Today's Headlines: I Did Not Endorse Peter Obi, LP–Onu, Taiwan Detects Guided Missiles Fired By China

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I Did Not Endorse Peter Obi, LP–Onu

Former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, and former Governor of old Abia State, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that contrary to reports making the rounds, he has not at any time endorsed the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi for the presidency come 2023.

News Platform: Channels TV

Onu, who himself sought and lost the bid to become presidential flagbearer for the All Progressive Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 election, said his loyalties remain with the ruling party and as such, all reports of his involvement in any form of anti-party activity should be disregarded.

The former minister further asserted in a statement on Wednesday that claims suggesting he endorsed another party, are “mischievous, wicked and unfortunate.”

Taiwan Detects Guided Missiles Fired By China

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry has confirmed that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) fired “several Tongfeng-class guided missiles” into waters north-east and south-west of the island on Thursday afternoon.

News Platform: Daily Post

A ministry spokesperson said shortly that Taiwan’s armed forces had tracked the firings in real time after they were detected at 1:56 pm (0556 GMT) and had activated related defence systems, NAN reports.

The ministry condemned “this irrational action that is undermining regional peace.”

The confirmation by the Defence Ministry appeared to be one of the first indications that China had actually commenced “live-fire” air and sea military drills as previously announced by the PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command of “joint training drills” in six areas surrounding Taiwan.

Donation to Niger Republic: Blood of innocent Nigerians will not forgive Buhari govt – PDP chieftain, Rabo

A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Professor Mustapha Rabo, on Wednesday, berated the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for donating vehicles worth N1.14 billion to neighbouring Niger Republic.

News Platform: Daily Post

He said the blood of innocent Nigerians killed by bandits and those being held in captivity would never forgive the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The Nigerian government, through the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had on Wednesday, confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the purchase and donation of vehicles, worth N1.4 billion, to neighbouring Niger Republic, to address its security challenges.

Mompha accuses EFCC of blackmail, intimidation

Social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, known as Mompha, has reacted to being declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as he accused the agency of blackmail and intimidation.

News Platform: Punch Newspaper

The PUNCH had reported on June 30 2022 that Mompha’s absence stalled his alleged N6 billion money laundering trial before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Ikeja Special Offences Court.

Then in a notice on Wednesday signed by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwajaren, the embattled social media celebrity was declared wanted for criminal offence.

Reacting to the notice in lengthy Instagram posts on Thursday, Mompha noted that EFCC, via its lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, used his absence to blackmail him.

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