Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Monday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its response to the fears surrounding the appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari as the Chairman of the Committee on the National Collation Centre said that no individual or group could influence the result of any election in favour of a particular candidate or party, adding that Mrs. Zakari has nothing to do with the technical aspect of the collation of the presidential poll results.
2. The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Sunday said that it would begin nationwide protests from January 15 to force President Muhammadu Buhari to name a new Inspector General of Police who will replace Mr. Ibrahim Idris, the current IGP who reportedly completed his 35years in service on January 3. According to CUPP, Idris is now a former police officer and the constitution never made provision for a former policeman to be an IG.
3. Engr. David Umahi, the Governor of Ebonyi State, on Sunday said that Ebonyi State was not part of the states that formed the Sovereign States of Biafra. He stated this at the Nkwegu Military Cantonment in Abakaliki, the state capital, during the inauguration of the Nigerian Army Operation Python Dance (Egwu Eke) III. “We are not against them, but their approach. And as the Chief Security of the state, I do not welcome them; Ebonyi state is not part of Biafra, we are a sovereign state, and we don’t want to be colonised again, as we are a state demanding better treatment in the affairs of our nation,” the governor said concerning Biafran agitators.
4. The Kogi State Presidential Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement on Sunday alleged that there is a plot by agents of the state government to instigate a breakdown of order by harassing Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate. Consequently, the state presidential campaign chapter said it was alerting the high commands of the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the public. “On the last count, four impeccable sources have confirmed that this plot has been bankrolled and will start with a calculated attempt to harass the presidential candidate of our great party, Atiku Abubakar, who is scheduled to visit Kogi State in a few hours from now.
5. Armed soldiers on Sunday invaded the Daily Trust Newspaper headquarters in Jabi area of Abuja, taking away computers, laptops and other properties. Report has it that the incident might be connected with a lead story published by the newspaper on Sunday regarding the military operation against Boko Haram in North-East. Soldiers had stormed its office in Maiduguri, Borno State, arresting the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab.