The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, on Friday, revealed that the former Vice President and Presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar has questions to answer over the collapse of Bank PHB.
Mr. Mohammed said that there are fresh evidences that Atiku benefited from the slush funds that led to the collapse of the bank. In 2009, he said that a memo was raised for the issuance and payment of N156 million to Atiku’s account.
The onus, he said, is on Atiku to exonerate himself.
“He should come home on time to answer these questions.” he added. Mr Mohammed also said another memo was raised to confirm that the amount was raised from a “claimant management account.”
Wife of a former Vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Titi, was on Friday evening attacked by suspected political thugs at Sarkin Sasa house in Ojoo area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
Mrs. Abubakar had arrived in the city two days ago to solicit support for her husband’s presidential bid.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that she had had a fruitful discussion with Sarkin Sasa and the Hausa community in the area when the hoodlums attacked her convoy.
Some of the supporters in the convoy were said to have been injured in the attack.
A chieftain of the PDP in the state, Alhaji Bisi Olopoenia, confirmed the development to our correspondent but said the party was investigating the attack on the harmless visitors.
The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on Friday said Nigeria will join other countries of the world to experience total lunar eclipse on Monday.
The information was contained in a statement issued to NAN by Dr Felix Alle, the Head, Media and Public Communications of the agency in Abuja.
According to Alle, lunar eclipse is one in which the moon appears darkened as it passes into the earth’s shadow.
He stated that
“lunar eclipse occurs only when the sun, earth and moon are exactly aligned with the earth between the two.
“There will be a lunar eclipse over Nigeria on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.
“The eclipse, expected to be total, will begin in the evening of Sunday and end on Monday.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state on Thursday said there are no cattle routes in the state.
Ortom, in a statement made available to newsmen in Makurdi by his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, noted that he spoke at NKST Church in Buruku, while interacting with officials of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on re-election campaign in the local government area.
The governor, according to the statement, was reacting to the televised comments on President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter.
He said the president’s overall performance was shameful and a confirmation of what his wife stated that having lost control, a cabal had taken charge.
Ayodele Fayose, former Ekiti State Governor, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to ensure he attends the presidential debate slated for tomorrow.
Fayose, factional head of the South West campaign organization of Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the call on Friday.
Messrs Buhari and Abubakar are major contestants in the presidential election scheduled for February 16. They are expected to participate in the debate.
Also, there are insinuations in some quarters that the president who seeks a second term in office will dodge the debate. The media have not been able to confirm if President Buhari would debate his challengers personally or through a proxy.
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, stated that corruption has been the major bane that has hindered the development of the country.
Osinbajo, who stated this at Ifon in Ose Local Government during his visit to Ondo State for the house to house campaign ahead of the forthcoming election, emphasized that it was only President Muhammadu Buhari that can fix the country.
Osinbajo also visited some royal fathers in the state.
He said that for the people to continue to witness more developmental projects, they must give their votes to his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, as well as for President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 16 presidential election.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has told voters in Osun State to resist any attempt by politicians to rig elections in their state.
Mr. Abubakar, who spoke on Tuesday during his campaign rally in Osogbo, Osun State, expressed displeasure at the current status of Nigeria as the capital of poverty in the world.
“Nigeria remains headquarters of poverty in the world,” he said.
“This government promised to give you job and security, they promised to turn around the economy, unfortunately, everything has turned out to be deceit.”
One Sunday Palms, who killed a commercial motorcyclist and stole his motorcycle in Ikire, Osun State, has been sentenced to death by hanging.
The Osun State Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo, found the accused guilty of murder and sentenced him to death by hanging.
Palms was said to have committed the offence on August 20, 2006, when he lured one Isiaka Rafiu, a commercial motorcyclist, to the bush in Ikire, the headquarters of Irewole Local Government Area of the state, killed him and stole his motorcycle.
The accused was first arraigned on December 8, 2014, on one count of murder.