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Nigerian News Today (Thursday, 25 July 2019 Edition)

Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s our picks on today’s top stories in Naija. Enjoy!

1. Islamic leaders in Nigeria have expressed worries over the continued detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiite), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Islamic groups including, the Ansar-u-deen Society of Nigeria, the Muslim Public Affairs Centre, the Muslim Rights Concern group, and Imams warned the FG not to allow the Shiites violent protest turn to another Boko Haram insurgency.

“We suggest the FG  show goodwill and allow leaders of the Muslim community in Nigeria headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, to intervene and ensure a Memorandum of Understanding between the leaders of the protesters, Muslim leaders and the  FG that  will contain the conditionality for  El-Zakyzaky’s  release such as non-violence and peaceful processions. We are not against his release, but peace must be guaranteed,” Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the Director of the Muslim Rights Concern, told Punch.

2. The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has revealed that Nigerian politicians are among the big debtors owing N5trillion.

Mr. Ahmed Kuru, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of AMCON, made the revelation while speaking at the July 2019 Edition of the Breakfast Meeting. The event was organized by the Nigerian – American Chamber of Commerce.

According to Kuru, occupants of top government positions were the big debtors in the country, adding that AMCON was already working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies including ICPC to produce a television documentary of notorious and recalcitrant obligors of AMCON. Read more on Naijabuzz.news

3. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said that the restrictions placed on some individuals in Nigeria by the United States of America is a prove that the February 23 Presidential Election was rigged.

Atiku in his reaction noted that the ban shows that the poll was rigged in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He alleged that the position of the US Department of State vindicated his position that the poll was rigged in Buhari’s favour.

He further thanked the US for standing with Nigerians against those who desire to truncate democracy in Nigeria, saying that the US visa ban has forced the Buhari-led government to face the truth that the election was actually rigged. Read more

4. On Wednesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) sealed some school and businesses belonging to the family of the Ex-Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State who is currently a Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District in the Senate.

The EFCC confirmed that the Rochas Foundation College and the East High Primary and Secondary School, both in Owerri, were sealed because the properties were under investigation.

The East High School belongs to the Ex-Governor’s daughter, Uloma Nwosu, who is the wife of the Ex-Secretary to the State Government, Uche Nwosu.  Naija Buzz News published everything you need to know on Okorocha’s predicament

5. Governorship aspirants under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) allege that the N30billion bailout fund released to the Government of Kogi State under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello could be diverted.

 The fund was released by the Federal Government to the state for the payment of workers’ salaries.

There is however fear that Governor Bello could divert the money to finance his reelection bid. The Kogi State Governor hopes to contest the November Governorship poll under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) if he emerges winner in the primary election. Read more

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