Olaleye Aluko, Tony Okafor and Ogbonnaya IkokwuThe Indigenous People of Biafra on Friday said it had seen its leader, Nnamdi Kanu. The whereabouts of Kanu and his parents had remained unknown since then. IPOB had accused the military of whisking its leader and his parents away, urging the Federal Government to produce them. Emmanuel told Saturday PUNCH in a phone interview that the Deputy Director of IPOB, Uche Ejiofor, had also confirmed that the man seen in the video was Kanu. He said, “I can confirm to you that the person in the video is Kanu.
October 19, 2018 23:36 UTC
In the videos, which were first posted by an online news medium, Daily Nigerian, Ganduje was seen receiving wads of dollar bills said to be part-payment of $5m allegedly given to him as a kickback from government contractor. In an earlier report also, Daily Nigerian had claimed that the video had been authenticated by experts and that security agencies had played the video for President Muhammadu Buhari to watch. However, attempts to get the EFCC to speak on the matter since Wednesday up till Friday have proved abortive. Meanwhile, the Presidency on Friday said there was little or nothing President Muhammadu Buhari could do about the viral video. He noted that the Kano State House of Assembly, that is constitutionally empowered to handle such cases, had already started investigating the matter.
October 19, 2018 23:35 UTC
Adelani Adepegba, AbujaThe police will on October 31 arraign the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the recent Osun State election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, for alleged examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, and impersonation. Adeleke’s arraignment under the Examination Malpractice Act, CAP E15, 2004, failed to hold on Tuesday following his absence before Justice Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja. But while the police were taking steps to prosecute Adeleke, the Force failed to investigate or prosecute a former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, for certificate forgery. The police claimed that they had no idea that she was involved in the forgery of the NYSC exemption certificate. He explained that Adeosun was not prosecuted for forgery because she was not investigated by the Force.
October 19, 2018 23:32 UTC
Olalekan Adetayo, AbujaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has commended former President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting the outcome of 2015 presidential election, even as he boasts that his administration will destroy members of the Boko Haram sect. He said it was wrong for any individual or group to be killing innocent people and destroying properties under the guise of doing it for God. Buhari spoke while hosting some entertainers of Northern Nigerian extraction, Kannywood, to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday evening. “You cannot be shouting Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great), Allahu Akbar, and be killing innocent citizens and destroying properties, all in the name of God. The President said, “I will continue to hold former President Jonathan in high esteem as a result of that singular act.
October 19, 2018 23:26 UTC
Olusola Fabiyi, AbujaThe presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, will have a meeting with leaders of the party from the South-West to seek their support ahead of the February 14, 2019 presidential election in the country, Saturday PUNCH has learnt. Before naming Obi as his running mate, some party leaders in the South-West had called on the ex-VP to consider the zone for the VP slot. Specifically, a former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George, had said it would be better for Atiku to nominate someone from the South-West as his running mate. Apart from this, he said Atiku, whose first wife hails from Osun State, would never neglect the zone if he won the election. Babatope said, “I’m aware that the leadership of our party in the South-West will meet with Atiku very soon.
October 19, 2018 23:24 UTC
Eniola Akinkuotu, AbujaFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo says he doesn’t know the position Asiwaju Bola Tinubu currently holds in the ruling All Progressives Congress. Obasanjo said this was the reason he gave Atiku a lot of responsibilities but his former deputy made some wrong decisions. “Atiku didn’t want to become even a Vice President (in 1999). Obasanjo said had he been President at the time, Boko Haram would not have become what it is today. “I found out that these elements of Boko Haram had been there even while I was in government.
October 19, 2018 23:22 UTC
However, the Presidency insisted on Friday that the travel ban list had been sent to the various security agencies through the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN). We don’t have travel ban list –Immigration, CustomsHowever, the NIS spokesman, James Sunday, told Saturday PUNCH on Friday that the Immigration had not received any list detailing names of corrupt persons, adding that the service would enforce the travel ban whenever it got such list and directive. “We have not received the travel ban list; we are a law enforcement agency, our service will fully enforce whatever directive the Federal Government gives to us. No travel ban list with us –NIS airport officialsSecurity agencies, including the NIS, NCS and the DSS at the Lagos and Abuja airports also said they had yet to have any new travel ban list. Aside the travel ban, Buhari said the financial transactions of those affected by the travel ban were also being monitored by the relevant agencies to ensure that the assets were not dissipated.
October 19, 2018 23:14 UTC
It was learnt that the EFCC filed the charges before the Federal High Court in Abuja. According to the EFCC, the N1.3bn was flown to Akure Airport and Obanikoro handed over the money to Agbele, who is also standing trial for corruption. Attached as evidence are bank tellers Agbele allegedly gave as bank instructions at different times to pay in money into Fayose’s Zenith Bank account even after the elections. The commission said on April 7, 2015, several months later, Fayose personally moved N300m to his fixed deposit account at Zenith Bank with number 9013074033. According to the anti-graft agency, on the instruction of Fayose, Agbele deposited N100m to the account of Spotless Investment Limited, a hotel which is owned by Fayose and his wife, Olayemi.
October 19, 2018 23:12 UTC
Idris AdesinaFormer Nigeria midfielder Garba Lawal has disagreed with Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr over midfielder Wilfred Ndidi’s suspension for the Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in November. Leicester City defensive midfielder Ndidi got his second yellow card of the qualifiers on Tuesday in Sfax, where the Eagles defeated Libya 3-2 to go top of Group E, which automatically disqualifies him for the next game against South Africa. Rohr said John Ogu or Ogenyi Onazi could fill the void created the suspension of the 21-year-old. We have others like Ogu John who can play there and then Onazi too who can also play there. We will cope without him,” Rohr told the media in Sfax during the week.
October 19, 2018 23:09 UTC
Chukwuneta Oby; [email protected]; 08139149577 (SMS only)According to her…*The husband compares her to women who pull ‘economic- weight’ in their homes. Knowing what I know now…I won’t advise any woman to stay at home-if she has a choice. I doubt our men realise how quick they are with rubbing in a woman’s economic dependency. Our men don’t seem to understand that a lot informs a woman’s emotions at any point in time. Don’t tolerate snide remarks from a spouse…about your parents, especially when your parents aren’t guilty of such insinuations.
October 19, 2018 22:52 UTC
Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul, state media said, two weeks after his disappearance sparked global furore. Saudi journalist Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom’s leadership and a Washington Post contributor, was last seen on October 2 entering his country’s consulate in Istanbul. His disappearance had been shrouded in mystery and triggered an international crisis, with Turkish officials accusing Saudi Arabia of a state-sponsored killing. “The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul… devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death,” the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the public prosecutor. The United States warned Friday of a “wide range” of responses should it determine that Saudi Arabia is behind the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Turkey widened its investigation into the scandal.
October 19, 2018 22:22 UTC
Gunmen on Friday kidnapped the Paramount Chief of Adara Chiefdom in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Mr. Maiwada Galadima; and his wife along Kaduna/Kachia road. A son in-law to the chief, Mr. Ibrahim Yakubu, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria, adding that the Police orderly to the paramount ruler was killed in the process. Yakubu explained that the chief and his wife were taken away while returning to Kachia from Kaduna. “Immediately, they took the chief and his wife into the bush, leaving behind two of his drivers, his daughter and a granddaughter,” he said. Efforts to get police confirmation proved abortive, as Mr. Yakubu Sabo, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Kaduna Police Command, didn’t answer his calls.
October 19, 2018 21:11 UTC
The Independent National Electoral Commission says it will not extend the deadline for submission of list of candidates by political parties for the 2019 general elections. A staff of the Commission, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that issuing of tally to political parties stopped on Thursday night. He said due to the last-minute rush by political parties, INEC staff, security officers and other personnel on duty at the venue were unable to go home. He said that they had reached about 70 out of over 80 political parties that had so far submitted their candidates’ list. on Friday, some political parties’ representatives were seen in front of the hall waiting for their turn to submit their forms.
October 19, 2018 20:37 UTC
In another round of intervention, the Central Bank of Nigeria, on Friday, injected over $337m into the Inter-Bank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market. The CBN also intervened to the tune of 53.44 million Chinese Yuan in the Spot and Short tenured forwards of the inter-bank foreign exchange market. The CBN spokesman, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, in a statement in Abuja said that the move was in furtherance of the bank’s commitment to ensuring adequate liquidity and stability in the inter-bank foreign exchange market. SEE ALSO: Avoid illicit affairs with our girls or face gods’ wrath, Agatu LG boss warns NAF officersIt will be recalled that the Bank had on Tuesday injected 210 million dollars in the Inter-Bank foreign exchange market. Meanwhile, the Naira maintained its steady rate against major currencies around the globe, exchanging for N362 to a dollar in the Bureau De Change segment of the market on Friday.
October 19, 2018 20:03 UTC
The Kaduna State Police Command, on Friday said 55 people were killed in Thursday’s communal crisis at Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state. Abdul-Rahaman said mobile and conventional policemen as well as a team of the state joint security Operation Yaki, despatched to the town had restore normalcy in the area. He appealed to the public to continue to live in peace, and assist the command with useful information to track the perpetrators. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a similar crisis in February left more than 10 people dead. A total of 65 people alleged to have been involved in the February crisis were arraigned in court but the case is still pending.
October 19, 2018 19:18 UTC