1.Elders from the three main socio-cultural organizations in Benue state, on Thursday, cautioned president Muhammadu Buhari and his service chiefs against making inflammatory remarks that are capable of causing further killings in the state. Addressing a press conference in Abuja on the recent killing of about 26 people of Benue in Okpokwu Local Government by armed Fulani herdsmen, they said the body language and utterances of government officials have not convinced the people of Benue of the federal government’s willingness to protect and defend them in line with their constitutional roles.
2.Senate on Thursday summoned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris and the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, over the kidnap of secondary schoolgirls in Yobe and Borno States. They are to appear before the Joint Committees on Police Affairs, Security and Intelligence to give updates on operational strategies put in place to rescue the abducted girls.
3.An Igbosere High Court on Thursday declared that the Registered Trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) involved in the collapsed six-storeyed building have a case to answer in the charge preferred against them, hence the case must continue.
The court made the declaration while ruling on a No Case Submission application filed by the defendants.
4.Two officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) whose names were not disclosed, were arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Thursday for alleged human trafficking. The officers were arrested for allegedly trying to facilitate the trafficking of six underage girls to Omar and Kuwait on an Ethiopian Airlines flight.
5.The Senate Thursday raised concerns over underground plots to impeach the Senate president, Abubakar Bukola Saraki and destabilize the leadership of the upper chamber by some disaffected members. Senator Obinna Ogba representing Ebonyi north under order 43 alerted the Senate of surreptitious moves to cause crisis in the Senate. He accused senator Abdullahi Adamu representing Nasarawa West of being the mastermind and arrowhead of the ongoing plot.
6.The Senate Thursday got a report accusing the Kogi state government of illegally importing military uniforms, bola hats, bullet proof vests, night vision googles, tactical boots, tactical knapsacks, training canvas, boxing gloves among others ahead of the 2019 general elections. It was also said that the Nigerian customs Service has seized the military hardwares. The Senate consequently mandated its ad-hoc committee probing the allegations of political violence, intimidation and kidnapping in Kogi state to also investigate the allegation.
7.Similarly, the Senate has named an Ad-hoc committee to investigate Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello over attacks on Senator Ahmed Ogembe’s empowerment programmes last Saturday at Okene, which left beneficiaries injured and hospitalised.
A ranking Senator, James Manager (PDP) of Delta South was appointed to head the Committee.
8.The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has berated the organised labour in the country, saying it has destroyed the nation more than its contribution to it. El-Rufai also called for “very low” minimum wage for civil servants.
9.But the organized labour has fired back, describing the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai as an embarrassment to public office in Nigeria. It said the Governor was anti-people and a chameleon. General Secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eso said this in his reaction.
10.The House of Representatives on Thursday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct security agencies to immediately begin the enforcement of the Open Grazing (Prohibition) Law in Benue State and end the killings by herdsmen. The House passed the resolution in Abuja as lawmakers again condemned the latest attacks on villagers in the Okpokwu Local Government Area of the state where 26 more lives were lost on Monday.