Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Thursday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday told the Federal High Court in Lagos that it did not know the whereabouts of the sacked Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife, Folashade. The EFCC had charged Mr. Oke following the discovery of $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 (totalling N13bn) from Flat 7B Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos. The anti-graft in its application against Oke said; He “indirectly concealed the sum of $43,449, 947, property of the Federal Government of Nigeria in Flat 7B, No. 16, Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed parts of proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust.”
2. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday during his campaign rally in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, said that he is on a rescue mission to save Nigeria from further collapse. “In 2015, the APC promised us security which they failed to provide. They promised us food on our table, but today, we are hungry. They promised us good health care and adequate supply of drugs in our hospitals which they failed to do. The PDP has come to rescue the people of the country from the suffering which the APC has put us into,” Atiku said.
3. Ahead of the forthcoming general elections, the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service, has intercepted uniforms, tears gas canisters, and other paraphernalia of the Nigeria Police Force. The uniforms were intercepted along Lagos road while heading out of Lagos State. Also, ranks, belts, berets and police badges with identity cards were also intercepted by the unit. “The items seized are a threat to national security because the uniform can be used for kidnapping, Boko Haram activities or during the elections,” Muhammed Aliyu, Customs Area Controller, said.
4. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has being facing series of criticism over his reaction to the statement of United States, United Kingdom and the European Union over President Muhammadu Buhari suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen and appointment of Justice Tanko Muhammad as acting CJN. El-Rufai had in an interview on NTA described the US, UK and EU reactions as irresponsible. He further said; “We are waiting for the person that will come and intervene. They will go back in body bags, because nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country.
5. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated Governor Nasir El-Rufai over his recent statement during an interview on NTA. The opposition party expressed shock over the statement of the governor, urging the global community to place a travel ban on Mr. El-Rufai. “Nigerians are still in a state of shock over comments by el-Rufai on the national television that members of the global democratic institutions that are working for peaceful elections in Nigeria would return to their countries in body bags. What a threat? We call on the international community to immediately impose a travel ban on el-Rufai for this inciting comment against peaceful elections in our country,” PDP said.
6. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vehemently rejected the redeployment of 37 Commissioners of Police for the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory. The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had recommended the redeployment of the officers ahead of the general elections. PDP described the redeployment as a ploy to use the police to rig the forthcoming elections in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).