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GROUP ACCUSES FG, DSS OF PLOTTING TO ASSASINATE BIAFRA LEADER

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has alleged that Department of State Services (DSS), three South-East governors and some National Assembly members are plotting to murder its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The group made the allegation in a statement signed by its Media Publicity Officer, Emma Powerful on Monday, March 28, 2016. Powerful said that there is a plot by FG, DSS and three governors from the Southeastern states to eliminate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra IPOB) and Director of Radio Biafra on his way to next court date.

 

WE’VE RECOVERED LOOTED FUNDS BUT THEY’RE NOT FOR PUBLIC DISPLAY, BUHARI’S AIDE SAYS

Garba Shehu has said that the Muhammadu Buhari administration has recovered some funds looted from Nigeria’s coffers. Shehu, however, added that details of the funds recovered could not be made public yet.

Shehu also revealed that vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo would soon begin addressing town hall meetings around the country. Meanwhile, the presidential aide has denied allegations made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he received foreign exchange from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the official rate and resold for a profit at the black market rate.

 

ACTIVISTS GIVE MINISTER 72 HOURS TO RESIGN

Human rights activists, under the aegis of civil society coalition for positive change and Stand Up for Nigeria (SUN), have given the minister of state for petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu 72 hours to resign. The civil right groups said the fact that the fuel crisis is still lingering, shows that Kachikwu has no clue on how to solve the problem.

They also threatened to hold a mass protest in Abuja, if the minister does not resign. The National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu also lashed out at Kachikwu over the comments on the fuel scarcity.

HUNTERS WANT TO JOIN ARMY IN FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISTS

Hunters from the 27 Local Government Areas in Borno have called on the Nigerian Army authorities to let them join the fight against Boko Haram. The hunters say they can fish out members of the sect who are hiding in the dreaded Sambia forest, because they know the terrain.

Maidurma, the chief hunter of Borno, said his men are not afraid of the landmines which the sect members reportedly buried in the forest. He also boasted that his men have supernatural powers that will help in the war against insurgents.

 

‘NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY SABOTAGED PRESIDENT’, GARBA SHEHU SAYS

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media, Mallam Garba Shehu revealed to newsmen that the National Orientation Agency (NOA) never supported the President’s change agenda. Shehu said this while announcing the President’s decision to embark on zonal town hall meetings with Nigerians.

He decided to give everyone a chance to see whether they would imbibe the change mantra, to see whether they were prepared to go along with him. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly began making moves to woo the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu in other to secure a second term ticket.

 

FAMOUS LAWYER, ACTIVIST DIES AT 82

A prominent pro-democracy activist and the founder of the National Advance Party (NAP), Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, died on Monday morning at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos. He was aged 82.

One of his sons, Olumide, who confirmed his death in a statement, said he slumped during an early morning workout. Olumide said the burial arrangement would be announced later. He said one of the attributes that endeared him to his father was his integrity and attentiveness. Before his death, Braithwaite had criticized former leaders, Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida for making corruption attractive to state governors in the country.

 

FORMER BEAUTY QUEEN, ADAEZE YOBO, GRADUATES FROM PASTORS’ SCHOOL, SET TO BECOME ONE

Is she ready to be a pastor? Or plan to own a church? These were some of the unanswered questions of some fans of Former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Adaeze Yobo, after she revealed via her instagram page that she has graduated from Christ Embassy’s Foundation School in Lekki. The former beauty queen and wife of soccer star, Joseph Yobo, the Fenerbahce S.K. player, did not just graduate, she also bagged herself the second best graduating student.

The 25-year-old mother of two had earlier squealed that her mum introduced her to God. She posted a couple of celebratory pictures on her page in which she captioned one saying, “2nd best foundation school graduating student in Christ Embassy, Lekki. So excited. I’m spreading. Now ready”.

 

ARMY OFFERS N1M REWARD FOR INFORMATION ON ABDUCTED COLONEL

The Nigerian army on Monday said it would reward anyone with useful information that could lead to the rescue of its abducted officer, Col. Samaila Inusa, with N1 million. The Nigerian Army through the General Officer Commanding One Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Maj. Gen. Adeniyi Onyebade, had earlier on Sunday promised anyone with such information the sum of N500, 000.

The Army said it would provide anyone volunteering any useful information with adequate protection and also give the assurance that the information would be treated with utmost confidentiality. On Monday while briefing newsmen, the spokesman for the One Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Col. Abdul Usman, raised the cash reward to N1M.

 

KADUNA DEFENDS PROPOSED RELIGIOUS EDICT, VERIFICATION EXERCISE 

Kaduna state government has defended the system of governance adopted by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, saying the criticisms trailing some of the policies of the administration were from mischief makers bent on politicizing the religious bill and verification exercise.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on political affairs, Mallam Uba Sani, who spoke yesterday on the various policies embarked upon by the governor in the state, said that: “We are not going to get tired of explaining to our people that all the policies, programmes as well as legislation currently being implemented or about to be implemented by the El-Rufai administration will always be in the best interest of the state”.

 

BENUE SOUTH: INEC DECLARED MARK WINNER IN ERROR – ONJEH

Comrade Daniel Onjeh is a known name in the country’s student unionism, having served in various capacities, capping it as president of National Association of Nigerian Students and that of West African students. He contested the Benue South senatorial election with former senate president, David Mark and lost after a rerun.

Onjeh in an interview with newsmen, insisted that he was robbed of his victory and defends his decision to go to the tribunal to contest INEC’s declaration of Mark as winner of the election.

 

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