Good Day Nigeria! Here’s our picks on today’s top stories in Naija. Enjoy!
1. The Supreme Court has fixed August 20 for hearing on former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s case over the rejection of his request to access the central server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Naija Buzz News had reported how the Justice Muhammad Garba-led Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) unanimously rejected Atiku’s application to access the electoral umpire’s server.
Atiku who vehemently rejected the outcome of the February 23 Presidential Election noted that he won the poll based on the result he obtained from INEC server. He consequently requested permission to access INEC’s server and card reader to prove his case. Read more details here
2. The Presidency says that security agencies were now empowered to take any action against the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites).
“What that means is that the law enforcement agencies in the country have the right to take whatever steps necessary to deal with their activities,” Mr. Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, stated on Monday on Channels TV.
Mr. Shehu noted that the proscription worked well in Kaduna State and the Shiites whom he described as “troublesome” left Kaduna to settle in Abuja. Naija Buzz News published more details
3. Report has it that Aliko Dangote, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Governor Kayode Fayemi, and the Presidency are working to resolve the crisis between the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.
According to Punch, Anslem Ojezua, the Edo State APC Chairman, revealed that a peace move was ongoing.
“The meeting is ongoing and I am aware of it, but not as reported. It started long before it was reported and the process is even ongoing. They have met before and are still meeting,” the APC chieftain told Punch. Read more
4. General Abdulsalami Abubakar has expressed serious concern over the rising tension in Nigeria. According to him, there is anger in the land and it must be tackled urgently by the government and individuals.
“There is anger in the land and voices of reason are drowning very rapidly. It is clear that the situation requires that we all live up to the expectations of a nation that puts so much value on elders,” the former Head of State said while speaking on Monday at a roundtable discussion on security challenges.
The meeting was organized by the General Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Minna, Niger State.
Naija Buzz News had reported how the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders shunned the meeting because the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association was also invited too. Here’s all you need to know so far on Gen. Abdulsalami’s effort to ensure peace in Nigeria
5. The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in its response to the decision of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum to shun the roundtable peace meeting organized by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, said that they will attend the programme.
Othman Ngelzarma, the National Secretary of the apex Fulani group, noted that they were not worried about the decision of the south and middle belt, saying that they were actually entitled to their opinions.
The group in a statement signed by Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-political group; Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-political group; the Pan-Niger Delta group, and the Middle Belt Forum, noted that they would not attend the meeting because their killers were also invited. Read more
6. The Zamfara State Government has agreed to disperse 8,500 Civilian Joint Task Force (Yansakai) recruited by Ex-Governor Abdulaziz Yari to fight bandits in the state.
The decision to disband them was part of the peace deal reached between the state government and repentant bandits who surrender.
The state government would also employ the repentant Fulani bandits to completely end banditry in Zamfara. Read more