1. Senator Dino Melaye was reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the Gwagwalada area of Abuja Thursday morning.
Melaye’s abduction was confirmed by Senator representing Bayelsa East in the National Assembly, Ben Bruce. However, the Nigeria Police Force said it was yet to receive any complaint or report in any of its Police Stations or Divisions throughout the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on the development.
2. Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal is set return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to fulfill his ambition of becoming Nigeria’s President in 2019.
Sources told DAILY POST Thursday night that the reason for Tambuwal’s defection was not entirely because of the crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) but his ambition to lead the nation in 2019, knowing that President Buhari would get the APC ticket.
3. The Nigerian Army and the Police on Thursday repelled an attack by Boko-Haram insurgents who attempted to invade Jakana town in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno.
Reports say that dozens of the insurgents armed with sophisticated weapons, stormed the town at about 5.30 pm but were repelled by the gallant troops.
5. Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has hinted that he might dump the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Governor Ahmed while reacting to the requests of various stakeholders in Kwara Central Senatorial District on him to dump the APC, said the leadership of the ruling party had failed to intervene on critical issues affecting the party and its members, pointing out that injustice within the party was unbearable.
6. The Presidency has appealed to the National Assembly to suspend the ongoing recess and attend to requests by President Muhammadu Buhari pending before the legislature.
The Presidency pleaded with the lawmakers to reconvene and approve Buhari’s requests in the interest of the country, adding that the development would frustrate some organs of the government.
7. Founder and Leader of the Biafra Independence Movement and Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (BIM-MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has declared that no group of persons in Nigeria have the monopoly of violence against any section or tribe.
Uwazuruike said despite the non-violence approach of his organisation, MASSOB–BIM could defend the Igbo if attacked by aggressors.
8. Catholic Archbishop of Jos and former President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to fish out foreigners and local collaborators involved in the killing of villagers across the country.
Rev. Kaigama said if foreign invaders, as alleged, are the cause, security agents on whom trillions of naira are being spent should smoke them and their local collaborators.
9. Elder statesmen from the Southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt have alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, registered foreigners and underage voters in Northern Nigeria.
Consequently, the elders rejected the current voters’ register, asking the INEC to discard it.
10. A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that he would only throw his weight behind any Nigerian who will turn the country’s fortune.
Obasanjo reaffirmed that he would not rest until the fortunes of Nigeria are “turned around for good.”