7 die as MASSOB protests in Asaba 
No fewer than seven persons have been confirmed dead following protest by members 
of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), in 
Asaba on Monday. The Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in Delta, 
SP Charles Muka, who confirmed this in a statement, added that the police recorded
 two casualties. He said in the statement that five members of MASSOB were
 killed by military officers who had confrontations with the group
 along the Asaba-Onitsha Expressway in Asaba. It stated that the 
military arrested and brought eight members of MASOB to the police 
and “are now in custody in Asaba.’’ According to him, the protesters 
turned violent and attacked the policemen deployed to monitor the
 protest, killed two and injured two others.
Gunmen invade Rivers community, kill six

Six persons have been killed in Ibaa community of Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State by suspected cultists.

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It was learnt that the gunmen suspected to be members of Greenlanders cult had invaded the community on Sunday following a clash for supremacy in the area.

A reliable source squealed to Punch that the attack was reprisal against rival cult, the Icelanders and that those killed were members of Icelanders.

Prince Nyenke, Dirinna, Kpomasiruchi, ThankGod were among the six people that were killed, the source said.

It was gathered that the police post situated in the community had been closed since the shootout on Sunday night.

…….And killed Lagos hotelier

Four persons have been arrested by the police in Lagos in connection with the murder of an hotelier, Michael Ogunlusi.

Ogunlusi, the owner of Alloizie Hotel in Owotu, Ikorodu was killed in his hotel room by assassins who stormed the premises on motorcycles.

It was gathered that the gunmen who wore black jeans, T-shirts and fez caps, got to the hotel at about 11:00pm.

The assailants, who pretended to be hotel guests, tied the gateman and ordered other guests at the reception hall to a room and locked the place.

They later preceded to Ogunlusi’s room where they found him with a woman, suspected to be his friend.

The gunmen, our correspondent learnt, hit the deceased with the butt of a pistol as soon as he opened the door and accused him of having an affair with their boss woman.

Despite his pleas to be spared, the gunmen shot the hotelier at a close range and he died on the spot.

The assailants fled the scene immediately.

Troops search for Niger Delta militants with fighter jets

There was panic in the creeks of Bayelsa State on Monday following sudden presence of fighter jets and surveillance aircrafts which hovered in some coastal communities in search of hideouts of members of a militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

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The Nation gathered that the military planes were sighted in some communities in Southern Ijaw local government area of the state, where attacks on pipelines and killing of soldiers occurred recently.

A resident from Ondewari, a community in the council, said the sight and sounds of the jets caused tension in the area.

He said some residents were already getting ready to seek refuge in the mangrove following fears of possible bombardments when the jets disappeared.

Buhari can’t stop me from traveling abroad – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari lacks the constitutional power to prevent him from traveling out of the country anytime he wishes to do so.

Addressing a press briefing at his office in Ado Ekiti on Monday, the governor stressed that he enjoys constitutional immunity like the President as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution, saying his constant criticisms of Buhari does not amount to a security threat.

Fayose contended that state governors are not appendages of the President, adding that he cannot be cowed by the Federal Government and its agents “as a leading opposition figure in Nigeria.”

The governor said he was amazed that the “dangerous dimension of compelling a sitting governor that enjoys constitutional immunity like the President to obtain clearance from the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) before traveling out of Nigeria can ever be contemplated.”

ayose also reacted through his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, to a story carried by two weekend newspapers that two governors, one from the Southwest and another from the South -south have been slammed with travel ban allegedly on the President’s order.

He said President Buhari and his agents should be mindful of the fact that under a federal system of government, the states and national government enjoy some autonomy, with sovereign power formally divided between the national government and the states such that each state retains some degree of control over its internal affairs.

I respect Jonathan for conceding defeat – Buhari

One year after the 2015 Presidential elections and assumption in office, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday declared that he was shocked that former President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to him.

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The action, he said, was a great generosity and a great patriotism.

He made the remark during a Presidential Lunch for State House correspondents at the New Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.

He said: “I underrated the influence of the PDP for 16 years watching from outside as 8 consecutive governments. The experience of the staff, their commitment and zeal is different from what it is now. 16 years of development in the life of a developing nation is a long time.

“This is where I pay my respect to former President Goodluck Jonathan. This is actually a privileged information for you. He called me at a quarter past five in the evening. He said good evening your Excellency Sir, and I said good evening.

“He said I have called to congratulate you that I have conceded defeat. Of course there was dead silence on my end, because I did not expect it. I was shocked. I did not expect it because after sixteen years the man was a deputy governor, governor, Vice President and was President for six years.

“For him to have conceded defeat even before the result was announced by INEC, I think it was a great generosity, a great patriotism.

We’ll make Nigerians buy made-in-Nigeria products, says FG 

The Federal Government says it intends to make Nigerians look inwards by buying products, especially vehicles made in the country. The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, said this in Abuja.

Onu explained that it was the only way to make Nigeria a producer country and to encourage local manufacturers to produce and grow the economy.

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“We already have made in Nigeria car. “We want to champion the idea of Nigerians looking inward and thinking Nigeria promoting made in Nigeria products to encourage our own local manufacturers. “It is very important. That is the only way that we can ever become a producer nation. “We cannot continue to be a consumer nation alone; it wouldn’t help us. “We must help our own local producers. “We must all start thinking of how we can do so. “It shouldn’t be only the automobiles; it should be on all products. “ The minister assured Nigerians that the government would ensure that vehicle manufacturers in the country maintained the minimum standard obtainable anywhere in the world. Onu, however, said the time for the proposed launching of a made-in-Nigeria satellite, earlier planned for 2018, might be extended due to logistic issues.

Ramadan: NASFAT warns traders against exploitation

The Deputy National Missioner of NASFAT, Alhaji Abdulazeez Onike, has advised traders against unnecessary and unjust inflation of prices of food stuffs during the Ramadan. Onike said this during a news conference by the organisation in Ikeja to announce its programme for this year’s holy month.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Muslims faithful usually observe a 30-day period of fasting during Ramadan.

The cleric told newsmen traders should desist from using substandard measures and scales to sell to their buyers before, during and after the Ramadan.

“This is against the will of Allah and the tenets of Islam,’’ he said, adding that Islam frowned against any form of corruption. “Woe to the frauders,” he said.

Buhari meets Nigeria’s oldest photojournalist
President Muhammadu Buhari met the “oldest photojournalist” in the country, Alhaji Ladan Abubakar, in the State House. See photos of the visits, which were posted by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.