This Week in Nigeria
1-7 November 2015
The week started on a bright note as Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets defeated their Brazilian counterparts at the U-17 World Cup holding in Chile by three goals to nothing. With the victory, the Nigerian lads qualified for the semifinal stage of the tournament.
On Monday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC), filed a nine-count charge, bordering on money laundry to the tune of N3bn against a former governor of Benue State at an Abuja High Court. The former governor was also accused of diverting proceeds of sales of shares belonging to the North Central State.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, played host to former President, Goodluck Jonathan who visited and held a meeting behind closed doors with him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Same day, Justice Musa Kurya of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, convinced a business man, Chibueze Oneigbo, for trafficking in 2,010 grammes of cocaine. Oneigbo was jailed for 10 years.
On Tuesday, Centre Manager of the Mirabel Centre of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Mrs. Juliet Olumuyiwa-Rufai said, a total of 997 rape cases have been treated within the two years of existence of the centre.
Early evening fire on Tuesday, gutted about 200 buildings and displaced about 500 residents of Oko-Baba saw mill at Ebute Metta, Lagos. The inferno had started at about 5pm on Tuesday.
Academic activities were disrupted at the Gaskiya College, Ijora, Lagos, where a student in Senior Secondary School 2, Ahmed Saka stabbed another student, Saheed Jimoh of Senior Secondary 3, to death.
Same Wednesday, Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court, Lagos barred the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria from interfering with the normal operational activities of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC and its subsidiaries.
On Thursday, Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets again defeated their Mexican counterparts in Chile by four goals to two to qualify for the Sunday Final match. With a win on Sunday, Nigeria would be championing the world at the FIFA U-17 Junior World Cup stage for a record fifth time.
Still on Thursday, Operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) laid siege to the Abuja residence of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (Retd.), insisting on personally handing over a letter of invitation to him to appear before Federal Government’s committee in connection with the probe of arms purchase while he served as NSA.
Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday, refused the prayer by Senate President Bukola Saraki to stop his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja.
Justice delayed was not justice denied when the Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, nullified the April 11 and 25 elections that earlier gave victory to Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The Tribunal however gave victory to candidate of the All Progressive Congress and ministerial designate, Aisha Jumai Alhassan, as duly elected governor of the state.
Also on Saturday, there was pandemonium in Magodo area of Lagos, when four siblings were crushed to death in their sleep, while the three-bedroom bungalow in which they were sleeping, collapsed at about 4:50am.
- Compiled by Dayo Emmanuel