This Week in Nigeria

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Sunday 18th – Saturday 24th October 2015

Security operatives on Sunday arrested 72 cattle rustlers and recovered 818 cattle in the Falgore forest in Tudun Wada Local Government Area of Kano State. Charms, fake police and military uniforms were also recovered from the bandits that have been terrorising the area. Three of the suspected cattle rustlers were also killed in the operation.

It was found out on Monday before the Senate Adhooc Committee on Import Waivers that two foreign companies involved in rice importation in Nigeria; Stallion Group and Olam International is owing Nigeria a  total of N44bn as import duties since 2014. The Chairman of the Senate Committee, Senator Adamu Aliero, said Nigeria would not fold her arms to watch the huge debt go down the drain.

On Tuesday, the President, Mumahhadu Buhari performed a ground breaking ceremony, marking the commencement of a 260KM Super Highway from Calabar, Cross River State to Northern Nigeria at Obung village, Akamkpa, Cross River State.

Same Tuesday, for the second time, the scheduled screening of former River State governor and a ministerial niminee, Rotimi Amaechi, was stalled by the Senate who had canceled sitting due to the appearance of its President Bukola Saraki in court on his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The Supreme Court also on Tuesday, upheld the election of the Lagos State governor Akinwumi Ambode.

On Wednesday, a three-storey building collapsed on Lagos Island, trapping four victims, including an elderly woman, who was later rescued alive from the rubbles, by men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency.

Also on Wednesday, the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal for Akwa Ibom State, nullified the 11 April governorship election in 18 of the 31 Local Government Areas of the state, over voters’ disenfranchisement during the polls.

Still on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the first National Council of States’ meeting, where he approved the appointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as new Chairman of the National Electoral Commission (INEC). Same day, the President approved the appointment of Mrs. Winifred Ekanem, as the acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect.

The Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja also on Wednesday, honoured Dr. Victor Olalusi, who scored 5.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) in the faculty of Clinical Sciences in a Russian University.

Senate President Bukola Saraki appeared before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Wednesday in continuation of his trial over alleged false assets declaration.

On Thursday, former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, faced interrogation at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC), over the Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment tragedy, which claimed several lives of the applicants during his tenure as Minister.

Still on Thursday, an unidentified commercial motorcyclist in his bid to evade arrest by the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offence Unit, jumped off the bridge linking Obalende and Falomo end of Lagos Island into the lagoon. It is an offence for commercial cyclists to ply the highways in Lagos State.

The APC and PDP Senators disagreed over the screening of former River State governor, Rotimi Amaechi on Thursday. Same day, Abdulwaheed Nasiru, one of the terror suspects standing trials in Abuja pleaded guilty to the October bombing of Kuje area of the Federal Capital Territory.

On Friday, Boko Haram terrorists attacked a mosque in Maiduguri, killing several people at an early morning prayers. Same day, the terrorist organisation attacked Yola, Adamawa State. While Muslim faithfuls were preparing for the Jumat prayers, another suicide bomber detonated an explosive device close to the Mosque, killing himself and several other worshipers.

Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal also on Friday, upheld the electoral victory of Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, as the duly elected governor of the state at the 2015 governorship election. Meanwhile, his River State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, was not as lucky. The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, annulled Wike’s election, ruling that fresh election be conducted within 90 days.

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets suffered a 1-2 defeat from their Croats counterparts at the final group match of the ongoing FIFA u-17 World Cup in Chile. Despite the defeat, the Nigerians topped their group and qualified for the next round of the tournament.

Still on Saturday, former President Olusegun Obasanjo escaped unhurt during a motor accident while he traveled along the Lagos-Ibadan express way. The former leader continued his journey to the Lagos International Airport.

same Saturday, Maritime workers suspended their three days old strike, which had crippled the nation’s ports.

Lastly on Saturday, a female suicide bomber killed herself and three other people in Maiduguri, Borno State, when some explosive devices she had concealed went off.

 

Compliled by: Dayo Emmanuel

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