The Nigerian police has confirmed that unidentified gunmen suspected to be Niger Delta militants have kidnapped four British nationals in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria . . .
US First Daughter Ivanka Trump Delighted To Meet Escaped Chibok Girls In The White House
US President Donald Trump and US First Daughter, Ivanka Trump met with two Chibok schoolgirls (from Chibok village) in Northeast Nigeria who had escaped from their Boko Haram abductors . . .
The Nigerian-based Islamist fundamentalist group, Boko Haram, has released a video showing that it has kidnapped about ten Nigerian policewomen . . .
In the BBC series of Letters From African journalists, novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani profiles the lawyer who brokered the release of 82 women captured by Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram . . .
Boko Haram Releases 82 Kidnapped Chibok Girls; Released 82 Chibok Girls Arrive Abuja to meet Buhari at 4pm . . .
Senators plot Sen. Ndume’s suspension; Boko Haram attacked Borno communities, 10 kidnapped – Official; Ex-Adamawa Governor Jailed For Corruption On Bail; Adamawa Prison authorities deny knowledge of Ngilari’s release, to query officials; Yola Prison has health facilities to take care of Ngilari; Magu denies owning 2 mansions in Maitama, Abuja; Obasanjo’s wife files suit to stop son’s wedding; Customs impound senator’s 13 vehicles; Senate’s N298m car carries fake document – Importer; Senate’s N298m car carries fake document – Importer; Dino Melaye wears academic gown to Senate; Sen. Dino Melaye mocks critics on social media; No link to any certificate scandal – Jonathan . . .
Osinbajo formally welcomed 21 Chibok girls to Nigeria
On Thursday evening, Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo led some top government officials to visit the girls at the DSS Medical Centre, Airport Road, Abuja, where they are currently receiving medical attention. Osinbajo said that only one of the 21 released Chibok girls has a baby . . .
Kidnapped army officer found dead; I won’t resign – Kachikwu; Fayose, threat to national security — APC; Nigerians, more actions are underway – Buhari . . .
Kidnapped army officer found dead
Col. Samaila Inusa, the army officer kidnapped in Kaduna on Sunday, is dead.
A statement signed by Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, acting director, army public relations, confirmed the death and described it as “regrettable”.
Col. Usman, in his statement, said inter alia:
“The Nigerian army wishes to regrettably inform the public that Colonel Samaila Inusa who was kidnapped on Sunday 27th March 2016, was found dead today at about 6.00pm.
Preliminary investigation revealed that most likely the late senior officer was killed same day he was kidnapped by his abductors. This is because the body was found already decomposing around Ajyaita village off Eastern Bypass Kaduna, Kaduna State. Arrangements are in progress to move the body to 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna.
We wish to state in unmistakeable terms that whoever is behind his abduction and murder would be fished out to face the full wrath of the law”
Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations
Reports say Inusa and his wife were driving along Kamazo road, near NNPC junction, Kaduna, around 7.30pm when the abductors on their trail overtook them. They blocked his black-colored Mercedes Benz GLK with registration no ‘ABJ, KUJ 154 TZ’. The abduction took place at about 7:30pm on Saturday 26 March 2016. Col. Inusa’s wife was pulled out of the car and they drove off with him in his car.
I won’t resign – Kachikwu
The Minister of State for Petroleum and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said on Tuesday in Abuja that he would not resign as he still “had a lot of work to do”.
Kachikwu said this while briefing the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream) on the lingering scarcity of petroleum products across the country.
Following the current fuel scarcity, and Mr. Kachikwu’s comment that he could not do magic to end the crisis, some groups including the South South APC, NANS and some Civil Society Organisations have called for the minister’s resignation.
The minister said, inter alia:
” . . . All those planning to come to Abuja for a protest should save their fuel, I am not going to resign, I have a lot of work to do . . . “
– Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State of Petroleum & GMD NNPC
According to the minister, at the Senate committee room, he did not accept to be minister of petroleum in order to create scarcity. He assured that he would work hard to find lasting solutions to the problems in the industry, saying he was pained as much as many Nigerians were that the country still suffered petroleum scarcity in spite of being one of the largest producers of crude oil in the world.
Fayose, threat to national security — Ekiti APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, has described recent conduct and utterances of Governor Ayodele Fayose, as constituting a serious threat to national security. APC, in a statement yesterday by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Olatunbosun said:
“We have heard of reports of Governor Fayose inciting the people to stone the operatives of the DSS anywhere they are seen. This is besides saying many unprintable things about the President, such as that he (Buhari) would soon die, and declaring the DG of DSS, Lawal Musa Daura personal non-grata in Ekiti State.
It is regrettable that Fayose cannot separate his personal views as a man constantly at war with the Nigerian law from the views of lawful Ekiti people, who are ready to submit themselves to the Nigerian law where the rule of law and good governance flourish”
– Mr. Taiwo Olatunbosun, Publicity Secretary, APC Ekiti State
Nigerians, more actions are underway – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said that his government is taking pragmatic steps to cushion the effects on Nigerians, assuring that there were better days ahead. The president who chaired the 8th Annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium held at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja spoke on the theme of the Colloquium: ‘Agriculture: Action, work, revolution’
“In the coming months, Nigerians will see much more actions. Government will continue to invest substantially in human capital development and this is just the beginning.
We are going to hold ourselves accountable. We will measure results. There will always be some scepticism, some have even become disorientated and impatient enough to think that barriers are insurmountable.
Any one who claims great change is impossible can only look as an ordinary success”
– Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, President of Nigeria
Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC clocked 64 years and held the event to mark his birthday.
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Jonathan’s nephew dead, Kanu rejects secret trial; Buhari goes to Egypt; Tarfa & N225k donation, Sheriff cannot fly—BoT members; Psquare controversy . . .
Jonathan’s abducted nephew found dead in Bayelsa
Mr. Samuel Oki, a nephew of former President Goodluck Jonathan, was today found dead in a creek in Otuoke community, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The 35-year-old was reportedly kidnapped on Wednesday alongside the 72-year-old foster father of Jonathan, Chief Inengite Nitabai.
It was learnt that some fishermen from the former President’s community in Otuoke, discovered Oki’s decomposing body floating on Otuoke river while fishing, two days after the abduction.
Biafra: Kanu rejects FG’s request for secret trial
The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, who is facing a six-count treason charge, has opposed an application by the federal government to conduct his trial in secret. FG had in the application it filed before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, decried that all the witnesses billed to testify against Kanu and two other pro-Biafra agitators, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, who are facing trial with him, have declined to appear in court.
Buhari departs Nigeria for Egypt
President Buhari has departed Abuja for Egypt where he will be attending the Business for Africa, Egypt and the World Forum.
N225, 000 donation for judge’s father-in-law’s funeral, not bribe – Rickey Tarfa
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Rickey Tarfa, has described as untrue the allegation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that he gave a bribe of N225,000 to Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court.
Tarfa said this in a further affidavit filed on Friday before the court and deposed to by the head of his chambers, John Odubela
The EFCC had, in a counter-affidavit to a N2.5bn fundamental rights enforcement suit filed against it by Tarfa, alleged that the senior advocate bribed Justice Yunusa with N225, 000 on January 7, 2014.
PDP Chairman: Sheriff cannot fly—BoT members
Members of the Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party have vowed that they would do everything possible to ensure that Senator Ali Amodu Sheriff is not retained as the national Chairman of the party because of what they say is the “huge luggage that he carries”.
Psquare controversy: Paul denies sacking Jude as Manager
Contrary to the news that surfaced on social media following one half of pop duo, P-Square, Peter Okoye’s outburst that the group has sacked their elder brother- manager, Jude, Paul has distanced himself from the claim.
Paul took to his Twitter page to say, ‘This is where I belong and this is where I stand…you do music in the studio, not on social media, you have family issues, you discuss that in close doors, not on social media…Family is family, blood is blood…If you don’t do family business, then who am I to you?”
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