Igbo quit notice: Kaduna Govt obtains bench warrant against Northern youths; Atiku threatens to sue over alleged comments on IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu; Fayose Declares For President; EFCC arrests Ekiti Finance Commissioner, Accountant minutes after Fayose declared for presidency; Court fixes date for Patience Jonathan’s suit claiming ownership; Ohanaeze: restructuring way forward for Nigeria; Abaribe denies being queried for standing surety for IPOB leader; Reps invite Customs, DSS over illegal arms import; Court fixes date for Patience Jonathan’s suit claiming ownership . . .
The Kaduna State Government on Thursday said it has obtained a bench warrant from the court to arrest members of the Coalition of Northern Youths that gave October 1, 2017 as deadline for Ndigbo in the north to quit or be forced out of the region. This was despite the withdrawal of the quit notice by the group. Addressing a press conference at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, el-Rufai’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, assured residents that they had nothing to fear, no matter what their ancestry is. The government, he added, informed residents that law enforcement and security agencies are taking necessary action to prevent any threat to peace. “The criminal complaint specifies the sections of the recently updated Penal Code Law of Kaduna State, 2017 that were violated by those that issued the illegal ultimatum.
1. Inciting Disturbance: Section 78
2. Disturbing Public Peace: Section 77
3. Injurious Falsehood: Section 373
4. Unlawful Assembly: Section 66
5. Criminal Conspiracy: Section 59
“The formal criminal complaint and the bench warrant secured on 8th August 2017 provides a basis to investigate, apprehend and ultimately prosecute the suspects.
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has threaten to sue the media house that attributed an article on IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and Biafra agitation to him. This follows an official rebuttal by his media office: “. . .bent on tarnishing the reputation of the Waziri Adamawa. . .having found its way on the website of a reputable newspaper. . .the former Vice President is compelled to respond and to state as follows: That the article in circulation is unknown to Atiku Abubakar or Atiku Media Office; That His Excellency Atiku Abubakar never signed any opinion article with that title in circulation; That this is the handiwork of evil people and their cowardly sponsors aimed at soiling the reputation of Atiku Abubakar and his political standing; That this is classical Fake News”. A false story published by Vanguard newspaper has been brought to my notice. In the story, the paper quoted false comments about the Biafra crisis and attributed it to me. I have already instructed my lawyers to write to the news organization. It’s time, #FakeNews is decisively dealt with.”
The Ekiti state governor Ayo Fayose has declared his intention to run for president of Nigeria under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019. Fayose on Thursday appeared in public to formally declare for the country’s presidency in the Chelsea Hotel
Abuja. Fayose had on Tuesday written a letter to the leadership of the PDP intimating it of his decision to contest the 2019 presidency under the platform of the party. Though the party through its spokesman Dayo Adeyeye berated Fayose for trying to torpedo the party’s zoning arrangement, the Ekiti state governor was undaunted as he formally declared his presidential bid. “I Will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari In a free and fair election . . . My party leaders, I present myself to you as the needed vehicle for our party to move back to the presidency. I am doing so because I am confident that with God and all of you behind me, we can do it, and we will do it. Thanks and God bless” Fayose said in his speech as he declared for the 2019 Presidency.
EFCC agents arrested the Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance and the Accountant General. The anti-graft agency swooped on the state capital, Ado-Ekiti on Thursday. The development occurred with an hour after Governor Ayo Fayose declared his intention to run for president in 2019.
The House of Representatives has invited the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the Department of State Service (DSS) to brief it on the influx of small arms and light weapons into the country. This was sequel to a motion under Matters of Public Importance by Mr. Obinna Chidoka (Anambra PDP) to ascertain the cause(s) of the influx and how to stop it. Chidoka said the Customs had on four occasions this year intercepted firearms totalling 2,671 pieces smuggled into the country since January. He said a set of firearms was seized in May while the third and fourth were seized in September. Chidoka added that the seizure in January was intercepted by the Customs after it had been purportedly checked and certified freed. He noted that the firearms had left the premises of the port when it was tracked down after a tip-off. “The recent firearms seizure, which is the second this month and fourth in 2017, would appear to suggest that the syndicate behind the firearms has stepped up its nefarious trade. “This has far-reaching consequences for our dear nation, as firearms and light weapons are the lifeblood of organised crimes and criminality.
The Federal High Court in Lagos, on Thursday fixed November 2 for hearing in the N200 million fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Patience Jonathan, wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, against Skye Bank Plc. Mrs. Jonathan filed the suit in protest against the ‘No Debit Order’ placed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the bank accounts of the four companies domiciled in Skye Bank. The four companies were said to have a total of $15.5 million in their bank accounts, which the EFCC had frozen sometime in July 2016. The EFCC froze the accounts while investigating former Special Adviser to Ex-President Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa for money laundering. But Mrs. Jonathan claimed that the funds in the companies’ accounts belonged to her though she was not a signatory to any of the accounts. Other defendants joined in the suit are the EFCC and the four firms linked to Mr. Dudafa. They are Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd; Seagate Property Development and Investment Co. Ltd; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Ltd; and Globus Integrated Service Ltd.