Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Wednesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, on Tuesday said that suspects who were arrested over the gruesome killing of 200 persons in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State should be investigated and prosecuted in Jos where the crime was committed and not in Abuja as reportedly suggested by the military. Maj. Gen. Anthony Atolagbe, the Commander of the Operation Safe Haven, had stated that the suspects would be moved straight to Abuja. “We are moving them straight to Abuja because we don’t even have the capacity to keep them. If we keep them here in Jos, we usually encounter the problem of people saying they want to see their relatives and take their bail. The prosecution in Plateau State is too weak; the prosecution by the Federal Government is stronger and has a higher standard. You can’t just bail somebody who committed all these crimes. But here in Plateau State, the people will start asking for bail,” he said.
2. Hundreds of youths at the Eagle Square in Abuja at a rally to support the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 clashed over souvenirs. It appears the souvenirs being distributed by the organizers did not go round, which resulted to protest and consequently a fight. Dignitaries at the event quickly ran into their vehicles and disappeared from the scene to avoid being victim of the situation.
3. Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that more political parties will soon join the 39 parties that signed the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU was signed on Monday by 39 registered political parties to field one presidential candidate to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. “We are still working hard to get leaders of more political parties to work together and sign the MoU with them with understanding that we will produce a single presidential candidate in 2019. They will join us soon,” he noted.
4. The Imo State Police Command have arrested a 40 year old pastor of the Assemblies of God Church in Owerri, Imo State, identified as Chukwuma Okezuo, for allegedly giving false prophecies against Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State. According to the police, the pastor alleged that Okorocha was kidnapping young boys from age 10 and below for ritual purpose ahead of the 2019 election.
5. The All Progressives Congress (APC) in its reaction to the recent coalition of 39 political parties to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, said that no gang-up can make the president deviate from its commitment to rid Nigeria of corruption and improve the quality of lives of Nigerians. The statement was issued by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, in an apparent reaction to the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to challenge Buhari under the Coalition of United Political Parties.