Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Saturday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1.Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education and the Presidential Candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, while speaking with journalists in Calabar on Friday regarding the reason why she was running for the Office of the President, described President Muhammadu Buhari as incompetent, adding that it is why he rewards incompetency by keeping his incompetent appointees in office. “We have seen serial failures in this administration. The President rewards incompetency and I am not surprised because the President himself is incompetent but does not realise it. What he does is to extend their stay in offices in which they have failed. We have seen it with the military. We have seen it with the police,” she said.
2. The Nigerian Army has vowed to clear the Boko Haram terrorist hiding place in Baga, a town reportedly captured by the sect in Borno State. The insurgents on Thursday had allegedly attacked the 7 Brigade Multinational Joint Task Force at Baga and mounted their flag in the town. The Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, however noted that soldiers were pursuing the terrorist and the air force had also been mobilized to attack the fleeing terrorists. He further denied claim that the town had fallen to Boko Haram.
3. Dr. Junaid Mohammed, a Second Republic lawmaker, has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari’s tribute to late President Shehu Shagari, who died on Friday at the age of 93. Buhari had described the death of Shagari as the departure of a patriot whose life of service and humility was widely acknowledged. “It’s not sincere. If you’ve contributed so much in bringing down a government and bringing down a man who had nothing to gain, even though he had poor eyesight and was in poor health – he was in his late 60s then – you cannot say, from 1984 till now, you got along well. How did you get along well?” Junaid said about his thoughts on Buhari’s tribute.
4. The family of late Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, the former Chief of Defence Staff who was gruesomely assassinated by some unknown gunmen, has denied the story that the former CDS was killed by robbers. According to his family, the story was only concocted by the police to deceive the public. An undisclosed associate of the Ex-CDS noted that a crime scene analysis, the bullet’s trajectory and pictures had indicated that Badeh’s killers were not just robbers. “As an intimate friend of the late CDS, I can tell you categorically that Badeh had no such money. He was very broke and could not pay his domestic staff and power bills. At a time, I volunteered to raise N50,000 to enable him to settle part of the bills, but he declined, saying he would harvest some crops on his farm and sell them to raise money. “That was why he went to the farm to harvest the crops but he was ambushed and killed,” he said.
5. The Nigeria Police have said that Senator Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, is wanted for a case of attempted homicide. According to the police, Dino and his thugs shot and injured one Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, an officer attached to the 37 Police Mobile Force, who was on duty at a stop and search point along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State. “The offence was committed by Melaye and his armed thugs in Kogi State on the 19th July 2018 when they shot and wounded Saliu. The Police Officer is yet to recover from the gunshot injury he sustained during the attack and still under intensive medical care,” DCP Moshood Jimoh, the spokesman of the Police said, adding that the police will continue waiting at his residence until he surrender.
6. The Nigerian Army has announced that it would commence Exercise Egwu Eke III (aka Operation Python Dance) in all parts of the country in January. The operation which will start from January 1, 2019 to February 28, 2019, is allegedly in preparation against security challenges ahead of the 2019 general elections. This was revealed by Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, who stated this at a flag-off ceremony in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, on Friday. “Egwu Eke, which is an Igbo phrase meaning ‘Python Dance,’ was first introduced in the South-East with Egwu Eke I and II exercises executed successfully in year 2016 and 2017, respectively. This time around, the exercise is necessary to tackle the “challenges coupled with other security threats across the country such as terrorism, militancy, kidnapping and banditry,” Buratai said, through Maj. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, the Head Army Training and Operations.