Nigeria Today: Top 5 Headlines

11 February, 2019 | Olayemi


Don't Forget Leah Sharibu, Family Begs FG, UK, US

The family of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirl Leah Sharibu yesterday February 10th, 2019 pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to secure the release of their daughter who has been in captivity of the Boko Haram terrorist group since February 19, 2018.

Miss Sharibu’s mother, Rebecca, who spoke at a press conference organised by the Leadership Empowerment Advocacy Humanitarian (LEAH) foundation in Abuja on February 10th, 2019, asked the government not to allow her daughter to be killed by the terrorists.

On February 19, 2018, Boko Haram terrorists stormed the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State and kidnapped 110 girls.

The Federal Government, through a back-door negotiation in March of the same year, secured the release of 104 of them. While five of the girls were said to have died, Leah Sharibu, the only Christian girl among them wasn’t released because she refused to renounce her faith.

Rebecca, who broke into tears while speaking in Hausa language said: “I am the mother of Leah and I am here begging the government not to forget my daughter. I want the government not to forget the promise made to us that my daughter would be set free. The president called me and we spoke on phone. He assured me that Leah would come back and that the government was working hard on it"


Man, Woman Found Dead In Car In Lagos

The Creative Director, Image World Visuals, Emmanuel Chetan, and Annie Akhadelor, were found dead in a parked car, whose engine was running at Mende, Maryland, Lagos State, on Saturday February 9th, 2019.

An eyewitness, James Odion, said Chetan and Akhadelor were probably returning from a club in the early hours of Saturday. According to him, the two were suspected to have taken poisoned drinks, which might have led to their death and not the car’s air conditioning system as being suggested in some quarters.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, saying the corpses of Chetan and Akhadelor had been recovered and deposited in the hospital for autopsy.

He said, “The corpses of the man and the woman were recovered in a car. They were there for about one hour until residents became curious that a car whose engine had been running for almost two hours could be stationary"

He further added that the state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Mu’azu, had instructed the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department as well as the forensic unit to commence necessary analyses and investigations into the case.


PDP Protests As PDP Campaign Director Arrested.

Officials of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State yesterday February 10th, 2019 protested against an alleged plan to arrest former governor and party chieftain, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and others as one of the campaign directors, Ben Bako, was flied away by security operatives to Abuja.

Bako who is the director of the media committee of the governorship candidate Isa Ashiru’s campaign organisation was arrested at the weekend by the security operatives for undisclosed charges.

On February 10th, 2019, the Deputy Director, Ashiru Campaign Organisation, Comrade Danjuma Sarki, said the State Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Ahmadu Idris, placed a curious invitation to Bako before he was arrested and whisked away to Abuja .

He further said that, “We are very much aware that long before now, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, under the leadership of Governor Nasir el-Rufai, had penned down a long list of influential PDP members in the state for intimidation, arrest and detention over spurious charges a few days to the general elections,”

Sarki, who condemned Governor el-Rufai’s recent threat to local and global peace, said: “If anyone deserves impeachment, arrest or arraignment for hate speech over the years, it has to be el-Rufai of Kaduna State.


FG Fails To Probe Buhari's NSA, Minister Over Arms Scam.

The Federal Government has yet to investigate and charge the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno, and the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd,) after the two were recommended for probe over two years.

The two ex-generals were recommended for probe by the Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Nigerian Armed Forces from 2007 to 2015.

Moguno was recommended for probe over the procurement of weapons during his time as the Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency from July 2009 to September 2011 while Dambazau was recommended for investigation following alleged suspicious contracts awarded when he was Chief of Army Staff from 2008 to 2010.

The fourth interim report read in part, “The sum of $5, 152, 792.44 equivalent to N772, 918, 866.60 at N150 per dollar was also transferred to unknown offshore accounts for unspecified purposes.

A former Accountant-General of the Federation, Jonah Otunla, who was also named in the report, has been arraigned by the EFCC for alleged diversion of N2bn.

However, it was discovered that both Dambazau and Monguno, who are appointees of President Buhari have neither been charged nor listed as looters by the Federal Government.


Being Tinubu’s puppet, a compliment, Sanwo-Olu tells Agbaje

The war of word continued on Friday February 8th, 2019 between the Lagos governorship candidates of the People Democratic Party, Jimi Agbaje and the  All Progressive Congress, Babajide Sanwo-Olu , as the APC flag bearer promised to retired his rival after March 2 election.

Sanwo-Olu, who spoke while reacting to a statement by Agbaje, in which the latter described him as a puppet. Sanwo-Olu said he was proud of being called a puppet of the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, adding that it meant he had mastered the art and science of governance.

The APC candidate, in a statement by his media team, said he sympathised with Agbaje over the “imminent disgraceful defeat awaiting him at the March 2 poll, and consequent retirement from four years electoral cycle contest.”

He further added that, “I described Agbaje’s recent vituperation, where he described him as a puppet to the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as a not only complimentary, but an affirmation of the notion that he is the most experienced for the job, having been properly schooled in the art and science of governance".



“Mr Sanwo-Olu’s private and public experience is not what the likes of Jimi Agbaje could buy over a supermarket shelf, and would take them at least two decades of quality experience to place them on the same pedestal like him,” the statement said.


The statement berated Agbaje for promising to spend 50 per cent of the state’s budget on education, saying he was a learner for leaving out several critical areas of daily existence

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