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Top 10 Stories of Thursday, October 26, 2017

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  1. MAINA’S REINSTATEMENT MASTERMINDED BY JONATHAN’S loyalists – PRESIDENCY

Garba Shehu, President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, pointed the finger in the ongoing Maina scandal in the direction of the former president Goodluck Jonathan.

He said this in a statement and also declared Shehu also as one of the monsters created by the former PDP government.

According to him, “Everything will be uncovered in due course. This just goes to show us the scale of corruption that this government is fighting. And, as we can all see, corruption keeps fighting back viciously,”.

 

  1. JUSTICE ABANG INSISTS JONATHAN MUST TESTIFY IN METUH’S TRIAL

Former president Goodluck Jonathan was absent in court Wednesday to testify as witness in the corruption trial of former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh. The absence of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, also stalled the same proceedings at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The court had earlier granted the request of the accused, Metuh, asking that both men come and testify as witnesses.

But the judge noted that though Dasuki had been served with the court subpoena, Jonathan had yet to be served, and so could not be blamed for his absence.

Justice Okon Abang, has now given the court bailiff five days to serve the former President with the subpoena compelling him to appear in court.

 

  1. JUSTICE AYO SALAMI REJECTS CJN’S APPOINTMENT ON CORRUPTION CASE

A former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami has reportedly rejected his appointment as the Chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee, COTRIMCO, based on principle and conscience.

According to reports, Salami is convinced that the committee may not work as “efficiently expected” because of the businesses of some members.

Although, Salami was out of the country when he was appointed, he sought audience with the CJN upon his return.

Justice Salami is said to have consulted widely with leaders on the Bench and in the Bar before resolving with his family to reject the offer.

 

  1. SHEKARAU NOTIFIES PDP HIS INTENTION TO CONTEST 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

A former Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has notified the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and various stakeholders of his intention to contest for the presidency in 2019.

His spokesperson, Malam Sule Ya’u Sule said that, a former Governor of Kano State, had sent notification letters to the PDP and all relevant stakeholders.

Sule explained that Shekarau had communicated his political ambition to various elders, community leaders, opinion leaders, political associates and religious leaders regardless of their ethnic and party affiliations.

 

  1. JONATHAN KNOCKS BUHARI FOR DRAGGING HIM INTO MAINA’S SCANDAL

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the Muhammadu Buhari administration for dragging him into the Abdulrasheed Maina scandal rocking the current tenure.

It is absurd, he said.

The fact that efforts were being made to connect him to the scandal underscored how “uncoordinated and rudderless” the Buhari administration has become, a statement from his spokesman Ikechukwu Eze, said.

He further stated that there’s no need for the presidency to “warn that they will bring evidence out or that everything will be revealed on a later date.

“They should present the evidence to Nigerians now.

 

  1. APC POSTPONE ITS NATIONAL CONVENTION AGAIN

The All Progressive Congress, APC, has postponed its national convention yet again.

APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, says the event won’t hold until the first quarter of 2018.

He, however, said the meetings of the party’s National Caucus and National Executive Committee (NEC) would hold as planned next week.

APC had been postponing the conduct of its convention since the March 24, 2016 NEC meeting, where it was resolved that the party’s constitution should be amended.

 

  1. FAYOSE’S DRIVER PACKS BURNT CASH AS FIRE RAZES HIS G-CLASS IN LAGOS

Governor Ayodele Fayose on Tuesday escaped death narrowly as he was involved in a car accident in Lagos state. According to reports, fire consumed his Mercedes-Benz G-Class on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway. Fayose merely jumped from the car into another vehicle in his convoy and moved on.

A traffic official and witness said the driver of the G-Class, who waited behind until the fire was put off, later went in to pack some burnt N500 notes and other items in the car.

 

  1. DINO MELAYE GOES ON HIS KNEES, BEGS SENATE TO SAVE KOGI FROM YAHAYA BELLO

Senator Dino MELAYE on Wednesday went on his knees, begging the Senate to save Kogi State from suffering. He restated that civil servants are being owed for months, leading to deaths.

He made reference to a director in the civil service, Edward Soje, who was owed 11 months salary and recently committed suicide after his wife of 17 years welcomed a set of male triplets.

Senator Dino Melaye made an impassioned plea to the president of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, to intervene in the ongoing crisis in Kogi State.

Following the session, 40 senators donated 1260 bags of rice to Kogi workers to back Senator Melaye.

 

  1. BOKO HARAM ATTACKS YOBE MILITARY BASE, KILLS 8 SOLDIERS

A Nigerian military base in Sasawa town of Damaturu Local Government Area in Yobe State has been attacked by Boko Haram sects.

According to a top security source, eight soldiers including an officer and a civilian were killed, while several others were injured in the attack which took place on Tuesday.

The source added that several soldiers were still missing at the time of taking stock of the destruction. The spokesman for 3 Division, Nigerian Army base in Damaturu, Colonel Kayode Ogunsanya, confirmed the attack, but said casualty was recorded on both sides.

 

  1. WHY I WENT INTO HIDING AND WHAT BUHARI CAN DO FOR ME – MAINA

The former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, has explained that he went into hiding to save his life from various threat messagings he received from blocking pension thieves in the country.

Maina, who went into hiding said pension thieves who vowed to silence him for asking the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to stop multi-billion naira monthly allocations being shared by the thieves under the guise of paying pensioners.

He said he was ready to come out from hiding to spill the beans with relevant documents if President Muhammadu Buhari would provide him adequate security.

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