Today's Headlines: UAE Names Six Sponsors of Boko Haram, "Senate Won’t Fight Buhari" - Orji Kalu

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UAE Names Six Sponsors of Boko Haram

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The United Arab Emirates on Monday designated six Nigerians as financiers of Boko Haram and other criminal activities.

The decision was made when the Emirate federal cabinet met in the capital Abu Dhabi on Monday, according to state-run WAM news agency.

Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad were the six Nigerians placed on the Middle-East giant’s watch list.

According to Peoples’ Gazette, the decision came about a year after the Nigerians were indicted for sponsoring Boko Haram.

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Senate won’t fight Buhari - Orji Kalu

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Though called a rubber stamp, the Nigerian Senate will not pick a fight with President Muhammadu Buhari, says Orji Kalu.

The Senate’s chief whip, Orji Kalu stated this on Tuesday at the National Assembly.

“The Senate is not a rubber stamp, it is just that we have done things differently. There are many things the Presidency has sent to the Senate that we rejected, and we reject it at the level of leadership and send it back to him,” said Mr Kalu.

“There is no need to fight with the President because our job is to complement the efforts of the executive, to give them the chance to give Nigerians good governance.”

According to him, the Senate’s duty “is not to fight.”

We’re Ready For Discussion, Miyetti Allah Tells Ortom

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, on Monday, criticised Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over the enactment of a law banning open grazing.

The body said it was not interested in exchanging words, but to see an end to the senseless killing of innocent people.

The National Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, said this in an interview with Punch, in Abuja in response to the accusation by Ortom’s Chief Secretary, Terver Akase, that it was fuelling crises over the law.

But Ngelzarma said the doors of MACBAN “will remain open for constructive discussions to find lasting solutions that will bring to an end all these uncivilised behaviours.”

Bandits invade community, set house of Zamfara Speaker

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Bandits have set the home of the Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Nasiru Muazu Magarya, and other residents ablaze in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Chairman of the Committee on Security and Prosecution of Bandits in Zamfara State, Abdullahi Shinkafi, confirmed the incident on Monday.

He said the bandits invaded the community and set ablaze some houses including that of the speaker.

National Assembly Considers Compulsory Drug Tests For Nigerian Political Leaders

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The Chairman, House Committee on Narcotic Drugs and sponsor of the proposed bill, Francis Ottah Agbo, said he will sponsor a bill to empower the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to carry out compulsory and routine drug tests on those seeking election into public offices.

He noted that the bill would check the ongoing “madness and sanitise the system".

The bill, he said, also seeks to subject all serving and intending security personnel as well as candidates seeking admissions into tertiary institutions in Nigeria to mandatory checks on drugs.

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