This Week In Nigeria
Sunday 20th – Saturday 26th September
On Sunday, more visitors thronged the Ikenne home of the Awolowos to commiserate with the family over the death on Saturday, of the late Chief (Mrs.) Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo.
Daring Boko Haram members same day, despite military bombardments on their stronghold, bombed a Mosque and a viewing centre in Maiduguri, killing 54 and injuring 90 others.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, again failed to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Tribunal Chairman, also ordered a fresh arrest warrant on Saraki ahead of another sitting on Tuesday.
Same Monday, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Oluyemisi Falae, was abducted on his farm in Ilado, via Akure, Ondo State.
According to eye witnesses, the abduction was carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen who had had encounters with the senior citizen previously. A family source also disclosed that the kidnapers had demanded N90m for Falae’s release, refusing the N2m raised by the family.
The embattled Senate President, finally appeared in Court on Tuesday, refusing to go into the dock. Meanwhile after series of arguments between the prosecutor and Saraki’s lawyers, he eventually went into the dock to defend allegations against him.
He pleaded not guilty to the 13-count charges and the case was adjourned till October 21 2015.
Still on graft, same Tuesday, former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, and his two sons; Aminu and Mustapha, were arraigned before Justice Ademola Adeniyi of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on a 27-count amended charge on corruption and money laundering.
Same day, the All Progressive Congress (APC), held its primary election for the upcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State.
On Wednesday, Nigerian troops recorded another feat against Boko Haram terrorists when a top-ranking member of the sect, Bulama Modu, along with 43 other members, were rounded up in the northern part Borno State.
Also during the raid, women and children, numbering 241 were rescued.
Still on Wednesday, Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole accused former governor of Bayelsa State and a candidate at the primary election for disrupting the primary election held earlier on Tuesday.
Nigerian Muslims on Thursday joined their counterparts across the world to mark the Eid-el-Kabir festival, offering prayers on prayer grounds across the country. Meanwhile, angry mob same day in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, threw water sachets and stones at a tent under which Senate President, Bukola Saraki and other dignitaries sat, at the prayer ground. Saraki, according to reports, was smuggled out by security operatives.
Abducted Chief Falae regained his freedom on Thursday, after four days in captivity. Same Thursday, Chief Registrar of Ekiti State Judiciary, Mr. Obafemi Fasanmi, announced in a statement that all courts in the South Western state have been shut down indefinitely on the orders of the state Chief Judge, Justice Ayo Daramola.
Barely a week after a crane fell on a Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, killing over 100 pilgrims and leaving several others injured, including some Nigerians, another tragedy struck in Mina.
About 717 pilgrims performing an Islamic rite died in a stampede, leaving 863 others injured. About 100 Nigerians were equally among the dead. Mina is venue of the symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone walls.
Still on Thursday, former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, accused the Edo State Governor Oshiomhole, of lie and mischief.
Saddened about the tragedy, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who was attending the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on Friday, expressed sadness over the tragedy in Saudi Arabia, where over 700 pilgrims performing Hajj lost their lives. A journalist, Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf and Professor Tijjani El-Miskin, were among the victims.
Same day, the Taraba State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, confirmed the death of the state’s Amirul Hajj for the 2015 pilgrimage, Alhaji Abbas Ibrahim. Ibrahim was also a First Class ruler of Zing town.
Also on Friday, gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorists at about 9:45pm, attacked the Kogi State office of the Directorate of State Service (DSS) in Lokoja, the state capital. All detained persons in the cell (numbering about 30), were freed. Four people, including an anti-riot policeman, were reportedly killed during the attack.
While the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday expressed sorrow over the tragedy in Saudi Arabia, another tragedy was recorded in Lagos.
A boat mishap along Lagos-Ikorodu waterways claimed five persons while five others were still missing as at press time.