1. BUHARI EXITS NIGERIA FROM 90 INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has decided to stop Nigeria’s membership of 90 international organisations. This is as a result of a backlog of $120 million in membership dues and other financial commitments.
The decision was reached at the federal executive council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, disclosed this while addressing reporters after FEC meeting.
She said the council agreed that henceforth, the country would only belong to international organisations considered to be necessary.
2. NNAMDI KANU’S LAWYER SUES BURUTAI, WANTS HIM RELEASED
Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer has gone to court asking that Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai give details of where the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra is.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor’s motion filed before a federal high court in Abuja on Wednesday, is also asking that the proscription of the group by the court be called off.
Ejiofor alleges that the IPOB leader was last seen on September 14 when soldiers invaded his residence at Afara-ukwu in Umuahia, Abia state.
The suit echoes the demand by Emmanuel, Kanu’s younger brother, that the army produce his sibling either dead or alive.
3. FOUR SUSPECTED YAHOO BOYS NABBED BY THE EFCC
Four suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested in Benin City, Edo State, by the Nigeria police and have been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC.
The suspects, Shiko Romeo, Bobby Edigiu, Henry Nisike and Emmanuel Ayo were arrested recently by officers of the Nigeria Police on suspicion of being involved in internet fraud.
Upon handing the suspects over to the EFCC, operatives of the Commission commenced investigations including analysis of documents retrieved from the laptop computer recovered from them. According to the EFCC, the suspects were said to have opened up using fake identification on Facebook in their attempt to defraud unsuspecting victims especially European and American citizens.
4. MY GENTILITY ISN’T COWARDICE – AJIMOBI TELLS OLUBADAN
The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has said despite having enough reasons to depose the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, he will not do so. He said he would not allow the present crisis to degenerate to a level that would cause acrimony between him and the monarch .
Ajimobi said this during a meeting with the traditional council in the eleven council areas of Ibadan at the state secretariat on Wednesday. He said he would continue to extend hand of fellowship to the king.
Ajimobi added that no king or anyone was above the law and that government must be allowed to operate in the state according to the law.
5. YAKUBU GOWON CHAIRS NATIONAL DISCOURSE, ‘REINVENTING OUR NATIONHOOD’, IN ABUJA TODAY
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) will chair a flagship programme, SoapboxNG organised by Initiative for Dialogue and Development today in Abuja.
SoapboxNG is a people’s engagement platform for inclusive dialogue and national cohesion.
The event, themed “Reinventing our Nationhood”, will hold at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, according to a statement by Dr Ike Neliaku and Mallam Abubakar Jijiwa, Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively.
The statement listed Professor Ango Abdulahi, Nze Fedelis Ozichukwu Chukwu, Professor Jerry Gana, Madam Ankio Briggs, Buba Galadima and Professor Adabayo Williams as the lead speakers in a debate, engagement and dialogue.
6. NJC APPOINTS CONTROVERSIAL RETIRED JUSTICE, SALAMI, HEAD OF COMMITTEE ON LOOTERS’ TRIAL
Controversial retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami, has been named by the National Judicial Council as the head of the committee to try looters in the country. The information was contained in a statement made available to the press on Wednesday by the spokesman of the NJC, Soji Oye.
On Wednesday, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, approved the establishment of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee and named Salami as the head.
Oye explained that the decision was taken on Wednesday at the 82nd meeting of the Council.
The body, which has 15 members, will operate from the Council Secretariat.
7. CAMEROON DEPORTS 100, 000 NIGERIANS
The Human Rights Watch, a non-governmental organisation, has claimed that 100,000 Nigerians have been deported by the Cameroonian government.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW), which made this known, yesterday, said the deportation defied a plea by the United Nations (UN) refugee agency not to return anyone to the North Eastern, where Boko Haram has killed thousands of people, “until security and human rights situation improved considerably.”
The group, which investigates allegations of human rights abuses worldwide, said the report was based on interviews with more than 60 refugees.
It noted that soldiers tortured, assaulted and sexually exploited Nigerian asylum seekers and denied them access to the UN refugee agency.
8. EFCC CHAIRMAN, IBRAHIM MAGU, REVEALS THOSE TRYING TO DESTROY THE AGENCY
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has revealed those trying to destroy the achievements of the agency. He specifically blamed Nigerian politicians who are hell bent on frustrating the anti-corruption efforts of the agency.
Magu stated this in Abuja on Wednesday, when a delegation of GIABA officials paid a courtesy visit to the EFCC headquarters. He said they created a new Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), which had partly been accomplished through a bill that had been passed by the Senate.
He said the suspension of the NFIU from the Egmont Group was based on ‘misinformation’.
9. COCA-COLA TO INTRODUCE BOTTLED WATER, FLAVORED MILK AND ICED TEA IN NIGERIA
International beverage company Coca-Cola, in a bid to expand its customer base, said it plans to invest $600 million in Nigeria and to increase the proportion of raw materials sourced from Nigeria to 75% by 2020. This was revealed by Peter Njonjo, President West Africa operations.
Coca-cola said it plans to expand its offering of drinks to include flavored and condensed milk, iced tea and bottled water to meet demand in the country.
Coca Cola also plans to take full control of Chi Limited in the next 3 years, having bought a 40% stake in the company for $240 million last year.
The investments are part of a larger strategy, by the Coca-Cola company to invest $20 billion in Africa.
10. WHAT WE DISCUSSED WITH BUHARI ABOUT IPOB – SENATOR EKWEREMADU
Senators from the South East met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the tension generated in the region as a result of the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. The Senators, who were led by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu said the South East zone was shortchanged by the current Federal Government.
Addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Ekweremadu said they had fruitful discussion with the president over pressing issues affecting the South East.
The Deputy Senate President stressed that the South East is of the option that dialogue remains the best bet in addressing some of the issues affecting the region.