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1. Militants warn FG, threaten more attacks
The militant group, Niger-Delta Avengers, on Monday warned President Muhammadu Buhari against dealing with “sycophants” in his search for peace in the Niger Delta Region.
The group gave the warning in a statement issued by its spokesmen, Mudoch Agbimbo.
It asked the President to visit the region to find out things for himself, saying, “You cannot treat the Niger Delta region with disdain while you treat your brothers that are terrorists and kidnappers (Boko Haram) like kings and queens by committing the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement from Geneva to witness your transaction with them before they released their hostages to you.”
Kogi gov, Bello, in German hospital for eye surgery
Contrary to the claims by the Kogi State Government that Governor Yahaya Bello is healthy, investigations, on Monday, revealed that he had been admitted into a hospital in Germany for eye surgery.
The PUNCH learnt that the governor was in Dubai en route to Germany for the operation, which is expected to correct an eye ailment that had been troubling him for sometime.
Bello, who won the December 6, 2015, by-election in the state, was sworn in on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 without a deputy, the first of such development in the country.
3. Kano killing: Suspects’ release provocative, says CAN
The Christian Association of Nigeria on Monday protested against the freedom granted to the five suspects accused of killing a 74-year-old woman, Mrs. Bridget Agbahime, by Islamic fundamentalists in Kano.
The association claimed that the deceased’s blood was calling for justice.
The organisation said the decision of the Kano State Government to release the suspects without trial amounted to provocation, adding that “the wilful absence of justice for the victims of these mindless killings” in the country amounted to “a very serious constitutional breach and security threat to our unity and collective survival as a nation.”
4. Judges under probe will be prosecuted, AGF tells NJC
Outgoing Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, said on Monday that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, had informed the National Judicial Council that he was set to prosecute some judges who were being investigated for alleged corruption.
The CJN, who leaves office on attaining the retirement age of 70 on Thursday, said the communication received from the AGF informed the decision of the NJC to ask the affected judges not to perform judicial functions until the cases against them were concluded.
He spoke at the Supreme Court, Abuja during the swearing in ceremony of Justices Amina Augie and Ejembi Eko to the apex court bench.
5. Lagos dad breaks son’s arms for going missing
The police in Lagos State have arrested a man, Adeyemi Adekunle, for allegedly brutalising his eight-year-old son in the Dopemu area of the state.
Our correspondent learnt that Adekunle, who was arrested by the Dopemu Police Division on Monday, allegedly fractured the boy’s two arms for missing from home for two days.
It was gathered that the boy, whose name was not disclosed by the police, had gone missing on Saturday from their apartment on Kolawole Street, Dopemu.
6. Jibrin alleges threat to his life, goes on exile
Suspended former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has gone on exile.
He has vowed never to return to Nigeria unless his safety can be guaranteed.
The embattled lawmaker who left Nigeria for London last week to receive an award and take his anti-corruption campaign to international community, made his decision public in an interview aired on the London based Ben TV, on Monday.
7. Buratai weeps as commander, six soldiers get national burial
The Commanding Officer of the 272 Special Task Force Task Battalion, Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu-Ali and six troops who were killed during a Boko Haram attack at Mallam Fatori on November 4, 2016 were given a national burial at the military cemetery, Abuja on Monday.
The Army Commander described by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, as ‘Sarkin Yakin, the frontline general’ and the six others were buried in a brief but solemn ceremony which was attended by the leadership of the nation’s military, top politicians, family members of the deceased and associates.
The other killed military personnel comprising five Army personnel and a Naval seaman were Staff Sgt. Muazu Ibrahim, Sgt. Husseini Jafaru, Sgt. Okon Bassey, Cpl. Chukwu Simon, PTE Salishu Lawal, and Able Seaman Patrick Paul.
8. Judge in fresh trouble for receiving N5m from SAN
Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court is in fresh trouble for allegedly receiving N5m from a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, The PUNCH learnt on Monday.
Sources within the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told our correspondent that the SAN had been invited to explain what the money was meant for.
A detective in the EFCC said, “We have evidence that Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia collected N5m from a senior advocate. We have invited him (the SAN) and he is supposed to appear this week.”
9. NNPC defends new petrol price despite Kachikwu’s stance
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Monday defended the recent N4 increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit at its filling stations across the country despite the statement made by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, that the hike was wrong.
Kachikwu had on Saturday stated that he was unaware of the increase in the pump price of petrol at the NNPC filling stations, telling journalists that the development was wrong as there were processes to be followed before raising fuel price.
“First, I am not aware that the NNPC has increased the price. I need to look into that. It is a bit of surprise for me, because there are processes in doing this; if they have done that, it means they are doing it wrongly,” the minister had said.
10. Nigeria’s capital import drops by 34% in one year
The National Bureau of Statistics on Monday released the capital importation report for the third quarter of this year, with the country recording an increase of 74.84 per cent or $1.82bn in investment inflow from $1.04bn in the second quarter.
The bureau in the report which was made available to our correspondent in Abuja, however, stated that when compared with the inflow in the relative third quarter of 2015, the capital imported into the country represented a decline of 33.7 per cent.
There are three major categories of investments that make up the total investment inflow into the country. They are portfolio investments, foreign direct investments and other investments.