Just before you go to bed, here are the major political and crime stories you missed today.
6 die as suicide bombers hit Borno mosque
Six persons have been killed after two suicide bombers attacked the Damboa central mosque in Borno state.
According to the army, one of the bombers successfully detonated while the other insurgent was said to have “exploded” after being prevented from detonating.
Sani Usman, acting director of public relations, confirmed this in a statement.
“At the early hours of today, precisely at about 5.15am, two Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers attacked Damboa,” he said.
“The first suicide bomber targeted Damboa Central Mosque but due to stringent security measures, he could not gain entry. Obviously frustrated, he exploded and died near the Central mosque.
“However, the second bomber veered off and gained entry into another smaller mosque and detonated the bomb killing himself and 6 other worshipers and injuring one other person. The wounded has been evacuated to a hospital while efforts are on to clear the rubbles. “Troops and other security agencies have been mobilized to the area.”
Ibe Kachikwu hands over to new NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru
Minister of state for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, this morning handed over to the new Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru. Kachikwu will now assume his position as the chairman of the corporation. In his speech, Kachikwu thanked President Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve as the Group Managing Director of the corporation. He promised to show his full support to the leadership of the new GMD.
On his part, Baru pledged to carry on with the reforms Kachikwu had started in the corporation.
Pandemonium at Lagos Airport, as police gun explodes
There was pandemonium at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Ikeja in Lagos as a gun allegedly belong to a security personnel went off ‘accidentally’ and injured three persons.
The injured were those allegedly standing close to the gun-carrying security personnel, Daily Sun reports that there was no loss of life.
It was learnt that the security officer, who was either trying to buy an air ticket or check into a flight had not put the gun on safety catch, hence the explosion. Those who heard the sound of the gun thought it was a terrorist attack and fled for safety, but the fear was latter put to rest when it was discovered that it was gun shot was not intentionally fired. Regulatory agencies at the airports usually demand that members of the Police force, the military or secret service security officials bearing arms surrender such fire-arms to relevant airport security officer once they are inside an airport terminal building or prior to boarding an aircraft. This incidence it was learnt however happened at the ticketing section of the airport.
The General Manager, Public Affairs of FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, who confirmed the incident, said what happened was an accident and added that stowing the gun away with its magazine was a standard procedure because guns are not taken on-board an aircraft, but are usually checked in the luggage compartment.
3 pilots suspended for drinking, to undergo psychiatric evaluation
Three pilots who were suspended by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for allegedly taking alcohol before operating their flights are to undergo psychiatric evaluation before rejoining the service, the authority said on Friday.
Mr Sam Adurogboye, Acting General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, disclosed this while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. NCAA had recently withdrawn the licenses of the trio and placed them on a three-month suspension for breaching civil aviation regulations in the country.
According to the rules, a pilot is prohibited from taking alcohol for at least three hours before flight time. Adurogboye noted that such act could compromise the safety of their passengers, adding that the NCAA was very vigilant in ensuring strict compliance to safety rules. “It is very clear. They are to be off duty for three months.
While on suspension, they are to be made to go through psychiatric evaluation before rejoining the service,” he said. Adurogboye, therefore, advised all airline operators and pilots to abide by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), stressing that offenders would be visited with severe penalties.
Nollywood actor James Uche needs N11m for kidney transplant
Nollywood actor James Uche needs N11m for kidney transplant
* Romanus Amunta, popularly known as Natty also down with paralysis
Mr Sunday Awoji, the National President of Filmmakers Welfare Organisation of Nigeria (FWON), says ailing Nollywood actor, Prince James Uche needs N11 million to undergo kidney transplant abroad.
He stated this on Friday during an interview in Abuja. “Prince James Uche has been very sick and incapacitated for some years now, and it has become obvious that he cannot provide the required funds to have the necessary medical attention.
“He is currently hospitalised in Lagos due to kidney related ailment, and urgently needed to be taken to Indian for a transplant that will gulp N11 million,”Awoji explained.
He added that another Nollywood actor, Romanus Amunta, popularly known as Natty, was also critically down with paralysis in Enugu State.
According to Awoji, it is in its effort to intervene that FWON recently inaugurated its “Save a Soul” intervention campaign geared towards raising funds for the medical care of the ailing actors. “As an NGO within Nollywood that seeks to ensure the wellbeing of filmmakers, especially on health related issues, FWON has decided to intervene. “We decided to cry out to Nigerians of goodwill, and everyone who loves Nollywood to give towards saving these precious souls.”
He explained that movie producers, actors, fans, other Nigerians of goodwill had donated towards the intervention funds, but the required amount was yet to be realised.
100 gunmen attack Lagos community, loot property
Fatoki community in the Egan, Igando area of Lagos State, has been deserted, after no fewer than 100 gunmen attacked the area in a three-day onslaught.
PUNCH Metro learnt that during the siege, the gunmen, suspected to be militants, shot three residents and looted shops and homes in the community.
Aside carting away drinks, including herbs, the men reportedly stole generators, televisions, laptops , refrigerators.
It was learnt that the robbers entered into the community through the waterways.
Our correspondent gathered that the community was bordered by water, which made it susceptible to attacks from militants who lived in the surrounding creeks.
When our correspondent visited the community on Thursday, he observed four families locking their houses and hurrying out of the area with their loads.
One of them, a trader, who was still in shock, declined comment.
A resident explained that the trader had been robbed two times in the three-day siege.
The resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the community had been peaceful until two months ago.
He said, “A man had run out of the creek in broad daylight, naked and scared. He was stopped by our security men. We thought he was mad, but upon interrogation, he said he was kidnapped by the militants and they had just released him. We called his relatives and they confirmed his story.
“Three days ago, they stormed the community in the morning, shooting at the junction. They injured three people and looted shops.”
It was learnt that the residents had decided to contribute money to hire vigilantes to guard those left in the community.
Justice A.I Allagoa of the Federal High Court in Owerri, has affirmed the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State. Former governorship aspirant, Barr. Friday Nwosu also dragged Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to court over alleged forged tax certificates. However, the court ruled today that the plaintiff, (Nwosu) was unable to prove that the tax documents where forged and dismissed the matter.
In a related development, an Abia State High Court in Osisioma granted a motion filed by Ikpeazu for extension of the order restraining the Chief Judge of Abia State, the President Abia State Customary Court of Appeal and any other judicial officer from swearing in Mr. Uche Ogah, as governor of the state. The order was extended to 18th July, 2016.
We will not hide anything from Nigerians – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will not hide anything from Nigerians in its resolute commitment to restore the economic fortunes of the country and deliver prosperity to Nigerians.
Receiving the Northern Christian Leaders Eagles Eyes Forum at the State House, Abuja on Friday, President Buhari appealed to the religious leaders not to lose hope in the unity, stability and progress of the country.
The President emphasised that the Federal Government will continue to prioritize the safety of lives and property, in addition to equipping Nigerian farmers with the right tools, technology and techniques to boost agriculture.
“ You must tell your followers the truth about the country. We have nothing to hide because we have no other country but Nigeria.
“Tell them to give us a chance to stabilize the country. Your concern for the security, unemployment, anti-corruption campaign and the frequent altercations between herdsmen and farmers are genuine concerns.
“I know the Ministry of Agriculture and the Governors Forum are doing a lot to resolve the lingering crisis between herdsmen and farmers, we must give them a chance,’’ the President said.
Former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, AVM Adigun, others arraigned in court
Embattled former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosun, AVM Jacob Adigun & others were arraigned before the Federal High Court Lagos today. They are standing trial for alleged misappropriation of N22.8 billion while in office.
Also arraigned was Air Cmdr Gbadebo Owodunni and eight companies namely Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd, Mcallan Oil And Gas Ltd, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd, Trapezites BDC, Fonds and Pricey Ltd, Deegee Oil and Gas Ltd, Timsegg Investment Ltd and Solomon Health Care Ltd.