Mr Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said this in response to the UK based news magazine, The Economist, which reported that the security situation in Nigeria was getting worse under Mr Buhari. “But this too the Economist inaccurately described: “bandits” who have the resources and technology to shoot down a military fighter jet are not bandits at all – but rather highly organised crime syndicates with huge resources and weaponry.
Yet they are essentially no different to Boko Haram in this regard who are now cornered,” Mr Shehu wrote in his response that he sent to NAN.
Many Nigerians including the Nigerian Senate and Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai have asked the president to declare the bandits as terrorists. The bandits, several armed groups operating mainly in North-west and North-central Nigeria, have killed or kidnapped thousands of people since Mr Buhari assumed office. In his response, Mr Shehu acknowledged the various security challenges facing the country but said President Buhari was addressing them.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Sunday, commenced interrogation of a former Senate President, Pius Anyim, in a case of alleged corruption and diversion of public funds.
According to report, Mr Anyim who was Senate President between 2000 and 2003, was appointed by then President Goodluck Jonathan as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in 2011, a position the 60-year-old held till 2015. EFCC said that Mr Anyim arrived at the headquarters of the commission in Abuja at about 3p.m. on Sunday.
Though details of the specific allegations against Mr Ayim were sketchy as of press time, sources said they are related to a case involving the incumbent Anambra North senator, Stella Oduah. Ms Oduah also served as the Minister of Aviation under the Goodluck Jonathan administration from 2011 until 2014 when she was sacked based on a contract scam involving the purchase of BMW armoured cars.
This has been one of the challenges we complained about, that our members, especially the visually impaired find it difficult to vote because the ballot papers are not brailled. “We are happy the problem has been resolved and we want to assure INEC that the investment in this area will not be in vain.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says it will provide braille ballot papers for visually impaired voters in the Nov. 6 governorship election in Anambra.
Dr Nwachuku Orji, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra, stated this during a voter sensitisation programme for visually impaired person on Sunday, in Awka. The programme was tagged: “Understanding the Braille Ballot Guide.”
Nigeria Correctional Service, Oyo State Command, has revealed that out of 837 awaiting trial inmates that escaped from the centre, 262 have been recaptured.
The centre was attacked by gunmen, who reportedly blasted the wall of the facility with explosives and also freed hundreds of inmates.
The Federal Government has asked inmates who escaped from Abolongo Custodial Centre in Oyo state on Friday night to turn themselves in. Following the incident, Sola Fasure, the Media Adviser to the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola in a statement urged the fleeing inmates to return to the facility.
Abia State Anti-Corruption Network (ASACN) has written to President Muhammadu Buhari asking him to order the publication of forensic audit report on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to enable the correction of its past mistakes. The network of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in Abia released copies of the letter to newsmen at a press briefing held in Aba, Abia, on Saturday.
The group said government needed to act on the report released recently by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and presented to the Attorney-General of the Federation through Godswill Akpabio, the minister. They said the report, which covered 18 years from 2001 to 2019, revealed how 13,777 contracts awarded were abandoned in spite of the commission receiving N6 trillion in budgetary allocations.
With the huge sum it received, the commission operated 362 bank accounts yet it did not deliver the dividends it was expected to deliver to the oil-bearing areas. “We demand that in line with the mantra of transparency and integrity which this administration upholds, the President should direct that the details of the said contracts leading to the 13, 000 abandoned be published.
Rev. Fr. Mark Chimezie Godfrey, a Catholic priest who was abducted by gunmen in Umuahia, Abia State, has regained his freedom after 10 days in captivity.
Fr Chimezie, a native of Enugu State, was ordained a priest early this year, was abducted at St Theresa’s Parish, along Enyiukwu Road, Ohokobe Afaraukwu Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Government Area on October 13.
The Catholic Diocese of Umuahia announced the release of the priest in a statement on Saturday, October 23. The statement signed by the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia, Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, said Rev Fr Chimezie was released unhurt.
Benue State Police Command has arrested two suspects in connection with the rape and murder of a 24-year-old Joy Onoh in Makurdi, the state capital. Onoh, a graduate of the Benue State University, Makurdi, was awaiting a call-up letter from the National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC) before her tragic death.
The deceased who markets clothes online was allegedly raped and murdered by the assailants who posed as customers and lured her to their house. Her corpse was recovered in a bush around the Federal Low Cost Estate, North Bank, a suburb of Makurdi last Wednesday.
According to Punch the two suspects were arrested at a house close to where the remains of the deceased was found.
The Oyo State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Friday, October 22, charged a 61-year-old man, Alfa Olayiwola Rasak, to court for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.
A statement released by the NSCDC Commandant, Adaralewa Michael, stated that Rasak was charged to court for Rape contrary to Section 34(1) and punishable under section 34(2) of the Child Rights Law of Oyo State by the Anti-Human trafficking and child protection unit of the command.
The romance between Saga and Nini made big headlines during the just conclude wad Big Brother Naija reality TV show Season 6 tagged “Shine Ya Eye’.
Saga appeared to be hopelessly in love with Nini while Nini seemed to be toying with his emotions. Now after the show, the reality is beginning to materialise as Nini in a chat with Potpourri revealed that Saga never made the move.
“First of all, I was not playing hard to get for Saga.
We had a mutual friendship. Saga never asked me out, so there was no playing hard to get because nobody wanted to get me, and Saga never said he wanted to date me.
While admitting that he often accesses healthcare in Reddington Hospital, based on his conviction that the facilities under the Group provide high-quality service, Sanwo-Olu said, “We don’t need to go out to seek healthcare outside the country.”
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Friday in Lagos said the only solution to stop doctors migration was to reward hard work even as he declared that the newly 100-suits state-of-the-art health facility, Duchess International Hospital, has the capacity and all it takes to reverse medical tourism in Nigeria.
Osinbajo who was the Special Guest of Honour at the launch of the facility built by the Reddington Hospital Group in Lagos, said: “The only way to ensure that Nigerian doctors practice medicine in Nigeria is to reward hard work which the Reddington Hospital Group is known for.”
He said the Reddington has the reputation for the provision of high standard care and has brought this to bear in the Duchess International Hospital. According to him, the hospital has the capacity to retain Nigerian doctors in the country as well as end medical tourism.