Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, alleges that the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Senate President Bukola Saraki have hatred and undisguised contempt for him. The IG stated this in an affidavit which he filed in support of his application at the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking the court’s permission to challenge the resolution by the Senate on May 9, 2018 that he (IGP Idris) is an enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria.
2. The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Philip Gwada, in the recently concluded Kaduna State Local Government Election emerged winner in Jaba Local Government Area. He got 17,967 votes to defeat the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Benjamin Jok, who got 7,401 votes. The PDP also won all the 10 councilor seats in the LGA.
3. The Benue State Government on Thursday accused the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Musur Dan-Ali (rtd.), for the recent killings in the state. Suspected Fulani herdsmen reportedly invaded the Tse Zongu of Mbagwen area, killing 9 persons including 2 students who were at the village to sit for NECO examination. This was stated at a press briefing by Mr. Lawrence Onoja, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation. “From the timing of these killings, the militia herdsmen must have been encouraged by the unfortunate statement of the defence minister, who had just two days ago suggested the suspension of the anti-open grazing law. “The implication of such provocative statement is that the militia herdsmen could have been inspired in their attacks on Benue communities,” he said.
4. The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has expressed support over the recent honour given by President Muhammadu Buhari to the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief Moshood Abiola. The lawmakers however resolved that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should declare the results of the 1993 election. They further added that Buhari should also declare June 12 a national public holiday. The senate also wants the president to declare Abiola and his running mate, Babagana Kingibe as former president and former vice-president and sould approve the payment of their entitlements respectively.
5. Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, announced that he had forwarded his written defence to the police on the allegation that he had links with some of the arrested suspects of the Offa Bank robbery incident in Kwara State, where over 30 persons were killed. “In line with their request, earlier today the police received my response to their letter on the investigation into the Offa robbery case,” Bukola said on social media.
6. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in his reaction to the recent declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day in honour of Chief Moshood Abiola, said that it is a fulfillment of a dream. He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari who also conferred upon late MKO the highest honour in the land, GCFR, had corrected the wrong of the past. “Along with all democratic and fair-minded Nigerians, I welcome the news that June 12 will replace May 29 as Democracy Day. I too applaud President Buhari for making this courageous and right decision,” Tinubu said.