NASS threatens to invoke constitutional powers on the executive; Nigerian actor says gays, lesbians rule Nollywood and other stories that made headlines this week

These are the top ten stories that drove conversation this week.

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) invited Senate President, Bukola Saraki to answer allegations against him by suspects who took part in the bloody bank robbery in Offa.

The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood said in a statement released, that five of the 22 suspects arrested paraded at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, confessed to having a connection with Saraki.

In reaction, Saraki dissociated himself from the suspects.

The NPF, however, later withdrew its invitation to Saraki.

“They are no longer asking me to appear at any station, but to respond in writing to the allegations within 48 hours — which I plan to do,” Saraki said.

Nigerian actor, Paul Obazele, in an interview with Punch said gay, lesbian producers rule Nollywood.

Obazele said, “I would not lie, we have gay producers and lesbians in the Nigerian entertainment industry and they are the people in control.

Why are we hiding it? When I was president of the Association of Movie Producers, I was against them. Why are we pretending that it does not happen? The same way it happens in Nollywood is the same way it happens in the medical field and other fields.

Aggrieved members of the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) suspended its talks with the Presidency.

The decision of the nPDP which was contained in a statement by its chairman, Abubakar Kawu Baraje, revealed that members of the group were angered by a number of developments including an alleged persecution of the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The nPDP  also listed other issues to include the withdrawal of security aides of the National Assembly’s principal officers as well as the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership to go ahead with the ratification  of all the congresses from wards, local governments, states and zones  where many of its members had complaints.

It alleged that the Presidency was not interested in the talks and might have been negotiating in bad faith, adding that it might not be available for talks unless good faith returns to the discussions.

Nigerian singers, Davido and Wizkid made the list of the 2018 Forbes Africa under 30 individuals.

The list is divided into three: Creative, Technology and Business.

Other celebrities across Africa that made the list are FalzSarkodieYemi Alade, Nasty CCassper NyovestBeverly Naya, etc.

The National Assembly (NASS) threatened to invoke its Constitutional Powers on the executive if it fails to implement its demands on the security situation in the country.

As contained in a list of resolutions from an emergency executive joint session of both chambers of the National Assembly, the legislators after the over three-hour closed-door meeting, want the Buhari administration to address the current security situation in the country and frowned at the constant harassment of legislators and other political actors, especially those who are critical of, or seem to hold a contrary view from the executive arm.

A ‘vote of confidence’ was on the Senate President and the entire leadership of the National Assembly

The lawmakers called on the executive to show sincerity in the fight against corruption, adhere to the rule of law and refrain from the “intimidation of Nigerians” and also passed a ‘vote of no-confidence’ on the Inspector General of Police, who they want removed because of what they considered to be his “outright disregard for constitutional authority of both the executive and the legislature.”

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked Nigerian comedian and rapper, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana to withdraw his #ThisIsNigeria video and apologise to Nigerians within seven days or face legal action.

MURIC, in a statement by its director, Ishaq Akintola said the dancers in the video in no way depict the situation of the abducted Chibok girls still in Boko Haram captivity, which the singers claimed they represented, adding that the video is spiteful and intended to denigrate Islam and Muslims.

The group described it as a hate video with the potential of causing a religious crisis of unprecedented dimension and called on security agencies and the National Film And Video Censors Board (NFVCB) to clamp down on the video.

Of course, MURIC got served.

Also, another group known as Muslim Against Terror defended the artiste. The group says MURIC does not have an understanding of veil usage.

In a statement countering that of MURIC, Muslim Against Terror said: “In clear contradiction to what MURIC’s Professor Ishaq Akintola claimed, Islam or Muslim was NEVER mentioned in the video and the veil is not owned by Islam but worn by anyone who so feels, hopefully to the pleasure of Muslims and worn by nuns and sometimes forcibly doused by terrorists on their captors as happened in the Chibok case.”

Nigeria’s Super Eagles were beaten by Czech Republic in their final test game for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Despite fielding a strong team which could pass for what might be the starting XI in the opening group game in 10 days’ time, and numerous chances that came their way, the Super Eagles lost the game by 1-0.

The Czechs netted the only goal of the game through Tomas Kalas in the 25th minute, to make it four games in a row that the Super Eagles have failed to get a win.

President Muhammadu Buhari declared June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day and also awarded Nigeria’s highest honour, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) to late business mogul Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, presumed winner of the election held on the same date in 1993.

Buhari said Abiola’s running mate, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe  alongside Chief Gani Fawehinmi, the rights activist and Senior Advocate who campaigned for the actualisation of June 12 up till Abiola’s death in 1998 will be honoured with the nation’s second-highest honour, Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) at an investiture ceremony scheduled to hold on June 12.

According to the statement signed personally by the President, June 12 (a date previously celebrated by some South West states) will now replace May 29 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

Nigerian rapper, Eedris Abdulkareem, has released a new song titled Letter To Obasanjo, where he called out the former President, saying he was the ‘problem of Nigeria’.

In the song produced by Mr. Lekki, Eedris accused Obasanjo of corruption and killing the people of Odi.

This is just a reminder of the face-off between him and Obasanjo when he dropped “Nigeria Jaga Jaga”.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo accused the federal government of plotting to silence him from speaking against it.

In a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, the former president said: “impeccable security sources have alleged Chief Obasanjo’s name is on their Watch List and that the security of his life cannot be guaranteed.

Obasanjo also said that “another plot being hatched is to cause the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to re-open an investigation into the activities of Chief Obasanjo’s administration using false witnesses and documents.

We would like the Government and its supporters to understand that no amount of campaign of calumny, no matter how well contrived, orchestrated or marketed would deter Chief Obasanjo from calling a spade by its name, it added.

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