Nigeria Today: Top 5 Headlines

10 January, 2019 | Akeem

Boko Haram Tells Civilians to Vacate Homes in Borno – Army

Boko Haram fighters threatened civilians in northeast Nigeria to leave their homes, as tensions mount in the long-running conflict.

Onyema Nwachukwu, Army spokesman who said on Wednesday that there was “credible information” the jihadists had “infiltrated some villages” near the Borno state capital Maiduguri. Nwachukwu described the threats as “psychological war” and urged residents to report suspicious activity.

A member of the civilian militia revealed that, earlier this week Boko Haram had warned people in Jakana village to leave by Wednesday 9th January, 2019 as they were going to launch a major attack.

Nigeria’s government and military has repeatedly claimed the Islamist militants have been weakened to the point of defeat but attacks have persisted.

On Wednesday, the United Nations said more than 30,000 people had fled their homes in the Baga area of northern Borno after attacks from an Islamic State group-backed Boko Haram faction.

The attacks were the latest against military installations and soldiers that have increased since July last year. The military has rejected suggestions the jihadists are resurgent.


Bribe-Seeking Cop Shoots Two Drivers in Kogi

A bribe-seeking police inspector, Mohammed Usman, has been arrested for allegedly shooting and injuring two drivers at Ibro Motor Park situated opposite the International Market, Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Ibrahim Yakubu, the Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers at the park, said trouble began when one of the drivers was stopped by a police team at a checkpoint in the Zango area on the Lokoja-Okene highway and was asked to part with a bribe while he told the policemen that he had nothing to give them at that point and thus continued his journey towards Lokoja.

Dissatisfied with the driver’s action, the policemen reportedly gave his vehicle a chase down to

the Ibro Motor Park area, where he stopped the vehicle and ran into the park for refuge.

Yakubu said, “We were sitting in the park around 11am when we heard gunshots. The next thing we saw was one of our fellow drivers running into the union office; two policemen followed him to the office and our union officials addressed them and they left.

Inspector Mohammed was already inside the vehicle when we got to the scene and we told him that we were taking the vehicle to the park and he followed us in the bus. On getting to the union office,

we told him that we had already settled the matter with his colleagues.

Upon hearing that, he became furious and brought out his gun and first fired a shot into the ground. As he continued shooting, a bullet hit one of our drivers, Mohammed Attah, in the leg, while another driver, Emmanuel, was hit in the stomach.


FEC Approves 4 New Private Varsities, $5b Oil Pipeline Contracts


The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday 9th January, 2019 approved the establishment of four new private universities in the country. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, gave the newly approved institutions as Greenfield University, Kaduna; Dominion University, Ibadan Oyo State; Trinity University, Ogun State and Westland University in Iwo, Osun State.

He said they were approved by the council having fulfilled the criteria for establishing a new university upon the visitation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

Also, at the briefing, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu said that the FEC approved the engineering procurement construction and installation for Opoho Okoho flexible pipelines in OML 119 and Escravos to Lagos gas pipeline phase one for additional unforeseen works in engineering.

He said: “The total contract sum was $3.7 billion. This contract was, therefore, to replace that pipeline with a new technological flexible pipeline. The last pipeline lasted for only 50 years a lot of corrosive environment in which they operated. It is a nine-month contract. When completed, we will be able to get back production to forty thousand barrels per day"


Serving Corps Member arraigned for Killing a 16-Year-Old Boy in Osun

A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Odedele Feranmi was on Wednesday 9th January, 2019 arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo for alleged for reckless driving and killing.

Oladele was alleged to have driven in a reckless manner and caused the death of a 16-year-old boy, Olasunkanmi Pelumi, on January 4, 2019.He was said to have crushed the deceased in front of government secretariat located along Gbongan-Ibadan expressway coming from Ibadan to resume for primary place of assignment in Osogbo.

The Police prosecutor, Mr Oladoye Joshua informed the court that the accused person allegedly killed the deceased with his Honda car around 11.30am.

However, counsel to the accused person, Mr Bola Abimbola-Ige pleaded with the court to grant his client bail in a liberal term, promising that he would not jump bail. Abimbola-Ige implored the court to exercise its discretional power in favour of the accused person by releasing him on bail pending his trial.

The accused told the court, upon Magistrate inquiry, that he was expected to resume to his PPA on Monday, January 7, in Osogbo, lamenting that he was coming from Ibadan where he lives before the incident happened.

Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara who was reluctant in granting the accused bail said he has never heard such a terrible experience of such in his life.

He said: “The accused person is reluctantly granted bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties

in like sum.The Magistrate thereby adjourned the matter to January 30, 2019 for mention.


Police apprehend 14 for violence at Lagos APC rally

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 14 persons for the violence that occurred during the inauguration of the campaign of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos.

Imohimi Edgal , the Commissioner of Police in the state,  said after reviewing the video of the violence, the police found out that the disruption of the rally was caused by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, adding that a key player in the incident had been declared wanted.

Edgal explained that from the preliminary investigation carried out, the police had discovered that the violence at the event was caused by rivalry in the NURTW.

He said, “The preliminary investigation we carried out reveals that it is just their internal union crisis. I heard that their state chairman would leave soon and there are some players who wanted to succeed him.

Edgal stated that one person died during the incident while three injured persons were admitted

to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, where they were treated and discharged.

He added that an NURTW leader, Musiliu Akinsanya (MC Oluomo), who was injured during the violence, was taken to the Eko Hospital and is recuperating.





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