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Nnamdi Kanu’s sureties may have to provide him in court on Tuesday; Pro-Biafran leader Nnamdi Kanu, missing on eve of treason trial; Fire guts Kachikwu’s house in Abuja; Outrage over alleged Buhari’s directive to World Bank; Malabu Scandal: Italian prosecutors file charges against Shell executives . . .
Nnamdi Kanu’s sureties may have to provide him in court on Tuesday
The Sureties of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, are expected to provide him in court tomorrow, Tuesday, on his court-adjourned date – for further hearing.
Pro-Biafran leader Nnamdi Kanu, missing on eve of treason trial
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned the federal government not to provoke it into taking up arms by continually keeping its leader, Nnamdi Kanu. It warned that Kanu must be brought to court Tuesday dead or alive. The leader of a pro-Biafran separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has apparently gone missing, prompting speculation as to his whereabouts on the eve of his trial on treason charges . . .
Fire guts Kachikwu’s house in Abuja
The fire outbreak in the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu’s Abuja house was not an act of sabotage, it was learnt on Monday.
The Deputy Director, Press, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr Idang Alibi, who confirmed that there was a fire accident in the house, described the accident as a normal domestic accident that could happen in any house. The fire it is believed, started from his bedroom air conditioner unit.
Outrage at alleged Buhari’s directive to World Bank
The Southern Leaders Forum (SLF) yesterday condemned the alleged directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, that the institution should concentrate on northern Nigeria.
In a statement yesterday by Chief Guy Ikokwu for the South-East; Senator Bassey Henshaw for the South-South and Mr. Yinka Odumakin for the South-West, the forum said: “This directive, without mincing words, is sectional, discriminatory, divisive and against the laudable promise of President Buhari at his inauguration that he would not be beholden to anyone as he was elected to be the president of everybody. “Giving instructions to the World Bank to concentrate on a section of the country where the president hails from throws a knife at the heart of our nationhood and challenges the hackneyed expression that the ‘unity of Nigeria is settled.’
Malabu Scandal: Italian prosecutors file charges against Shell executives
Top officials at Royal Dutch Shell have been charged in Italy for their alleged roles in the $1.3 billion Malabu Oil scandal, Italian prosecutors said Friday. Global Witness quoted Milan Prosecutor’s Office as confirming that it included Malcom Brinded, second most senior official at Shell when the controversial deal was struck in 2011.
In December 2016, prosecutors indicated their interest to charge 13 persons for their alleged roles in the oil deal, which was approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011.
A former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum and ex-convict, Dan Etete, was amongst those the prosecutor sought to charge last December, but their trials have not commenced.
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