The Big 5: Three Nigerians killed in South Africa in less than one month, EFCC to begin auction of seized petroleum products, and other top stories

Good morning.

Here are the top 5 stories you should be monitoring today.

After a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent chieftaincy tussle in Oyo state, the state governor Abiola Ajimobi has said he will not dethrone the Olubadan of Ibadanland Oba Saliu Adetunji, despite the Oba’s action.

Here’s a bit of context to help you understand how we got to this point.

Ajimobi spoke to reporters after the meeting, listing these as reasons why he decided not to dethrone the Olubadan.

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Also, on another tussle, the recently proscribed separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has alleged that officers of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police Force looted Nnamdi Kanu’s family house in Abia State.

Here, they recount the alleged incidence, claiming it had all been recorded on a CCTV mounted in the house but that the soldiers destroyed it once they realised they had been recorded.

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This morning briefing won’t be complete if we don’t update you on the developments in NNPC’s Ibe Kachikwu petition against Maikanti Baru.

Yesterday, it was reported that the two had a meeting to discuss the way forward for the petroleum corporation, a hint which many believe shows that the matter, including the alleged $25billion scam, likely being swept under the rug.

However, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) group is not having it. In a recent statement, they urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate the allegations. Here’s what they said.

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But the EFCC seems to have its hands full at the moment with its plan to auction seized Petroleum products and vessels from oil bunkers.

In fact, things had already kicked off in Abuja yesterday, with the commission holding a “pre-bid meeting” with shortlisted auctioneers.

The EFCC stated this as the reason for the auction.

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Unpleasant news on the International scene, with what appears to be another Xenophobic killing spree in South Africa as another Nigerian – the third case in less than one month – has been reportedly killed by policemen in Johannesburg. At least, nine Nigerians have been killed in South Africa, this year alone.

The death of 25-year-old Ibrahim Badmus is coming barely one-week after Jelili Omoyele, also a Nigerian was killed in Johannesburg over an alleged 300 Rand (about N7,500) parking lot debt.

Steve Lumbwe a Congolese, who was a flat-mate of the deceased, narrated the outrageous reason why Ibrahim was killed by the police.

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