1) Drama As Lawan Forces Abaribe To Withdraw Armed Forces Commission Bill
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has been forced to call for a closed-door session following the tension that followed his ruling in the bill that seeks to create the Armed Forces Service Commission.
Naija News gathered that the bill which was sponsored by the Minority Leader in the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, seeks among others the appointment of service chiefs in line with federal character based on the recommendations of members of the commission.
Nine senators spoke in favour of the bill while six were against it during a debate that followed Abaribe’s presentation.
Lawan after the submission called for a voice vote and he ruled in favour of those who opposed the bill in what appeared to be a controversial decision.
Abaribe raised a point of order to challenge Lawan’s ruling and he called for a division whereby each senator would vote individually.
2) Buhari Reveals Source Funding Criminal Activities
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday noted that his government have discovered that criminals have infiltrated the mining industry in Nigeria.
The president was represented by the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uchechukwu Ogah.
The President said since most mining activities are carried out in remote places, it is easy for criminals to infiltrate the mining industry.
Buhari further stated that the money made from the industry is being used to fund criminal activities which has affected the security structure of the country.
He added that apart from the criminal activities affecting the economy, it is also affecting the security of lives and property of the people in many ways.
3) Biafra: Northern Group Slams Dokubo, Says They Believe In One Nigeria
The Arewa Consultative Forum has rejected the declation of Biafra by former militant leader, Asari Dokubo.
The northern group in its reaction to the declaration of Biafra by Dokubo said the ex-militant is on his own as they beleive in one Nigeria and are opposed to the idea of ghe country breaking up.
Naija News recalls Dokubo on Sunday, declared a new Biafra government and named himself the leader of the government.
Reacting to the development, the Arewa Consultative Forum through its National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe said Nigeria must remain as one.
He noted that the expereince of the civil war must not be forgotten in a hurry and all ahnds must be on deck to avert a re-occurence.
“We are not interested in the Arewa Republic. We believe in one Nigeria, we fought a civil war to keep Nigeria one and we cannot fight a civil war only to come and declare an independent nation again,” he said.
4) Buhari names Abuja expressway after president of Niger Republic
President Muhammadu Buhari has named a road in the federal capital territory (FCT) after President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger Republic.
The road was named after the Nigerien President by President @MBuhari as a mark of deep appreciation for the maintenance of brotherly relationship between Nigeria & the Rep. of Niger & in recognition of the Nigerien President’s significant role in the promotion of peace in Africa.”
5) Law Permits Adamu To Remain IGP Till 2024 – Buhari, Malami
President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, say the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, can remain in office as he is still a serving police officer.
In a counter affidavit to the suit filed at a Federal High Court in Abuja by an Abuja-based lawyer, Maxwell Opara, Buhari and Malami said the law permits Adamu to remain in office till 2023 or 2024.
6) We’ll unleash mayhem, hoist Biafran flags in Nigeria, Cameroon – BNL boasts
The Biafra Nations League, BNL in Bakassi Peninsula, has threatened to unleash mayhem on any security agency that will stop their operations in the region.
According to the group, they have taken over the creeks and bushes of the region to hoist the Biafran flags in all parts of Bakassi Peninsula of both the Nigeria and Cameroon.
They also threatened to enforce the expulsion of oil companies in the region in a statement signed by its Operational Commander in Bakassi Peninsula, and made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday.
“BNL activities in Bakassi Peninsula will differ from other areas,” the group warned.
7) Gunmen attack Emir of Birnin Gwari’s convoy
The convoy of the Emir of Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Zubairu Jibril Mai Gwari II, was attacked by armed bandits on Tuesday evening.
The emir was, however, not in the convoy during the attack but his driver was narrowly escaped.
The incident happened along the dreaded Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highway.
According to Umar Jibril, the emir’s driver, “the bandits appeared in front of our vehicles with guns and threw tree branches on the road to stop us.
8) Bandits: Adopt Buhari’s stance, don’t pay ransom – Northern elders to govs
The Northern Elders for Peace and Development, has thrown his weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s caution against paying ransom to bandits.
The elders urged Northern governors to adopt Buhari’s stance not to pay ransom to bandits.
In a statement by their National Coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni, the elders also warned against granting amnesty to terrorists.
9) How Armoured Carriers, Others Acquired Under Buratai From $1billion Fund Were Stolen By Boko Haram
Boko Haram terrorists have reportedly seized no fewer than 15 armoured personnel carriers and tanks purchased for Nigerian Army in 2020 under the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai.
The armours were bought from the $1 billion fund released by the Federal Government.
According to SaharaReporters, at least four countries supplied the APCs to the Nigerian Army in 2020 which were China, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and South Africa.
It was gathered that about 21 armoured carriers were ordered between 2018 and 2019 when the $1 billion fund from the Excess Crude Account was approved and released to the military to aid the counter-insurgency war in the North-East.
The news platform noted that Buratai deployed some of the funds to obtain the APCs from the four countries – although the arms ended up being stolen or destroyed by the Boko Haram terrorists the same year.
10) Nigerian Soldiers Flee As Boko Haram Takes Over Military Base In Borno
Militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād, have taken over a military base in Damasak town, Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State.
Sources told SaharaReporters that the insurgents stormed the community, shooting in all directions before ramming a pick-up truck loaded with explosives into the military base.
A resident said the gunmen came in different groups and could not be counted.
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