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Insurgents Kill 2 Policemen, 1 CJTF Member In Borno
Suspected members of the Boko Haram insurgents have attacked and killed at least three persons at the checkpoint along Maiduguri / Gubio highway on Sunday afternoon, sources disclosed.
It was learnt that, the insurgents stormed a joint checkpoint between Chabol and Magumeri at about 12:30 noon, killing two policemen and one member of Civilian Joint Task Force.
A security source disclosed the attackers burnt one utility vehicle and made away with another after they displaced the security personnel stationed at the joint checkpoint. “The incident occurred at outskirts of Magumeri and Chabol, we have reported that two police officers and a member of cjtf have lost their lives in the ambushed,” security source said.
Why I Presented Yar’Adua For Presidential Election Despite His Kidney Transplant – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said he knew that former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was ill, but had been certified medically fit before he emerged as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2007 general elections.
He said he got medical advice that Yar’Adua, who had a kidney transplant, was fit to run as President. Obasanjo was responding to questions in a virtual interview with a Nigerian historian and professor of African Studies, Toyin Falola.
Falola had asked Obasanjo to respond to allegations of imposing the Late Yar’dua despite knowing his health status. Obasanjo described the allegations as “absolute and total nonsense,” asking: “How? For the like of me… should I deliberately weaken the country that I fought for? The country of my birth. The country I want to be great.”
Moves To Get Jonathan Into 2023 Presidential Race Intensify
Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, some kinsmen and political allies of former President Goodluck Jonathan have intensified their moves to woo the former Nigerian leader into the race.
According to Jonathan’s political allies both in Bayelsa and outside the state, Nigerians still need the former president’s quality leadership and would overwhelmingly support him if he eventually indicates interest to contest on any political platform.
Jonathan’s kinsman from Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and pro-democracy advocate, Comrade Wisdom Ikuli, told Daily Trust on Sunday that the former president was very eligible to contest the 2023 presidential election and that most Nigerians are yearning for his return. He said though the agitation is subject to Jonathan’s acceptance to run in 2023 or not; but Nigerians needed him back as president due to his achievements during his days in office.
COVID-19: Presidency Warns Of Second Lockdown
The Presidency has warned that a fresh lockdown is possible unless Nigerians comply with COVID-19 safety measures.
A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Sunday, said “while President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is most reluctant to lock down the country and continues to emphasize non-pharmaceutical measures, the only way to avert lockdowns is to observe these measures as put in place by the Presidential Task Force.
“Nigerians must always have it in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a threat to the health of the population but it is equally so to the national economy, and to every aspect of our everyday life.”
PDP Accuses Buhari Of Violating COVID-19 Protocols
The People’s Democratic Party on Sunday alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari violated COVID-19 protocols during his All Progressives Congress membership registration and revalidation exercise.
Buhari had on Saturday revalidated his APC membership status at his Sarkin Yara polling unit in Daura, Katsina State.
The PDP, in a statement by his spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “It’s indeed scandalous that while Nigerians are striving to obey the COVID-19 regulation which stipulates the compulsory wearing of nose mask and physical distancing in the public, they’re being confronted with reports of open violation of the law by Mr. President during the APC’s membership revalidation exercise in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State on Saturday.”
Ganduje Wants Cattle Movement From North To South Banned
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called for the enactment of a law to ban the movement of cattle from the north to other parts of the country in order to halt the frequent clashes between farmers and herders.
Ganduje made the call at the weekend in Daura, Katsina State, while speaking with journalists.
The governor said the farmers/cattle herders conflicts would not end until a law banning movement of cows from the north to the Middle Belt and the southern parts of the country was made.
As IGP Adamu Retires On Monday: Buhari To Appoint New Police Boss
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to name a new Inspector-General of Police as the incumbent police chief, Mohammed Adamu, is due to take a bow out of service on Monday, multiple sources told Daily Trust on Sunday.
As the president’s action is being awaited, prominent socio-cultural groups and civil society organisations have called on the president to do the right thing and stick to the rule of law in taking his decision.
While the IGP’s days in the police are officially up, on account of attaining 35 years in service, the president has the prerogative to extend his stay. But informed sources told our reporters last night that the president is unlikely to give Adamu the fiat to stay beyond his statutory service age.
APC: No More Endorsement Of Candidates From Abuja – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that no candidate would be endorsed for elective positions from Abuja.
Buhari gave the assurance on Saturday while speaking in Daura, Katsina State, after completing his party membership revalidation exercise.
The president, who was accompanied by members of the caretaker committee of the party, the Senate President Ahmad Lawan; governors and other party members, said his objective was to ensure that the party was returned to the people at the grassroots.
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