TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, SUNDAY
Buhari Govt Adds New Boko Haram Sponsors To Backlist, Launches Massive Search And Freeze For Assets
The Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has begun a massive search and freeze campaign for all assets of 13 alleged ‘Boko Haram’ sponsors who have been added to Nigeria’s blacklist of terrorists and terrorism sponsors.
The coordinated search for the assets of the 13 alleged sponsors of Boko Haram was sequel to their indictment and addition of their names to the Nigeria Sanctions List.
The Nigeria Sanctions List is under the supervision of the Nigeria Sanctions Committee, a multi-agency committee created by the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022.
The Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and the coordinating secretariat of the Nigeria Sanctions Committee, Nigeria’s apex capital market regulator, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday directed all capital market operators to immediately search for and freeze all assets in the names of the 13 alleged Boko Haram sponsors.
The blacklisted alleged terrorism sponsors included 10 individuals and three entities.
These include Abdurrahaman Musa Ado, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, Muhammad Ibrahim Isah, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Surajo Abubakar Mohammad, Fannami Alhaji Bukar, Muhammed Musa, Sahabi Ismail, Mohammed Saleh Buba, Alin Yar Yaya General Enterprises, Are Nigeria Limited and Suhailah Bashir General Enterprises.
‘Self Determination Our Right’ – Sunday Igboho Sends Warning To Ogun State Governor
Leader of the Yoruba Nations movement, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, has warned Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State against harassing those agitating for the Yoruba nation.
In a statement released on Saturday, the embattled agitator noted that Yorubas have the right to self-determination according to United Nations and African Union.
According to Sunday Igboho, Yorubas have the right to wear any outfit they deem fit and engage in peaceful gatherings and rallies.
He cautioned the governor against using the Department of State Services (DSS) and other security agents to molest and harass those seen wearing Yoruba nations’ outfits.
2023: Pressure On Kwankwaso To Step Down For Atiku – Source
Some leaders in the Northern part of Nigeria, ahead of the 2023 presidential election are making move to present a consensus presidential candidate.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and the flagbearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso are the major candidates in the forthcoming election.
Sources that spoke with New Telegraph disclosed that many leaders in the North are in support of Atiku’s presidential ambition.
The source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the former vice president has been adopted as a consensus candidate.
According to the source, “Our people have resolved to adopt a consensus candidate for 2023 and the person they have picked is former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the PDP.”
The source who is a member of the Northern Elders Forum disclosed that prominent leaders in the North are mounting pressure on Kwankwaso to withdraw for Atiku.
Jimi Agbaje, Banky W, Soyinka, Obasa, Others Given Fresh PDP Presidential Campaign Appointments [Full List]
The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has inaugurated a 103-member campaign committee to mobilise votes for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Those appointed into the campaign included Jimi Agbaje, Ade Dosunmu, Philip Aivoji, Gomez Adewale, Abimbola Ogunkelu, Dapo Sarumi, Bayo Williams, and Wahab Owokoniran.
Others included Tanwa Olusi, Fatia Shodimu, Wellington Bankole, Tajudeen Obasa, Sola Osolana, Setonji Koshoedo, and Idowu Akinsanya among others.
Heads of the campaign directorates include: Media and Publicity (Oluseun Soyinka), Field Operations (David Vaughan), Research and Strategy (Rahman Owokoniran), Volunteer Groups (Taiwo Kuye).
Finance (Alaketu Adedoyin), Election Management (Capt. Olatunji Shelle) and Religious/Cultural Engagement (Hajiya Safurat Abdul-Kareem).
Others were: Documentation/Reporting (Dr Adetokunbo Pearse), ICT/Situation Room (Niyi Adams), Training (Wole Adewunmi).
2023: Peter Obi’s Surging Popularity, Bala Moh’d Decision To Join Wike’s Camp Rattles Atiku
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, may be actively seeking reconciliation with aggrieved governors of his party.
The aggrieved governors, known as the G5 governors, include Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Recall that both camps have recently expressed intentions to reconcile, but the Wike camp has insisted on the removal or resignation of the PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.
According to sources close to the Wike’s camp, Atiku, due to events of the past few weeks, has realized he cannot run the election alone without the help of Wike, Ortom, Makinde, and others.
According to multiple sources who spoke to Daily Post, a gang up of southern governors, who are also Christians, could work in favour of Atiku, who is hoping that the North would interpret it as such.
Also, the Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed’s decision to join the five aggrieved governors opposed to him may have prompted the PDP presidential candidate to consider reconciliation.
Forget Muslim-Muslim Ticket, Agitate For A Christian Senate President And Speaker – Abuja Pastors Tell CAN
The President of Nigeria Coalition of Pastors for Good Leaders, Apostle Babatunde Oguntimehin has told the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to look beyond religion and forget about the issue of the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
According to him, CAN’s position on the issue of the Muslim-Muslim ticket, to him is political, because every member in the association belongs to one political party or another, hence CAN take a neutral stand and allow people to vote for candidates of their choice.
The group of pastors in Abuja had last week declared support for Tinubu’s presidential bid, an action that attracted criticisms from Christian bodies and groups like CAN among others.
Oguntimehin, however, noted that “If we are truly Christians and hear from the Holy Spirit, this ticket is a statement from God to actualise the position of Christians in the world, which is that Christianity is beyond religion.”
Bayelsa Govt Speaks On Diri’s Sex Tape Report
The Bayelsa State Government has described the report that the state Governor, Douye Diri was involved in a sexual escapade with a South African legislator, Zanele Sifuba as fake.
The Director of New Media to Diri, Kola Oredipe on Saturday while reacting to the alleged leaked video on social media said the content and video are fake news.
Oredipe further stated that his principal does not know the female lawmaker, adding that he has no contact or relationship with her.
The aide to the Bayelsa State Governor noted that Diri has not travelled to South Africa in the past 10 years.
Amended Charge: You Have Simply Repackaged What The Court Of Appeal Struck Out – Nnamdi Kanu Slams FG
The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said that the amended seven-count terrorism charge the Federal Government filed against him is baseless and ill-advised.
Kanu, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, through his team of lawyers, argued that the amended charge was the same as the one that was recently struck out by the Court of Appeal.
The Federal Government had filed an amended charge in the Federal High Court in Abuja which alleged that Kanu had as a member of an unlawful group issued a deadly threat that anyone who flouted his sit-at-home order in the South Eastern part of the country, should write his or her Will.
Reacting to the charge, Kanu in a press statement signed by a senior member of his defence team Ifeanyi Ejiofor stated that the government had not served him a copy of the seven-count amended charge.
Babangida: Wike And Allies Bury The Hatchet, Make Fresh Demands From Atiku
Reports have indicated that the crisis plaguing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seems to have come to an end.
The PDP G5 Governors led by Nyesom Wike of Rivers state have been at loggerheads with the party’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and its National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu after Wike failed to clinch the presidential ticket.
The G5 Governors include Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and their leader, Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
The aggrieved governors are calling for the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu from his position maintaining that it is against the party’s constitution for the two strongest positions to be held by individuals from the same region.
PDP: Taraba Gov, Ishaku Spearheads New Reconciliation Move
A group has been set up to push for peace within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar and five aggrieved Governors under the party have been at loggerheads.
The crisis in the party has seen the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and his allies vow not to support Atiku’s presidential election.
A source that spoke with The Nation, however, stated that the Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku and a prominent female politician from the South-South who is a loyalist of Governor Wike in the National Working Committee (NWC) have been appointed to spearhead the reconciliation group.
It was also reported that some supporters of Atiku and governorship candidates in the party have condemned Atiku’s decision to move on without the aggrieved governor.
Sources disclosed that governorship candidates in the party have called on the party leadership to bring on board Governor Wike and his allies ahead of the 2023 race.