The Big 5: Gov Makinde makes assets public, declares N48b; We are still negotiating for Chibok girls, Sharibu, others’ release – Presidency | Other top stories

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Gov Makinde makes asset public, declares N48b 

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has published his asset declaration document on Monday, which shows he has in excess of N48 billion in both cash and properties. The governor complied with Nigeria’s code of conduct law that mandates senior public office holders to file their asset details while assuming office and occasionally update them.

We are still negotiating for Chibok girls, Sharibu, others’ release – Presidency

The Presidency says it is still negotiating with Boko Haram terrorists for the release of the abducted Chibok school girls, Leah Sharibu and other kidnapped Nigerians. It faulted a former CNN anchor, Isha Sesay, for saying in her newly published book that Nigerians and the government had forgotten the kidnapped girls because they were from poor homes.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Monday,  said Sesay’s new book titled, ‘Beneath the Tamarind Tree,’ was laced with many untruths.

Miyetti Allah calls for Obasanjo’s arrest

The apex Fulani socio-cultural organisation in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has criticised Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, for blaming herdsmen for the insecurity in the country, while calling for the arrest of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Obasanjo had written an open letter to President Buhari on the prevalence of insecurity in the country, calling for a national dialogue where the Fulani and other ethnic groups can be open about their grievances that have led to the insecurity in the country.

Xeneophobic killings of Nigerians must stop, Lawan tells South Africa

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says Nigeria has had enough of the killing of its citizens in South Africa. Mohammed Isa, his special assistant on media and publicity, quoted Lawan as saying this when he hosted Bobby Moroe, South African commissioner to Nigeria. At least 120 Nigerians have lost their lives to xenophobic attacks in South Africa in the last three years.

The most recent victim was Elizabeth Ndubisi-Chukwu, deputy director-general of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), who was found dead in her hotel room in Johannesburg.

Governorship tribunal adjourns witness hearing on El-Rufai’s witnesses 

The Kaduna State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has adjourned hearing on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Alhaji Isa Ashiru, challenging the election of Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

In a short ruling on Monday, Justice Ibrahim Bako adjourned hearing on the petition till July 17.

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