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- The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, has diclosed that it uncovered 25 human skulls in some militants’ hideouts in Cross River State. The Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu, made this disclosure in a statement issued Thursday evening. He said the troops carried out raids in Ikot Ene Idem, Abakpa and Ikang Inam in Bakassi and Akpabuyo Local Government Areas of the state where the humand skulls were found.
- President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday had a closed door meeting with a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Journalists were not briefed after the meeting, hence the details of the meeting were not known.
´ The Senate, on Thursday passed into law the amendment of the CCB/CCT Act. Among other things, the Senate took over conferring of powers on the Bureau by replacing the “president” with the “National Assembly”.
´ The Court of Appeal on Thursday struck out the appeal by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, for alleged falsification of assets. Delivering judgment in the appeal, the Justice Abdul Aboki-led panel of the appellate court unanimously dismissed the appeal, pointing out that the appellant’s submission was based on sentiments.
-. Controversy, Thursday, trailed the involvement of popular intersexual cross-dressing, bleaching advocate, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky in the Rights & Responsibilities Seminar in Abuja, where he was invited as a guest speaker. The controversy followed the withdrawal of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmed, who claimed it was wrong to have invited the presidency to the same event Bobrisky was billed to speak.
- The Senate on Thursday proposed 5 year jail term for randy lecturers who demand for sex from students in tertiary institutions to award marks or for other reasons. The bill sponsored by Senator Ovie Agege from Delta Central enjoyed lawmakers’ support and was eventually passed into law, awaiting President’s assent.
- The Economic and Financial crimes Commission, EFCC, Thursday, granted bail to former Presidential Spokesman, Reuben Abati who had been in custody of the commission. He was asked to drop his international passport and produce a suretee before being released.
-. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has named Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the coming Ondo governorship election. Alabi Ebenezer Omotoya was also named as Jimoh’s running mate. This development has, therefore, given credence to the Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the party and has put Eyitayo Jegede of the Markafi faction at a disadvantage.
- The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has suspended the Imo State chapter of the body indefinitely. Chairman of CAN in the South-East, Most Rev. Prof. David Eberechukwu, told journalists in Enugu that the decision was towards maintaining peace in the body which has since been engulfed in crisism
-. The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said he would not be distracted by the “childish and ridiculous allegations of fraud levelled against his administration in Ekiti State by the State House of Assembly.” Reacting to the petition submitted by the State Assembly to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleging N40billion fraud under his watch as governor of the state, Fayose said the lawmakers’ claims were baseless, and a calculated attempt to distract him.