The Late 5: Oshiomhole says Jonathan should be docked, Jacob Zuma charged with corruption and other top stories

These are the stories that drove conversation today. 

Former Governor of Edo, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan should be docked if the PDP insists that prosecution of suspected looters is selective.

Oshiomhole also faulted the calls by the PDP that the National Assembly should approve the $1 billion the federal government wants to spend on security.

I hear them say prosecution is selective. Maybe they are right because if they are not, maybe President Jonathan should be on the dock. He approved money beyond his powers and spent it in a way that is not accounted for.

I think that if other Nigerians don’t understand the power of transparency, the right to know, the media should uphold that right and defend it. What was stolen was not from private purse; the house that was destroyed was not a private residence.  We are talking of resources which if it is distributed on basis of equality divide by 180 million people you will be a lot richer.”

The Inspector-General of Police( (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the deployment of three units of Police Mobile Force (PMF), high powered police investigation team and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) to Kwara.

The Force spokesman, ACP Jimoh Moshood, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said anti-robbery equipment and 10 crew members were also deployed to the state.

Moshood said three additional PMF units were also deployed to Taraba to prevent further attacks in Donga and Bali Local Government Areas by gunmen.

Senate President Bukola Saraki Saturday, said that Nigerian senators have expressed strong reservations about President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to properly communicate his administration’s plan to spend $1 billion on arms procurement.

Just few days ago, the issue of providing funding for the purchase of security equipment was in the news. In a good environment, such an issue needed to have been discussed with lawmakers,” The Nation quoted Saraki as saying at a retreat for lawmakers in Jos Saturday. “Already, some senators are angry.”

The Nigerian Army Sunday, said its troops rescued 149 persons in the ongoing clearance operation against remnants of Boko Haram insurgents at Yerimari-Kura community in Sambisa axis.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Onyeama Nwachukwu, said in a statement that the troops killed five insurgents and captured five others in the encounter.

The publisher of online news platform, Sahara Reporters, says he does not believe in the ‘third force’ coalition midwifed by a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

He also condemned Nigeria’s ruling APC, saying the party was deceptive and must be removed in 2019.

Sowore, who is vying for the presidency in 2019, made this known on a public affairs radio programme in Ibadan on Saturday.

And… stories from around the world. 

The management of the global ponzi scheme, Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (MMM), has announced a final shut down of operations.

The ponzi scheme in a statement on its official global website on Friday said they were shutting down due to the death of the founder, Sergey Mavrodi.

Mavrodi, died of heart attack on March 26.

US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Russia and Iran over a suspected chemical attack, saying there will be a “big price to pay”.

South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma has been charged with corruption linked to a 1990s arms deal.

After the 75-year-old’s 15-minute appearance at the High Court in Durban, the case was adjourned until June 8 .

He faces 16 counts of corruption, racketeering, fraud and money laundering, which dogged his presidency and were reinstated in 2016.

After the hearing, Zuma addressed the crowds who had come to stand alongside him at the court in his home province.

I have never seen it before where someone is charged with a crime, those charges are dropped and then years later those same charges are re-instated,” he said, speaking in Zulu. “This is a just a political conspiracy.

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May will hold talks with her Danish and Swedish counterparts on Monday regarding the ongoing threat Russia poses to international security in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

The prime minister will make a one-day visit to the Scandinavian countries, which are among the 28 nations that have expelled Russian diplomats with intelligence agency backgrounds in response to the Salisbury incident.

May will discuss bilateral cooperation on issues such as security and defence with the Danish prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, and the Swedish prime minister, Stefan Löfven, as well as Brexit and trade.

Ministers hope the case against Russia will receive a boost, perhaps as early as this week, from the Organisation for the Prohib­ition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, which is expected to confirm that the nerve agent was a novichok.

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has handed himself in to police after spending two nights at the metalworkers’ union headquarters in São Paulo in defiance of an arrest warrant.

I’m going to prove my innocence,” Lula told a large crowd on Saturday. “Do what you want, the powerful can kill one, two or 100 roses. But they’ll never manage to stop the arrival of spring.”

Afterwards, he was carried on the shoulders of supporters shouting “Free Lula!” before being flown to the southern city of Curitiba where he will begin serving a 12-year sentence for corruption.

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