The Late 5: Atiku says he would probe Buhari’s govt if he becomes president, Low turnout as INEC begins Melaye’s recall process, and other top stories

These are the top five Nigerian stories that drove conversation today.

Oba of Benin, Oba  Ewuare II , has visited the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

The Oba arrived at the palace in Ile-Ife with his chiefs and some dignitaries from the ancient city of Benin.

Prominent traditional rulers and notable indigenes of Ife, who joined the Ooni to receive the Benin monarch are the Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Oyedotun, traditional rulers from Ile Ife and Dr. John Odeyemi.

Oba Ewuare II first went to the residence of the Ooni


The lawmaker representing Edo South senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, has denied calling for President Muhammadu Buhari’s impeachment.

Urhoghide disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists at the Benin Airport in Edo State.

Some senators had on Thursday reportedly called for the impeachment of Buhari for allowing the withdrawal of $496m from the Excess Crude Account to purchase military aircraft without the approval of the National Assembly.

The Edo lawmaker, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts, had reportedly moved a motion for the impeachment by urging the Senate to invoke Section 143.

But Urhoghide stated that he had only urged the Senate to invoke the relevant section of the Constitution so that President Buhari could explain why he took the decision to purchase the 12 aircrafts.

He explained, “The President had a good intention of buying the equipment but the procedure was wrong. And he too has accepted that it was wrong. We (lawmakers) swore to uphold the Constitution.”


Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says if he wins the 2019 election, he will investigate the arms procurement of the current administration.

Speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa on Saturday, Abubakar said it is taking too long to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents.

“Eight years after, Nigerian government is still fighting Boko Haram that are not professionally trained,” he said.

“I want to be the president of Nigeria because I would be able to do things I could not do as vice president. I will investigate how the government was unable to defeat Boko Haram for years. I will also investigate the procurement of arms bought by this administration.”

He also vowed to tackle corruption, accusing the government of Buhari of protecting some persons who ought to be prosecuted.

“If Nigerians can recall, we initiated the Economic and Financial (Crimes) Commission (EFCC). I’m the person that sourced for the takeoff funds for the EFCC,” he said.


The verification exercise for the recall of Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, from the upper legislative chamber witnessed a low turnout on Saturday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced that the exercise would take place in 560 polling units across the senatorial district.

But there was voter apathy in many polling units.


The Nigerian Army has arrested a suspected Boko Haram member said to have been the mastermind of “most of the recent attacks in Benue State.”

He was identified as Aminu Yaminu, a.k.a Tashaku.

Tashaku was arrested by combined troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade, the Police and the Department of State Security Services in Makurdi,the state capital.

The army said the suspect “is believed to have masterminded most of the recent attacks in Benue State.”

“Following an intelligence report, it was gathered that AMINU has concluded plans with his cohorts in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Nasarawa states to launch a major attack on innocent citizens in Benue State,” the army added.


And now, stories from around the world…

After a week of controversial Twitter postings, Kanye West has defended his support of the US president in a new song.

The track Ye vs. The People sees the star trading lyrics with fellow-rapper T.I., who takes him to task over his support of Donald Trump.

“You representin’ dudes who seem crude and cold-hearted,” argues T.I., adding that West is emboldening “white supremacy”.

But the star stands his ground, insisting that he’s “fighting for the people”.

Alluding to a photo he posted of himself wearing Donald Trump’s famous Make America Great Again baseball cap, West raps: “Wearing the hat will show people that we are equal.”

“You gotta see the vantage point of the people,” spits back T.I. “What makes you feel equal makes them feel evil.”


Friday’s summit between the leaders of North and South Korea was a “historic meeting” paving the way for the start of a new era, North Korea’s media say.

The North’s Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea agreed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons.

In a rare move, state-run TV and the official KCNA news agency hailed the talks and the leaders’ commitment to seek “complete denuclearisation”.

The summit came just months after warlike rhetoric from the North.


President Donald Trump says he spoke with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts Saturday morning about his upcoming sit-down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“Just had a long and very good talk with President Moon of South Korea,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Things are going very well, time and location of meeting with North Korea is being set. Also spoke to Prime Minister Abe of Japan to inform him of the ongoing negotiations.”

On Friday, Trump said that although the location for the summit has yet to be decided, they have narrowed it down to two countries.

“I think some very good things can happen with respect to North Korea,” Trump said, speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “We’re setting up meetings now. We’re down to two countries, as to a site, and we’ll let you know what that site is.”


At least six people were killed, including two Afghan soldiers, when a car bomb exploded Saturday in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, an Afghan official said.

The explosive-laden vehicle targeted an Afghan National Army base in Nadali District, Mohammad Radmanish, deputy spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, told CNN. A woman was among the civilians killed, he said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a series to hit the country since the start of the year.

A suicide blast last weekend killed 57 people, including at least five children, and injured more than 100 others at a voter registration center in the capital, Kabul. ISIS claimed responsibility for that bombing, one of several in the city this year.


It’s the home of English football and one of the most iconic venues in world sport — and it could be about to get a new American owner.

The English Football Association confirmed Thursday it has received an offer to buy Wembley Stadium, while Shahid Khan, the owner of the NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars, revealed he was behind the reported $1.4 billion bid.

The NFL has hosted games at Wembley, located in north London, since 2007 with three further games set to take place in October.

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