Today's Headlines:Okorocha Knocks Buhari Over Injustice, PDP unfit to attack Buhari Says APC

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Okorocha Knocks Buhari Govt, Says It Must Change Style.

The Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, has said injustice and pervasive poverty were responsible for the anger and frustration in the land against the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

Okorocha, who is also a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), stated this while hosting the less-privileged Nigerian Muslims at his private office in Abuja, on Tuesday.

The former Imo State governor, said the APC-led Federal Government, must begin to take steps to address injustice and tackle poverty in order to restore calm.

Okorocha said, “I will comfortably say 75 per cent are not happy at this moment. There is nothing productive that can come from this nation for as long as this alarming number remains unhappy. Whatever we can use to guarantee their happiness as a nation, we should do that.

PDP unfit to attack Buhari Says APC,

 

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has slammed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for its attempt to rubbish the anti-corruption credentials of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, following the decision of the administration to begin a “routine administrative probe” of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA.

APC in a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja and signed by the National Secretary of its Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe said it “read the nonsensical statement by the Peoples Democratic Party PDP against prominent party leader and the Minister of Transportation.

Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the suspended Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman in connection with the routine administrative inquiry approved by President Muhammadu Buhari into the activities of Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA”.

Bala Usman Remain Suspended Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Tuesday said the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman, remain suspended from office until the outcome of the investigation being done by the panel.

The Federal Government on Monday inaugurated the panel of enquiry on the management of the NPA and ordered the panel to investigate policies of Bala-Usman, who was suspended last week for allegedly failing to make required remittances to the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

This is coming after the Federal Ministry of Transportation condemned a report that linked the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to two Chinese firms that submitted bids to manage some port channels which was allegedly against due process.

B/Haram Fighters Killed In Maiduguri Attack.

Dozens of suspected Boko Haram insurgents were killed yesterday when combined security forces repelled their attack on Maiduguri, Borno State capital, residents have said.

Thousands of civilians had fled their homes following sporadic shooting greeted with several explosions in Molai and Jiddari Polo areas of Maiduguri.

Our correspondent reports that the incident which occurred when the Muslim faithful were about to break their fast forced thousands of people to leave their homes for safe locations in other parts of the state capital.

A resident, Musa Kadai, said they suddenly heard some deafening sound at exactly 5:50 pm which caused pandemonium everywhere.

“It was like a dream to me. I was preparing to break my Ramadan fast when we started hearing heavy explosions and gunshots. I quickly took two of my children and my wife, and drove out of the area.

We know where kidnappers are, only being careful – Lai Mohammed.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is handling the problem of insecurity in the country.

He said the insinuation in some quarters that the government was clueless was unfounded, adding that the result of government’s efforts would soon be evident.

A statement said the minister spoke on Tuesday during a press briefing in Lagos.

He said, “It is no longer news that our dear nation is facing security challenges. However, I have read comments saying the Federal Government is overwhelmed and doesn’t have a clue as to how to tackle the challenges. Some have even gone as far as suggesting a truncation of the democratic order, a clearly treasonable stance.

COVID-19: FCT Minister restricts Eid prayers to Juma’at Mosques.

In the wake of the renewed onslaught against the COVID-19 pandemic, Federal Capital Territory FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has banned congregational prayers at the National Eid ground in Abuja, restricting all Eid-il-Fitr prayers to neighbourhood Juma’at Mosques.

The decision was taken at a meeting between the Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA and a delegation from the FCT League of Imams Initiative led by its Chairman, Imam (Dr) Tajudeen M.B Adigun to discuss the modalities of holding prayers for the Eid-il-Fitr celebrations.

PMB Lauds European Union’s Support For Nigeria.

The European Union (EU) has been of help to Nigeria in diverse ways, including humanitarian and trade relations, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

The president according to a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina spoke yesterday at the State House, Abuja, while receiving in a farewell audience, the Ambassador/Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ketil Karlsen.

He appreciated the fact that the EU remains the largest trading partner with Nigeria, while members of the union equally remain the largest investors.

Buhari thanked the outgoing ambassador for facilitating the visits of French and German leaders during his tour of duty, noting that it was during Prime Minister Angela Merkel’s visit that the door to relationship with Siemens of Germany on power was opened.

Myanmar arrests 39 over blasts, seeking training with rebels – media.

Myanmar security forces have arrested 39 people suspected of being behind explosions and arson attacks as well as trying to get military training with an ethnic minority rebel group, media controlled by the junta said on Wednesday.

Since the military seized power on Feb. 1, Myanmar has seen a growing wave of small blasts in cities and towns, some targeting government offices and military facilities.

No group has claimed responsibility but the military has blamed people bent on destabilising the country.

The Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said security forces had seized 48 “handmade mines”, 20 sticks of TNT, detonators, fuses and other material in a raid.

Other explosive material including gun powder had also been found, the newspaper said.

Some suspects had also been arrested for trying to join military training with a rebel group in Kayah State in the east, it said.

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