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Top 10 Stories of Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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1. NIGERIAN SENATOR, KABIRU JIBRIL, DIES AT 59

Former Nigerian Senator, Mohammed Kabiru Jibril is dead.
Senator Jubril was elected to represent the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kaduna Central district of Kaduna State in April 2007.
Mohammed Kabiru Jibril was born on 18 May 1958.
Prior to election in the senate, he was the National Legal Advisor and National Secretary, North-West Zone for the PDP.
It would be recalled that Jibril was elected to the National Senate for the Kaduna Central constituency in 2007 and was appointed to committees on Solid Minerals, Security & Intelligence, Police Affairs, Interior Affairs, Gas and Air Force.
2. WHY I WILL NOT DETHRONE NNAMDI KANU’S FATHER – IKPEAZU
Gov Ikpeazu of Abia State has revealed why he will not dethrone the father of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. He made this revelation while speaking with State House reporters after a meeting with the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo
“I clearly separate Kanu from his father. The processes of handling traditional institutions are enshrined in the laws of our land. And traditional rulers who are members of our constituency have leadership. They will do the needful at the appropriate time. But for me, I think there is a clear division between Nnamdi Kanu and his father.” He said.
3. PDP GROUP PREPARES GROUND FOR ATIKU’S RETURN
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked former President Atiku Abubakar to return, saying the party is already clearing the coast for him.
In a statement yesterday, by the group’s National Coordinator, Chief Chyna Iwuanyanwu, he said time was ripe for Atiku and others who defected to other political parties to return to the PDP.
Iwuanyanwu explained that with the recent leadership tussle that nearly knocked out the PDP, party leaders had learnt their lessons and were committed to returning the party to the vision and mission of its founding fathers.
He also stated that the group had resolved to lead a high profile delegation to Abubakar and others who dumped the party in order for them to return and be part of the restructuring, rebranding and repositioning ahead of the 2019 general elections.
4. WHY LAI MOHAMMED MANUFACTURES LIES LIKE PURE WATER – FAYOSE
The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to name the “treasury looters” he alleged were sponsoring the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB.
A statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, on Tuesday, said it was time Nigerians began to hold the information minister accountable for his “frivolous” claims.
Mr. Fayose also described the minister as “an embodiment of contradictions, who speaks from several sides of his mouth, turning himself to a vegetable while struggling to defend a government that has done more evil than good to Nigeria and its people.”
5. SERAP TO MEET SARAKI OVER DETAILS OF LAWMAKERS’ SALARIES, ALLOWANCES
Representatives from Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) will on Thursday, September 21, 2017 visit the National Assembly to meet with the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to discuss issues relating to details of annual salaries and allowances of lawmakers.
It was revealed that the Office of the Senate President contacted SERAP yesterday to set up a meeting for Thursday. The meeting, scheduled for 1:00pm at the National Assembly Complex follows SERAP’s request to Saraki to urgently explain to Nigerians if it is true that a Nigerian Senator gets N29 million in monthly pay, and over N3 billion a year.
6. NIGERIAN CUSTOM UNCOVERS ANOTHER CONTAINER OF ARMS IN APAPA
The Tin Can Island Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) yesterday uncovered a container suspected to contain yet another cache of arms imported from Turkey.
The container with number, CMAU189817/8 is believed to contain about 475 sets of pump-action riffles reportedly belonging to the same importer of the last one.
When contacted, the National Public Relations Officer of the service, Joseph Attah, said although a container was suspected but it has not been examined to know what is inside.
7. WHY REPS ASK BANKS TO UNFREEZE PATIENCE JONATHAN’S ACCOUNT
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions on Tuesday, chaired by Rep Uzoma Nkem-Abonta,  has directed banks that may have frozen Mrs. Jonathan’s accounts without any court order or a communication to that effect from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to unfreeze them.
The committee frowned at the freezing of the accounts without court orders saiying the banks can only take such decisions if EFCC proved that it has obtained a court order to that effect.
8. NIGERIAN AIRFORCE DEPLOYED TO JOIN OPERATION PYTHON DANCE 11
In line with its commitment to national peace and security, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed some of its air assets, including the Alpha Jet aircraft, to its 115 Special Operations Group in Port Harcourt, to support the ongoing Nigerian Army’s Exercise. The essence of the deployment is to provide the necessary air cover to the ground troops to enhance overall operational cohesion and efficiency.
It would be recalled the operation began officially on 15 September 2017 and was planned to cover the entire South East Region of the country. The wide expanse of the exercise area and the request by the Nigerian Army for close air support made the involvement of the NAF inevitable.
9. IGBOS PLAY THE WORST TYPE OF POLITICS IN NIGERIA
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has lambasted the Igbos, claiming they play the ‘worst politics’ among all the geopolitical zones in the country
He stressed that Hausa had realized that they can now win an election without Igbos.
He said, Igbos have to change their strategy, in order to reclaim their relevance in Nigeria’s power equation.
He however condemned IPOB’s call for break up, saying that its struggle for secession, had created a feeling of distrust in Igbo among other tribes, thus jeopardising the chance of Igbo in the country’s power equation.
10. NNAMDI KANU MAY HAVE BEEN KILLED – LAWYER
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer representing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has alleged that his client was abducted by military operatives on September 14 and probably killed.
Ejiofor made the allegation in a statement on yesterday issued in reaction to insinuations that Kanu has gone into hiding.
The statement “I have no doubt whatsoever that stories making round that my Client has fled outside Nigeria, were planted to divert attention from their murderous raid on my client’s house.

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