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Nigerian News Today (Tuesday, 06 August 2019 Edition)

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

1. The Department of State Services (DSS) has responded to the recent court order granted to the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenab, permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The DSS in a statement through its spokesperson, Peter Afunnaya, noted that it would comply with the court order.

“This is to inform the public that the Department of State Services has received the order granting Ibrahim El-Zakzaky leave to travel to India for medical treatment. Consequently, the Service is liaising with relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance,” DSS said. Read more

2. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday obtained a court order to freeze a First City Monument Bank account operated by the Government of Bauchi State.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of an Abuja Federal High Court issued the order to enable it investigate the immediate past governor of the state, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar.

Abubakar who is a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is being investigated for an alleged N19.9billion money laundering. Read more on Naija Buzz News

3. The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) in a communiqué after a one-day conference in Abuja says that Nigeria is a failed state.

“Nigeria is a failed state. We may not like it but Nigeria is now a failed state. It is a nation where the institutions have broken down, the state has no credibility to maintain public order, the youths feel that their future has been mortgaged, there is grand corruption,” MBF

The conference was organised on Monday for ethnic nationalities in the Middle Belt. Here are more details

4. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Sunday raided the residence of Ex-Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State.

Operatives of the anti-graft agency reportedly stormed his residence in Talata Mafara, Zamfara State.

Although there is no official statement on the development yet, Premium Times however reports that the EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, had confirmed the raid in a telephone interview on Monday. Read more on NaijaBuzz.News

5. Amnesty International Nigeria has revealed that three members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (aka Shiites) have died from gunshot wounds in police custody.

The revelation was contained in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by Osai Ojigho, the Director of Amnesty International Nigeria.

The group also alleges that 15 members of the Shiites (including minors) have been incarcerated for weeks. NaijaBuzz.News has more details

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