The Late 5: Video shows Boko Haram terrorists celebrating Sallah, warning ‘infidels’; civilians own 85% of world’s 1bn firearms and other stories

These are the top stories that drove conversation today.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti led by Gboyega Oguntuase Sunday, said the huge debts incurred by the Kayode Fayemi administration from 2010 to 2014 has gulped the state’s funds of about N35.34 billion in servicing of the debts and deductions from statutory allocations.

In 2015, the sum of N7.85 billion was deducted from our allocations. In 2016, it was N11.30 billion, in 2017, it was N12.12 billion and from January to May this year, the sum of N4.94 billion has been deducted,” said Oguntuase.

However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) responded to the allegation, saying the figures put forth by the Ayodele Fayose-led PDP government were inaccurate and misleading.


Despite claims by the Nigerian Air Force of air strikes, a video – five minutes, 17 seconds – of Boko Haram terrorists celebrating Sallah in Sambisa forest has surfaced online.

In the video, three terrorists were heard thanking their God for a successful Ramadan.

Infidels are in trouble. Thank Allah the fasting is over and Allah pass everybody,” another insurgent said.


According to TheCable, President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the N9.1 trillion 2018 budget into law on Wednesday.

This is in contrast with a Vanguard report that the President will sign the budget on Tuesday.

Also, this week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting has been cancelled.


According to The Sun, leaders of Islamic State (IS) are sneaking “battle-hardened” extremists from Syria into Nigeria.

Some of the fighters are reportedly sent to the Middle East for training in an “exchange programme”.

It is feared IS will exploit regular flights between Lagos and London to export more evil to the UK,” the report read.


The Secretary of the Bida Local Government Area in Niger, Suleiman Sheshi Monday, confirmed that 10 persons have died in the cholera outbreak in the area.

He said 60 cases have been reported at the Umaru Sanda General Hospital in Bida.

Sheshi, who is also the Health Director at the LGA, said he had visited some health centers in the area and confirmed that the centers have patients with cholera.


And… stories from around the world.

US President Donald Trump Monday, said that he is “directing” the Pentagon “establish a space force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces,” to be called the “Space Force.”

Trump said he would be “honoured” if General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would direct it.


Donald Trump and his Cabinet are refusing to back down from their controversial practice of separating migrant families at the border, despite pressure from fellow Republicans to ease up.

It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime,” Trump tweeted on Monday.

Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!”

Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen have defended the child separation policy on Monday while delivering speeches at the National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference in New Orleans.

We do not have the luxury of pretending that all individuals coming to this country as a family unit are, in fact, a family. We have to do our job. We will not apologise for doing our job,” Nielsen said.

We have sworn to do this job. This administration has a simple message. If you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you.”


In a detailed report, weapons watchdog the Small Arms Survey has researched the numbers of guns across 230 countries.

The report shows the rapid increase of privately owned guns is on the rise, with wealthy countries surpassing developing and war-torn countries.

Scrutinising the ownership of revolvers and self-loading pistols, rifles, carbines, assault rifles and sub- and light machine guns, held by civilian, military and law-enforcement groups, their latest report shows there are now estimated to be more than 1 billion firearms in the world.

The majority of the arms, 85 percent (857 million), are estimated to be held by civilians (including individuals, private security firms, non-state armed groups and gangs); while law enforcement agencies own 2 percent (23 million) and military stockpiles account for 13 percent (133 million).


MPs will vote again on how much of a say Parliament should have on Brexit after another House of Lords defeat for the government, BBC reports.

Peers decided MPs should have to approve whatever the government decided to do next if there was no final agreement with the EU.

Their amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill was backed by 354 votes to 235.

It means the issue is sent back to the House of Commons for a debate on Wednesday.


John Travolta‘s troubled biopic of New York crime boss John Gotti has reached cinemas with a disastrous rating.

One reviewer called it the “worst mob movie of all time“, while another said it was “a dismal mess“.

Gotti has now achieved the rare distinction of getting a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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