1. THE WORLD WILL END ON SATURDAY THIS WEEK – CHRISTIAN NUMEROLOGIST
A Christian numerologist, David Meade has predicted that the world will end on September 23, 2017.
He said this would occur as another planet is set to collide with the earth.
Meade, who made the claim said that strange things were now happening in the world which were predicted in the past as signs of the end time. Meade said verses in Luke 21: 25-26 is the sign that recent events, such as the recent solar eclipse and Hurricane Harvey, are signs of the apocalypse.
Meade has built his theory, which is viewed with a widely skeptical lens, on the so-called Planet X, which is also known as Nibiru, which he believes will cause volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and earthquakes.
2. BUHARI ARRIVES NEW YORK FOR UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in New York to join other world leaders for the one week 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) high-level events starting on Tuesday. The President was accompanied by Governor Abdul’aziz Yari, David Umahi and Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of Zamfara, Ebonyi and Ondo states respectively.
Buhari will deliver Nigeria’s National Statement on Tuesday, the first day of the general debate.
He has been listed as the eighth speaker of the 193 Head of States expected to address the General Debate of the General Assembly.
It is expected that the president and members of his delegation will project Nigeria as a strong moral force and responsible member of the international community and to solicit the support of UN member states for the Buhari’s administration.
3. INFORMATION MINISTER LAI MOHAMMED REVEALS IDENTITY OF NNAMDI KANU, IPOB’S SPONSORS
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Sunday accused “politically disgruntled treasury looters” out to sabotage the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Mohammed said the disgruntled looters are using IPOB to sabotage the current government under the aegis of fighting for the rights of the people of the South-east.
Mohammed said IPOB sponsors were trying to “destabilize the country and trigger chaos to realize their ambition of escaping justice and then be free to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again.”
4. NNAMDI KANU TO ESCAPE NIGERIA THROUGH CAMEROON BORDER
The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) has claimed that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is planning to escape Nigeria through the Cameroonian borders.
AYCF said it had intelligence reports, that Kanu was on his way to the Cameroon borders, from where he could easily flee from the country.
“We are aware that he is scheming to find a way of escape through Cameroonian borders, which is easier for him to move and run back to where he belongs, the President of AYCF, Mallam Shettima Yerima, told newsmen on Sunday in Jos.
Kanu and top IPOB leaders, were said to have gone into hiding following the declaration on Friday by the Nigerian Army, that IPOB was now a terrorist organisation.
5. WHAT NORTHERN GOVERNORS DISCUSSED WITH BUHARI ON IPOB
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with a representation of the Northern State Governors Forum at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The governors were said to have briefed the President on the security situations in their states in view of the rising tension in the north over the alleged killings of some northerners in parts of the south east.
Shettima in a statement last week on behalf of the governors of the 19 northern states called on residents across the region to maintain the peace while he assured that their administrations had placed security forces on alert with a view to tackling any unforeseen attempt to cause a breach of security.
6. HOW BUHARI AVERTED CATASTROPHE IN ABIA – GOVERNOR IKPEAZU
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State yesterday thanked President Mohammadu Buhari for his prompt intervention in averting a catastrophe in the South East and restoring normalcy.
Ikpeazu spoke yesterday during his sympathy visit to the state secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Abia State Council following the invasion of the Press Centre by the soldiers Tuesday last week.
He said he was only concerned about the gravity of what would have happened if the crises had escalated. He however called for more support from the federal government.
7. CRIME FIGHT GETS EASIER AS NIGERIA’S FIRST DNA FORENSICS LAB OPENS IN LAGOS STATE
Lagos State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem has announced the state’s completion of the construction of the first ever high-powered DNA Forensic Laboratory in Nigeria.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had last year approved the construction of the DNA forensic lab as part of the criminal justice sector reforms designed to solve crime through technology and fulfil an unmet need for DNA profiling which is a unique forensic technique that is now being used all over the world.
“We are yet to commission it but it has been opened and it is a DNA crime forensic lab and at the same time, it is going to deal with other DNA matters like paternity issue. What we are doing now is skeletal work which we started this month,” Kazeem said.
8. WHY DANGOTE GOT A 10-YEAR TAX INCENTIVE FROM NIGERIA GOVERNMENT
The Dangote Group has been granted a 10-year tax incentive by the Nigerian government for the construction and rehabilitation of roads.
“We inherited a tax incentive policy for individuals to benefit from tax remission, to recover investment made in public infrastructure like roads, which other members of the public can utilise,” Works Minister Babatunde Fashola said.
He added that the construction of the Apapa to Oworonshoki end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway has been handed over to Dangote.
“As for the agreement with Dangote, we are now awaiting the design of the 35 km stretch excluding the portion that has been completed, about 7 km, by the previous administration around Mile 2 area.
“As this government promised, we will solve the Apapa and Port congestion problem. I can only tell you that the solution is now on the way,” he said.
9. POLICE ARREST 59 IPOB MEMBERS, SAY MEMBERS WILL BE TRIED AS TERRORISTS
The Abia State Police Commissioner, Anthony Ogbizi, has said that with the condemnation of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, by governors in the South-East and its declaration as a terrorist group by Defence Headquarters, arrested IPOB members would be tried as terrorists and anybody found with Biafra materials would be arrested and prosecuted.
The Police said they have arrested 59 suspected members of IPOB, in Abia State. They also confirmed the death of an officer after an attack by members of the now outlawed group.
He said the suspects would be prosecuted under the anti-terrorism act to ensure they were properly dealt with.
10. FAYOSE REACTS TO IPOB AND NNAMDI KANU’S SPONSORHIP ALLEGATIONS BY THE APC
Gov Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has reacted to the allegations by the Ekiti State branch of APC that he sponsors Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB.
His Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, who spoke on his behalf, told journalist on Sunday that the APC allegation was an attempt to “cover up the federal government’s torture and killing of the Igbo people.”
He said the governor had the right to express his support for any group, including the IPOB, arguing that the travails of the Igbo people should be the concern of all Nigerians.
He denied raising funds for the group, saying that it was the ploy of the APC and the government at the centre to defend their wrongdoings and silence any opposition.