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PRESIDENT BUHARI DELAYS HIS RETURN TO NIGERIA TILL SUNDAY

President Muhammadu Buhari has postponed his return to Nigeria that was scheduled for June 16. The president is expected back in Nigeria on Sunday (June 19), after his medical vacation in London, United Kingdom.

>Vice President Yemi Osinbajo revealed this to state house correspondents just before the National Executive Council meeting held  in the council chambers, that President Buhari will resume work on Monday, June 20, upon his arrival.

 

PDP TRYING TO REACH SHERIFF –  PROF. JERRY GANA

Former information minister and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees, Professor Jerry Gana, has revealed that the party leaders are trying to reach out to the embattled former acting chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

The party named a 7-man caretaker committee to manage the affairs of the party after Sheriff’s exit. The committee is headed by former two-time governor of Kaduna state, Senator Ahmed Makarfi with Senator Ben Obi as secretary. Professor Gana said a delegation of the party leaders will be selected to meet with Sheriff in order to resolve the crisis currently rocking the PDP.

 

ISIS LAUNCHES PHONE APP TARGETING CHILDREN

The Federal Government has alerted Nigerians of the latest strategy of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The warning was contained in a statement issued by Lai Mohammed, the Minister of information and culture, through his spokesman, Segun Adeyemi, yesterday.

According to reports, the terrorists launched a new mobile application developed for propagating jihad to children. The mobile application tagged “Huroof” (Arabic alphabets letters), is to be used by ISIS to teach children the Arabic alphabets with the aid of guns, military tanks and canons. He called on all Nigerians to be vigilant and prevent their children and wards from being indoctrinated.

 

MILITANTS ISSUE 14-DAY ULTIMATUM TO OIL COMPANIES

The insurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta region escalated yesterday, following a 14-day ultimatum given by militants to oil companies operating in Rivers state to vacate the state or face massive vandalisation of their assets.

The ultimatum was issued by a group of former Niger Delta militants known as the Ekpeye Liberation Group which stated that the warning became necessary because of the refusal of the oil companies to sign a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Ekpeye communities.

 

FG HAS BEEN MORE ACTIVE SINCE PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI WENT ON HOLIDAY –  OMOKRI

Reno Omokri, the former special adviser on new media to immediate past president believes that the Federal Government has been more active since president Muhammadu Buhari went on holiday. Hence, Omokri was asking if the president should be allowed to embark on more vacations.

He disagreed with the Federal Government’s approach towards the agitation for a Biafra state in the South-East. According to him, the government should do what United Kingdom did to Scotland by developing the regions of the Igbos.

 

OVER 700 BOKO HARAM INSURGENTS SURRENDER TO MILITARY

Rabe Abubakar, the director of defence information, has revealed that more than 700 members of the Boko Haram sect surrendered to the military. Abubakar said this when he visited Bayo Onanuga, the managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria, yesterday in Abuja.

He disclosed that a special camp will be opened where the repentant insurgents will be kept. According to the spokesman, the media plays a very important role in melting down the crisis befalling the country. He  called for cooperation between the media and the army in mobilizing and informing Nigerians about the crisis.

 

SENATE PASSES PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ACT

The Senate on Thursday, June 16, passed a law to make buying Nigerian made goods compulsory. The decision was taken after consideration of the report of the committee on public procurement, sponsored by Joshua Dariye representing Plateau West senatorial district.

The Senate president, Bukola Saraki said while making his contributions that the lawmakers have to play a role to ensure that the executive complies with his decision. He added that many countries have used this means to improve their economy positively as the lawmakers should inject their full effort and support to make sure it works.

 

APC TERRORISTS DISCREDITING AISHA BUHARI, NORTHERN YOUTHS CLAIM

The Arewa Youth Integrity Forum (AYIF) has denied reports that Hajia Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, is using undue influence on people at the presidential villa.

Ibrahim Abubakar, President of the forum, while speaking in Abuja on Thursday said the report was meant to put Aisha in bad light and cause dissatisfaction. Those behind the report, he said, are criminally minded and trying to give the impression that those from the northern part of the country are politically domineering.

 

KACHIKWU VISITS GBARAMATU TO MEET REPS OF NIGER DELTA AVENGERS

Following the continued bombing of oil installation by the Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups in the South-South, Nigeria’s minister of state for Petroleum Ibe Kachikwu has stormed the region, where he met representatives of the Niger Delta avengers and other militant groups at the governor’s office in Asaba, Delta state.

The meeting resolved that Kachikwu would visit Gbaramatu to show good faith by the federal government to reinstate the “Maritime University” project, which is one of the key issues in the conflict. As a result, Kachikwu  traveled to Gbaramatu Kingdom and met with various stakeholders. According to a source, Kachikwu clearly knew who the Niger Delta Avengers are, and had brought in Ayiri, who is an Itsekiri militant, as a way of reconciling both sides.

 

EFCC ARRESTS FORMER ADAMAWA GOVERNOR

The immediate past governor of Adamawa state, Bala Ngillari, has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for his alleged role in the distribution of of N450 million for the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The arrest was sequel to information given to the anti-graft agency by a former Nigerian ambassador to the US, Hassan Adamu, which indicated the former governor.

Adamu disclosed that the money was taken to the Adamawa state government house in bullion van by officials of Fidelity Bank. The accountant to the Government House, Aisha Waziri and chief of staff to Ngillari, Aisha Hamman counted the money and confirmed the figure. Adamu,  however, told the agency that he did not know how the money was shared and did not personally benefit from it because he left after the government officials took custody of the fund.

 

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