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**Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, says he will join the presidential race if prevailed upon by Nigerians to do so.

Mr Al-Mustapha, a retired major, gave the indication Wednesday in Kaduna in an interview shortly after a meeting with United Christian Leaders Eagle Eye Forum which backed him to join the 2019 presidential race.

“I am not going to announce myself contesting for a presidential seat, but if people say so that, is the wishes of the people. ”I am not a power tasty person, if I am, I would have lost my personality long before now, but when people gather to speak and the decision is by them, then it is a call to serve,” he said.

According to him, his focus is the protection of the right of Nigerians as provided under the law.


*. Samuel Ogundipe, the Premium Times journalist arrested on Tuesday, says he was accused of stealing secret documents. Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, reportedly ordered his arrest over a story on Lawal Daura, sacked director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS). The police had reportedly asked Ogundipe to disclose how he obtained the letter IGP wrote to Acting President Yemi Osinnajo on Daura but the journalist declined in line with the ethics of the profession

*. Hamza Al-Mustapha, ex-chief security officer to Sani Abacha, former military dictator, says he does not know anything about Abacha Loot. He disclosed this in Kaduna on Wednesday during an interactive session with the Christian community, under the auspices of United Christian Leaders, Eagle Eye Forum and 40 Christian pressure groups. Al-Mustapha said the fact that he served under Abacha does not mean that he is corrupt. Asked to comment on Abacha Loot, he said he knows nothing about it.


    Senate President Bukola Saraki is considering running against President Buhari in 2019. Saraki, who had earlier hinted at running for the highest office in the land, told Bloomberg in an interview that he had been consulting widely. In the last one week, the senate President has visited ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and former military President Ibrahim Babangida. Saraki said he would need to win the ticket of the PDP to actualise his objective of leading the country.
    He defected to the PDP from APC two weeks ago.
    PDP senators are taking turns to sleep over at the National Assembly Complex to prevent a noctunal removal of Senate President Bukola Saraki by their APC colleagues, a senator said yesterday. Senator Philip Gyunka (PDP Nasarawa North) spoke in Lafia, the state capital, yesterday when he presented his letter of intent to contest for Nasarawa State governor, to the leadership of the PDP in the state.. He said: “I woke up this morning from my night shift and I will still be going back to my night shift. That is to say we are keeping vigil.
    Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal yesterday said he is under pressure to run for President.. Tambuwal, who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC), told associations of students, youths and resident communities on a visit to his office: “I have been receiving advices and encouragement from our leaders, peoples across the country and even from abroad to contest for presidency and this pressure has been mounting.” He added” “It Is not my making but the quantum of pressure from everywhere is because of leadership gap in the country.”
    The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, says unlawful wedding spending is a major cause of the high rate of divorce in our society. The Sultan said this when he spoke at a meeting of Islamic scholars organised by the Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment Commission, in Sokoto yesterday. “Our scholars need to generously inform the people on the effect of the unlawful wedding and other ceremonial spending. This act generates nothing but confusion and unnecessary divorce which has become the disturbing point of discussion in the society.”
    Kano state government says it has discovered the sum of over $1 million allegedly paid by former governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to a University in Ukraine where no Kano state student was studying. According to The Nation, the senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Higher Education, Dr. Hussaini Akilu Jarma, made the disclosure during the inauguration of the State Scholarship Disbursement Committee yesterday August 14th. Jarma said the questionable payment was made by Kwankwaso as part of his foreign scholarship programme.
    Nuhu Ribadu, former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says the people of northern Nigeria are the most backward in the world. Ribadu said this on Wednesday while speaking at the launch of “Sect and social disorder” and “Quaranic Schools in Northern Nigeria”, books edited by Abdul Rafau Mustapha and Hannah Hoechner. The former EFCC chairman described the Almajiri system as the worst form of abuse of human rights. “There is no worse – in the form of violation and abuse of rights more than the Almajiri system, yet people are justifying it
  7. 2019 ELECTION:
    INEC has finally met with lawmakers to kick-start the process of passing the budget for 2019 elections. The leadership of the electoral umpire met with the house of representatives committee on electoral and political parties matters in Abuja on Wednesday, regarding the N189 billion budgeted for it to conduct the election. President Buhari had sent a virement request to the national assembly. Addressing members of the committee, Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman said out of the N189 billion, N134.4 billion will be used as operation cost while N6 billion was budgeted for feeding security officials during the election.
  8. MEDIA:
    Jones Abiri, the Nigerian journalist detained for over two years has been released. The journalist was released on Wednesday evening after he met his bail conditions, his lawyer told revealed Mr Abiri was detained by the State Security Service for two years without trial over allegations he was linked to armed militancy in the Niger Delta. Despite local and international pressure, Nigerian officials including the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, claimed Mr Abiri is not a journalist and tried to justify his illegal detention.
  9. FAMILY:
    According to media personality, having a honeymoon is more important than a wedding reception. IK said this in a video he posted online to advice people who are planning to get married. ”Actively save and plan to have a honeymoon. I know many people now go without one and they say it is because of cost. No, you can go anywhere. Go to Ibadan, Calabar, Yankari games reserve. Just go somewhere and have a honeymoon. Escape from the craziness. What does a honeymoon do for you? It takes away from all the business of your lifestyle. Give this person a chance to relate with you and know you intimately.

10., SPORTS:
Atletico Madrid have emerged as the winners of the 2018 UEFA Super Cup after they beat their fierce city rivals, Real Madrid, 4-2, in a thrilling encounter on Wednesday night at the A Le Coq Arena in Estonia. The UEFA Super Cup pitches the winners of the Champions League against the Europa League kings; and it was a good representation by the two Madrid teams. This was the fourth all-Spanish Super Cup in five years and the first to be held in the Estonian capital of Tallinn..Atletico hit the ground running from the blast of the whistle as Diego Costa gave them the lead inside 50 seconds.

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