Suspicious bag left at US Consulate, not bomb – Nigerian Police; Biafra separatism: Kanu’s lawyer writes Buhari over alleged disobedience of court order; PDP crisis: Sheriff, Makarfi agree to cease fire; FEC approves N80bn for 2nd Niger Bridge; Senate Approves Buhari’s Request To Borrow $500m For 2016 Budget Deficit . . .
Suspicious bag left at US Consulate, not bomb – Nigerian Police
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni, on Thursday said there was no bomb planted at the US Consulate in Lagos. Owoseni told newsmen that the bag kept in one of the vehicles at the Consular General Office, Victoria Island, only contained medical equipment. “We got a call at about 7.40 a.m this morning concerning the strange bag. I immediately dispatched the anti-bomb team, Marine Police and Anti-Terrorist personnel to the scene. The anti-bomb team professionally removed the bag from the vehicle. After scanning the bag, they discovered that all items inside were medical tools. We are, however, investigating the reason why the bag was left there and who is the owner. We don’t want to leave anything to chance . . .“
Biafra separatism: Kanu’s lawyer writes Buhari over alleged disobedience of court order
An attorney of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Biafra separatist ‘Indigenous People of Biafra’ (IPOB) Mr. Johnmary Jideobi has written President Muhammadu Buhari on the continued disobedience of court order over the release of the IPOB leader, Jideobi, in the letter, said that by constitutional structuring and operation of Nigerian laws, the DSS and all military and para-military agencies were under the president’s ultimate control and command as the C-in-C of the Nigerian Armed Forces and should therefore react when laws are flouted. He recalled that having been admitted on bail, the Federal High Court on Dec 17 2015 pronounced on the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu.
PDP crisis: Sheriff, Makarfi agree to cease fire
Is there a ceasefire? The protracted and lingering crisis rocking the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may soon come to an end (all things being equal) following the resolve of the two PDP factions to sheath their swords and work for the progress of the party. The appeal court-declared National Chairman of the party, Sen. Ali Modu Sherif and the Chairman of the sacked National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi agreed that there would be end to exchange of words between them over the crisis in the party. This was the outcome of the meeting between the two groups which was brokered by the party’s Reconciliation Committee headed by the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson. Sheriff and Makarfi were not at the meeting but their representatives signed the agreement, which was read by a former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ibrahim Mantu.
FEC approves N80bn for 2nd Niger Bridge
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday, approved N80 billion for the construction of roads in 12 states of the federation. The Buhari administration approved N150.84 million for the consultancy and engineering design for access roads 1 and 2 to link Asaba in Delta State, Onitsha in Anambra State and the Second Niger Bridge. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, alongside Minister of FCT, Bello Mohammed and Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosures while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Fashola said: “Subsequent to the award of further works on the Second Niger Bridge, we have started work now by this approval on the design of the link road that will connect the two states to the bridge . . . “
Senate Approves Buhari’s Request To Borrow $500m For 2016 Budget Deficit
The Senate on Wednesday honored President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to raise additional $500 million eurobond from the international capital market to fund the 2016 budget deficit. The Deputy Senate Leader, Bala N’allah who moved the motion explained that, while time was against the 2016 budget, it would be dangerous for the nation to delay further. Na’Allah urged the Senate to, as a matter of urgency, set out processes that will make it possible for prompt
approval. The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who seconded the motion said that in spite of non- consultation, he was agreeing to it because of the urgency of the eurobond to address the problems of the country for the overall interest of Nigerians.