Today's Headlines: PDP Tackles Afegbua Over Fraud allegation;Sanwo-Olu constructs 51 Roads in 2 years


52 northern groups ask UN, others to back Biafra agitation

A coalition of 52 northern groups on Monday called on the global community to intervene in persuading Nigerian government and United Nations to facilitate the final actualisation of the Biafran dream by the Igbo.

While describing as empty and of no effect “threats and promises” by the President, Major General Muhammad Buhari (retd.), the CNG said that “between December 2020 and April 2021, over 970 students were abducted from their schools in the Northern part of Nigeria with a substantial number still in captivity and some violently executed.”

The spokesperson of CNG, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, raised the views in a communiqué iafter an emergency meeting in Abuja.

According to him, Northern Nigeria has never experienced the present level of exposure to criminals and bandits under the régime of Buhari.

He said, “The CNG hereby resolves to call on our friends and the international community, the UK especially, to understand that our bilateral friendship is guided by the principles of sovereignty, promotion of peace and the standards that guides legitimate interference.

Sanwo-Olu constructs 51 roads, rehabilitates 632 others in 2 years

The Lagos State government on Tuesday said it built 51 roads within two years of the governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration with 43 more ongoing across the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, said this during the annual Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the second anniversary of the Sanwo-Olu administration.

She said the road projects were undertaken to avert gridlock in major economic, commercial and residential areas to reduce travel time.

“These projects will make commuting stress-free, life more meaningful for the people and ensure connectivity within the various communities in the state,” she said.

According to her, the projects are in line with the THEMES agenda, especially the first pillar T, which stands for traffic management and transportation.

She added that the THEMES agenda also underscored the commitment of the administration to execute projects that directly impacted on the quality of lives of residents.

PDP tackles Afegbua over N10b fraud allegation against Secondus

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described as spurious and irresponsible, the allegation of fraud levelled against the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, by a party member, Prince Kasim Afegbua.

Afegbua yesterday filed a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) alleging N10 billion fraud against the PDP leadership.

In the said petition, Afegbua had asked the anti-graft agencies to look into the financial transactions of the Secondus-led PDP leadership, with a view to probing how N10 billion allegedly realised from the sale of nomination forms in the 2019 elections was spent.

The petitioner further alleged that the amount was lodged in a certain Morufu Nigeria Limited bank account by the party leadership.

Only a united Nigeria’ll surmount current challenges – Tinubu

National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has proposed a concerted and united response to the various challenges facing Nigeria.

Tinubu, who was in the company of former Interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, spoke at the State House in Abuja on Monday night after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the former Lagos Governor, he was at the State House to consult with President Buhari on solutions to the various challenges facing the country, urging all Nigerians to support the government.

According to him, the current discomfort cannot be said to be peculiar but finding solutions, through consultations and exchange of views and ideas on how to change the fortunes of the country, should be collective and contributive.

Speaking on why he visited the President and some of the solutions to prevailing crises, Tinubu said: “It’s to generally review the perceptions going on outside there and equally focus on the security across the country more.

Matawalle directs immediate redeployment of security operatives to affected communities

Zamfara State Governor, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, has directed that security operatives be redeployed to areas affected by bandit activities. Matawalle stated this when he visited the IDPs camp at Unguwar Danbaba in Tsunami area of Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Tuesday.

The Governor said he was saddened and disturbed by the resurgence of banditry activities that resulted in having an IDP Camp in Gusau, the state capital. Sympathising with the Internally Displaced Persons who are mostly from Rijiya Village of Gusau Local Government area of the state, the governor directed for the redeployment of more security personnel to the area to ensure that normalcy returns before the victims can be allowed to return to their homes.

Matawalle assured them of his administration’s continued protection of lives and property of the citizens in the state.

He said “Although the present administration inherited the security problem in the state but with the support and cooperation of the people, the situation has reduced to a minimal level,” he added.