US, UK, OTHERS WON’T BAN IPOB, OHANAEZE TELLS BUHARI – DAILY SUN PG.27
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has told President Muhammadu Buhari that the United States, United Kingdom and other western nations would not heed his call for Nigeria’s international partners to proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation. The president was quoted in a recent interview with Bloomberg to have pleaded with Nigeria’s international partners, especially the United States and the United Kingdom to block the group from the international financial network. Ohanaeze, in a statement, yesterday, said IPOB was fighting for justice, noting that First republic minister and elder statesman, Maitama Sule, had predicted that the orchestrated alienation of the South East from the centres of power was the basic cause of the agitation in the region. According to the group, IPOB was merely asking for justice just as Sule admonished Buhari shortly after his electoral victory in 2015, that “justice is key to good governance,”adding that he “extends justice to all and sundry, irrespective of religion or tribe.”
OUR ESCAPE FROM BOKO HARAM CAPTIVITY AFTER EIGHT YEARS AS INSURGENTS’ WIVES, BY CHIBOK SCHOOLGIRLS – NATION PG.1&4, DAILY TRUST PG.35
With grim determination, two Chibok schoolgirls escaped from the Sambisa Forest camp of their Boko Haram captors after eight years as wives of top commanders of the deadly terrorists. After their abduction from the dormitory of the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), in Chibok, Borno State along with 276 others on April 14, 2014, Mary Dauda and Hauwa Joseph were married off to members of the deadly sect. Yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, they recounted their ordeal in the camp, and how they fled, risking their lives, and landed in the hands of troops, who rescued them. Mary, who was abducted at 18, is now 26 and mother of one. Hauwa is now 24. The two ladies said more than 20 of their schoolmates are still in Gazuwa camp in Sambisa Forest.
COURT ORDERS MOMPHA’S ARREST IN N6B LAUNDERING SUIT – NATION PG.2
Justice Mojisola Dada of an Ikeja Special Offences Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of social media celebrity and alleged internet fraudster, Ismaila Mustapha alias Mompha. The development followed the failure to of Mompha to appear in court yesterday. Justice Dada revoked the defendant’s bail and ordered his arrest. During resumed proceedings, the court registrar called Mompha’s case but the defendant was not in court.
ELECTORAL ACT: GBAJABIAMILA CLARIFIES POSITION ON OVERRIDING BUHARI – PUNCH PG.8, THIS DAY PG.36
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has reversed the ruling by the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, on the move by the parliament to override the veto by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Section 84(8) of the Electoral Act 2022. The National Assembly had amended the section to provide for statutory delegates at the meetings, congresses and conventions of political parties. Wase had on Tuesday stepped down the motion moved by a member of the House, Ben Igbakpa, to ask that the parliament to invoke its powers under Section 58(5) of the 1999 Constitution by overriding the President’s veto on the bill. The Deputy Speaker had argued that the House could not override the veto through a motion but a reconsideration of the bill.
23 CHILDREN, 143 OTHER STRANDED NIGERIANS FROM LIBYA – DAILY SUN PG.13, DAILY TRUST PG.35
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday received 178 stranded Nigerians from Libya at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, who was represented by the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Farinloye said that the stranded Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the airport at about 6.20 p.m. with Boeing 737-800 Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG.
SENATE PROBES CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS AGAINST CJN BY SUPREME COURT COLLEAGUES – THIS DAY PG.35
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, yesterday, mandated the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, which has Senator Opeyemi Bamidele as Chairman, to as a matter of urgency, wade into the crisis presently rocking the judiciary. Lawan gave the directive moments before the chamber adjourned plenary. “We may recall that there were some issues coming out of the Judiciary. We must have interest in what is happening in that arm of government. “I believe that we owe it to Nigerians, to look into what is happening in that arm of government, with a view to bringing solutions to the problem that our Judiciary in Nigeria faces.
COURT ORDERS INTERIM FORFEITURE OF PROPERTY LINKED TO DASUKI’S SON – THIS DAY PG.7
Justice Emeka Nwite of a Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the temporary forfeiture of a property linked to Abubakar Dasuki, son of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, to the Federal Government. The property, located at House No. D1064 at the Brains and Hammers Estate, Apo, Abuja, is a seven-bedroom detached duplex with basement and two servant rooms. The order of temporary forfeiture of the property said to worth N90 million was sequel to a formal request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The application, which was moved yesterday by EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Olanrewaju Adeola is marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/589/2022 and was filed on April 29.