This week in Nigeria
Last week began on a victory note on Sunday, when some fighters of the Boko Haram terrorist group, surrendered to the Nigerian military. This came after a series of bombardments on the sect’s stronghold.
On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari, left Nigeria for France on a three day working visit. He met with the French government on several issues. On Wednesday, in one of his meetings, he disclosed that the Federal Government already started negotiations with the Boko Haram terrorists.
The President on Wednesday, returned to Nigeria after the working visit. Same day, fire gutted a shopping plaza on Lagos Island, destroying textile materials and fashion accessories estimated at several millions of naira.
It was a busy Thursday as another tragedy was reported in Port Harcourt, River State capital, where five people were killed and others injured during an explosion at a gas plant. Same Thursday, the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, halted the moves of the Code of Conduct Bureau to trial Senate President Bukola Saraki over a 13-count charge relating to corruption and alleged false declaration of assets. Still on Thursday, Nigeria’s Dream Team VI defeated hosts Congo 5-3 on penalties to win the bronze medal at the 2015 All Africa Games. Same day, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Offences Commission (ICPC), arraigned five Directors in the Niger Delta Ministry over N655million theft. And finally on same day, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested six people suspected to be money laundry syndicate for swallowing N32m.
Despite securing a court order stopping the Code of Conduct Bureau from trying him, the Federal High court on Friday ordered the Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s arrest over false declaration of assets.
Another fire outbreak was reported at the Alausa mechanic Village, Ikeja, Lagos, where 23 cars, generators, computers, were burnt.
On Saturday, the matriarch of Awolowo family, Chief (Mrs.) Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, passed on at the age of 99. She would have been 100 on November 25th. Same day, there was another fire disaster when a portion of the Ministry of Commerce building, Alausa, Lagos, was gutted by fire at about 1pm.
Compiled by Dayo Emmanuel