Buhari, Obasanjo in closed door meeting
President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo
yesterday met behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa.
This will be Obasanjo’s third visit to come to the Presidential Villa to confer with President Buhari.
The former head of State arrived the Villa in the company of Otunba Johnson Fasawe around 12.30 p.m.
At the end of the meeting Obasanjo declined to take questions from State House correspondents.
The details of the meeting was not known as at the time of filing this report.
Saraki’s trial to resume June 7
Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has fixed June 7, 8 and 9 for the
continuation of the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on the
alleged false declaration of assets.
In a statement signed
yesterday by the Head, Press and Public Relations, CCT, Ibraheem
Al-hassan, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar, yesterday fixed
the dates for the continuation of the cross-examination of the Principal
Witness 1 (PW1), Mr. Michael Wetkas.
According to reports by The
Guardian, the statement stated that the decision for the adjournment to
the new dates was sequel to the abruptly written request from the lead
prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), stating that his PWI, Mr.
Wetkas, was scheduled to testify before the Federal High Court, Abuja,
the same date (June 1).
“The letter, which was captioned;
Charge No: CCT/ABJ/01/2015 Federal Republic of Nigeria V Dr. Olubukola
Saraki Request For Adjournment and addressed to the Registrar of CCT,
was dated June 1 and signed by Rotimi Jacobs & Co.
reads in part: “We refer to the above-named charge in respect of which
we act as the prosecution counsel. This matter was earlier adjourned to
today, June 2, 2016 for continuation of cross-examination of PW 1.
however, regret to inform the honorable tribunal today as he is billed
to testify before the Federal High Court, Abuja, (Justice Ademola).”
According to Hassan: “The
letter had shown that the initial impression that the tribunal had
adjourned indefinitely was false, as publicised yesterday by some media
Woman accused of blasphemy, killed in Kano
A woman, whose name was given as Bridget, was murdered in Kano for
alleged act of blasphemy, yesterday. The murder, which happened at
about 5.00pm, took place at Kofar Wambai market in the state capital.
A witness said the deceased was involved in an argument with another
person within the market and, in the cause of the argument, she
allegedly made the remark.
Daily Sun gathered that Bridget’s corpse has been deposited at the
Murtala Mohamed Specialist Hospital in the state. Security sources told
Daily Sun that, already, two suspects have been arrested in connection
with the incident,while normalcy has returned to the area.
Sources said police in Kano have deployed extra policemen to the market area.
The state’s Police Commissioner, Alhaji Maigari Dikko, did not pick his
calls but, it was gathered that the entire security apparatus of the
state, including the Directorate of State Service (DSS) are on alert to
manage any possible outcome of the unfortunate incident.
Kano State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN),
Bishop Ransom Bello, confirmed Bridget’s death and expressed deep
sadness over the reported nature of her death.
“I have just been notified of the very sad development,” he said.
He also added that an emergency meeting of the Christian body will hold today to determine the next line of action.
News of the tragic death resulted in a state of fear and panic among non- indigenes in the state.
Gunmen invade Gov Ambode’s mother’s home
Heavily armed gunmen on Friday evening invaded the residence of Christianah Ambode, the mother of Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, disarming the octogenarian’s police detail in an apparent attempt to abduct her.
According to Premium Times, The incident occurred at 24 Oguntona Crescent, Gbagada Estate I, Lagos at approximately 7:30 p.m., neighbours said.
The police officers manning Mrs. Ambode’s home were “overpowered and dispossessed of their rifles,” sources said.
Mrs. Ambode was, however, fortunate, as a swift reinforcement by the state’s police command thwarted the ploy of the assailants, who fled the scene. The back-up team arrived at 8:10 p.m., the sources said.
Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, Dolapo Badmus, said she could not immediately confirm the attack.
A senior Lagos State Government official close to Mr. Ambode said a commotion occurred near Mrs. Ambode’s home. He, however, denied that it was a case of attempted kidnap.
The source said a man went to invite military personnel attached to Operation Mesa to beat Mrs. Ambode’s police detail after he was ordered not to park his vehicle outside the building.
“We heard from the governor’s security that the matter was not about kidnapping,” the source said. “What happened was that a man parked his vehicle outside the home of the governor’s mother and the policemen there asked him to take his vehicle away.”
“He then went to call men of Operation Mesa to deal with the policemen, that was what caused the disturbance.”
Prince death: Singer ‘died of overdose’
singer Prince died of an opioid overdose, a United States law
enforcement official has told the Associated Press news agency.
The official, who is close to the investigation, said this was established by tests after the singer’s death on 21 April.
The 57-year-old star was found dead at his estate in Minneapolis.
Detectives have also questioned a doctor who saw Prince twice in the weeks before he died.
Muhammad Ali’s end is near’ •Doctors tell family to prepare for the worst
children of boxing legend Muhammad Ali have rushed to be at his
bedside as doctors treating the former heavyweight champ have told them
they fear he “is near the end,” The Mirror of UK has reported.
Already four of the 74-year-old’s nine children, including daughters
Laila, Hana and Maryum, are at the hospital in the Phoenix area where
medics continue to fight a breathing problem picked up by the star.
The children flew in on Thursday night from around the US as doctors said the survival of the champ was “uncertain”.
Although there were discussions about transporting him to another
area of the hospital, sources claimed doctors decided the move
“potentially could be deadly,” and the transfer was called off.
Sources close to the star say Ali’s battle with his respiratory
problem has been complicated by the Parkinson’s that he was diagnosed
with in the 1980s.
“Like in the ring, Ali is a fighter on the ward,” said a source.
“Doctors are working to regulate his breathing put it is being hampered
by his Parkinson’s.
“His children are all extremely concerned and dropped everything to be with him. They fear the worst.
Since he was admitted sources say Ali, arguably the most recognised person in the world, has deteriorated.
Ali’s life long friend Tim Shanahan confirmed the grave news to The Mirror.
The former medical-instruments salesman has enjoyed a 40-year
friendship with the former boxer travelling the world together and being
close to the boxer’s daughters.
He said: “Service to others is the rent that we pay on earth for our room in heaven, was an encryption he liked.
“He believes that God keeps tabs on each individual and that on one
side are the good deeds one has done in life and on the other, the bad
“He used to tell me ‘I want to make sure that when I die, I have more good deeds than bad deeds’.
“Now Muhammad Ali, your room in heaven is right next to God’s master
bedroom in his mansion in heaven. Thank you for giving the world the
Greatest Love of All.”
The former world heavyweight champion has been in hospital several
times in recent years, most recently in early 2015 when he was treated
for a severe urinary tract infection initially diagnosed as pneumonia.
The 1960 Olympic gold medallist had suffered a “mild case” of
pneumonia in December 2014, but was discharged after a few days in
When he was released his daughter Rasheda Ali-Walsh said: “My daddy
is a strong man. He’s so resilient and we’re all very grateful and