The Big 5: Army vs IPOB; Alhassan chides Fani-Kayode; and other top stories

Good Morning.

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

Following reports that the Nigerian Army invaded the residence of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), injuring some members of the pro-Biafra group, the Police and Army have, in separate statements, dismissed the report as untrue.

Both statements claim that the military was parading a new armoured carrier and passed through Nnamdi Kanu’s residence when some members started throwing stones, injuring a corporal and civilian in the process.

Read the full Army statement here.

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Aliko Dangote has donated N250 million as relief assistance to victims of the flood in Benue through the National Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation, which he chairs, following a request from the Benue state government.

The 34-member National Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation was inaugurated by former President Goodluck Jonathan in October 2012 with the aim of raising additional funds to support the government in providing relief and post-impact rehabilitation to communities affected by floods in the country.

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The Igbo National Council (INC) has given the Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, 21 days to withdraw his men from the Southeast region, stating that “the Nigerian state is not at war with the people of South-East Nigeria.”

This is in response to the commencement of Army’s ‘Operation Python Dance II’ in the South East region.

The council also warned that it would sue the Nigerian Army to the International Criminal Court (ICC), for genocide against the Southeast region.

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Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan has accused the former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode of ‘peddling falsehood’.

Fani-Kayode had initially tweeted that Alhassan, who is in charge of the rehabilitation of Chibok girls, had a revelation to give about the role Governor Nasir el-Rufai in the “scam.”

Alhassan, also responding on Twitter, said she never made such statement, adding that Fani-Kayode should respect himself as a former minister.

Fani-Kayode in another series of tweets told Alhassan to “stand on the platform of truth and not allow herself to be intimidated,” also advising that she should “resign from this accursed Govt. and leave APC before they strip her stark naked and feed her to the dogs.”

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Governor of Imo, Rochas Okorocha Sunday said Charles Oputa, popularly know as Charly Boy was recruited in 2014 by his political opponents to fight his administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor, who was reacting to a recent meeting convened by Charly Boy and the State Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Lawrence Nwaekaeti, to review suspected cases of rights abuses in the state, said the activist continued to act the script handed to him by his paymasters since 2014.

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