Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Wednesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the commissioning of the new N24billion office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, said that the first time is attempted to fight corruption, corruption fought him back successfully. Adding that the result was that he was kicked out of office as Head of State and eventually imprisoned for 3 years by the military government of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) that succeeded him.
2. The leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was on Tuesday arraigned before the Kaduna State Court for allegedly murdering a soldier. Tuesday’s appearance in court would be the second time he was seen in public since December 2015 when he was arrested following clash between his followers and the Nigerian Army that led to the death of about 340 of his followers. The first was when he was brought out for a press briefing in Abuja following rumours of his death. He has since then been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) with his wife, Zeenab.
3. Former Governor Segun Oni who recently lost the Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship primary to the Minister of Mines and Steel, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, reportedly threatens to dump APC. According to Oni, his supporters were receiving threats from the camp of Fayemi. “I have a responsibility to protect my supporters. But this habit of winners take all and what we are hearing that Segun Oni’s boys will be in the cooler for four years if APC wins is what I won’t tolerate.” “We have been receiving pressure from different parties to come for the ticket, if they continue to harass my supporters, I may quit the party because I have a responsibility not only to protect them but to ensure that they are nor taken for a ride,” he said
4. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa while speaking with State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said that Buhari will win in 2019 with or without the members of the nPDP. According to El-Rufai, Buhari had won the states previously occupied by the ex-governors who are members of the nPDP as far back as 2003. He noted that Kano is already in the bag as it was obvious during Buhari’s visit to the state even without the presence of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
5. The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday struck out the false assets declaration charges against a serving judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta. According to the CCT panel led by Danladi Umar, he said that his hands are tied as it had no choice but to terminate the trial in deference to precedent set by the Court of Appeal on the issue raised in Justice Ngwuta’s case. The Supreme Court justice was one of the judges who were arrested in October 2016 in an operation by the operatives of the Department of State Services. The Federal High Court in Abuja had also struck out money laundering and passport fraud charges against Ngwuta 2 months ago.
6. The Caucus of the All Progressives Congress at the House of Representatives on Tuesday endorsed former Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State as the next National Chairman of the APC. Oshiomhole had met behind closed-doors with lawmakers including, the Speaker of the House, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila and other members of the APC caucus.