New Shi’ite faction uncovered in Borno; Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu’s Secret Trial Begins Tomorrow; Ex-militant accuses PDP of funding Boko Haram, lambasts Asari Dokubo; Eight Killed in two Suicide Attacks in Borno; EFCC grills five ex-NNPC bosses over $153m bank transfers; Ijaw youths warn FG after military arrests ex-militant leader in Delta State; Nigeria marks 1,000th day of Chibok schoolgirls kidnap by Boko Haram; Ex-First Ladies Spent £32,000 As Jet Landing Cost In London – Aisha Buhari . . .
New Shi’ite faction uncovered in Borno
The Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps in Borno has uncovered a new faction of the Shi’ite. Commandant Ibrahim Abdullahi stated this in an interview with NAN. Abdullahi said the Shi’ite group was found in Kwaya Kusar LGA through intelligence gathering and surveillance, adding that the group was different from the El-Zakzaky-led group. “When we invited the leader (names withheld), he claimed to be non-violent and that they are against the teachings of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu’s Secret Trial Begins Tomorrow
The trial of a pro-Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu and others with identities of prosecution witnesses shielded commences tomorrow. Kanu was facing a six-count treason charge with Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi; the federal government amended the charges to include Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe as a defendant. Justice Binta Nyako of the FHC Abuja granted the application to shield the prosecution witnesses who are largely security agents. “The defendants . . . will be able to see the witnesses who will be given special access to and from the court.”
Ex-militant accuses PDP of funding Boko Haram, lambasts Asari Dokubo
The National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators has condemned Asari Dokubo’s tirades against President Buhari, accusing him of supporting Boko Haram saying Dokubo knows that the PDP under ex-President Jonathan funded Boko Haram using it as an ATM machine to fleece the national treasury; that Dokubo was one of the beneficiaries of Jonathan administration. In a statement in Abuja the President, Israel Akpodoro, lampooned Dokubo saying he’s paranoid because President Buhari has disappointed “Jonathan’s bootlickers” in the Delta Niger region.
Eight Killed in two Suicide Attacks in Borno
Eight persons were killed in two separate suicide attacks in Maiduguri on Sunday night in Borno, the state Police Command said on Monday. In the first attack, according to a statement by the police spokesman, DSP Victor Isuku, three of the dead were male suicide bombers who were armed and a member of the vigilante group who tried to stop them in Muna in the outskirts of Maiduguri. In the second attack in Kaleri in the Gwange area, two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives strapped on them leading to the death of two other persons.
EFCC grills five ex-NNPC bosses over $153m bank transfers
EFCC agents have questioned two former GMDs and three former EDs of the NNPC over their roles in the transfer of $153m to some banks. The cash was wired from NNPC’s account to the banks on the directive of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. One of the ex-EDs admitted playing a role in the transfer. An EFCC source confirmed that the five ex-officials and a few others had been quizzed in connection with the transfer of the funds. He declined to name the former officials, saying it could jeopardize the probe.
Ijaw youths warn FG after military arrests ex-militant leader in Delta State
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) yesterday warned the Nigerian Government to stop inciting crisis in the Niger Delta by the invasion of the area, arrest and detention of its residents, especially ex-agitators. The IYC spokesman Eric Omare spoke on the heels of last weekend’s arrest of former militant leader, Bounanawei Smith (alias King of the Forest) in Warri, Delta State. He noted that such aggression was inimical to peace in the region. Reports say Bounanawei was arrested by a combined team of military personnel while hosting some IYC members in his guesthouse.
Nigeria marks 1,000th day of Chibok schoolgirls kidnap by Boko Haram
Nigeria marked the 1,000th day of the abduction of the schoolgirls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, President Muhammadu Buhari recommitted the Federal Government to securing the release of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents. In a statement by his special adviser media Femi Adesina, President Buhari said “We are grateful to God that on this landmark day, we are not completely in the depths of despair, but buoyed with hope that our daughters will yet rejoin their families and loved ones.
Ex-First Ladies Spent £32,000 As Jet Landing Cost In London – Aisha Buhari
Mrs. Aisha Buhari has revealed that ex-First Ladies spent £32,000 as landing cost for private jets in London. The president’s wife disclosed this yesterday while reacting to an online news report accusing her of abusing official privileges at the Nigerian High Commission in London. In a statement by her media aide, Adebisi Olumide-Ajayi, she said the publication of unfounded stories by the online media against her was becoming a great concern. She said most of her trip to London were related to her NGO and could not have been funded by the government.