The Big 5: Jonathan offered me $5m in 2014 – Hamzat; Obasanjo says Igbos should be given a chance at the centre | Other top stories


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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured an interim order to seize the $2.8 million which its operatives recently intercepted at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.

The anti-graft agency has also retrieved documents on foreign transactions from the Enugu branch of Union Bank.

Neither the bank nor the Bankers Warehouse has approached the EFCC to lay formal claim to the cash. Bankers Warehouse only allegedly wrote to an unnamed Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the cash.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Nigerians to give the Igbo a chance at the presidency.

The former president spoke at a stakeholders meeting at Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area, Anambra residence of the First Republic Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazuluke Amechi.

Obasanjo asked the Igbo to support Peter Obi, the PDP presidential running mate with a view to giving the Southeast their much desired foothold in government.

All Progressives Congress Deputy Governorship candidate in Lagos, Obafemi Hamzat, has disclosed that he rejected $5 million alleged bribe from former President Goodluck Jonathan during the electioneering campaign in 2014.

He made the disclosure at the launch of Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat Advocates held on Friday at Fidimaye Hall, Oko-Oba, Abule-Egba, Lagos.

He said that in 2014, “I contested with the current Governor, Akinwumi Ambode for the Governorship ticket of the party and as we all know how it went, the then President Goodluck Jonathan offered me bribe of $5 miillion and I refused it. Some of you here are my witness, I mean some of you that were sent, are here to testify. I refused because I was thinking about the future and I don’t want to spoil my name. Let us remain calm, our turn will come.”

Nigerian Air Force has deployed about six fighter and surveillance aircraft to the general area of the Headquarters of the 7 Brigade Multinational Joint Task Force, Baga, Borno, which was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists on Wednesday and Thursday.

The deployments were done to combat the Islamic State of West African (ISWAP) faction of the Boko Haram insurgents who attacked the Baga area as well as to locate scores of Nigerian soldiers said to have been displaced from the headquarters following the attacks.

President Muhammadu Buhari again paid tribute to the late President Shehu Shagari Saturday, directing that Nigerian flags at government buildings fly at half-mast for three days, starting from Sunday (today).

The 93-year-old who was Nigeria’s first elected president held office between 1979 and 1983, died Friday evening at the National Hospital Abuja after a brief illness.

He was buried on Saturday at his hometown, Shagari in Sokoto.

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