This Week in Nigeria

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The week began on Sunday when Nigerians got clarifications on a rumour making the rounds that the Presidency has shut down the Aso Villa Chapel which serves as the worship centre for Christians in the Villa. The Presidency denied the information as false, saying there was no such plan. The confirmation was also made known by Chaplain of the Chapel, Pastor Oluseyi Malomo, who fielded questions on Sunday, saying the Presidency did not at any time shut the Chapel. Still on Sunday, Chairman of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), Debo Adeniran, tasked Senate President, Bukola Saraki to follow in the footsteps of President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo, who have published their declared assets.

On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari paid a day visit to Ghana, where he held meeting with the Ghanaian President, John Mahama. Buhari, during the working visit, disclosed that he would appoint his cabinet Ministers in September. The President returned same day and was received in Abuja by top government officials.

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday, intercepted and arrested some foot soldiers supplying terrorists with fuel, hard drugs and other stimulants in Yobe State.

While the power sector awaits a major reform, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali, made a presentation before the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday. According to Igali, Nigeria may have spent N2.7tr to generate 2,850 Mega Watts of electricity in the last 16 years.

Same Tuesday, the Nigerian Army released 128 Boko Haram suspects to Governor Kashim Shetima of Borno State for re-integration into the society after absolving them of involvement in any terror activity.

Same day, tragedy struck at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), when a 300-Level first class, female student, Oluchi Anekwe, returning from an Evening Mass, was electrocuted after a high–tension cable fell on her. Responding to the death of one of their own, students of the institution paralised academic activities on the campus on Wednesday, in a rally of solidarity.

On Thursday, Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe, visited his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, to congratulate him on his electoral victory. Gnassingbe also held a close-door meeting with Buhari, resolving to mobilise leaders in the gulf of Guinea for joint action against piracy, maritime insecurity, illicit trafficking and water pollution.

Same day, the Nigeria Labour Congress held a nationwide rally to drum support for the ongoing war against corruption, led by the Federal Government. The NLC, through its President Ayuba Wabba advocated capital punishment for treasury looters.

While Nigeria seems to be gaining upper hand in the war against terrorism, an explosive devise suspected to have been masterminded by terrorists, went off at the Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in Adamawa State, north east Nigeria, killing seven people and injuring many others.

Finally on Saturday, kidnapped journalist, Donu Kogbara, abducted since 30 August from her Port Harcourt home, returned home about 2am. Kogbara had earlier regained her freedom late Friday night at about 10pm.


Report by: Dayo Emmanuel


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