Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning…
1. The Odua Peoples Congress, famously known as OPC has given 14-day ultimatum to suspected Niger Delta militants to stop attacking communities in the South West region, else the Ijaw people in the region would face similar consequence.
OPC, which issued the threat while reacting to recent attacks by suspected militants on Imusin and Ogijo in Ogun and some riverine communities in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, reminded the group that no one has monopoly of violence.
2. The youth wing of the Ohaneze Ndigbo has declared that they were not part of those agitating for the birth of the Republic of Biafra. The youth group maintained that Igbos are the landlords of Nigeria and as such, they would not vacate the country for any in the name of fighting for Biafra.
3. Prominent Nigerians who reportedly looted the nation’s treasury during the last administration have indicated their interest to return their share of looted funds.
Among those who have indicated interest to return the money they reportedly stole are PDP Publicity Secretary, Olisah Metuh, ex-Chiefs of Air Staff Air Marshals Adeshola Amosu and Mohammed Dikko Umar.
4. Former President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Daniel Onyirofie Onjeh has lamented the increasing rate of kidnappings and killings in Benue South Senatorial District. Onjeh told DAIY POST that the most dangerous place to live in Nigeria at the moment is not Niger Delta but Benue South.
5. Former President of the Senate, Senator Adolphus Wabara has revealed how he nearly broke down when he watched the last time one of his successors, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu reported to the court for the alleged forgery of Senate Rules trial instituted against them and two others by the federal government.
According to him, the presiding officers were allowed to go to court when the court was on vacation, lamenting that no one had the courtesy to inform the Senate President and his Deputy that there would be no sitting owing to the vacation.
6. President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated former Deputy Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Mr. Nsima Ekere as the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). He also named former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, as NDDC Chairman. Ekere is expected to take over from Mrs Ibim Semenitari who has been the acting MD of the commission since December 21, 2015.
7. The Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Oluremi Tinubu has denied sponsoring anti-Dino Melaye protest in Abuja with N80m. Mrs. Tinubu said she doesn’t have up to such amount in her salary account and as such will never pay anybody to stage any protest for her.
8. Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau has stated that the military has succeeded in chasing the Boko Haram fighters from the North-Eastern part of the country.
According to him, the Federal Government was now focused on rebuilding and relocating the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their respective communities and homes.
9. Tragedy was averted in Otukpa area of Benue State yesterday after a motorcyclist was rescued from a suspected kidnapper in a forest by farmers. The suspected who hailed from Kogi state reportedly lured the okada rider into a nearby bush with the intention to whisk him away before luck ran out of him.
10. Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has dragged the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose to court for alleging that she was one of those indicted for involvement in the Halliburton multi-million dollar scandal.