SARAKI MEETS BUHARI OVER ALLEGED PLOT BY IGP TO IMPLICATE HIM
** The President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki is set to meet President Buhari to relay to him an alleged plot by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to implicate him (Saraki).
The President of the Senate is to lead the leadership of the upper legislative chamber to meet with President Buhari over the alleged plot which Saraki disclosed on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday.
Saraki had raised the alarm on the floor of the Senate over a plot by the IGP to implicate him using ‘coerced’ cultists.
Other members of the delegation would included Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Sam Anyanwu, Senator Aliyu Wammako, Senator Fatima Raji Rasaki, and Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
*. The national assembly has passed the 2018 budget after a six-month delay. The budget was passed after the appropriation committees of the senate and the house of representatives moved for its consideration. In November, President Buhari presented to a joint session of the national assembly a proposed sum of N8.6 trillion for 2018.
The president had proposed N3.5 trillion as recurrent (non-debt) expenditure, while N2.4 trillion was earmarked for capital expenditure. But the lawmakers raised the budget by N500 billion. They also increased oil benchmark from $45 to $51 per barrel.
*. A committee probing the alleged hack of President Buhari’s health records in the build-up to the 2015 elections has written the US and UK to demand information. The federal government had set up a committee after reports surfaced that a rich supporter of former President Goodluck Jonathan reportedly hired SCL, a data analytics company, to paint President Buhari in a bad light. The reports revealed that the fixers for the Jonathan campaign hacked into Buhari’s medical and financial records in order to sway the decision of the electorate in the 2015 election.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday night said he would rather vacate his office as the nation’s Number Two man than compromise his Christian faith. Osinbajo stated this while responding to posers raised by some Christian leaders at the stakeholders’ meeting held at the new Banquet Hall of the Benue State Government House, Makurdi. He said under no circumstances would he give up his faith but would rather vacate his position as the nation’s Vice-President at the slightest attempt to cause him to abandon his Christian virtues.
Chairman of the Governorship Primaries for APC, in the July governorship elections in the Ekiti State, Tanko Almakura, Wednesday presented Dr. Kayode Fayemi to President Buhari as the party’s standard bearer at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. But the Minister who is yet to tender his resignation letter to the President said he was still protected by the 1999 constitution (as amended) to remain in office 30 days before the election. He said that Ekiti required a rescue mission by all means to put a stop to the alleged continuity of lack of salary, continuity of poverty, continuity of want and continuity of directionlessness.
3. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The Senator representing Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege, on Wednesday resumed duties at the Senate chamber following his victory at the law court on his suspension.. Omo-Agege walked into the chamber alongside some of his colleagues and signed the attendance register.
He momentarily left the chamber before returning once again to participate in the plenary session presided over by the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki. The Delta Central lawmaker had on Monday hinted that he would resume duties.
A Lokoja High Court, Kogi State yesterday granted the embattled senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, bail in the sum of N10 million and a surety in like sum. Melaye, who has been on admission at the National Hospital Abuja and under police custody, was finally granted bail, following his arraignment on allegations bordering on dealing in illegal firearms and other charges, over two weeks ago.
Kogi State Chief Judge, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, in his ruling, stated that health condition of the accused stood as enough reason to grant him bail, adding that the offence alleged is not capital in nature.
President Buhari last night sent his greetings to Muslims as the 30-day Ramadan fast begins today. Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III last night declared today as the first day of Ramadan, 1439 AH.
Making the announcement in his palace in Sokoto, the Sultan said the commencement of the fast followed reports of sighting of the moon across various states of the federation which marked the end of the month of Shaaban 1439 AH.
The Ramadan moon, according to the religious leader was sighted in Gombe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi, Port Harcourt, Maiduguri, Minna and Dutse.
6. NIGERIAN POLICE:
IGl of police, has denied the claims by Bukola Saraki that he (Idris) is plotting to frame him up. During senate plenary on Wednesday, Saraki said he had been hinted of a plot by Idris to implicate him in the trial of some suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin. He quoted Abdulfatah Ahmed, governor of Kwara state, as telling him that the IGP ordered that the suspects should be taken to Abuja where their statements would be altered to implicate him and the state government. But the police IG has denied the allegation, describing it as an attempt to interfere/divert police investigation into the alleged crimes of the “cultists”.
7. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state, says he will resign his appointment as minister of mines and steel development, next week. Fayemi disclosed this to state house correspondents on Wednesday. He said he is on a rescue mission to Ekiti, adding that he crossed a “critical hurdle” to emerge flag bearer of the APC in the election. He said there is a lot of work to do and he and his co-contestants are seeing the coming election as a collective rescue mission.
APC members at the House of Representatives have endorsed Adams Oshiomhole as the next chairman of the ruling party. Femi Gbajabiamila, House Majority Leader, on Wednesday said the APC House members met with Mr Oshiomhole yesterday and are now convinced that the former Edo State governor possess adequate qualities to lead the ruling party. “We sat down for over two hours with Comrade Oshiomole and had a heart-to-heart discussion and we are all on the same page,” Mr Gbajabiamila said in a Twitter update Wednesday morning.
A research team in Taiwan has developed a chip with nanoparticles that can detect proteins related to cancer in around half an hour. The research, led by Jen Chunping from Taiwan’s Chung Cheng University, was published recently in the international journal Biomicrofluidics. Chunping said that people with cancer have some specific proteins in their bodies, which are called tumor markers. However, the proteins cannot usually be detected until they are in a large concentration during the middle and later stages of cancer.
Atletico Madrid have emerged champions in the Europa League again, following their comprehensive 3-0 win over Olympique Marseille in Wednesday’s final at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon. Two goals from man-of-the-match, Antoine Griezmann and another late one from Captain Gabi gave the La Liga giants the well-deserved victory. Griezmann gave the 2010 and 2012 winners the lead in the 21st minute and the Frenchman doubled his tally early in the second period. Atletico expertly saw things through and added a third goal late on from skipper Gabi to cap a ruthless display.