Good Morning! Happy New week,here are 10 things you need to know this Monday morning:
1) Five soldiers of the Operation LAFIYA DOLE were on Sunday killed while carrying out clearance operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts in Talala and Ajigin, southern part of Borno State.
Three vigilantes and 1 Civilian JTF were also killed during the ambush, while 19 soldiers and 1 Civilian JTF sustained various degrees of injuries.
2) Vigilant soldiers on Sunday shot dead a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber in Maiduguri after he was spotted trying to creep into the Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camp. With the fire opened on him, one of the two bombs around his body exploded.
3) Scores were killed on Sunday after suicide bombers detonated bombs in separate places in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The first explosion occurred at Damboa Road bus stop, while the second explosion occurred close to an Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) camp.
4) Thousands of residents including market women, traders, artisans, schoolchildren, political party stalwarts, religious leaders among others, during the weekend marched out in major cities and towns across Ondo State to protest the controversial removal of Eyitayo Jegede as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the November 26 governorship election in the state.
The day 2 of the protests, saw protesters with placards with captions such as “The Federal government and the Judiciary should allow INEC to be independent” “RIP Jimoh” “Gone so soon Abang” “Ondo is not for sale, Go Jimoh.”
5) The Presidency has reacted to the allegations of inducement made by two of the judges arrested recently, who had stated that President Muhammadu Buhari, through some politicians, asked them to pervert judgment. The President said he would never authorize anybody to tamper with justice.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in a statement noted that despite his personal familiarity with some judges, the President never used that to seek favours from them in 2003, 2007 and 2011, when he challenged the fairness of the presidential election results, from the lowest to the highest courts in the land.
6) A human rights group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has faulted the suit filed against it by the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, describing it as grossly incompetent and urged a Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss it.
A group, the Union of Niger Delta Youth Organisation for Equity, had on behalf of itself and Patience sued SERAP for allegedly championing a campaign of calumny against Patience.
7) A member, Board of Trustees, Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being behind the emergence of business mogul, Jimoh Ibrahim, as the candidate of the opposition party in the forthcoming Ondo State governorship election.
Babatope said Buhari manipulated the political events in Ondo State in order to favour Ibrahim and set the state on the path of dictatorship.
8) Immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan has recalled that there was no nepotism or detention of critics under his administration.
Jonathan, while speaking during the Nigerian Lawyers Association’s annual dinner and merit awards ceremony held in New York, on Saturday, noted that Nigeria belonged to all Nigerians and as such leaders must resist anything that might want to make them pursue a regional or narrow agenda.
9) The Borno State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has revealed that youths in Maiduguri were being recruited by Boko Haram to supply fuel in the Gamboru Ngala area of the state.
The state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the command had intercepted a reasonable quantity of fuel packaged in cartons of groundnut oil, bound for the Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area in the state.
10) The two Justices of the Supreme Court, Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro, who were among some judiciary officers recently arrested by the Department of State Services on corruption allegations, have voluntarily withdrawn from further participation in the proceedings of the apex court.
The senior judiciary officers would no longer sit until when they were able to clear their names.