Today's Headlines: "We Are Not Part Of IPOB" -Wike, Buhari Condemns Killing Of 11 People In Benue


Governor Diri Speaks

Bayelsa Governor, Douye Diri, has cautioned against the politicisation of security issues, saying it is inimical to the corporate existence of any country.

Diri stated this yesterday when he received the new Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Obi Egbuchulam and other senior officers of the Navy in Government House, Yenagoa.

The governor in a statement Daniel Alabrah emphasised that criminals should be treated as such in order to achieve peace, stability and development in the country.

PDP Speaks

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, said allegation by the  Presidency that some Nigerians were plotting a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership is a resort to blackmail in the face of failure.

The PDP stated this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The opposition party accused the Presidency of engaging in frivolous allegations against the citizens  rather taking charge and protecting them.

Fani-Kayode Speaks

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, and some Nigerians have berated popular Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, for saying that bandits don’t live a luxurious life.

Naija News had earlier reported that Gumi said that bandits live in huts and that sometimes they drink from the stream.

In an interview on AIT on Tuesday, the Kano-based cleric claimed that bandits are under attack by the Nigerian Government due to frequent bombardment and are likely to seek means to defend themselves.

But in a post on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, Fani-Kayode wondered why people listen to Gumi, adding that his sympathy for the bandits is alarming.

The former minister berated the cleric for making a case for bandits that are involved in kidnapping, banditry, cattle rustling, and other criminal activities.

Buhari Condemns Killing Of 11 People In Benue

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the killing of 11 people in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State as tragic and heartless.

In a statement on Tuesday by the presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the President also condemned the killing of nine persons in Ojukwu area of the Anambra state by gunmen.

President Buhari noted that the “innocent people” were killed through no fault of theirs, adding that such violence is unacceptable, adding that such attacks cannot be allowed to continue.

"We Are Not Part Of IPOB" -Wike

The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has warned secessionist groups not to hoist unnecessary flags in his state, noting that the state was not part of such struggles

The governor also advised those riding on the hospitality of the state to move their secessionist agenda and activities elsewhere.

This was contained in a statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor of Media, Kelvin Ebiri, Wike after the traditional rulers, political and opinion leaders of Ekpeye nationality paid a solidarity visit on Wike at Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday.