There was commotion again in Rivers State as thousands of youths believed to be loyal to the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, reportedly threw stones and other objects at the convoy of the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa. Vehicles in the convoy were conveying four northern governors – Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Murtala Nyako (Adamawa); Babangida Aliyu (Niger); and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) – who were on a solidarity visit to Amaechi. A bus in which some commissioners in the state were seated in was said to have had its windscreen smashed by the protesters.
The Senate yesterday rejected the proposed six-year single tenure for elected presidents and governors as the lawmakers overwhelmingly voted against it. The single tenure proposal was shut down with a vote of 86 to 14 and one abstinence. Interestingly, the Senate yesterday recorded the highest number of attendance in recent times with 101 members present. For any of the new proposals in the draft constitutional bill to scale through, the constitution requires a two-thirds majority, which translates to 73, in a Senate that has 109 members.
The Nigerian Army has denied social media reports on the elevation of the former Chief Security Adviser to the late General Sanni Abacha, Major Hamza Al- Mustapha, to the rank of a Brigadier-General. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who made the rebuttal in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, described the report…
Northern youths reacted angrily to the rumoured plan by the Presidency to replace the Vice President, Namadi Sambo with the former Zamfara State Governor, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima, as a means of winning the support of more Muslims ahead the 2015 election. President Jonathan, facing some resistance from the North, was said to have met with the former Zamfara governor on how he could help mobilise block support from the region for his re-election.The President, who met with some Muslim scholars and leaders on his anticipated second term bid, was said to have been impressed by the senator’s role in facilitating the meeting.It was gathered that the senator promised to mobilise support for him.
Defence Headquarters in Abuja, yesterday, said the ceasefire agreement signed between Federal Government and the Boko Haram sect had not been communicated to it. Consequently, Director of Defence Information, Brigadier-General Chris Olukolade, said the military operation to rid the North-East part of the country of terrorists would continue. Olukolade noted that the issue of ceasefire was the outcome of the political element of the attempt to solve the Boko Haram crisis, adding that questions on the ceasefire should be directed to the political authority.
An Abuja Federal High Court was on Monday asked to order the Federal Government to arrest and surrender to the International Criminal Court, Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir. This came as the United Kingdom expressed disappointment in Nigeria for hosting the Sudanese President. Al-Bashir is in Nigeria to attend an African Union conference on HIV/AIDS. The Sudanese President reportedly arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Sunday, where the Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade, received him on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Second Republic Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has doubted the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct credible polls in 2015.
The police in Gombe State have confirmed the killing of two of its men on Sunday night by gunmen during an attack at a filling station in the state capital. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fwaje Atajiri, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Gombe. He said the gunmen attacked the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation mega filling station on the Gombe-Biu road at 7.20pm with the intention of robbing the station, but failed. He said the two policemen were killed by the robbers while some members of the gang escaped with bullet wounds.
Operatives of the Joint Task Force have made a breakthrough in the campaign against terrorism by arresting in-laws of the Boko Haram leader, Sheik Abubakar Shekau. The Defence Spokesman, Brig. Gen Chris Olukolade, made this known during a press briefing by the Joint Security Services Public Information Committee in Abuja on Monday. Olukolade however did not give the names of Shekau’s in-laws, whom he said were arrested during a cordon and search operation in Bulabulin area of Maiduguri last week.
The police in Enugu last week arrested 22 kidnap suspects who allegedly participated in four kidnap attempts. Twenty one victims, including a Lebanese, were rescued according to the police who said one of the suspects, a girl, was found dead. Enugu police spokesman Ebere Amaraizu, quoted Commissioner of Police Abubakar Adamu Mohammed as vowing to urgently investigate the cases with a view to ensuring that justice was done by taking them to court.