The Big 5: Buhari returns to Nigeria, IPOB threatens to take up arms, and other top stories

Good morning.

Here are the top 5 stories you need to be monitoring today:

President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife Mrs Aisha Buhari have returned from Turkey where they attended the D-8 Summit. The couple touched down Nigeria yesterday, Sunday.

While in Turkey, President Buhari held meetings with host President Tayyip Erdogan, President Conde of Guinea and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of Pakistan.

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Following the President’s return, members of the proscribed separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), have threatened to pick up arms if the Federal Government and South-East governors do not produce their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

Kanu was said to have escaped to London through Malaysia after his residence in Abia state was allegedly invaded by soldiers. He was also absent from his court hearing last week.

Read the threat issued in this statement by IPOB spokesperson Emma Powerful.

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Meanwhile, in Lokoja, the Kogi capital, a director in the civil service identified as Edward Soje committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree, after being owed 11 months salary.

The 54-year-old was said to have taken his life barely 10 days after his wife of 17 years gave birth to a set of male triplets in Abuja.

The Kogi state government has admitted to owing Edward salaries, although, they claimed to have owed eight months and not 11 months salaries.

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Retired footballer and Presidential aspirant in Liberia, George Weah, visited the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, on Sunday, to seek the spiritual support of the founder of the church, TB Joshua.

Mr Weah, who is currently the leading presidential candidate, was accompanied to the church by former Liberian warlord, Yormie Johnson and one of the 20 candidates who participated in the first round of the election.

Here’s what T.B. Joshua said during the visit.

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Meanwhile, the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University in Katsina has employed the services of snake charmers, following the death of a final year Economics student, Zainab Umar, last Monday after she was bitten by a snake three days earlier.

The University’s Dean of Students Affairs, Dr. Suleiman Kankara, confirmed the hiring of the snake charmers to rid the campus of snakes and reptiles.

Here’s what he said.

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