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Top 10 stories of Monday, October 23, 2017

1. MISAU FACES SENATE COMMITTEE OVER ALLEGATION AGAINST IGP

Senator Isah Hamman Misau, (APC Bauchi Central), will on Tuesday appear before the Senate Adhoc Committee to formally present his petition following allegations of corruption, nepotism, misuse of office illegal promotion and misappropriation of funds against the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris.
The Chairman of the Adhoc Committee and Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Francis Alimikhena (APC, Edo North), disclosed that: “Senator Isah Hamman Misau will appear before the committee on Tuesday to answer questions that will come up after his presentation and, thereafter, the next line of action will be taken.
2. FG COUNTERS SENATOR ABARIBE, SAYS ‘HE MUST PRODUCE NNAMDI KANU IN COURT’
The Federal Government has replied to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s application seeking to withdraw as one of the sureties for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, describing the application as belated. The government, in its counter-affidavit and written address filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja to oppose Abaribe’s request, told Abaribe that Kanu was in his custody and he had to produce him for the continuation of his trial.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, argued in the written address that Abaribe “failed woefully” by allegedly aiding and abetting Kanu to flout his bail conditions.
3. BUHARI RETURNS TO ABUJA AFTER ATTENDING D-8 SUMMIT IN TURKEY
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to the country after a successful four-day working visit to Ankara and Istanbul in Turkey. The President’s official aircraft landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at 4.05pm local time.
Buhari, accompanied by his wife, Aisha, was received at the airport by senior government officials, including his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim and other presidential aides.
Buhari, who participated in the 9th D-8 Summit in Istanbul on Oct. 20, also held bilateral meetings with some member-countries.
4. 17 SOUTHERN GOVERNORS TO MEET IN LAGOS TODAY
Twelve years after their last gathering, Governors from the Southern part of Nigeria will on Monday converge in Lagos to deliberate on how to forge stronger ties for the three geo-political zones. In a statement signed by the Secretary to the Lagos State Government (SSG), Mr Tunji Bello, the meeting which will be co-hosted by the Governors of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode and Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udom will address
issues that are germane to the development of the three contiguous zones.
Bello said the Governors would also be expected to adopt a common position on the issues of armed robbery, kidnapping, devolution of powers and issue of fiscal federalism which have all gained prominence of late.
5. LASEMA RECOVERS BODY OF MAN ‘WHO JUMPED INTO LAGOON’
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) says it has recovered the body of Mr Oluseye Adekunle, who allegedly jumped into a Lagos lagoon on Friday. The LASEMA General Manager, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, told newsmen in Lagos that a fisherman saw Adekunle’s floating body on Sunday morning by a river bank in Lekki.
He said that the deceased had jumped off the Lekki/Ikoyi Bridge into the lagoon.
Tiamiyu said that a coordinated effort of LASEMA, Lagos State Waterways Authority and Marine Police recovered the floating body at 5.00a.m.and handed it over to the Lagos State Health Environmental Monitoring Unit.
“The body has been taken to Lagos Mainland Hospital Mortuary for deposition.
“Police will carry out further investigations on the matter,’’ he said.
6. VIGILANTE SHOOTS SELF DEAD WHILE TESTING NEW GUNSHOT CHARM
A member of Isan Gona Vigilante Group, Ahmadu Maikare of Gidan Jimina village of Malumfashi LGA shot himself dead while testing a new charm meant to protect him from gunshots. It was gathered that members of the vigilante group had converged at the residence of their leader, Sumaila Rabiu, at Dubul village in Matazu LGA to take part in a traditional ceremony and initiate new members when the incident happened.
Maikare was in the middle of the gathering to display the charms. He wrapped himself up in the charms, did incantations, picked a dane gun and fired on himself. He died instantly.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relation DSP Gambo Isah has since confirmed the incidence and said the investigation is ongoing on the matter.
7. FAYOSE MOCKS BUHARI FOR REABSORBING ‘WANTED’ MAINA INTO CIVIL SERVICE
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Sunday mocked President Muhammadu Buhari administration for reabsorbing the wanted ex-Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, despite being indicted for allegedly perpetrating fraud to the tune of N2bn.
Maina is expected to run for governor of Borno State in 2019 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
In his reaction, however, Fayose, who is also under probe by the EFCC, said on his official Twitter handle that, “Someone accused of stealing billions of pension fund was returned to the FG civil service and you still think Buhari is fighting corruption?”
8. LAGOS PDP CARETAKER CHAIRMAN, BABATUNDE OSOLANKE SLUMPS, DIES IN HOTEL
Caretaker Committee Chairman of Lagos State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Babatunde Osolanke is dead. He was said to have slumped yesterday at Ikeja Airport Hotel, from where he was rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja where he was confirmed dead.
It was gathered that the late PDP boss was billed to hold a meeting with some chieftains of the party with a view to fixing a date for the party’s congress.
According to the Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee to the party’s caretaker committee, Otunba Femi Careena, Chief Osolanke died, while preparing to hold a scheduled meeting in respect of the rescheduled party’s congress.
9. SUICIDE BOMBERS KILL 16, INJURE 18 IN MAIDUGURI
Boko Haram on Sunday night unleashed suicide bombers on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The suicide bombers struck at two locations in the town, killing 16 persons, the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damien Chukwu, said.
The Commissioner of Police in a text message to journalists said the attacks happened at the Muna garage area where many have been killed in the past by suicide bombers, and at Muna Dalti.
Chukwu revealed that the injured persons were conveyed to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital for treatment and the corpses of the dead were evacuated from the scenes of the attack.
10. POLICEMAN BREAKS ELECTRICITY WORKER’S LEG FOR DISCONNECTING EX-IG’S HOUSE
A worker with the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Dele Ogundele, has been hospitalised after he was allegedly brutalised by a police sergeant attached to a house reportedly owned by a former Inspector- General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar.
It was learnt that the mobile policeman, Attah Aninoko, on Thursday dragged down Ogundele from an electric pole opposite the house and beat him up for disconnecting power to the house of the former IG.
Ogundele’s leg was allegedly broken by the sergeant, who was reported to have boasted that “ nothing will happen.”
The Head of Corporate Communications Department, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC),  Mr. Godwin Idemudia, who confirmed the incident, said the sergeant had been detained.

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