Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Monday morning????. Enjoy!
1. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over an alleged plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to arrest and detain Senator Ademola Adeleke, the PDP Osun Governorship Candidate in the 2018 election.
“The PDP already has new information of how the APC, having seen that there is no way it can stop Adeleke at the courts, now seeks to forcefully hound him into a police station where he will be incarcerated and put out of circulation before the determination of the matters in court,” PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said.
2. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of importing political mercenaries and thugs into the country who helped them unleash violence on the nation to facilitate its rigging of the 2019 general elections.
“Nigerians can recall that the PDP had raised the alarm when the APC, seeing that it could not win in a free, fair and credible election, compromised our territorial borders to bring in political mercenaries from other countries to participate in their campaign rallies, as well as assist them in perpetuating violence.
“Nigerians can also recall how the APC agents unleashed violence on voters in Kano, Kaduna, Rivers, Kogi, Taraba, Adamawa and other states of the federation to muscle votes for its candidates, particularly in the presidential election; and how the APC leadership stood in staunch defence of the compromising of our territorial borders as well as the violence that characterised the elections,” Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP spokesman, said.
3. In the early hours of Sunday, Mrs. Susana Jonathan, the Permanent Secretary in the Taraba State Ministry of Water Resources, was kidnapped by some unknown gunmen.
She was kidnap around 2am at her residence located at ATC area in Jalingo, the state capital.
The Taraba Police Command confirmed the report, saying; “From the intelligence report we have received, the woman is nowhere to be found, but we have yet to receive any official report regarding the incident.
“We want to call on the public not to be afraid of reporting any security threat promptly to security agencies to enable us take proactive measures,” DSP David Misal, the Police spokesman in the state, said.
4. 5 soldiers lost their lives following an attack by the Boko Haram terrorist group around 6pm on Friday at a military base located in Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State.
Col. Ezindu Idima, the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, in a statement on Sunday confirmed the attack; “The troops of Sector 3 had a fierce encounter with the Boko Haram terrorists on Friday. The criminals came in numbers to infiltrate the Magumeri village in order to loot food items and other valuables. The troops effectively thwarted the terrorists’ plan through their superior firepower.
“During the encounter, the troops exterminated scores of the insurgents and many escaped with gunshot injuries. A clearance operation has been sustained to deal with the remaining fleeing criminals.Unfortunately, five soldiers paid the supreme price.
5. The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal is expected to issue notice for the pre-hearing session on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku and his party had vehemently rejected the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the February 23 presidential poll.
The PDP candidate had alleged that he won the election with over 1.6million votes according to results he obtained from the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
6. The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 6 suspects (Adelowo Yinka, Olawumi Onabanjo, Omowumi Wasiu, Adeshokan Taiwo, Iyabo Oluwa and Taye Kazeem) for allegedly bringing a truckload of poisonous ponmo (cow skin) into the state.
Report has it that the suspects hid the ponmo in a warehouse on College Road, Igando, Lagos.
Bala Elkana, the spokesman of the Lagos Police Command, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Sunday; “On Saturday, May 4, 2019, around 5am, acting on the strength of information from a credible source that a truckload of cow skins, popularly called ponmo, suspected to be poisonous were heaped in a warehouse; a team of police officers, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Igando Police Station, mobilised to the scene and recovered the huge pillage of poisonous ponmo and the chemicals used for their preservation. Six suspects were arrested in connection with the case.” Read More on Naija Buzz
7. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State in a recent statement gave an insight on how to defeat godfathers in politics.
The Governor noted that to defeat godfathers, one must go directly to the people, adding that godfathers only existed on paper or in minds of the people. He however said that it takes time and hard work.
“Godfatherism. This is Lagos. Let me tell you something sir; you know, Kaduna State used to be like that. There were three or four politicians in Kaduna that you could not become anything unless you had them on your side. Those were the godfathers of Kaduna politics and you had to carry them along and you know, the three words, ‘carry them along’ mean paying them regularly,” El-Rufai said. Read more details on his advice on how to end Godfatherism in Lagos State.