Police Fire Teargas at NHIS Workers, Escort Suspended ES Into Office

“Officers of the Nigeria police force are currently clashing with workers at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) head office in Abuja,” The Cable

The policemen have also escorted Usman Yusuf, NHIS executive secretary, who was suspended last week, into his office.

Yusuf had kicked against his suspension by the NHIS governing board, saying he would resume work on Monday nonetheless.

But the NHIS workers union had threatened to lock him out of office if he dares to show up.

However, as early as about 7am on Monday, the world’s locked the entrance gate, amid heavy security presence.

“Yusuf arrived at 8:30am, gained entry into the premises with the aid of the policemen. He and was accompanied to his office.

“Policemen on ground also teargassed the workers in the enduring fracas.”

Nnamdi Kanu Says IPOB Has No Interest In Politics

“Elliot Ugochukwu Ukoh, founder of Igbo Leaders of Thought, ILT, said Mazi Nnamdi Kanu called him yesterday and briefed him on goings on, including his travails of the past 13 months.He told him he called a few other persons as well,” Vanguard News reports.

Said Ukoh: “He thanked all and assured of his total commitment to the struggle for the freedom of his people. He said he has recovered fully and is now in good health. He promised that, as already known by all and sundry, that he and his group remain completely apolitical.

“He pointedly told me that they have no business whatsoever with both the APC and the PDP.”

Also, Mefor, deputy leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said Nnamdi Kanu did not reach any agreement with any politician to work against President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election as earlier claimed by Fani-Kayode.

In a statement yesterday, Mefor said Fani-Kayode’s claim is “crude tactics” in an attempt to drag the name of the IPOB’s leader in the mud.

The deputy leader of IPOB said Kanu is on a “divine mission to restore Biafra and the resolve behind this restoration project remains irrevocable, sacrosanct and irreversible.”

Atiku, PDP Accuse Minister, APC of Spreading Fake News

The Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have accused the All Progressives Congress and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, of spreading fake news, The Punch reports.

The PDP, therefore, asked the minister and the ruling APC to seek forgiveness from Nigerians for allegedly spreading fake news in the country.

Atiku, on his part, alleged that Mohammed lied in his report that International media query his emergence as a presidential candidate over his suspicious source of wealth.

The minister, while speaking in London, had claimed that some journalists had quarried the emergence of Atiku whose source of stupendous wealth could not be explained.

But Atiku, in a statement from his media office in Abuja on Sunday, said there was no single reporter or media house quoted by the minister, adding that the claim by Mohammed was bogus.

2019: Arewa youths Threaten to Stop Atiku Abubakar Over Femi Fani-Kayode, Nnamdi Kanu

The Arewa Youth Integrity Forum (AYIF), has frowned at the ‘unholy romance’ between the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, as well as the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu,” TodayNg reports.

The youth group threatened to stop support for Atiku because his alliance with the Fani-Kayode and the pro-Biafra group leader would destabilise Nigeria.
Adamu Adamu, the National President of AYIF, said Atiku would lose the support of northern youths if he failed to distance himself from the union.

Adamu said the dissociation from the duo includes restricting them from making any statement whatsoever on behalf of Alhaji Abubakar or the PDP presidential campaign.

Said Adamu: “We find it abominable that Fani-Kayode who sees Arewa as a plague and Kanu that sees us as animals can today be attempting to hitch a ride on Atiku Abubakar’s PDP ticket when they still hold steadfastly to their genocidal views against Hausa/Fulani. If they successfully hitch the ride they seek then we will rather mobilise for the person the PDP is seeking to unseat.”

Kwankwaso Supporters Ask EFCC, ICPC to Probe Alleged Ganduje’s Briber

Supporters of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso yesterday challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other related Commission (ICPC) to probe alleged Governor Abdullai Ganduje’s $5million bribery, The Guardian reports.

Acting under the aegis of Kwankwasiyya Youth Wing, they urged Kano residents and Nigerians to massively reject the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at all levels in the 2019 general elections.

Spokesperson to the ICPC Rasheedat Okoduwa, said in a telephone interview with The Guardian.

She said: “When we get a petition concerning a sitting governor or his deputy, our law states that we can do a preliminary investigation to ascertain the credibility of the petition to see whether it has such stand

“Once we do that preliminary investigation and discover that it has a stand, we cannot do a full scale investigation by ourselves.

“We will then forward that petition and what we have found to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, who would appoint an independent council to do full investigation with administrative support from ICPC.”

She added that the commission needs something to work on, which is something that has credibility to it that we can work, citing Section 52 of the ICPC law.

24-hour Curfew Imposed on Kaduna Town

The Kaduna state government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna city and environs, The Cable reports.

Samuel Aruwan, spokesman of Nasir el-Rufai, governor of the state, announced this in a statement.

“This is a notice of a 24-hour curfew imposed on Kaduna town and environs, with immediate effect. Residents are advised to comply by this directive,” the statement read.

“The decision has been taken in the best interest of the state.”

The government took the action following tension in some parts of the state. Around 4pm on Sunday, there were rumours of clashes in some parts of the city, sparking fear among residents.

Shops were closed while church activities were suspended as people rushed to their houses.

The streets were empty as motorists and commercial vehicles deserted all major roads within the city.

The atmosphere in the state has been tensed since on Thursday when Muslims and Christians in Kasuwan Magani community in Kajuru local government area of the state clashed.

The police said 55 people were killed in incident.

PDP Says Atiku Will Jail ‘Looters’, Revamp Nigeria’s Economy

The Peoples Democractic Party (PDP) says former Vice President Atiku Abubakar will open a system-wide fight against corruption if elected president.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, The PDP said its candidate would jail those who have looted the nation’s treasury.

The party insisted that looters must be made to face the wrath of the law and go to jail, adding that its candidate would not only fight poverty but also fight corruption uncompromisingly.

According to the PDP, Atiku will strengthen the institutions empowered by the laws to do their jobs while he concentrates on the duty of governance and rescuing Nigeria from its challenges.

The PDP explained that the former vice president would also revamp the economy through the creation of qualitative employment for the youths.

Also, that the presidential candidate would implement the political and economic restructuring of the nation, in a manner that would engender unity, inclusiveness in governance and upliftment in the general standard of living for the people.

The opposition party stressed that if elected, its candidate would immediately commence the marketing of Nigeria to the international business community, as well as providing a clement environment for businesses to thrive.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Buhari Heading to Seme on Tuesday

“President Muhammadu Buhari will be heading to Seme in Lagos state on Monday,” The Cable reports.

Habib Aruna, chief press secretary to Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Aruna said Buhari and Patrice Talon, his Republic of Benin counterpart, will perform the official hand-over of the new Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) border posts at Seme-Krake and Neope-Akanu in Badagry.

Aruna said all the necessary arrangements to ensure hitch-free unveiling ceremony had been firmed up.

“The president would be received at the Airport by the Governor, while the duo would thereafter proceed to the venue,” the statement read.

“Already, all necessary security and logistic arrangements have been firmed up by the state government in partnership with relevant federal government agencies.

“To this effect, the Lagos State Government is soliciting the usual support and cooperation of residents throughout the visit.”

Atiku Will Give SGF Slot to South West –Daniel

The Director-General, Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Gbenga Daniel, says the position of Secretary to the Government of the Federation has been slated for the South West if Atiku wins the presidency,” The Punch reports.

In an interactive session with newsmen on Sunday in Lagos, Daniel said the decisions on major offices are being given serious consideration and no zone or region will be marginalised.

Said Daniel: “Aside from major slots, I think what is paramount to the people of the South-West is the restructuring of the country, which Atiku is very serious about.

“So, the issue for the South-West is not personality or slot issue, per say, because personalities come and go, but restructuring Nigeria is significant and more symbolic than zoned offices.”