Nigeria Today: Top 5 Headlines

30 July, 2018 | Chik

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1,000 Soldiers Deployed to Zamfara

President Muhammadu Buhari, in response to critics, said earlier today, 30th July 2018 that a team of 1,000 “strong military force” has been authorized to calm the terror in Zamfara state.  

Buhari also said that the same sizes of special military forces have also been deployed to states like Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Plateau states.

In a series of tweets by the official handle of Mr President, @MBuhari, Buhari said, “I have authorized the deployment of a 1,000-strong Military Force to tackle the troubling security challenges in Zamfara. We have another Special Military Force, of about the same size, in Benue, covering Nasarawa and Taraba as well. In Plateau, we have Operation Safe Haven.”

 

Benue Governor Samuel Ortom Served Impeachment Notice

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom was earlier today, Monday, July 30th served impeachment notice by eight House of Assembly members under the All Progressives Congress, (APC).

The lawmakers who sat in the state’s Assembly complex on Monday, 30th July 2018 gained access to the state assembly complex while the police barricaded further access to the house, Ortom’s aide has confirmed.

According to Ortom’s spokesman, Tahav Agerzua, the lawmakers took over the Assembly complex to sit and pass the impeachment notice while the police blocked further access.

Recall that Ortom had deflected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and had given reasons as to why he dumped the APC to include that his people, the Benue state youths, had forced him to leave the party.

 

APC Comes After Saraki’s Loyalists in Govt

Indications emerged yesterday, July 29th that the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) is moving against loyalists of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki in government as Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday directed the Senate President’s loyalists in the various agencies of the Federal Government to resign from office or be sacked.

Mohammed, who gave the directive at a press conference in Oro, in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, also canvassed the dissolution of the Kwara State executive of the party led by Alhaji Ishola Balogun Fulani which is loyal to Senator Saraki. The assertions were immediately dismissed by the Fulani-led executive which through its Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, said the state executive is a product of the due process as he affirmed that Mohammed lacks the power to dissolve.

The National Publicity Secretary of the Reformed All Progressives Congress, R-APC, Prince Kassim Afegbua, in his reaction, said the Information Minister was the first beneficiary of Saraki’s political patronage and should resign as he said that Saraki paved way for his ministerial clearance.

Speaking yesterday after a meeting of state stakeholders in Oro, the minister said, “A meeting of stakeholders in Kwara State, held at Oro, on Sunday, 29 July 2018, resolved as follows: “That the Balogun Fulani-led Kwara APC executive committee be immediately dissolved and a fresh congress that will include all Kwara APC members and those who are just coming into the party be held at the various levels to constitute a new executive. That all those who got appointments by deceit, hiding under the facade of being party men and women, should immediately resign such appointments or be fired;” That the recent gale of defections has now put the APC in a position of true majority in the National Assembly, as those who remain are the ones who are truly committed to the ideals of our great party; That all members and supporters of our great party restate their unflinching support for President Muhammadu Buhari and assure him of a harvest of votes from Kwara State in the 2019 General Elections; That all members should remain calm because there is no cause for alarm.”

 

Dasuki’s Family Presses NBA to Sanction Malami

A petition signed by wife of former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Hajia Bintu Sambo Dasuki; his son, Abubakar Atiku, and his nephew, Senator Umar Dahiru against Attorney-General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr.  Abubakar Malami, has asked the Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA) to investigate and sanction him for unprofessional conduct.

The petition accused Malami of having engaged in conducts capable of causing total chaos in the country, by encouraging the Federal Government to disobey lawful court orders directing Dasuki’s release on bail.

They alleged that Malami had in a media interview, made unprofessional remarks to the effect that the Federal Government would never comply with six separate court orders that gave Dasuki bail, pending his trial. Malami had in the said interview, reportedly maintained that Dasuki’s continued detention since December 29, 2015, was justified, insisting that his activities while in office as NSA led to the death of so many people.

However, Dasuki’s family contended that such remark was unbecoming for the AGF, who is the Chief Law Officer of the Federation. They wondered why Malami, being a lawyer, would make unguided utterances capable of promoting disobedience to lawful court orders. Dasuki’s family asked the NBA to invoke the code of ethics on Malami, investigate him and impose deserved disciplinary sanctions against him to safeguard the rule of law for the country.

According to the petitioners, Malami’s statement was prejudiced, unwarranted and unbecoming of a legal practitioner. The petition also urged the NBA to intervene in the ordeal being faced by the ex-NSA, take decisions and actions that would compel FG to respect the rule of law and obey all the subsisting court orders.

 

23-Year-Old Man Kills Father, Sister, Injuries Many

A 23-year-old man at Ekpaomaka in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State killed his father and sister over the weekend while also inflicting wounds on 6 neighbours.

The culprit, who was identified as Julius Nwigboaka, was said to have been high on hard drugs and had descended on his father with a machete after being queried on his whereabouts. Julius also extended his deathly anger to his sister who rushed into to stop him from killing their father.

A turn of events led to Julius being shot dead after he inflicted machete wounds on neighbours who came to intervene.

According to a source identified as Ekoyo, “when he was attacking his father with a machete, Julius’ sister came out and asked him while he was attacking their father. He then descended on her. “About six neighbours, who saw what happened and wanted to intervene, were attacked by Julius with the machete. As he was leaving the area wielding the machete, a man called Peter whose wife was among those inflicted with machete injuries, went inside his house, brought his gun and shot him. He died instantly.

It was a sad weekend at Ifelemenu, Ekpaomaka in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, as a 23-year-old man, Julius Nwigboaka, went berserk, killing his father, Chief Nwode Nwigboaka and his sister (name withheld). The suspect also inflicted machete cuts on six other residents of the area, before he was gunned down by the husband of one of the victims of his attack. A source, who simply identified himself as Ekoyo, said the suspect had taken hard drugs when he came into the house and killed his father, who asked him where he had been since. According to Ekoyo, “when he was attacking his father with a machete, Julius’ sister came out and asked him while he was attacking their father. He then descended on her. “About six neighbours, who saw what happened and wanted to intervene, were attacked by Julius with the machete. “As he was leaving the area wielding the machete, a man called Peter whose wife was among those inflicted with machete injuries, went inside his house, brought his gun and shot him. He died instantly.” The corpses have been deposited at Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, FETHA, while the injured are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the state.

 

 


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