This Week in Nigeria
Sunday 11 – Satuday 17 October 2015
The week started on a winning note for Nigeria as the national senior football team, the Super Eagles on Sunday, were three goals better than their counterparts; the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in a friendly match in Belgium.
Former captain of the team, Kanu Nwankwo, on Monday, praised the Super Eagles for doing Nigeria proud over age-long rival, Cameroon.
Same Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari sent another batch of 15 ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening. Same day, Managing Director of the Lekki Free Trade Zone in Lagos, Mr. Tajudeen Disu, was assassinated. In connection with the assassination, on Tuesday, 17 suspects were arraigned before an Ebute Metta court in Lagos.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Tuesday in Abuja, unveiled a new certificate bearing special security features and photographs of recipients. This was done to forestall counterfeiting of the certificate.
The Senate on Tuesday, began screening of ministerial nominees earlier sent by the President on 30th September. Same Tuesday, ten nominees were screened on the floor of the House.
Still on ministerial nominees, on Tuesday, indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), complained non-inclusion of their representative in the ministerial nominees list.
Still on Tuesday, Lagos residence began noticing long vehicle lines at various filling stations. The development had brought about panic buying due to a rumour making the rounds about petroleum products price review.
Meanwhile, Esther Ogbue, an official of the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), dispelled the rumour about possible price adjustment. Ogbue claimed that there is enough products in stock and warned Nigerians against panic buying.
Same Tuesday, armed robbers in military uniform, numbering about 40, attacked two commercial banks in FESTAC town, Lagos. The Police had engaged the robbers in a gun battle that lasted over 30 minutes. A nurse attached to a General Hospital in Lagos and her 18 months old baby were hit and killed by stray bullets in their apartment around the robbery site. The police later confirmed N27 million dropped from the fleeing robbers and was recovered.
On Wednesday, the Senate continued with the screening exercise, which was beamed live to Nigerians.
Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd.), on Thursday, urged Nigerians to give President Buhari a chance. He stated that governance is not easy and Nigeria is also not an easy nation to govern.
Also on Thursday, the 2014 Batch ‘C’ of the NYSC year ended with passing out parades in 36 states of the federation. According to records, five corp members died in the course of serving their father land within the year; three in Kano State and two in Edo State.
Lastly on Thursday, Nigerian Military authority convicted Brigadier-General Enitan Ransome-Kuti who was blamed for losing Baga town in Borno State under his command to the Boko Haram insurgents in January 2015. He was arraigned before a military court in May, where he was accused of cowardly behavior and loss of weapons to the fundamentalists. The court on Thursday however dismissed the charge on cowardly behavior and sentenced the Brigadier-General to a six months jail term for loss of equipment. He was also dismissed for negligence to duty. He was the Commander of the Multinational Force in Borno State. Ransome-Kuti is the son of late activist, Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti.
On Friday the Economic and Commercial Crimes Commissions (EFCC), arrested former governor of Akwa Ibom State, and current minority leader at the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, over N108.1b. Akpabio, who served as governor of the state for eight years, was accused of diverting state funds and plunging the oil rich state into huge debt.
Same Friday, former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan during a condolence visit to the late former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamiesyesigha’s family at Opolo, Yenagoa, stated that, he would not have become the President of Nigeria without the deceased Alamieyeseigha.
Barely 24 hours after two bombs went off near a mosque in Maiduguri, another one, Friday morning in the same city, exploded at a mosque, killing seven people.
Nigeria’s national football team B, defeated their Burkinabe counterparts in Port Harcourt by two goals to nothing on Saturday in a first leg of the 2016 CHAN qualifier.
Same Saturday, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, while expressing confidence in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, said, Buhari will not disappoint Nigeria.
*Complied by Dayo Emmanuel