Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ summary of the main headlines in Nigeria for today, Friday September 3, 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari received the final report of the forensic audit from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Thursday.
Naija News reports that Niger Delta Minister of Affairs Godswill Akpabio presented the report to Buhari.
Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami received the documents which were mailed in bags on behalf of the president.
Speaking after the handover, Akpabio, revealed that the forensic audit covered a total of 13,777 contracts awarded from 2001 to 2019 for a final contract value of N3, 274,206,032,213.24.
In response, Buhari via Malami vowed not to spare anyone involved in the embezzlement of six trillion naira injected into the NDDC.
Defense Headquarters (DHQ) said more than 5,890 Boko Haram / ISWAP insurgents and their families have so far surrendered to Nigerian troops in the northeast.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, acting director of defense media operations Bernard Onyeuko said the surrendered terrorists included their commanders and infantry.
Onyeuko added that 565 of the recently surrendered terrorists were turned over to the Borno state government for further management after extensive profiling.
The DHQ said as many as 48 Boko Haram terrorists, 20 arrested, including fighters and commanders, were neutralized and their logistics base and facilities, including 3 armed trucks, were destroyed in the process.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s special adviser on media and advertising, Femi Adesina, gave further explanation on the president’s decision to end the appointment of two ministers.
It will be recalled that President Buhari, in an unexpected gesture, on Wednesday ended the appointments of the Minister of Agriculture, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, and of the Minister of Energy, Mr. Saleh Mamman.
Defending the decision and shedding light on the decision, presidential spokeswoman Femi Adesina argued on Thursday that the two ministers were falling short of expectations, hence their dismissal.
Speaking during an appearance on Channels TV, Adesina said the two were caught out when their performances were reviewed and with less than two years into his tenure President Buhari had to let them go. in order to finish strong.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar called for urgent measures to be taken to protect schoolchildren from kidnapping, especially in the northern region where such incidents have become commonplace.
Atiku made the appeal Thursday in response to the latest of these kidnappings in Zamfara state where 73 students from Government Day, Kaya Secondary School in Maradun LGA were kidnapped on Wednesday.
The unfortunate incident was also confirmed by the Zamfara Police Command with the addition that security officers have prosecuted the perpetrators.
But in reaction to the kidnapping, Atiku, who wrote on Twitter, said if the situation was not urgently resolved, the northern region would continue to lag behind in educating children compared to other regions.
He also recommended that the government establish a special protection unit responsible for the safety of schools and schoolchildren only to prevent such attacks in the future.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) announced Thursday the expulsion of a leader, Sulaiman Adamu, for wishing the death of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Naija News recalls that Adamu, the party’s acting chairman in the South Yola Local Government Area of ââAdamawa State, wished Buhari would contract COVID-19 and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to replace him.
In a statement to reporters, APC National Secretary John Akpan Udoedehe said Adamu’s expulsion is effective immediately.
He added that the decision to sack the party chairman was part of the resolutions taken at the 16th meeting of the Interim Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) held at the National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.
The Minister of Special Tasks and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume has abandoned the residents of his constituency who are most affected by the frequent Fulani shepherds in Benue State.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom made the allegation in response to the Minister’s call to declare a state of emergency in Benue following ongoing fighting and clashes between herders and farmers / residents.
Ortom further stated that Akume never condemned the killings or saw fit to visit internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the state despite being a federal minister, describing the situation as painful.
The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) national interim committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni, said the court order dismissing him from office has no effect on him.
Governor Buni, in a statement Thursday by his media aide, Mamman Mohammed, observed that the court order is limited to the APC leadership in Delta state and not the national party leadership.
It will be recalled that a High Court sitting on Wednesday in Asaba, Delta State, prevented the interim president and others from standing as members of the party’s CECPC until action was determined. justice in court.
The party’s vice president in Delta state, Olorogun Elvis Ayomanor, had taken other party officials in the state to court, challenging the results of the neighborhood congress in the state.
However, Buni, in his reaction through his aide’s statement, said the court ruling only affected the next Delta state of Congress and did not affect other states.
He therefore urged those labeled as troublemakers in the statement to stop distorting the court order to fit them for their own purposes.
Two prominent traditional rulers of Oyo State, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, were surprisingly unable to enter during the setting in service of the renovated Lekan Salami, Adamasingba stadium in Ibadan.
It was reported that security guards on duty at the event, which took place on Wednesday in Oyo state, prevented traditional rulers from entering the event venue despite invitation cards. very important personality (VIP) with them.
The traditional leaders then left the scene without attending the event following the incident with security guards.
Media staff from both monarchs confirmed the development previously reported by Naija News.
But in response to the incident, the Oyo state government on Thursday in a statement by Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde Taiwo Adisa said traditional leaders were duly invited and expected at the event.
On why they were unable to enter, however, the statement went on to explain that the Royal Fathers were unable to access the designated VVIP drop zone due to the growing crowd that showed up for the event.
He added that security officials told them to use another door and noted that the state government holds the two traditional rulers in high regard.
The Nigerian military said its troops neutralized six terrorists from the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) Province in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
In a statement released Thursday by its spokesman Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the military said troops also recovered weapons and ammunition from slain insurgents.
Nwachukwu added that four AK 47 rifles and four magazines, each loaded with 30 7.62mm (special) rounds were recovered by the troops.
He revealed that the troops of the 25th Brigade, operating under the aegis of Joint Task Force, North-East, Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) neutralized the terrorists in a gun duel.
According to him, terrorists spying along the Damboa-Bulabulin-Maiduguri road clashed with a combat patrol team in Kukawa and were neutralized in the ensuing fight with the troops.
On Thursday, the Enugu State Assembly passed the anti-open grazing bill.
It was concluded that after considering the bill article by article, the lawmakers adopted the bill
Naija News reports that after passage, the Assembly would send the bill to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his assent.
The Miyetti Allah Cattlemen’s Association had asked the assembly to extend the passage of the bill from one month to the next in order to give them enough time to make their contribution.
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