The Late 5: Buhari to begin payment of pension to ex-Biafran policemen, Court remands Atiku’s son, and other top stories

Good evening.

Here are the top 5 stories that drove conversation today:

President Muhhamdu Buhari has approved the payment of pension to retired members of the now-defunct Biafran Police who served during the Civil war.

This development was unprecedented considering the tense atmosphere between the federal government and members of the much recent separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra — particularly their leader Nnamdi Kanu.

The retired police officers, who were granted a presidential pardon in 2000, will begin receiving their benefits starting next month.


Despite the controversy raised by his decision to erect a statue of South Africa President Jacob Zuma in his state, Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha has said he “will erect more statues,” adding that he “owes no one an apology.”

Rochas has faced so much criticism, especially on social media, that he impulsively spat back at Japheth Omojuwa on Twitter calling him “stupid” — a statement which he later denied.

Defending himself, Rochas said he would erect more statues to attract investments and other positive things to the state.


Also deep in controversy is former first lady Patience Jonathan. This time, she is being accused of using an aide to former president Goodluck Jonathan to launder over N5billion.

A prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of a former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, made the allegation.

Find out more of what he said, here.


More political controversy as the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has been remanded by a court in transit cell for allegedly disobeying a court order.

The court on October 11 had ordered Atiku to produce his son Amir, whom he was alleged to have taken away from the custody of his estranged wife, Fatimo Bolori.

Here are the details.


In Niger Delta, suspected militants have kidnapped four British nationals, according to the state police.

Witnesses say the four had been providing “free medical care and religious activities” in the Burutu, Delta, before they were kidnapped on the October 13.

Here’s what the police said.

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