Top Breaking News in Nigeria This Evening, Thursday, June 25, 2020


1. APC’s fortunes currently in jeopardy – Buhari.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, expressed worry over the shifting loyalty within the ruling All Progressives Congress and what he called inconsistency in leadership, which he said had opened the party to mockery.

He said it was clear that the party’s fortunes were currently in jeopardy.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President made his position known in his remarks at the emergency meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari said there was an urgent need for intervention to arrest further drifts that may lead to the party’s total disintegration.

He said, “There are also other associated disputes as to the legitimacy or otherwise of holders of certain national offices of the party.

“The party is also contending with judicial claims and counter-claims, orders and counter-orders and indeed judgments and counter judgments that are predominantly at cross-purposes.

“Confronted with these issues, it is obvious that the fortunes of the party are currently in jeopardy; administration of our party is becoming impossible and there is consequently an urgent need for intervention to immediately arrest further drifts and internal wrangling which may lead to total disintegration.

“What we see clearly emerging is that we are beginning to self-destruct. This, my dear party members, is not just regrettable but utterly gut-wrenching.”

Buhari advised members of the party to withdraw all pending litigations against one another and settle for internal conciliation.

He warned that the gains of the party could be reversed as conflicts overshadow the primary objective of service to the people, urging members to refocus on the larger picture and place more emphasis on uniting the party.

The President said the issues currently confronting the party were such that should be worrisome to every party member.

2. APC crisis: Buni takes over, promises justice to all.

The newly appointed Chairman, All Progressives Congress Caretaker Committee/Extra Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni, has promised to be just and fair to all members as the party seeks a permanent solution to its crisis.

He made the pledge during a brief stopover at the party National Secretariat, in Abuja, on Thursday.

The Yobe state governor, who until his election, was the APC National Secretary, said, “After being two-time National Secretary of the party, I can say I know the party very well. I want to assure every APC member that we will do justice to everyone because we have a capable team.

“I am a team player and I am here to manage a crisis and if you do not manage crisis, crisis will manage you. So, without justice there will be no peace, so I am ready to do justice to every APC member.

“NEC is the highest organ of the party except for the convention, and NEC can function for convention in-between, so any decision taken by NEC is the final decision. NEC has directed that every member in court should withdraw his suit.

“(The) party will carry all members along especially the leaders of the APC. Many of them have paid their dues. So, we will carry them along.”

3. Police arrest dismissed sergeant for robbery.

A dismissed Policeman who is a serial motorcycle snatcher has been arrested by the Police in Bauchi.

The suspect, Makama Musa, was a sergeant before his dismissal from the Force.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in Bauchi on Wednesday evening.

He said that the suspect, a 34-year-old, who hails from Gombe State, was arrested on the 22nd of June.

Although Wakil did not state when the suspect was dismissed from the Force and the offence he committed that led to his sacking, he said he (the suspect) was arrested wearing a Police uniform along Bauchi-Dass Road.

He added that his arrest followed a series of complaints from residents of the area.

Wakil, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said, “On the 22nd June 2020 at about 8.30 pm, a Patrol team attached to Yelwa Police Station Bauchi, arrested a serial motorcycle snatcher, one dismissed Police sergeant Makama Musa, Male, aged 34 years of Gombe, Gombe State.

“However, the dismissed sergeant was arrested wearing a police uniform along Dass Road following a series of complaints by the residents of the area. The suspect confessed to the crime.”

The Police Spokesman said that exhibits recovered from him are a Neon blue shirt and black trouser, Device rank of sergeant and Police badge, and a Boxer motorcycle with number plate DBM-319-UR, Bauchi.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Lawan Jimeta, directed that the case be transferred to SCID for discreet investigation after which the suspect would be charged to court for prosecution.

4. Ize-Iyamu floors Obaseki’s surrogates.

It was double celebration on Thursday for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress

In Abuja, an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the APC ratified his ticket.

In Benin, Justice Emmanuel Ahamojie of Edo High Court affirmed his membership of the APC.

Deputy chairman of the party, Kenneth Asekomhe, who belongs to Governor Godwin Obaseki’s camp,

challenged the decision of the APC to grant a waiver to Ize-Iyamu, to make him eligible to contest the APC primary election.

Asekomhe, sued alongside Benjamin Oghumu, Mathew Ogbebor and Unweni Nosa.

The defendants in the suit were the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Asekomhe and his group predicated their case on the ground that any waiver granted by the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, without the approval of the National Executive Committee of the APC and without Osagie Ize-Iyamu formally applying for such waiver through his claimed ward, local government area, is null, void and of no effect.

The plaintiffs also prayed the court to restrain the APC from recognising Osagie Ize-Iyamu as an aspirant of the party in its primary election, to select its flag-bearer for the governorship election.

Delivering judgement in the case, Justice Ahamojie noted that the party’s governorship candidate doesn’t require a waiver to contest.

Ahamojie maintained that the membership of a party is an internal affair of the political party and hence, render it non-justiciable before the court.

He added that the claimants have not presented convincing evidence to state otherwise.

“I hereby declare that the Osagie Ize-Iyamu (third defendant) is qualified to contest, being a registered member of the All Progressives Congress,” Ahamojie siad.

5. Nigerian military reacts to Buhari’s fresh orders.

The Nigerian military has reacted to the new order by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Last week, the President directed Service Chiefs to stem the tide of insecurity in the country.

On Thursday, the Defence Headquarters said it would collaborate with other security agencies to stamp out security challenges.

Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, spoke at a news conference in Abuja.

He said the Armed Forces of Nigeria in concert with other agencies will crush “all forms of criminality across the country in accordance with the directives of the Commander-in-Chief”.

Enenche assured that troops deployed for operations across Nigeria remain committed and resolute in achieving the operational mandate.

“The Military High Command empathizes with all those who have been affected by the activities of terrorists, armed bandits and other criminals in one way or another,” he said.

The military thanked Nigerians for their patience and cooperation in giving timely and credible information on outlaws.

Enenche encouraged the public not to relent in providing the military and other security agencies with accurate information on the activities of terrorists, bandits, kidnappers and the likes.