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Fake Buhari Aides Arrested Over Plot To Defraud Fayose
Two men, fronting to be President Muhammadu Buhari’s private security aides, were at the weekend, arrested at the Afao-Ekiti country home of the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose for presenting themselves as staff of the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.
Benedict Ola Idega and Abdulsalami Leader presented themselves as staff of the ONSA with influence over the report of the military panel set up to investigate alleged involvement in partisan politics by some soldiers and officers during the 2014/2015 governorship election conducted in some states such as Ekiti, Osun, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom.
241 Companies Enter #DasukiGate | Invited For Questioning
Just about 241 companies, individuals and organizations will go before the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) over contracts awarded and payments made by the office during the tenure of the embattled ex NSA chief, Sambo Dasuki.
It was learnt that the office warned those involved to appear as those who do not, might be embarrassed.
Sambo Dasuki is currently in trial for allegedly diverting $2.1 billion from the ONSA meant for the purchase of arms.
A public notice released on Friday directed the firms to appear before a panel probing payments to individuals, companies and foundations.
Davido Baby Mama Saga | Imade Adeleke Is Not A Trophy – Reuben Abati
The former special adviser on media and publicity to the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati, has voiced his opinion on the entire Davido Adeleke vs Sophie Momodu and Dele Momodu baby mama saga, on his Facebook page.
Lassa Fever Kills 40 In 10 Nigerian States – Health Minister
Following the suspected outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria, about forty people have reportedly died in 10 states across the country, Health Minister Isaac Adewole said on Friday, January 8, 2016.
Speaking in a news conference in Abuja, Adewole said: “The total number (of suspected cases) reported is 86 and 40 deaths, with a mortality rate of 43.2 percent.”
The minister said that so far, laboratory tests have confirmed that 22 of the 86 suspected cases were Lassa fever and results were expected on the remainder.
Seven of the affected states are in the north — Bauchi, Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Plateau and Gombe — while the remaining three are in the south — Rivers, Edo and Oyo — he added.
Boko Haram: 3,032 Pardoned Soldiers Refuse Redeployment To Northeast Nigeria
About 3,032 soldiers, who were pardoned on August 2015, for various alleged offences during campaigns against the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, have rejected redeployment to the battle fronts in the northeast Nigeria.
Some of the pardoned soldiers who rejected redeployment to Northeast
The soldiers lamented that they were never really pardoned and re-integrated into the Army, but rather, re-sentenced to the war front, Vanguard reports.
This has lead to consternation at the command and staff college, Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI), in Jaji, Kaduna state.
Robbers Disguised As Policemen Rape 7 Female NYSC Members
Seven female members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) returning from the recent yuletide break to Enugu and Ebonyi states were reportedly raped by hoodlums who blocked the highway to stop vehicles.
According to reports, the 7 female corps members were among 16 passengers attacked by robbers, who disguised as policemen at a spot on the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday, January 3, 2016.
A victim of the attack told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Friday, January 8, that the 16-seater bus that carried them left Television Garage in Kaduna around 8:30pm and was attacked a few kilometres away from the garage.
The victim further said the robbers mounted a road block to give the impression that they were policemen on duty.
President Buhari Lied, Gwoza, Others Still Under Boko Haram Control – IDPs
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State have contradicted recent claims by the Federal Government and the Nigerian military that Boko Haram has been completely wiped out, Daily Post reports.
According to them, some towns are still under the control of Boko Haram terrorists.
It would be recalled, late December, the President Muhammed Buhari-led government had declared ‘technical’ victory over the terrorist group.
However, the declaration was quickly followed by deadly attacks by the group in Maiduguri and Adamawa. Officials say about 60 people were killed, some sources say the dead were close to 150.