• April 13, 2021

NEWS RECAP: Malami’s Revelations, Magu’s Request, Tinbu’s Disclosure, Obasanjo’s Lamentations, Mailafia’s Ordeal And Much More.

By Jude Obuseh, Editor-In-Chief

Good day readers! Guess you had a swell week. Today on news Recap, you will be treated to some titillating news reports that made headlines during the past week. From the second invitation of one-time Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia by the Directorate of State Services (DSS) to its Jos Office for further questioning, Senator Tinubu’s sermon on Nigerian unity, Obasanjo’s lamentations on the current state of the nation, to several other topical stories that hugged the headlines during the week, it has been fireworks all the way.

If you’re visiting this page for the first time, News Recap is a collection of top-line news stories that were published in the news sections of agendawatchdog.com during the week. Bonne Voyage!  

-.Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said that the Nigerian state was failing and badly divided due to the recent mismanagement of the country. Obasanjo made the comment in Abuja on Thursday while delivering a speech titled ‘Moving Nigeria Away from Tipping Over’ at a consultative dialogue attended by various socio-cultural groups

-The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said that Nigerians must dwell in unity, if the country must become great. Tinubu stated this on Saturday, when he paid a condolence visit to Senator Aliyu Wamakko, on the death of his daughter, Sadiya Aliyu.

-.Controversial On-Air Personality, Daddy Freeze, has apologized to the founder of Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, over an old clip where he called the cleric baldheaded old fowl. Freeze took to his social media pages, to upload a video of him saying sorry.

-.Once again, the Department of State Security Services (DSS) invited former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia, for questioning. Mailafia had been initially quizzed by officials of the country’s security agencies in respect of suggestions he made during a radio interview where he alleged that some top northern leaders were the leaders of Boko Haram. The latest invitation of the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) by the DSS was confirmed by his lawyer, Yakubu Bawa.

-.The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, on Friday said democracy is the only system that can deliver “on the egalitarian society” that Nigeria “desperately needs.” The Bishop was responding to a question on the ideal 60th birthday for Nigeria during Channels Television’s Politics Today, on Friday, September 11, 2020.

-.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has mandated the use of face masks for individuals before they can exercise their franchise in the forthcoming elections in Edo and Ondo states. This is part of measures by the Commission to ensure the safety of voters ahead of the Edo, and Ondo governorship polls amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

-.Several card readers were damaged as fire gutted the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akure, Thursday.  Media Adviser/Chief Press Secretary to the Independent National Electoral Commission, Rotimi Oyekanmi confirmed the incident 

-.The West African Examination Council (WAEC) conducted the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), in Chibok Local Government, Borno State, the first time since the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in the area by Boko Haram insurgents, six years ago. The 7 Division, Nigerian Army, disclosed this on Thursday.

-.Some protesters expressing their displeasure over the recent petrol and electricity tariff hike were arrested by officers of the police force in Lagos. The arrest took place on Thursday at the Ojuelegba area of the metropolis where the demonstrators were staging a protest. Also arrested alongside the protesters were some journalists.

-.The Biafra Nations Youth League, BNYL, attacked former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, for boasting that he can bring back Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to Nigeria. Senator Kalu had yesterday pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari government to allow him convince Kanu to stop his Biafra agitation

-.The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), said he would gladly testify before the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential panel against the suspended EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu if he is summoned. Malami said this while answering questions on Arise TV on Wednesday morning

-.Pope Francis was seen Wednesday for the first time wearing a protective face mask as he attended his second traditional general audience before a limited public presence after a six-month suspension. The pontiff — known for a fondness for close personal contact — however quickly removed the mask as he emerged from the car carrying him to the audience, which was suspended in February over the coronavirus pandemic.

-.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday, re-arraigned Malabu Oil & Gas Limited, Aliyu Abubakar and six others before Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on 67 amended charges, bordering on money laundering to the tune of $875,740,000. According to a statement by the Head, Media & Publicity, EFCC, Dele Oyewale on Tuesday, the other six defendants are: a Group Construction Company Limited; Rocky Top Resources Limited; Megatech Engineering Limited; Novel Properties and Development Company Limited, Imperial Union Limited and Carlin International Nigeria Limited.

-.The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN), has set up a Committee to audit the national elections of the Nigerian Bar Association for the years 2016, 2018 and 2020. The BOSAN meeting which held over the weekend was presided over by the first female Senior Advocate, Mrs Folake Solanke. At his inaugural address, the President of the Bar, Olumide Akpata had announced the setting up of an Electoral Audit and Reforms Committee to audit the 2016, 2018 and 2020 elections and recommend reforms to guide future elections.

-.Kevin De Bruyne credited the influence of Pep Guardiola after becoming the first Manchester City player to be named the Professional Footballers’ Association’s (PFA) player of the year. The rest of the PFA team of the year is dominated by Premier League champions Liverpool with five players, while Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford was handed a merit award for his role in the fight against child poverty.

-.All students except those in tertiary institutions have been given an automatic promotion to the next class by the Ogun State Government which announced September 21 for the reopening of schools in the state for the first term of 2020/2021 session. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, made the announcement in a statement on Monday.

-.The suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has asked the Justice Ayo Salami-led investigative presidential panel, to recall the witnesses who testified against him in his absence at the ongoing corruption probe. In a letter dated September 4 and addressed to the Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, through his counsel, Wahab Shittu, Mr Magu said that the request to recall several witnesses was in the interest of fair hearing.

-.The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said that ongoing investigation has revealed that about $301 million was given as under-hand dealings to some persons in a bid to hide the illegality of the Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID) gas supply and processing deal. The Federal Government, during the administration of Late President Umaru Yar’adua in 2010, signed a contract with P&ID to build a gas supply and processing plant in Calabar, Cross River State capital, a contract the President Muhammadu Buhari government has said is a result of fraud and corruption.

-The Federal Government has said it spent N30.5 billion in response to COVID-19 between April and July 2020.  This is in response to a letter by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) which asked the government to provide a breakdown of how it spent the N36.3 billion donations and fund received to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, N30.5 billion was spent within the said date and it represents 84 per cent of the total sum.

-.The police authorities in Rivers arrested a suspected kidnapper said to be the most wanted in the state, Honest Digbara, popularly known as Boboski. Boboski, said to have come from Nwidera, Gokana Local Government Area was nabbed at Korokoro community in Khana Local Government where he was hiding with his gang members.

-.Unknown gunmen, Saturday stormed Banigo Isile-Ogono community in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State, shot sporadically and abducted several persons in a gory operation. Some of the abducted victims were identified as Sunny Hart, Thomas Allison and Theophilus Ibiama, among several others.

That will be all on News Recap for this week, until next week. You can visit other sections of this blogsite for more news and information. Continue to play and stay safe.

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