- EFCC HEADQUARTERS ATTACKED BY GUNMEN
The office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was attacked by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Wednesday, August 16, 2017. The unknown gunmen attacked the Abuja annex of the Headquarters of the Commission located at Wuse Zone 7, Abuja, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren stated. He said a group of heavily armed bandits invaded the office at about 05.00 hours and began shooting into the premises.
He explained that they damaged vehicles parked in the premises but were repelled by guards on duty. He added that the gunmen escaped in a vehicle, leaving a message in a white envelope dropped by the fleeing attackers. He said the white envelop contained a death threat addressed to Ishaku Sharu, a senior investigator with the Commission.
- WHY CHARLY BOY WAS ATTACKED – PRESIDENCY
The Presidency has condemned Charly Boy and other Resume or Resign protesters for trying to distrupt the peace of Nigeria. According to Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, that was why they were attacked on Tuesday.
“We are not for ethnic cleavages, we are for one Nigeria. Anybody that attempted to ethnicize protests failed. Because everyone has a right to protest and ethnicity is not something that should be introduced to protest.
“Taking a protest to the market in the first place was wrong, so whoever took the protest to the market place was the one that attempted to make it get out of hand,” he added.
Mr. Adesina added that the Presidency noticed that “some people have made efforts to create ethnic cleavages in the country but that what the people from the Niger Delta region has done, has reinforced faith that Nigeria will remain one.”
- INEC REVEALS DATE FOR 2019 GENERAL ELECTION
The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the dates for the 2019 general elections.
This was made know by the INEC chairman Prof. Dawodu at the swearing in of Resident Electoral Commissioners yesterday, August 16, 2017, in Abuja.
He said, ” As you are already aware, the Commission has fixed the date for the next General Elections. The Presidential & National Assembly elections will hold on 16/02/19, while Governorship, State Assemblies and Area Council elections in the FCT will hold on 02/03/19.
I wish to reiterate our commitment to Nigerians that 2019 will be a remarkable improvement on the acclaimed success of the last General Elections.
We shall continue to uphold the sanctity of citizens’ choice as the only basis for determining elective representation in Nigeria.”
- CAN WARNS NIGERIANS TO STOP PLAYING POLITICS WITH BUHARI’S HEALTH
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Samson Ayokunle on Wednesday said Nigerians should stop playing politics with the health of President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Ayokunle who made the remark in Lokoja, said Nigerians should leave out sentiments and pray more for the quick recovery of Mr. Buhari who is currently in London on medical vacation.
“Let us continue to pray for him, we don’t play with the life of a human being, and nobody wants to fall sick, so don’t let us continue to make politics out of sickness; let us continue to pray for him,” the CAN President said.
It was also reported that Mr. Ayokunle who visited the Kogi chapter of CAN, also cautioned those calling for the resignation of Mr. Buhari to be guided by the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.
“The position of CAN is that, we should follow the constitution, we have the constitution to guide us, so whatever the constitution says let us follow it, we drew it ourselves so let us not break it,” he added.
- NORTHERN YOUTHS TASKED TO RETAIN MAGU AS EFCC BOSS
A group of youth in northern Nigeria has team up to plead with the Nigerian government that they should not be persuaded into removing Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the nation’s leading anti graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
They told newsmen in Kaduna that removing Magu would be alternative to corruption and bad governance. The group charged the presidency not to allow it to be blackmailed.
The youth also tasked the EFCC boss to remain steadfast, and never be distracted by the issue of his confirmation.
- OBASANJO URGES NASS TO PASS RIGHTS TO FOOD BILL
Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has joined other stakeholders in asking for quick passage of the Rights to Food bill by the National Assembly.
Obasanjo who believes that food security should be encouraged in the country, maintained that right to food must also come with an obligation.
He said he would prefer and canvass for four rights and they are rights to food, health, education and employment. He noted that right to food must come with an obligation.
The President, Farm and Infrastructure Foundation, Professor Gbolagade Ayoola on his part, highlighted the significance of right to food bill and queried why rights to education, employment and others take precedence in the nation’s constitution.
- WE RENEGED ON OUR AGREEMENT WITH ASUU, FG ADMITS
The Nigerian Government has acknowledged that it has not fulfilled its part of the agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities last year, but is confident that it will be able to prevail on the Union to call off its strike.
Briefing Statehouse correspondents after this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting, Education Minister Adamu Adamu noted that Government had not fully fulfilled its agreement concerning the lecturers demand on earned allowances due to some miscommunication.
He restated government’s stand that with the exemption of funds set aside for endowment, all funds pertaining to the the University system would still pass through the Treasury single account. The Minister assured the Union that all its other demands would be met by government.
- SENATE CALLS ON ASUU TO CALL OFF NATIONWIDE STRIKE
The Senate has appealed to ASUU to urgently call off its nationwide strike. The Upper legislative House expressed surprise over the Union’s decision to resort to industrial action without giving warning since it was part of the negotiation that led to the setting up of the Wale Babalakin Committee by the Federal Government to look into their demands.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education, Senator Jibrin Barau disclosed this at a press briefing on the strike at the National Assembly complex. The federal lawmaker says the Senate would do all within its powers to ensure that university lecturers and students return to classes immediately hence its decision to intervene between the disputing parties.
- ACTING PRESIDENT OSINBAJO FINALLY ASSIGNS PORTFOLIOS TO NEW MINISTERS
The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has finally assigned portfolios to the two ministers who he sworn in three weeks ago. Stephen Ocheni and Suleiman Hassan were sworn in May this year, several weeks after they were confirmed by the Senate, due to President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence.
Mr. Ocheni will fill the vacuum created by the death of James Ocholi who hailed from the same state, Kogi State. He will resume as Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity.
Suleiman Hassan who was appointed to fill the Gombe State slot will resume as Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing.
- NIGERIANS DON’T NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS WRONG WITH BUHARI, IT IS NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS – APC
The Publicity Secretary for the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Mr Joe Igbokwe has stated that Nigerians does not need to know what is wrong with President Buhari, telling them to focus on more important issues
Mr. Igbokwe who said this on Wednesday, August 16, said he felt bad about the #ResumeOrResign protest mandating the president to either resume work on resign due to ill health. Mr. Igbokwe labelled the actions of the group as unconstitutional, adding that Nigerians do not need to know the President’s health status as it is a private matter. Moreover, “you have a super-competent professor (Yemi Osinbajo) in the saddle and people are just overlooking that,” he said.