9 killed in bomb blast in Borno
“There was an explosion today along Gubio road just before the military check point. According to preliminary report, a pick up van with nine persons on board, emerged from a bush path to join the road to Gubio town, when it exploded killing all the persons on board.”
South African man arrives Malawi airport in his briefs after smoking Malawian weed.
According to Malawi news who shared the photos on Facebook, the man smoked Malawian weed at Cape Maclear and then arrived Kamuzu airport, Lilongwe, Malawi wearing only briefs.
Sexual harassment: Shettima to request deployment of female undercover police, DSS, NAPTIP detectives to IDP camps
Speaking at a courtesy call by a delegation from the National University Commission on tour ongoing infrastructure at the proposed Borno State University, which held at the Government House in Maiduguri on Tuesday, Governor Shettima said deployment of undercover agents will be a permanent measure in addition to the urgent need for investigation of the report by the Human Rights Watch released days ago which said some female IDPs interviewed had alleged they were sexually harassed by some security officials, to the extent of getting them pregnant.
Leave Nigeria if you have another country, says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said any Nigerian who has another country to relocate to are free to do so.
On his part, he said he would stay back to solve the nation’s position.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke while addressing Niger Delta stakeholders at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“We are determined to make life comfortable and affordable to all Nigerians. If anybody has a country to go to, let him go, we will stay here and salvage our country,” Shehu quoted the President as saying.
Buhari was said to have told the leaders of the Niger Delta that they had more to do than anyone else to bring peace to the region, given the influence they have on militant groups.
He expressed the determination of his administration to stay focused on its key campaign promises of securing the country, fighting corruption and creating jobs through the improvement of the economy.
He said peace, security, investment and prosperity are linked together, adding that “if we give peace a chance, investors will come here to invest. Nobody will invest in an insecure environment.”
Buhari said the problems his administration found on the ground were many, as illustrated in collapse of oil prices, inability of 27 of the 36 states to pay salaries, absence of savings to fall back on and having to deal with an elite who didn’t seem to care.
All these, he said, made his government to conclude that, “life as usual is no longer affordable.”
Jonathan was never committed to defeating Boko Haram – Osinbajo
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said on Monday that despite what his administration might want people to believe, former President Goodluck Jonathan was never committed to ending the Boko Haram insurgency during his tenure.
Osinbajo said this in a lecture titled, “The unraveling of Boko Haram and the rebuilding of the North-East of Nigeria” which he delivered at the Harvard University’s Weatherland Centre for International Affairs, United States.
The Vice-President’s media office made the speech available to journalists on Monday.
While attributing his position to many factors, Osinbajo said it was politically convenient for the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party to claim that the Boko Haram sect was sponsored by a northern-Muslim political elite to discredit the government led by a Christian.
He recalled that when the All Progressives Congress was formed, the then ruling party was also quick to paint it (APC) as the political wing of the Boko Haram sect.
He said it was not until President Muhammadu Buhari who was then the leader of the opposition, was nearly killed in an attack in Kaduna that the false narrative began to lose credibility.
The Vice-President added, “Secondly, the ruling party also somewhat cynically seemed to have considered that since BH attacks were actually in the heartland of the opposition it was not necessarily an unwelcome development as it could only weaken the opposition.
“Third, extensive corruption in arms procurement estimated at about $15bn, ensured that the military remained poorly equipped and demoralised.
“A number of well-publicised mutinies occurred and troops involved were taken through widely unpopular court-martials.
“As the government dithered and equivocated BH proceeded to realise the objective of occupying territory and establishing Islamist states in Nigeria and in the Lake Chad basin.
“In Borno State alone, it occupied and hoisted its flag in 20 of the 27 Local Government Areas that constituted the state. In Adamawa State, BH took Mubi and some villages in Yobe State.”
Osinbajo said it was not until the abduction of more than 200 secondary schoolgirls from their dormitories in Chibok that public outrage against Jonathan’s government’s inept handling of the insurgency reached its peak.
He added that the government then incurred widespread anger when it denied that an abduction took place and suggested that the opposition had simply invented the story.
Osinbajo, however, said Buhari’s assumption of office changed the tide.
Former Minister Obanikoro’s N40m Refund Check To EFCC Bounces
A N40 million check issued to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by Former Minister of State for Defense Musiliu Obanikoro has bounced.
Mr. Obanikoro, who returned from the U.S. two weeks ago and surrendered to the anti-corruption agency following one year on the lam, wrote several checks to the EFCC to fulfill his promise to refund part of the N4.7 billion laundered through him and his son to finance the election of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State in 2014.
Mr. Obanikoro, also a former ambassador to Ghana, admitted to embezzling N800m of the funds and promised to refund all of it. The initial agreement with EFCC investigators was for the former minister to refund N100m as a condition for his bail from custody.
However, two weeks after his detention, Mr. Obanikoro has only succeeded in paying back N24m. He then issued a series of checks to the recovery account of the federal government last week, but EFCC operatives detailed to process the checks discovered that the account to which they were issued had no money.
Mr. Obanikoro blamed the error on politicians and friends who had visited him in detention and promised to deposit money in the accounts.
The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday, threw out the request by President Muhammadu Buhari to borrow about $30bn as 2016 – 2018 External Borrowing Rolling Plan.
Recall that last week, Buhari wrote the upper chamber, seeking its approval to borrow the sum from the World Bank.
The borrowing plan was to address the infrastructure deficit in the health, education, water resources and other sectors.
The president’s plans to borrow the sum was rejected by Nigerians, as many, including human rights activists said the proposed borrowing was not needed at such a time.
Their desire has however been met as the Senate overwhelmingly voted against Buhari’s request after it was subjected to a voice vote.
A former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, has said Igbo people are better traders than politicians.
Kalu said the lack of understanding of politics and the indiscipline of Igbo politicians were responsible for what he called the political backwardness of the South-East.
He said the political fortune of the Igbo would have been better had their politicians approached politics like the Yoruba.
Kalu said Igbo politicians had a lot to learn from how a former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, and his predecessor, Bola Tinubu, handled their differences during Fashola’s second term.
He said things would have been different if his own successor, Theodore Orji, had the same approach as Fashola.
Kalu, who said most of the Igbo elite were selfish, said the Igbo should blame themselves and not the Federal Government for their woes.
The Editor-in-Chief of The Interview magazine, Mr. Azu Ishiekwene, in a statement of Monday, quoted Kalu as saying this in a recent interview he granted the magazine.
According to Ishiekwene, Kalu told The Interview magazine that, “Let me tell you, there were more problems between (Bola) Tinubu and (Babatunde) Fashola than there were between me and Theodore Orji. But it is the discipline of the Yoruba that kept them at bay.
“The Igbo have no discipline in terms of politics. They are very good traders; they’re good in anything they do, but they don’t understand politics.”
Kalu recalled a conversation he had with President Muhammadu Buhari, where the President wondered aloud “why previous high-profile Igbo appointees had done nothing for the region.”
According to Ishiekwene, Kalu barred his mind on the agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra as well as the travail of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
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Mother, 5 others die in Okene after ‘fufu’ meal
Six people, including a mother, three of her children and two of their neighbours on Tuesday lost their lives in Ogaminana area of Okene in Kogi after eating a meal made from cassava flour.
The Public Relations Officer of the Adavi Local Government, Mr Abdulhamid Salahudeen told newsmen on phone that three of the victims died on Tuesday at the Okene General Hospital, while the woman and two of her children had earlier died on Monday in their house.
He said that the woman died alongside three of her children, two sons and a daughter.
According to him, two male children of her neighbour that partook in the meal also died.
He put the ages of the dead five children at between 9 and 15 years.
Salaudeen said that the mother had in the evening of Sunday, Oct. 30 brought the cassava flour (white Amala) from her farmland at Ohuepe village.
He said that the woman prepared a dinner from the yam flour for the family and extended the food to her neighbour.
The officer said the victims later went to bed but developed severe stomach pain over the night which later resulted in the death of the woman and two of her children.
He said that neighbours who sensed that the sudden deaths might be due to the cassava flour dinner quickly rushed the remaining three children that partook in the eating to Okene General Hospital where they died on Tuesday.
Salaudeen said that the authority of the local government believed that the cassava flour was poisoned and had informed the police for appropriate action.
A senior nursing officer at the Okene General Hospital, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the death of the three victims at the hospital on Tuesday.
The nurse said that the victims were brought in late Monday afternoon.