PRESIDENT BUHARI WILL DIE IF HE VISITS OGONILAND
A suspected member of a newly established militant group in Nigeria has warned that the life of President Muhammadu Buhari is in danger if he visits the oil-rich Niger Delta region. Buhari is due to visit some states in south-eastern Nigeria to discuss with local leaders ways to tackle renewed violence in the area.
The suspected member lamented that “Buhari is trying to visit Ogoniland, but he should sign his death warrant before coming to Port Harcourt or try to visit any state of the Niger Delta community, Biafra land.”
FAYOSE’S AIDE RESIGNS OVER N220, 000 SALARY
The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has claimed another casualty, as the Special Assistant to the governor on parliamentary affairs, Samuel Ajibola, has resigned his appointment.
When asked to speak why he quit the party, the former lawmaker disclosed that he got into trouble with Fayose for going to the house of former governor Segun Oni to celebrate Christmas with the latter last December. He added: The governor pays me N220, 000 and I am a grassroot politician, which the governor himself knows what it means.
FORMER NIGER SPEAKER DUMPS PDP FOR APC
A former speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Barrister Adamu Usman, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC). He anchored the reason for his defection to impunity and hypocrisy.
He stated this shortly after registering as member of the APC at his Jebba -North ward in Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State. According to him, he decided to remain passive due to the happenings within the PDP since 2013.
LAWMAKERS INVESTIGATE EKITI ATTACKS
The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate attacks on Ekiti State people by suspected Fulani herdsmen. Prior to this effect, the house is to constitute an ad hoc committee to conduct an investigation on the motive behind the attack.
Lawmakers equally urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to affected communities. The House presided over by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, adopted the motion after it was put to a voice note. The ad hoc committee is to report findings back to the house within six weeks for further legislative action.
NIGER DELTA AVENGERS VOWS TO CONTINUE BOMBINGS, BLOWS UP CHEVRON OIL WELL
The Niger Delta Avengers have said that in spite of the Federal Government’s deployment of fighter jets and the military in region, it would not relent in its violent attacks on critical oil installations in the region.
The group in a statement signed by its spokesman, Brig-Gen. Mudoch Agbinibo, said emphatically that, “It is not our business what goes on in Gbaramatu Kingdom but our concern is the innocent children, women and aged people whom the Nigerian military has chased away from their homes”. However, a naval boss has explained that the deployment of fighter jets and gun ships were to aide the Joint Military Operations going on in the region.
SUSWAM DENIES BRIBING JUDGE HANDLING HIS CASE
Immediate past governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam, has faulted a report, which accused him of bribing the judge that is currently presiding over the corruption case brought against him by the EFCC. He lamented that the report was a deliberate attempt to blackmail him.
Suswam who spoke bitterly said he never bribed any presiding judge of the Federal High Court before whom he had been standing trial in order to get a soft landing. He declined any false accusation on him as a threat to mar his political ambition.
OSHIOMHOLE BACKS MILITARY ACTION IN NIGER DELTA
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole on Wednesday threw his weight behind president Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the crisis in the Niger Delta region. Speaking with state house correspondents after meeting with President Buhari, Oshiomhole noted that the steps being taken by the President is commendable.
While stressing that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable, the governor said the destruction of installations by Niger Delta Avengers is scaring away investors to the detriment of the region. However, he applauded the president for making moves to clean up Ogoniland.
I REMAIN PDP CHAIRMAN – SHERIFF
Following the crisis of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), things have taken a new turn as senator Ali Modu Sheriff told the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt that he remains the party’s chairman. He described the “caretaker committee” headed by senator Ahmed Makarfi as a group of “usurper” and a “contraption” that was set up in defiance of valid court orders.
The judge had restrained Sheriff and Oladipo from parading themselves as the Chairman, secretary or members of the National Executive Committee or National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP until the suit is determined. They are also praying the court to discharge the ex-parte order restraining them from holding their office.
FAYOSE BEGS EKITI WORKERS TO CALL OFF STRIKE
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has urged workers in the state to call off their strike and hold talks with the government. The governor said the salaries for local government workers were ready for payment, with limited additional funds available for sharing.
Fayose who spoke on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti through his chief press secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, expressed sympathy with the striking workers and the inconveniences the current financial situation in the country was causing them. He, however, warned that the financial condition of the country might not get better soon.
77 BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS SURRENDER AS TROOPS RESCUE 245 CAPTIVES
The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said that troops prosecuting the war to rid the North-East of the remnants of Boko Haram recorded a breakthrough when 77 members of the sect surrendered to soldiers of the 122 Task Force Battalion.
The capitulation of the terrorists came on the heels of the rescue by the troops of 245 captives taken hostages by the terrorists particularly women and children. Giving a comprehensive detail, Acting Director of Army Public Relations Col. Sani Usman said, they were able to rescue quite a number of abducted persons, arrested suspected Boko Haram terrorists, received weapons and equipment.