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Top 10 Stories of Monday, October 9, 2017

1. PRESIDENT BUHARI ORDERS KACHIKWU-BARU TO STOP PUBLIC ARGUMENT OVER NNPC ISSUES

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered stoppage to the embarrassing public argument between the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director, GMD, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru.
According to report, the President also directed that sanity should prevail as he ordered a halt to any further washing of dirty linens in public.
Meanwhile, there are compelling measures set aside for the petroleum policy in order to guarantee long-term survival of the nation’s oil and gas industry, a source disclosed.
2. IGP, IBRAHIM IDRIS, GETS 5-DAY ULTIMATUM TO RESIGN
A group under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Integrity and Justice (CCSGIJ), has requested that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris should honourably resign his appointment, within 5 working days.
The coalition, comprises Lawyers Integrity Crusade Network (LICN), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), National Youth Democratic Congress (NYDC) and other Civil Society Organizations.
They said the allegations standing against the police chief were overwhelming, saying it was high time he exited the force to salvage the image of the country.
At a joint press briefing in Abuja on Sunday, the coalition said “Mr. Idris has lost integrity and the moral standing to lead the Nigeria Police Force.
3. MONKEY POX DISEASE SPREADS TO AWKA IBOM AS GOVT WARNS RESIDENTS TO AVOID HANDSHAKE
The Monkey Pox epidemic, first detected in Bayelsa state, appears to have spread to neighbouring south-south states as there was a confirmed case of the epidemic in Akwa Ibom state.
One confirmed case has been recorded in the state, while two other suspected cases are under investigation. This latest outbreak has been confirmed in a statement by the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Charles Udoh.
The statement warns residents to avoid excessive handshakes and abstain from eating bush meat and ensure regular handwashing.
4. FG DENIES INJECTING MONKEYPOX VIRUS THROUGH FREE MEDICAL TREATMENT
The Federal Government has described as fake and sinister the report that the outbreak of monkey pox in some parts of the country resulted from the alleged free medical care organised by the government for people of the affected areas.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Nigerians should disregard the report which, he alleged, was apparently being spread by those he described as unscrupulous persons. He assured that no effort will be spared in curtailing the spread of the disease .
5. NIGERIAN ARMY STORMS NNAMDI KANU’S HOME AGAIN, SEARCHES FOR ARMS
Prince Emmanuel Kanu, the younger brother of the Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (PIOB Leader), Nnamdi Kanu, has alleged that soldiers have again invaded their Afaraukwu Umuahia family home and carted away some household items.
Kanu called on the international community to prevail on the Nigerian Army to stop raiding their home, and to produce his bother whose whereabouts according to him has remained unknown
But when contacted the Desk Officer of Operation Python Dance in charge of Abia State, according to him, the operation was based on the intelligence that arms were hidden in the compound.
He said “the things removed may be technical items and not household items”, adding that “somebody was arrested with weapon in the compound”.
6. NNPC GETS GREEN LIGHT TO REPLY KACHIKWU’S LETTER
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have received green light to respond to the allegations levelled against its Group Managing Director Aisha Buhari by the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.
A senior NNPC source disclosed on Sunday night that the Corporation will go ahead and reply to the allegations made by the minister.
Kachikwu in his letter to the president accused the NNPC boss of insubordination and award of $25bn contracts without due process, among others.
But in disputing the claims of the minister against the GMD, the oil company is arguing that they relied on the NNPC Act and the Bureau of Public Procurement Act in the operations of the corporation.
7. ARMY KILLS THREE BOKO HARAM CATTLE RUSTLERS, RECOVERS FIVE AK47 RIFLES
The Nigerian Army says its troops killed three Boko Haram cattle rustlers at Mairari village in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno.
The Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 8 Task Force Division, Col. Timothy Antigha, in a statement on Monday in Maiduguri, said that the troops on Sunday ambushed the insurgents’ cattle rustling syndicate while trying to cross into Maiduguri.
He said that the insurgents were on their way to the Lingir village market to sell the rustled cattle.
Antigha disclosed that several other insurgents escaped with gunshot wounds while one soldier sustained injuries in the encounter.
He explained that one other Boko Haram insurgent was also killed by the troops at Buruwa village.
8. WE BOUGHT HUMAN PARTS FOR N12, 000 – SUSPECTED RITUAL KILLER
A member of a suspected syndicate, Adebayo Mubashiru, has confessed that he and his colleagues buy human parts, including skulls, eyes and teeth, for N12,000. The suspect was arrested along with three others in the Abeokuta and Owode Egba areas of the state by the men of the Ogun State Police Command.
According to reports, operatives of the FSARS received information about them and trailed them to their hideout, where they were arrested with the human skulls and bones.
However, Mudashiru denied that they were not ritual killers, saying they were only looking for how to get quick money.
9. SENATOR ABARIBE LAMENTS ON HOW NNAMDI KANU PUT HIM IN TROUBLE
Leader of Southeast caucus in the National Assembly, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has lamented that those who signed the bail bond for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of proscribed IPOB, from detention are now in trouble.
Abaribe also stressed that as a result of agitations by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra for a separate state of Biafra, bulk selling and export of Made-In -Aba products have been hampered drastically.
Abaribe, who represents Abia South senatorial district, made the disclosures last night in New York, U.S.A, while speaking at the Made-In-Aba Products Fashion Show held as part of the 2017 Convention of Abia State National Association of North America (ASNA) at Hilton Hotel JFK, New York.
The Senator noted that bulk buyers and exporters of the products stopped coming to Aba due to the clash between Biafra agitation and the Operation Python Dance
10. KWARA PROMISES TO SUPPORT AISHA BUHARI’S FUTURE ASSURED PROJECT
The Kwara state government is set to provide business and technical equipment to persons who completed a two week skill acquisition training.
The training was provided by The Future Assured, a programme set up by the wife of Nigeria’s president, Aisha Buhari.
Wife of the Kwara State Governor, Omolewa Ahmed, gave the assurance when she represented Mrs. Buhari at the inauguration of the skill acquisition programme in Ilorin.
Aisha Buhari, on Sunday in Ilorin launched a two-week skill acquisition empowerment programme for 1,000 women and youth in Kwara.
Mrs Buhari said that the programme was part of her pet project, `Future Assured Programme’ which was a social intervention aimed at ameliorating poverty among youths and women.

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