Obasanjo and Buhari’s ‘exchange’, Amnesty International accuses Nigerian troops of raping ‘rescued’ women and other stories that made headlines this week

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

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) said two principal suspects out of the four gang leaders declared wanted over the banks robbery in Offa, Kwara have been arrested.

Police spokesman, ACP Jimoh Moshood in a statement said those arrested: Kunle Ogunleye (35) and Michael Adikwu, a former convicted police corporal, were arrested on May 20 and two weeks ago in Kwara respectively.

While investigations are still ongoing, twenty-two persons have so far been arrested in connection with the Offa banks robbery, the police spokesman added.

The former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), Olisa Metuh, who is standing trial over alleged money laundering of N400 million collapsed in court on his way to the dock after his case was called upon.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, however went ahead with the resumed trial, maintaining that Metuh was only trying to employ some delay tactics against his trial, even though he was still lying on the floor in court after he suddenly fell on the floor with a loud thud.

The Federal Government launched an upgraded website aimed at bringing governance close to the people.

The Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who declared the website open, stated that the upgraded website was created as a functional platform that would deliver information and policy thrust of the present administration as well as give Nigerians the opportunity to track the activities of government and ask questions where necessary.

The upgrade of the website  www.osfgf.gov.ng, procurement of laptops, training of officials and consultancy services is valued at N64 million and was captured in the 2017 budget, the SGF added.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) called on President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend his second term ambition until he had addressed and put to an end the killings by herdsmen.

This was contained in a statement by its spokesman, Pastor Bayo Oladeji: “While CAN is not opposed to the President’s exercise of his civic right by seeking re-election for the second time, we urge him to halt it for now and attend to the security problems occasioned by the criminal activities of the terrorists, herdsmen and bandits.”

“CAN asks President Buhari to suspend his re-election bid until he restores sanity to the country while ensuring the release of Leah Sharibu, the remaining Chibok girls and other hostages from the captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists,” the statement added.

Europa League winners Atletico Madrid beat a Nigerian side 3-2 in a friendly game at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

Kelechi Nwakali and Norway-based midfielder, Usman Mohammed scored for Nigeria in the 31st and 79th minute, while Atletico players Angel Correa, Fernando Torres and Borja Garces scored for their team.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has responded to the comments by President Buhari that his administration (1999 – 2007) wasted $16 billion on power projects without anything to show for it.

The former president said, “It has come to the attention of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that a statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari, apparently without correct information and based on ignorance, suggested that $16 billion was wasted on power projects by “a former President”.

For the records, Chief Obasanjo has addressed the issues of the power sector and the allegations against him on many occasions and platforms, including in his widely publicised book, My Watch in which he exhaustively stated the facts and reproduced various reports by both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which conducted a clinical investigation into the allegations against Chief Obasanjo, and the Ad-Hoc Committee on the Review of the Recommendations in the Report of the Committee on Power on the Investigation into how the Huge Sums Of Money was Spent on Power Generation, Transmission And Distribution between June 1999 and May 2007 without Commensurate Result.”

Twelve people died of cholera in Adamawa in just a few days, State Health Commissioner said, in the latest outbreak of the disease in the region.

 “A total of 142 people were infected and medical teams have been dispatched to the affected communities to contain the rapid spread of the disease,” Ahmad Sajo said.

He said the medical teams were yet to find out the cause of the outbreak.

The Deputy Governor of Bauchi, Nuhu Gidado resigned.

Gidado informed Governor Mohammed Abubakar of his decision in a letter dated May 16.

In the letter, Gidado explained that his decision was based on his commitment to serve for only a single term as deputy governor of the state, adding that staying on in office till the end of the term will be unfair to the state and his conscience.

Amnesty International has, in its latest report, accused Nigerian security forces and Civilian Joint Task Force of raping thousands of women and girls at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in North East Nigeria.

The report released by the Manager, Amnesty International, Nigeria, Isa Sanusi, revealed how the military and civilian JTF separated women from their husbands and confined them to remote “satellite camps” where they were raped, sometimes in exchange for food.

The report also said that in some cases, the abuse appeared to be part of a pattern of persecution of anyone perceived to have a connection to Boko Haram, adding that women reported being beaten and called “Boko Haram wives” by the security officials when they complained about their treatment.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated a 77-man National Campaign Council for the July 14 Ekiti governorship election at its  National Secretariat, in Abuja, on Thursday.

The Deputy National Chairman (North) of the party, Senator Lawal Shuaibu who inaugurated the council on behalf of the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun disclosed “that the importance of the Ekiti election to the party is slightly below that of a presidential election.” 

According to Shuaibu, while the Governor of KebbiAbubakar Atiku Bagudu, will serve as chairman, a total of 14 serving governors, senators, one minister from each of the six geopolitical zones, and other important personalities, will serve as members of the campaign council.

The governors include those of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Kwara, Zamfara, Edo, Kogi, Jigawa, Plateau, Borno, Adamawa states.

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