This Week in Nigeria
Sunday 27 September – Saturday 3 October
On Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari promised that the prosecution of those who misappropriated revenue of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), would soon commence.
Same day, the Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency confirmed the death of a former Local Government Caretaker Chairman, Alhaji Bello Gidan-Hamma, who died in the Saudi Arabia stampede, along with his mother, step-mother and his two wives. The state also confirmed the death of Chief Imam of the Sultan Abubakar III Jumaa’at Mosque, Sokoto, Sheikh Liman Dan-Ata, who also died in the Mina, Saudi Arabia stampede.
Justice delayed, a popular adage says, is justice denied. But this was not to be in Port Harcourt, River State capital, as Justice Adolphus Enebeli of a Port Harcourt High Court on Monday, sentenced a Police Inspector, Samuel Timothy, to death by hanging, for shooting one Onyekachi Nwasouba to death on 10 November 2010. Timothy as at 2010 had served in the Nigeria Police for 33 years, waiting for his retirement in 2012.
On Tuesday, the Senate resumed sitting but went into a rowdy session during which it 48 members from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and 35 from the All Progresive Congress (APC), passed the vote of confidence in favour of the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki. The Senate had gone on a short break on 13 August, during which its President was indicted on a 13 count charge before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
In Bayelsa State, former governor, Timipre Sylva, in a rescheduled primary election on Wednesday, emerged candidate of the APC, ahead of the 5 December governorship election in the state.
Still on Wednesday, Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court in Abuja, withdrew from the case filed by Senator Bukola Saraki against the Code of Conduct Tribunal and the Code of Conduct Bureau.
Lastly on Wednesday, President Buhari sent a list containing 21 names of his ministerial nominees to the Senate at about 4:56pm.
Nigeria on Thursday marked the 55th Independence Anniversary. The President in a nationwide broadcast, assured Nigerians that his government was not persecuting anybody. He said he bears no ill will against anyone.
Again on Thursday, the Acting Director, Defence Information Military Headquarters, Abuja, Col. Rabe Abubakar, reassured Nigerians of efforts of the military in rescuing the Chibok girls. Abubakar said, it is uttermost importance to rescue the girls, but the military would not rush into operation in order to rescue the girls alive.
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC), on Friday, took over the Asokoro, Abuja, residence of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. The former Minister was earlier arrested in the United Kingdom and taken before a court on Friday in the United Kingdom.
As the war against terror intensifies, suspected Boko Haram members again on Friday night, attacked the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), killing many and injuring several others. An explosive devise masterminded by the terrorists had hit a roadside market at Yanyan, FCT suburb. Another explosion same evening also rocked Kuje, a satellite town around the FCT.
Lastly on Saturday, while security and emergency operations were ongoing as a result of the terror attack on the FCT on Friday, armed Policemen and Soldiers were drafted to different parts of the FCT to beef up security and protect lives andproperty..
Compiled by Dayo Emmanuel