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1. PDP Speaks on Abandoning Dino Melaye in Time of Need
The Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council in Kogi State, Chief Clarence Olafemi has on Saturday refuted claims that the party abandoned the spokesman of the council, Senator Dino Melaye, in his hour of need.
Recall that Melaye surrendered to the police after an eight-day siege on his house following accusation of culpable homicide involving the shooting of a Police officer, Danjuma Saliu.
Chief Olafemi disclosed that some leaders of the party had kept vigil at the hospital, while supporters were also going en masse to see him. He said the claim that he was abandoned was a lie from the pit of hell.
Olafemi maintained that the party did not and cannot abandon Dino. He added that neither Saraki nor Abubakar could abandon Dino as they are his friends come rain, come sun.
In his 68 years in Nigeria, Olufemi said, he has never seen a government spend so much money and manpower chasing after one man. “The war against Melaye is purely political”, he said.
“They are doing this thinking that his arrest will slow down his chances in the election, but they are wasting their time. They have only succeeded in making him more popular”, Olufemi added.
2.Army Uncovers Modus Operandi of Boko Haram Logistics Suppliers in Borno
The Nigerian Army, on Sunday announced that it uncovered Boko Haram logistics’ supply syndicates among wood and charcoal dealers in Borno State.
Brig.-Gen. Bulama Biu, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division while reacting to the ban imposed on the supply of firewood and charcoal in Borno made the disclosure.
He disclosed that intelligence report showed that some dealers in Maiduguri go deep into the forest where ordinary people could not go; to cut down trees, burn and produce charcoal.
“This could not be possible except they are in agreement with the insurgents, he said.
“We arrested some of them and they made quite revealing testimonies”.
He said some of them were Boko Haram errand boys and hides food items, drugs, petrol and other items beneath their trucks, and supply to the terrorists.
3. Ortom Speaks on Plot to Sack CJN, Gives Buhari Advice
Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase on Sunday said the manner the FG plotted to remove the CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen was suspicious, and smells of desperation lacking regard for due process.
He described the move as a deliberate ploy to intimidate and gag the judiciary in gross violation of the principle of separation of powers.
According to the Governor, “The decision of the APC administration to flout this well established procedure further reveals their agenda to weaken the Nigeria’s democratic institutions ahead of this year’s general election.”
Ortom further warned President Muhammadu Buhari to respect the principle of separation of powers and allow for the rule of law, so as not to sink the country into constitutional crisis, saying, “The current pressure on Justice Walter Onnoghen and the Judiciary in general is ill-advised, unnecessary and unacceptable.”
4. Ondo Senator whose Campaign Rice Truck Caused Ekiti Accident Speaks
The senator representing Ondo Central Senatorial District, Tayo Alasoadura, who was reported to be the owner of the branded bags of rice being conveyed by truck that killed dozens of people on Saturday night in Iworoko/Ifaki road in Ekiti State, has sympathized with the victims.
The Senator, who is seeking re-election to the National Assembly, expressed his condolences in his statement issued on Saturday by his Media Aide, Dayo Joseph.
While commiserating with the people, he added that “the rice was actually meant for my constituents to enjoy Christmas/New year celebration as part of my love gift in the spirit of the season but the delivery was delayed till now.”
5. Saraki’s Residence Attacked
Some political thugs alleged to be from the APC have been reported to have attacked the Agbaji Ilorin family residence of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
According to reports, they opened fire on residents of the area, wounding at least 11 persons in the process.
The thugs also destroyed about 50 cars parked at various locations within Agbaji Quarters.
6. Stop Hate Speech, Pay Benue Workers – Presidency Warns Ortom
The Presidency on Sunday sounded a note of warning to the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom to desist from spreading hate speech.
The presidency also mocked him that he should go and pay his staff and pensioners who he owed salaries for several months.
In a statement disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Presidency noted that Governor Ortom has been visiting churches in the state where he tells congregations about President Buhari’s alleged plans to Islamise Benue State.
7. Court Okays Suit Seeking Arrest, Trial of Gov. Ganduje’s Wife
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Maitama, has okayed the hearing of a suit seeking that the EFCC arrest and prosecute the First Lady of Kano State, Dr. Hafsatu Abdullahi Ganduje, over her alleged involvement in her husband’s $5million bribery scandal.
8. Plot to Remove Magu, False – EFCC Spokesman
Mr. Tony Orilade, Acting Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, has dismissed reports on fresh moves to remove the Acting Chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu by the Presidency as unfounded.
Orilade refuted the claims in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday while reacting to a report that the Presidency planned to remove Ibrahim Magu, the commisaion’s Acting Chairman.
9. British Teenager Donates Clinic in Jema’a LGA
Seth Thomas, an 18-year-old British philanthropist, has donated a clinic to the Asso community in Gwong chiefdom of Jemaa LGA of Kaduna State.
Thomas, during the commissioning ceremony on Sunday, said he was moved to raise funds for the clinic after seeing the plight of people of the community who had no access to proper medical care when he paid an advocacy visit to the community following the 2017 attacks that claimed lives.
The Clinic was named after the young Seth. He was also conferred with a Chieftancy title, ‘Theh Gwong’ by the the Kpop Gwong, Paul Zakka Wyoms.
10. For Recognizing June 12 As Democracy Day, S’West Will Re-elect PMB – MKO’s Son
Jamiu Abiola, son of the acclaimed winner of June 12 Presidential election, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale, MKO, Abiola has urged the people of the South West, especially the Yoruba to honour his father by re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16th, 2019 presidential election in appreciation for recognizing June 12 as “Democracy Day.”
According to Jamiu, besides honouring his father on June 12, President Buhari is also a detribalised leader.
He made the remarks over the weekend during a media chat with journalists at MKO’s Ikeja, residence in Lagos.