Nigeria National News Today 1 January 2019

iDONSABI presents in the latest happenings in Nigeria today 1 January 2019. So many interesting happenings, include the battle between the Senate President and the Minister of Information, the banter between Atiku and Buhari, as well as update on Senator Dino Melaye’s arrest warrant by the Inspector General of Police.
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Saraki A Great Liar – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has faulted the claim by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, that he donated N10 million to victims of the April 5 robbery in Offa.

The Minister advised the Senate President to “stop dancing on the graves of the innocent souls” who died in the bloody robbery attack in Offa.

He said “When Dr Saraki visited Offa to commiserate with the community in the aftermath of the robbery, he did not donate a dime! I challenge him to prove me wrong”.

The Minister of Information and Culture is also the leader of the APC in Kwara State.

Nigeria Police Is A Big Failure – Ekweremadu

The Deputy Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ike Ekweremadu, has berated the Nigeria Police.

He said the unitary police system in Nigeria had failed woefully, and reiterated his call for state policing.

He said “The huge losses in lives and property incurred by the nation in 2018 can be avoided in the years ahead. Nigeria is the only federal system in the entire world that operates unitary police system”.

Senator Ekweremadu called on notable Nigerians to press for the passing and signing of the bill seeking to create state police in 2019.

Report Me To EFCC, Atiku Dares Buhari

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari and anyone else accusing him of being corrupt to report him to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The former Vice President said this while dismissing corruption allegations levelled against him.

Atiku challenged those that have accused him of corruption to make their case known before the anti-graft agency.

Beware Of ‘Political Terrorists’ – US Agency Warns Nigeria

The Universal Watch Network has alerted Nigerians to be wary of a recently-launched ‘Terrorists Politically-aided Propaganda’ (TP2), which is meant to advance the cause of the terrorists that have been disturbing the peace of Nigeria.

The Vice President of the Universal Watch Network, Dr. Roberts Gordon, said this via an electronic release.

He said “we are alerting Nigerians to beware of ‘Terrorists Politically- aided Propaganda (TP2) like the ISSA report, which is calculated to do damage to the country. We envisage that more of such reports will be released in the coming days and they bound to become tools in the hands of politicians that will cite such report to vote against a government that has laid the foundation to giving Nigeria back to Nigerians as is the norm in other democracies.”

Dr. Gordon advised the government to treat the report as a threat to the country.

Enugu Fire: Ugwuanyi aids victims with cash donations

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State Monday evening fulfilled the promise he made to victims of the unfortunate fire outbreak that occurred in the morning at a petrol station along Nike Lake Road by Penoks Junction, Trans Ekulu, Enugu – to take immediate action to ameliorate their pains.

Gov. Ugwuanyi who had earlier directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to meet with the victims, when he visited the scene, thereafter met with them at the Government House and gave them financial assistance.

Airports To Be Shut Down January 2

The National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, have jointly threatened to proceed on an industrial strike by January 2, if the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority do not meet their demands.

The Chairman of NCAA, Lucky Izebhokun, said the system in the agency has discouraged aviation workers who would come out to protest on the said date.

According to him, the management has relegated the staff of NCAA so much so that they will be employing and transferring people from other organisations to head some senior staff in the agency.

The General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Sam Adurugboye, said the agency and the union would reach a compromise, adding that the NCAA had been known for industrial harmony.

Vote Only Credible Leaders – CBCN

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has said its expectation in 2019 is that credible people should be voted into office across the country.

The Catholic Archbishop of Benin said: “I want everybody to come out and vote in credible candidates because that is the only weapon we have in order to make sure that credible people are the ones leading us.

“We want to pay attention to those we vote for. Are they credible or are they just people who would want to come and do what they like?

The Catholic Archbishop of Benin, Most Revd (Dr) Augustine Akubeze is also the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN.

We Will Remain In Dino’s House Forever – Police

Senator Dino Melaye seems to have incurred the wrath of the police, as the law enforcement agents have vowed never to leave his house until he surrenders.

The Nigeria Police Force declared the Senator wanted, in connection with an alleged criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide.

According to the police, Senator Dino Melaye allegedly shot a mobile policeman on duty in Kogi state, a claim which the Senator has denied.

Spokesman of the police, DCP Jimoh Moshood had said: “Senator Dino Melaye is wanted by the police for a case of criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide, committed on 19th July, 2018.

“The claim by the Senate President in the media that the police did not submit a letter of invitation to the Clerk of the National Assembly is therefore incorrect.”

The Senate President has since condemned the recent development.

Badeh Murdered To Hide Corruption In Military

Reports emerging indicate that the former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, was murdered to hide the brazen corruption in the military.

Recall that on the 18th of December, 2018, Alex Badeh was shot by unknown gunmen along the Abuja-keffi road, a development which struck fear in the nation.

However, the International Strategic Studies Association, ISSA, has insisted that Badeh was murdered to prevent him from exposing the rot in the military.

Recall again, before his death, the former Chief of Defence Staff was having a case in court, and could have allegedly implicated some officials including the present Chief of Army Staff, who was the Director of Procurement, prior to his recent appointment. This angle is being spun by the ISSA.

ISSA also insists that President Buhari’s reluctance to publicise the findings of the arms panel which was presented to him over a year ago, also confirms this disgraceful rot and corruption in the military.

The International Strategic Studies Association, ISSA, is a foreign organization based in Washington DC, United States of America.

Fresh Bloodbath As 7 Gunned In Plateau

It was indeed a sorrowful day, as the Dorong and Nding communities in the Barki Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State were forced to shed tears over the murder of seven indigenes by unknown gunmen.

According to sources, five of the victims were shot dead on their way back from a church program in Jos, while the other two victims died when some gunmen invaded their community at Dorong.

Residents in these communities have expressed fear and concern over the fresh killings, and have called on the Government and security to act swiftly, to prevent more loss of lives.

The spokesman of the Plateau state police Command, DSP Mathias Tyopev, was not immediately available to comment on the incident when contacted.

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