TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, MONDAY
1. Buhari Returns From US-Africa Leaders Summit
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday morning, returned to Abuja after an eight-day official trip to Washington DC, the United States of America (USA) where he participated in the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit.
Buhari left for the United States from his hometown in Daura Katsina State, last Sunday.
The President was invited to join other African leaders for the Summit by his American counterpart, President Joe Biden. While in Washington DC, President Buhari participated in a number of high-level meetings and conversations around the US-Africa relations, speaking on critical issues affecting the black continent, including security, climate change, transnational organized crimes and more.
He was also involved in various meetings where some high-level agreements were reached with America-based businesses The visit was wrapped up with a town hall meeting with the Nigerian community in the US. However, the President was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Sunday morning.
2. NDLEA Uncovers Underground Drug Bunker In Delta
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has uncovered an underground drug bunk located in a three-bedroom bungalow building in Usiefurum town, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The NDLEA Spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, stated that its operatives stormed a building said to be owned by a drug kingpin, Okrika Kingsley Ozioma, who is now at large.
The building housed over 17.6kgs of Cannabis Sativa, a 2003 Silver Golf car with registration number Lagos KJA 572 AZ used for the distribution of drugs within and outside Warri. The packages en route to Johannesburg, South Africa were seized at the SAHCO export shed of the Lagos International Airport on Wednesday.
3. You Were ‘Disowned’, Show Your Family Members, Tell Us Your Real Name – Atiku Camp Challenges Tinubu
The camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has described the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as a wicked man who is fleeing when no one is pursuing him. The Atiku camp in a statement on Sunday alleged that Tinubu has too many skeletons in his cupboard to be allowed to become the next President of Nigeria. It was further alleged that the many secrets are why Tinubu and his handlers have refused to participate in public debates so his secrets won’t be exposed.
According to the Special Assistant to Atiku Abubakar on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu who signed the statement, Asiwaju Tinubu was not recognized in 2007 by one of the known eldest members of the Tinubu extended family, Abdulrafiu Babatunde Tinubu who at that time was the head of the civil service of Lagos State.
According to him, a book was published by the former head of service that identified all the members of the Tinubu dynasty from the 19th century to date with Tinubu’s name conspicuously missing and the author pointed out that anyone whose details are not contained in the book is not an authentic member of the Tinubu family. Shaibu in the statement added that a name such as ‘Bola’ should have a prefix or a suffix but in Tinubu’s case, it is unknown.
4. DSS Withdraws Gov Adeleke’s Security After Clash With Police
A clash between operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and men of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has led to the withdrawal of the security details attached to Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State. According to Vangaurd, the DSS headquarters was unhappy with the manner its personnel were insulted by police personnel in the security detail and the refusal of the Governor to address the issue.
The Aide de Camp (ADC) to Governor Adeleke allegedly brought men from police SIB to unsurp DSS duties, a situation the head of the DSS team attached to the governor reported to their command headquarters in Osogbo.
The DSS, angered by the situation, ordered the withdrawal of its personnel attached to the Governor last week.
Reacting in a statement on Sunday, Governor Adeleke’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed disclosed that the fracas was due to a minor misunderstanding between the police and DSS personnel. He stated that the clash between the security agencies is being sorted out at the sister security agencies’ headquarters.
5. Fayose, Olujimi Out, Kolawole, Eleka In As PDP Names Ekiti Presidential Campaign Council
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation has announced members of the Ekiti State presidential campaign council ahead of the 2023 General Elections.
Bisi Kolawole, a former PDP governorship candidate, was named the Chairman of the council, while Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe was named as the Vice Chairman.
In a press statement signed and released by the Director-General, PCO, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, it read, “The Peoples Democratic Party after wide and extensive consultation has approved the composition of the Presidential Campaign Council for Ekiti State pursuant to NEC approved guidelines.” He said the campaign council was composed to see to the emergence of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the forthcoming general elections. Meanwhile, the former governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose and the senator representing Ekiti South Constituency, Biodun Olujimi, were not included in the list.
6. Hoodlums Set Imo Magistrate Court On Fire Suspected hoodlums on Sunday razed a section of the Imo State Magistrate Court located at Owerri-Orlu Road in Owerri, the state capital.
The suspects came with explosives and targeted a section of the roof of the facility.
According to Punch, sensitive court materials and documents, including files were burnt in the inferno, while the extent of the damage caused by the arson had not been ascertained.
A source tsaid, “Hoodlums have razed part of the Owerri Magistrate’s Court located at Owerri-Orlu Road. It happened today ( Sunday). This is very unfortunate.” Reacting to the incident, the police spokesperson for the state command, Micheal Abattam, confirmed the incident and disclosed that the fire had been put out. He also informed that the command had begun an investigation with a view to arresting the culprits. This sad incident is coming barely 24 hours after the Orlu High Court was burnt by fleeing hoodlums.
7. Ekweremadu: We Have Confirmed Our Suspicion – Ohanaeze Slams EFCC
Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has on Sunday berated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over its role in the ongoing trial of former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
The group stated this while reacting to an alleged letter sent by the anti-graft agency to the United Kingdom court where the lawmaker is standing trial.
Speaking via a statement signed by its National President, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, Ohanaeze insisted that its suspicion that Ekweremadu’s arrest was fishy has now being confirmed by the revelation in court on Thursday by the lawmaker’s lawyer Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), that the EFCC authored a letter with which the London Metropolitan Police scuttled the Senator’s bail in ongoing trial. Ohanaeze also lamented that the EFCC had decided to ignore other former executive office holders with well known corruption allegations to hunt after Ekweremadu.
8. We Supported Buhari To Win Election But He Has Abandoned Us – Miyetti Allah Cries Out
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of abandoning them after winning the 2019 election.
The group said they supported and mobilized support for Buhari to win the 2019 presidential election but after getting into office, the President has not fulfilled his promise. MACBAN president, Baba Ngelzarma made the allegation on Saturday night in a chat with journalists in Abuja.
He argued that both at the state and federal levels of government, huge fund is always allocated for the development of agriculture but little or nothing of the allocation is dedicated to livestock development in particular. Speaking further, Ngelzarma said the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) is a good initiative by the government but is not the solution to the challenges animal rearers are facing. He said NLTP is only a model but can’t cater for the actual reality because of the limited number of animals it can cater for.
9. Atiku vs Wike: Ortom, Ayu’s Rift Stall Fresh PDP Reconciliation Bid
Fresh moves by the camp of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar to reconcile with the G-5 governors led by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State have suffered a major setback.
Wike and governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Samuel Ortom of Benue, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State are demanding the removal or resignation of the PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.
Other members of the PDP backing Wike’s group are former governors Olusegun Mimiko from Ondo State, Ayo Fayose from Ekiti State, Donald Duke from Cross River State, Jonah Jang from Plateau State and former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bode George from Lagos State. Others are former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke; Deputy National Chairman South of the PDP, Taofeek Arapaja; Senator Nasif Suleiman, Nnena Ukeje, Senator Sandy Onor, the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Cross River State, and Senator Mao Ohuabunwa.
According to The Nation, the rivalry between Ortom and Ayu in the Benue State chapter of the PDP has stalled peace talks between the Integrity Group and Atiku’s camp.
It was gathered that the leadership of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council has agreed that fresh efforts should be made to appeal to Wike and the Integrity group to join the campaign to help Atiku Abubakar win the 2023 presidential election. Sources revealed that the PDP presidential candidate was convinced to support the proposed reconciliation effort, which some party governors were saddled with the assignment.
10. Messi Inspires Argentina To Lift Qatar 2022 World Cup
Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi fired Argentina to a stunning World Cup victory, beating defending champions France 4-2 on penalties after an enthralling 3-3 draw over 120 minutes. Naija News reports that France twice came from behind to send the game to penalties at the Lusail stadium in Qatar. Although Messi will take the headlines, Kylian Mbappe was the first player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final after Sir Geoff Hurst for England in 1966. Argentina dominated for the opening 80 minutes and looked to be cruising to their first World Cup title since 1986.
Messi fired his side ahead from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute after Ousmane Dembele was judged to have tripped Angel Di Maria – although it looked to be a soft decision. Juventus winger Di Maria added
Argentina’s second after a fine sweeping move – spearheaded by Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister – as France looked to be suffering from the effects of illness in camp during the week.
But Les Bleus came roaring back into the tie when they were handed a lifeline in the 79th minute as the impressive Randal Kolo Muani was tripped by Nicolas Otamendi. Mbappe scored from the spot for his first of the evening, before adding a stunning second just 90 seconds later to take the game to extra-time.