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1. Oil Prices Rise to $58.04
Oil prices rose by more than 1.5 per cent, on Monday, in line with the directive of the OPEC to major producers, which Nigeria is among to cut down on supply to avoid a further fall in prices of oil. The OPEC explained that this directive was in line with the principles of demand and supply as against price.
Recall that Nigeria had reduced production and subsequently supply.
Brent crude futures LCOc1 were at $58.04 per barrel at 0751 GMT, up 98 cents, or 1.7 per cent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate, WTI, crude oil futures CLc1 were at $48.85 per barrel, up 89 cents, or 1.9 per cent.
The fall in oil prices have been ascribed to be as a result of the trade war going on between US and China since early 2018.
2. Daily Trust Undermined National Security – Army
The Army, in a statement by its spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, on Monday, said Daily Trust’s reports published in its lead story on Sunday undermined national security.
The Spokesman said the newspaper disclosed classified security information of planned military operations against Boko Haram terrorists which afforded the Boko Haram terrorists ample time to re-strategize against the military.
According to the Army, this put the lives of troops in danger.
3. Plot to Assassinate Atiku, Saraki Uncovered – Timi Frank
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank has announced that there is a plot to assassinate the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his Campaign Director General, Sen. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, at a campaign ground in a northern State.
Frank reportedly wrote to the international community to call President Muhammadu Buhari to order and to inform the world that if anything should happen to either Atiku or Saraki or any of the PDP leaders at any political rally, the APC Government should be held culpable.
4. Your Tears Will Flow until You Confess, FFK to Shettima
Recall that Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State had gone to Aso Rock to cry to President Buhari over the incessant terrorist attacks happening in Borno.
Following that incident, Fani-Kayode via his twitter handle said that until the Governor of Borno State Mr Kashim Shettima confessed his role in the abduction of the Chibok girls and tells Nigerians why he and others started Boko Haram his tears will continue to flow.
5. Resign Now, Return to PDP – Atiku tells Amaechi
Speaking through his Media Aide, Phrank Shaibu, Atiku asked Amaechi, to resign and return home to the PDP he left in 2014.
Amaechi served two terms as governor and speaker of the Rivers state House of Assembly under the PDP.
Still speaking on the leaked recording where Amaechi was heard castigating President Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku said it took courage for the minister to take such a step.
He described as a national embarrassment, the shabby treatment of Amaechi for speaking the truth to power in the leaked recording which has led to his being made a ceremonial director general of the president’s campaign organization.
He said it is also the reason the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been appointed by the president over Amaechi to take charge of his campaigns.
He added, “Amaechi must now resign and return home to the PDP where he belongs.”
6. I Accept Responsibility for Service Chiefs’ Performance – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari, during an interview aired on Arise TV said though the service chiefs may be under-performing, he takes responsibility for not changing them.
The President said having been a military administrator himself, minister and head of state; he would not make such hasty decision. He said removing service chiefs in the middle of war against insurgency may turn out bad.
When asked if it wasn’t yet time to remove service chiefs in the light of increasing insecurity, he said, “While fighting insecurity, if you don’t wait for an appropriate time to remove service chiefs or the Inspector-General of Police, then you create competition within the service.”
“There are many ambitious people waiting within the service but only one man can be chief of army staff, only one man can be chief of air staff, only one man can be IGP. Don’t forget that it was this administration that appointed them”.
“I didn’t know them personally. I followed records and I think I picked the best. Of course, their performance may be disappointing but I accept responsibility for not changing them,” he said
7. I Helped El-Rufai Submit Amina Zakari’s CV to Presidency – Odumakin
In light of all the controversies trailing the appointment of Amina Zakari as Collation Chief, Afenifere’s Spokesman and activist, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, says it was Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State and not President Muhammadu Buhari that recommended Amina Zakari as a nominee for an appointment at the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Odumakin, who was a guest on Channels TV programme, Sunrise Daily, on Tuesday, said former President, Goodluck Jonathan, as part of reforms at INEC called on Civil Society Organisations to recommend someone competent for position of National Commissioner at INEC.
Odumakin said El-Rufai told him of Zakari, who had worked under him as a Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
He said he collected Zakari’s Curriculum Vitae from El-Rufai and took to the late Oronto Douglas, the Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Research, Documentation, and Strategy.
8. Nigeria Lost $2.8bn in Revenue in 2018 — UN Reports
The United Nations say Nigeria lost an estimated $2.8 billion in revenues in 2018, mainly due to oil-related crimes. This is according to a new ‘Report by the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS)’ on Monday in New York.
The report covered from July 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018.
“Maritime crime and piracy off the coast of West Africa continued to pose a threat to peace, security and development in the region, the report had read.
Also, “Oil-related crimes resulted in the loss of nearly 2.8 billion dollars in revenues last year in Nigeria, according to government figures”.
9. Bus Driver Rapes 78-Yr-Old Woman in Lagos
Jelili Lawal, a 41-year-old danfo bus driver, was arrested on Monday for raping stranded 78-year-old woman, in Oloti community, in Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos.
The Grandmother whose identity was not revealed was on her way home on January 1, but missed her way. While asking questions from commuters on how to get to her base at Ketu, from Maryland, Ikeja, the bus driver was said to have offered to take her there, in his bus.
However, midway into the journey, Jelili reportedly detoured to Oloti village where he parked and raped her.
While at it, the victim raised alarm that attracted someone in the neighbourhood, who then alerted the Police.
10. PDP Suspends Deputy National Chairman
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP has announced the suspension of its Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Gamawa Babayo.
This was confirmed in a statement issued by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan who said the decision to suspend Babayo was taken at the extra-ordinary session of its NWC last week.
The statement read that “The NWC found merit in the petition on allegation of dereliction of duty and anti-party activity as contained in Section 58 (1) e, f, g, h of the PDP Constitution”.
“Therefore, in exercise of section 29 (2) a, b and c, the NWC hereby invokes Section 59 (1) d of the constitution of the PDP on the Deputy National Chairman (North) and accordingly suspends him from the party immediately,” the statement read.