PRESIDENT BUHARI CANCELS RAMADAN DINNER WITH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly canceled a Ramadan dinner with leaders of the National Assembly due to clash of schedules. Making this claim was the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
Abdulrazak Namdas, the House of Representatives spokesman, said that the dinner was organized for the presiding officers at the National Assembly and they were not the reason for the cancelation. However, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate’s spokesperson could not be reached for a stand of the upper chamber on the sudden cancelation.
AMCON FORCES BRUCE’S STV TO STOP OPERATIONS
Senator Ben Bruce and his brothers have failed to settle an N11 billion loan owed Union Bank and acquired by Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) that was established on July 9, 2010 for stabilizing the nation’s financial system. Senator Bruce and his brothers had allegedly been using their companies between 2005 and 2007 with various sums of money borrowed from Union Bank.
After they repeatedly defaulted in paying back, AMCON purchased the loan in 2011 to save the bank from collapsing. AMCON is now seizing the assets belonging to the four companies used in securing the loan. An AMCON insider said Mr. Banire had taken over the assets yesterday.
BUHARI APPOINTS NEW SECURITY CHIEF
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, June 23, decorated two of the newly promoted officers of the Nigerian Police Force deployed to his office with their new ranks.
The president tasked public officers entrusted with certain responsibilities to live up to their duties and justify the confidence reposed in them as this was the only way Nigeria can get out of the current hardship facing the country.
ZENITH BANK BEGS FAYOSE
Ekiti state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has revealed that top management team of Zenith Bank Plc on Thursday evening came to beg him over the involvement of the bank in the funding of the June 21, 2014 governorship election of the governor.
The Zenith bank team was reportedly led by an executive director, Sola Oladipo. It also had two zonal directors of the bank and the Ado-Ekiti branch manager. Their visit to the governor followed a reported denial by the bank that it was not part of the funding of the election. Commenting on the development, governor Fayose said the bank officials came to beg him over the issue. However, Fayose has since denied receiving any money from National Security Adviser. Instead, he claimed it was Zenith bank that funded his campaign.
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES EMINENT WORLD LEADERS
President Muhammadu Buhari welcomed the outgoing ambassadors of Mexico and Norway, H. E. Mr. M. Anthonio Garcia Blanco and H. E. Mr. Rolf Ree to the Statehouse on Thursday, June 23. Femi Adesina who is the special Adviser on media and publicity to the president gave a farewell audience to the outgoing ambassadors at the Statehouse.
President Muhammadu Buhari in brief discussion with the outgoing ambassadors and another foreign envoy, expressed that he is overjoyed having them in Nigeria, especially at this period of time in the history of Nigeria. They deliberated on some issues and thereafter exchanged pleasantries.
IPOB GOES AFTER JUST – RETIRED SOLOMON ARASE
Barely 24 hours after his retirement as Inspector-General of the Nigerian Police, Solomon has been declared wanted by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The leadership of the Biafra agitators asked that its members should closely monitor his movements and whereabouts so that his arrest could be easily facilitated.
IPOB plans to arraign Arase at the International Criminal Court (ICC) as soon as an international bench warrant is issued for his arrest. It was reported that IPOB is keeping this 24-hour surveillance on Arase’s movements because he allegedly presided over the extra-judicial killings of over 1, 000 Biafrans between July, 2015 and May, 30 2016. A statement signed by spokesman to IPOB, Dr. Clifford Iroegbu directed that Arase’s whereabouts must be strictly monitored and information on this should be made available to the organization’s headquarters in Victoria, Spain.
WHY I RETAINED ARASE AS POLICE BOSS – BUHARI
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he retained the outgoing Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase when he assumed office on May 29, 2015 because of Arase’s dossier and his intellectual capacity in the field of operations.
Buhari who spoke at the public presentation of a publication “Cascade of Change : A Decade of Liberal Thoughts” authored by the Lagos State commissioner for information, Steve Ayorinde, said a combination of qualities possessed by Arase convinced him to retain him till the end of his tenure. The president who was ably represented by his special adviser on media, Femi Adesina said Arase expressed fears that since, he was inherited by Buhari’s administration he may be sacked.
ARMY DENIES CLAIM OF COUP PLOT AGAINST BUHARI
The Nigerian army had said that there was never anything like a military coup to overthrow the present government. The army authority said it will do all within its power to see that the people linked to such “dangerous” rumour are fished out and thereafter face the music.
Col. Sani Usman, director of public relations of Nigerian army revealed in a statement on Thursday, June 23 that the Nigerian army as a product of democracy would never think of such “anti-democratic misadventure”. The army spokesman who spoke on behalf of the command said the military will continue to remain loyal to the commander in chief of the armed force, President Buhari, come rain, come shine.
FAYOSE BEGGED ZENITH BANK TO SAVE HIM FROM EFCC – REPORT
Fresh details have emerged on how embattled governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, allegedly begged Zenith Bank Plc to save him when he discovered that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was closing in on him. According to reports, sources at Zenith bank denied financing the election of Fayose as the governor had earlier claimed.
It was gathered that Fayose had last week rushed to Zenith bank to beg its management not to share his bank documents with the EFCC, telling the bank to say, the constitutional immunity he enjoys prevents the bank from doing so, but bank officials declined, saying it had already given its word to the EFCC to handover his bank documents. However, it was revealed that Fayose had threatened he will take the bank down with him.
SHERIFF IS WORKING FOR OUR ENEMY – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described ousted chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, as a mole in the party, warning members not to have anything to do with him. The party said this on Thursday in reaction to the committee inauguration carried out by Sheriff.
Sheriff who insists he remains the party chairman, inaugurated a congress committee for the conduct of a congress in Edo state for the forthcoming governorship election in the state, after rejecting the congress conducted by the committee led by Ahmed Makarfi which produced Ize-Iyanu as candidate.