This week in Nigeria



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It has been another eventful week in Nigeria and it is good to recap some of the news that made headlines during the week.


On Monday, as Nigerians ushered in a new working week and also prepared to welcome a new month, news of an accident involving former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and Minority Leader of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio broke. Akpabio was on his way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, Abuja when his convoy was involved in an accident. The senator was on Tuesday flown out in a private jet for treatment abroad.

Also on Tuesday, former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) pleaded not guilty before a Federal High Court while he stood for trial on a one-count charge of illegal possession of fire arms; an offence punishable under section 27(i) and a(i) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 LFN 2004, which attracts 14 year jail term.


As the Federal Government’s anti-corruption war intensifies, a former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, justified the 2013 purchase of two bullet proof BMW cars by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). According to Oduah, the vehicles were not bought for personal use.


Still on Wednesday, civil society group under the aegis of Coalition of Sociopoltical urged President Muhammadu Buhari to hasten the probe of former ministers. Same Wednesday in Lagos, tragedy struck when a container, being conveyed by a trailer on Ojuelegba bridge, fell off the bridge and crushed a jeep, killing all three occupants. It also damaged another vehicle, casing heavy traffic along the ever busy Ikorodu road.


Later on Wednesday, the Department of State Services (DSS), compulsorily retired 15 of its senior officers, including President Buhari’s immediate past Chief Security Officer, Abdulrrahman Dauda Mani and the Department’s former spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar.


On Thursday, a fire outbreak in a plaza at the popular Balogun market on Lagos Island, left some individuals dead and many injured. The inferno also destroyed goods within the complex. The six storey building, close to the Union bank, Diamond bank and UBA, serves as warehouse and shops for several traders in the market.


Nigeria’s Super Eagles left the country to Tanzania to book a date with their host in an African Nations Cup qualifiers, scheduled for Saturday. Same day, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, made public their asset declaration.


Barely 40 eight hours after the Ojuelegba, Lagos tragedy, another container fell off  its carrier along Ikorodu-Shagamu highway, causing heavy traffic. No life was lost in the accident.

The State Security Service (SSS), on Friday said it has uncovered arms and ammunitions from the Akwa Ibom State Government House in Uyo, the State capital, during a surprise raid.


Finally on Saturday, the senior national football team, the Super Eagles played a goalless draw in Dar Es Salam, Tanzania, to secure a point in the first match handled by the new coach, Sunday Oliseh. Same Saturday, President Muhammadu Buhari marked his 100th day in office, flagging off the sixth round of Polio Eradication Program in Daura, Katsina State, ahead the planned eradication of the disease in Nigeria by 2017.


Compiled by Dayo Emmanuel


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