the former governor should be detained in the custody of the EFCC till 27th April 2018 when it will hear the written application for his bail. Shema had pleaded not guilty of the 26-count charges of the alleged money laundering leveled against him just as his lead counsel, Emmanuel Ukala SAN pleaded for his bail through a written application filed on the 18th April, 2018 and later oral application which the prosecution counsel, Sam Ologunorisa objected to the application. The presiding judge, Ashigar however overruled the defendants‘ oral application and fix 27th April 2018 to hear the written application.
Methodist Church to Buhari: Empower herdsmen to pursue education.
Methodist Church Nigeria, Diocese of Onitsha, Eastern Gateway, has expressed worry over the state of the Nigerian nation, saying that something urgent should be done in the area of security, health, power, roads and employment, to save the nation from total collapse. The church also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to stop blaming the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan for the woes of the country but should consolidate on Jonathan‘s achievements and legacies, like the process of educating herdsmen, which the former president started.
Scores killed in three days of Yemen airstrikes.
An airstrike from a Saudi-led coalition hit a gas station in the Yemeni province of Hajja late Monday, killing 18 people and injuring 13, Yemeni officials told CNN. Hajja, which is located in northwestern Yemen, is under the control of Houthi rebels. Monday‘s attack is the fourth in Hajja since Sunday when two coalition airstrikes struck a wedding party, according to Yemeni sources. It brings the three-day death toll to 56, senior municipal official Yahya Alkhulani told CNN. At least 17 of the 33 people killed in the airstrikes that hit the wedding celebrations were women and children, according to official sources. A family of five were killed in a separate strike in the same province, according to Alkhulani. The Saudi-led coalition, which has conducted a three-year military campaign against the Houthis, has not commented on the strike on the gas station. But spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki said the coalition was investigating reports that its jets targeted a wedding on Sunday.
The man accused of mowing down Toronto pedestrians is charged with murder.
Toronto police have their suspect -- but they‘re still looking for a motive. Alek Minassian, the man accused of plowing into pedestrians with a rented van on Monday, was charged Tuesday with 10 counts of first-degree murder. The 25-year-old is also charged with 13 counts of attempted murder. Authorities said another count of attempted murder likely would be added.Investigators are still trying to determine the motive behind the attack, which left 10 people dead and 14 hurt. One aspect they will look at is his social media posts and what a man who killed six people with a vehicle in 2014 meant to Minassian. Minassian, who was wearing a white jumpsuit with his hands cuffed behind him, appeared attentive during the brief hearing. His next court appearance will be a bail hearing on May 10. Minassian on Monday posted a cryptic message to Facebook minutes before setting off in his rented vehicle, Sgt. Graham Gibson, a homicide detective with the Toronto police, said Tuesday.Investigators found a Facebook account they believe belongs to Minassian, CNN law enforcement analyst Josh Campbell said. A message posted on the account earlier Monday read: "All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!"Campbell said investigators believe the post refers to the man who killed six and injured 14 in a drive-by shooting and vehicle ramming attack near the University of California Santa Barbara campus in 2014. Rodger later died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators said Rodger was motivated to carry out his attack by a personal grievance related to his immersion in the extremist ideological subculture of men‘s rights activists, who believe women don‘t actually want gender equality and have been brainwashed by feminist propaganda.
Trump praises Kim Jong Un as honourable, refuses to explain why.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un -- the man he once mocked as "Little Rocket Man" -- "has really been very open and I think very honourable based on what we are seeing" as the two gear up for an anticipated face-to-face meeting in the coming weeks. He didn‘t expand further when asked to explain his comment that Kim is an "honourable" person, sidestepping the question. Trump said he is looking forward to meeting Kim "very soon" and indicated the North Koreans are pressing for talks to begin immediately.
China fears Kim is moving out of its orbit as South Korea, US talks loom.
China and North Korea boast an alliance forged in blood -- more than 130,000 Chinese troops, including the son of Mao Zedong, died defending the North during the Korean War -- but the relationship has always been an uneasy one.While Pyongyang is dependent on Beijing for trade and diplomatic support, experts say the North Korean regime has always resented playing the little brother role to the much bigger China. Now, as North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un establishes himself on the world stage and prepares for summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump, Beijing fears Pyongyang is moving out of its orbit and striking out on its own.While China‘s economic pressure has been pivotal in bringing Kim to the negotiating table, Beijing worries Kim might now agree to a deal that brings his country closer to its old enemies and further from its traditional ally, which has seen it through famine and global isolation. "There is even an extreme concern within the strategic Chinese community that maybe the US will accept a nuclear capable North Korea as its ally, or at least a friendly country," said Tong Zhao, a nuclear policy expert at Tsinghua Carnegie Center for Global Policy in Beijing. Those concerns have been exacerbated by strained ties between the China and the US as the Trump administration clashes with an emboldened Chinese President, Xi Jinping, over trade.