The Late 5: Police commission promotes Ibrahim Magu, Trump to miss Barbara Bush’s funeral, and other top stories

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

The Peoples Democratic Party says it is working with former Presidents and political leaders in the country to install a new President in Nigeria in 2019.

Already, it said discussions had gone far among the former leaders of the country and others, on how to rescue the country from the hands of the present leaders.

The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, gave this information while speaking at the opening ceremony of the party’s National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja on Thursday.


Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central has said president Muhamadu Buhari must apologise to the youths over the unfortunate comments credited to him that the Nigerian youths, “do nothing” and want everything for “free”.

In a facebook post on Friday, Sani simply asked President Buhari to withdraw the statement and apologise. He also requested that the president tell the youths what he had done for them and what he would do for them in future.


The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the promotion of Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to the rank of commissioner of police.

Magu was previously a deputy commissioner of police.

In a statement on Friday, Ikechukwu Ani, PSC spokesman, said 17 other senior police officers were also promoted by the commission.

He said the PSC approved the promotion of the officers at its plenary meeting which held in Abuja, and was presided over by Mike Okiro, its chairman.


The federal capital territory administration (FCTA) says the national identification number (NIN) is now mandatory for land allocation within the FCT.

Muhammad Bello, FCT minister, disclosed this on Thursday when he received Aliyu Aziz, director-general, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Bello said there is the need for every land allocated to be matched to an individual through NIN “in order to prevent multiple allocations.”

He also said this would ensure fairness and equity in the allocation process.


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it will establish a “shadow cabinet” ahead of the 2019 general election.

The cabinet, according to the party, is “to pilot PDP’s road map towards national economic recovery and good governance.”

In a statement on Friday, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, said this was part of the resolutions reached during the party’s national executive council (NEC) emergency meeting which held in Abuja on Thursday.

Ologbondiyan listed other resolutions reached at the meeting to include “That the PDP doors remain widely open to all Nigerians, groups and like-minded political parties to foster a strong rallying point for the determined quest by Nigerians to rescue the nation from the misrule of the APC and enthrone good governance in our country.


And now, stories from around the world…

The Democratic National Committee is suing the Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and several associates of President Donald Trump alleging a grand racketeering, hacking and fraudulent conspiracy that harmed Democrats through WikiLeaks’ publication of internal party emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Those named in the lawsuit include several top Trump advisers who attended the now-infamous June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower, longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and others.

The 66-page lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court on Friday lays out how the Trumps curried favor in Russia through their family business, and then Russia allegedly worked with Trump advisers before the presidential election to disseminate the spoils from a cyberattack of the DNC.


A former Forbes reporter claims that Donald Trump, before he was president, pretended to be a Trump Organization executive speaking on Trump’s behalf and then lied about his wealth in order to crack the Forbes 400 list.

“He figured out what he had to do in order to deceive me and get onto that list. And he did it very well. And he maintained that persona of just sort of talking about his assets without any sense of debt and lying about it,” Jonathan Greenberg said in an interview Friday on CNN’s “New Day.”

Greenberg broke the news in a Washington Post story. He wrote that when he was compiling the magazine’s list of the richest people in America in the 80s, Trump had called him posing as “John Barron,” a purported executive with The Trump Organization.


Swedish DJ Avicii, who has collaborated with the likes of Madonna and Coldplay, has died in Oman at the age of 28.

Avicii’s hit singles include Wake Me Up, Hey Brother, and recently, Lonely Together with Rita Ora.

His representative said in a statement: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.

“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time.”


US President Donald Trump will not attend the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush on Saturday.

The White House said Mr Trump was missing the event “to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family”.

Melania Trump will however go to the funeral “on behalf of the First Family”, according to the statement.

The former first lady’s coffin is being kept at St Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.


The Prince of Wales will succeed the Queen as head of the Commonwealth, its leaders have announced.

The Queen had said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles would follow her in the role.

Leaders of the Commonwealth have been discussing the issue at a meeting behind closed doors at Windsor Castle.

The head role is non-hereditary so is not automatically passed on when the Queen dies, with some suggestions it might rotate among the 53 leaders.

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