Buhari Gives EFCC Permission to Probe Goodluck Jonathan; Rivers rerun poll: I’m ready for Wike, Amaechi vows; Nigerian troops kill 40 Boko Haram terrorists, destroy Alajeri camp — Army; Militants Overrun Police Station; Tragedy averted as Lagos-bound plane returns to Port Harcourt after fire alarm . . .
Buhari Gives EFCC Permission to Probe Goodluck Jonathan
The Presidency has stated that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is free to investigate former President Goodluck Jonathan for corruption.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, also explained that there was no secret pact between President Buhari and Jonathan to exclude the ex-President from the list of corrupt people to be probed by this administration.
He added that the President does not teleguide the EFCC. Another Presidential Spokesman, Shehu Garba, said the anti corruption war is not a witch hunt.
Rivers rerun poll: I’m ready for Wike, Amaechi vows
The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Ameachi, on Saturday vowed that he was ready for Governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyeson Wike, in the rerun National and State Assembly elections on March 19.
The immediate past Governor of Rivers State on radio programme monitored in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and tweeted by Rivers Watch on its Twitter handle, alleged that Governor Wike, ran to head the state to steal money and so desperate that he can sell his mother.
Amaechi said: “Nyesom wike is here to steal money. He was my Chief of Staff.
“We will chase Wike’s boys out of the water now we have Dakuku Peterside as DG NIMASA.
“People still want me back as governor.
“I will be here till the March 19 re-run election.
“Let’s see what Wike can do.
Nigerian troops kill 40 Boko Haram terrorists, destroy Alajeri camp — Army
The Boko Haram camp in Alajeri, Guzamala local government area of Borno State has been destroyed by Nigerian troops of the 113 Battalion fighting insurgency in the North East, Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said on Saturday.
Militants Overrun Police Station, Steal Bank’s ATM
A gang of heavily armed men suspected to be militants on Saturday overran a police station, having overwhelmed the policemen on duty, and carted away several arms and ammunition in Amassoma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Reports say the hoodlums attempted a raid on a United Bank for Africa (UBA) branch in the same area, but failed.
They were however said to have escaped with the bank’s Automated Teller Machine, which is suspected have a reasonable amount of cash in it.
Amassoma, a coastal town, like many Ijaw areas, is some 30 kilometres away from Yenagoa, the state Capital and is home to late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, former governor of the state.
Tragedy averted as Lagos-bound plane returns to Port Harcourt after fire alarm
A Lagos-bound Air Peace plane on Saturday made an air return some minutes after taking off from the Port Harcourt International Airport, according to an official. The General Manager, Public Relations, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
FG apologises to Nigerians over nationwide blackout
The Federal Government on Friday apologised to Nigerians for the poor power situation the country has been witnessing in the past few weeks.
In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, blamed the situation on gas shortage, vandalism and sabotage.
He also said all efforts were being made to rectify the situation and ensure a gradual improvement in the power situation.
The minister said the routine maintenance by the Nigeria Gas Company had affected the supply of gas to power stations, forcing down power supply from an all-time high of 5,074 MW to about 4,000MW.
He added that a combination of unsavoury incidents further crashed the power supply to about half that figure.
Mohammed said, “There will be a decent improvement in the power situation from this weekend, thanks to on-going remedial efforts that will double the current power supply to 4,000WM. Getting back to the 5,074MW all-time high that was reached earlier will take a few more weeks.
Ooni of Ife marries new wife in Edo
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, got married to his new wife, Wuraola Obanor, from Edo State, at a traditional marriage held in Benin, the Edo State capital on Saturday.
The wedding rites was performed in the traditional Benin culture at the residence of the bride on Ewere Street, Etete, in Oredo Local Government Area of the state. Although the monarch was not physically present, he was, however, represented by his father, HRH Omooba Oluropo Ogunwusi.
Ex-Delta state governor, Felix Ibru is dead
Delta State governor and one-time Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Felix Olorogun Ibru is dead! Olorogun Felix Ibru The 80-yrs old business tycoon, was said to have passed on after a brief illness.
Until his death Ibru holds the position of President General of the Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU) He was born on 7 December 1935 at Agbarha-Otor in the Ughelli North local government area of Delta State to Chief Peter Epete Ibru and Chief (Mrs). He was the scion of the Ibru family.
CBN gas explosion: Police confirm 3 dead, 10 in critical condition
The Cross River Police Command has confirmed three persons dead and 10 in critical condition due to Friday’s gas cylinder explosion at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Calabar.
Mr John Eluu, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), disclosed this on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Eluu said 20 members of staff of the bank were injured in the explosion which occurred at about 11 a.m., while two others were in critical condition.