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See pictures of explosives and arrested suspects recovered after a bomb exploded at a bomb factory in Edo States.

Police Commissioner, Babatunde Kokumo displaying a Rocket Propelled Grenade without the launcher

Arrested suspects after a bomb exploded at a bomb factory in Edo by Abdulfatai on Open9ja.com

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There was a mild drama on the floor of the Senate, on Wednesday, when Sen. Sunday Ogbuoji rescinded his earlier decision to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Sen. Ogbuoji had, at the commencement of the day’s legislative business, announced that he was ditching his Peooples Democratic Party (PDP), to join APC. His announcement was greeted with a lot of uproar.

For over 10 minutes, Senate President Bukola Saraki, who presided, could not call lawmakers to order. While APC members made an attempt to usher Ogbuoji to their side, PDP senators protested.

After the mild drama, Ogbuoji, recanted. Instead, he said was putting his defection on hold, to allow him make further consultations with the leadership of the PDP.

Uproar in Senate as Ebonyi senator defects to APC, rescinds decision by Abdulfatai on Open9ja.com

Jonathan Disowns Comment On El-Rufai by Abdulfatai [ m ] at 1:40PM on Jan 17, 2018

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Former President Goodluck has dissociated himself from a report saying the ex-President claimed he contributed to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, campaign fund.

The ex-President, in a statement issued by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, described the report as fake news fabricated by some mischievous elements.

He also advised media houses to avoid offering their platforms for spread of false information.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a fictitious comment on Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, purportedly made by the ex-President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, in which the former President was assumed to have spoken on his alleged contributions to El-Rufai’s campaign funds.

“This falsehood which was obviously fabricated by some mischievous elements and first circulated early last year by a shady online publication, has unfortunately resurfaced again. This time, a credible online group is sadly the one giving it prominence.

“We will again wish to entirely dissociate Dr. Jonathan from this fallacious comment which is lacking in all attributes of reason and credibility. We will also like to advise media organisations, especially those that serve as credible sources of information for the public, to always confirm their stories before publishing, to avoid misleading their readers.”

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No fewer than 1,800 Pakistani Muslim clerics have issued an Islamic directive, or fatwa, forbidding suicide bombings, a book due to be unveiled on Tuesday said.

The South Asian nation has for years been plagued by violence by Islamist militants who often use suicide bombers and preach that their struggle is a holy war to impose Islamic rule.

Suicide attacks are frequently condemned as fanatical and immoral, especially when civilians are killed, but insurgents view the tactic as their most effective weapon.

Seeking to curb “terrorism” that has resulted in tens of thousands of casualties since the early 2000s, the clerics declared suicide bombings to be forbidden, or “haraam”.

“This Fatwa provides a strong base for the stability of a moderate Islamic society.

“We can seek guidance from this Fatwa for building a national narrative in order to curb extremism in keeping with the golden principles of Islam,” Hussain wrote in the book.

Foreign and domestic critics of Pakistan’s government and military accuse them of cozying up to radical groups for political and military purposes and say the state has for too long turned a blind eye to hate preachers in mosques.

Pakistani officials deny frequent U.S. allegations about collaborating with militant Islamist proxies in Afghanistan and India, and say vast gains have been made over the past decade against militant outfits such as the Pakistani Taliban.

But privately they also warn any moves against some popular hardline groups based in Pakistan would take a long time and need to be undertaken carefully.

Similar fatwas appear to have yielded scant results in the Middle East where the practice is used by Islamic State and other militant groups.

The Pakistani scholars, who declared that “no individual or group has the authority to declare and wage jihad (holy war)”, said suicide bombings violate key Islamic teachings and were as such forbidden.

The book was prepared by the state-run International Islamic University and Hussain was due at a ceremony to mark the book’s release, in Islamabad, on Tuesday. (NAN)

1,800 Islamic clerics issue ‘fatwa’ against suicide bombings by Abdulfatai on Open9ja.com

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The presidency has reacted to complaints on why President Buhari has not gone to Benue state to commiserate with the government and people of the state over the recent herdsmen attack in the state.

Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, speaking with Channels TV on Sunday said President Buhari will soon visit Benue state and other states under attack.

He urged Nigerians to be patient as Buhari is not slow in action against herdsmen attack.

”It is a very sad development in our country. The President himself has expressed his sadness about it. You would recall that right on the day the incident happened, he caused a statement to be issued from the office of the special adviser on media and publicity that the development was condemnable, that the security agents must move in immediately and put it in each. He has sent in the IG of police, Minister of Interior and others. In terms of visiting, the president will visit not just Benue. Recall that killings are taking place in Taraba, Rivers, Kaduna. The president will also visit most of these theaters of killings.

”If killings happened on January 1st and the President reacted on January 1st, I don’t see anything wrong in that. If you call it sluggish, it will just be your opinion and they have a right to their opinion. On the day it happened, he directed security agencies on what to do.

Reacting on Oby Ezekwesili’s Red card campaign to remove Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressive Congress out of government in 2019, Adesina said everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

”In a country of 180 million, there is no way you will not have dissatisfaction from some areas but every news of dissatisfaction that comes to the President, he looks into and if anybody is waving a red card, if the Nigerian Referees Association have recognised her as a referee, then she can wave the red card”.

Presidency reacts to Buhari’s absence in Benue by Abdulfatai on Open9ja.com

Prove You Funded Buhari’s Campaign by Abdulfatai [ m ] at 2:59PM on Dec 21, 2017

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was challenged yesterday to prove that he funded President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 campaign.

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai threw the challenge and stated why the forme vice president quit the All Progressives Congress (APC) — there was no room for him to run for president after governors endorsed Buhari for a second term.

El-Rufai spoke on a Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service Programme, “Democracy Today”, which was monitored in Kaduna.

The former VP and former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who has also plans to run for president, were also featured on the programme.

When asked about his intention to run in 2019, Atiku simply said he had not made up his mind. “When I decide, I will let the world know,” he said.

Lamido said PDP was happy to have Atiku back, but his return would not threaten his ambition.

“We are happy that former Vice-President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is back to PDP. PDP made him and that he is back to the party is our joy. Not only him, in fact, we want others who left the party like Senate President Bukola Saraki and former governors to come back

“If our interest is to see the progress and development of Nigeria, then, we should also pray that everyone who left should return home.”

El-Rufai said: “We in the APC were aware from the outset that Atiku was going to leave the APC back to the PDP in December and we thank God that he left in November.

“Atiku had seen that we in the APC, especially the APC governors, had resolved to support President Muhammadu Buhari to run again in 2019. That is why he left APC since he was only looking for where to contest for president.

“Even in the 2015 APC primary election, Atiku didn’t come second; he was floored by Kwankwaso. So, even if President Buhari decides not to contest, Atiku knows that the APC ticket is not sure for him. Majority of the APC governors have endorsed President Buhari as our candidate for 2019.

“And God has continued to improve the health condition of the President. Each time I see him, I thank God and I still pray that God continues to give him sound health.

“So, by 2019, we are waiting to see Atiku contest; we are waiting to contest against him and see what happens. I cannot lose sleep because Atiku wants to contest because, by God’s grace, this is the reign of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Agreed, in politics if you lose even only one person, it should worry you, but the utterances of the former Vice President that APC used his money who did he give the money to? For me, I know those that supported us with their money and property that we used during election, and I never heard the name of Atiku that he brought a dime. If Atiku said he brought money, who did he give it to? Let him come and say it and how much did he give and what was it used for?

“And, in fact, if Atiku brought money, I ought to know, because I was part of the leadership of the party and during campaign, along with former Governor Rotimi Amaechi. We were at the centre of the presidential campaign. Therefore, we are supposed to know. So, let him mention who he gave the money and how much?

“Asked about a large number of APC members who are likely to follow Atiku to PDP, El-Rufai said: “Sure, we know that, we cannot rule out the possibility of some greedy people following him; those that are following material things. But, if people will consider how we can work for the progress of our country, everybody knows that you cannot compare Atiku with President Muhammadu Buhari,” El-Rufai said.

Prove you funded Buhari’s campaign by Abdulfatai on Open9ja.com

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Two Nigerian college students were on the 20th of December sentenced death by a Malaysian High Court for trafficking 3.5 kilogrammes of methamphetamine three years ago.

New Strait Times Malaysia report that Shah Alam High Court judge Datuk Abdul Halim Aman made the ruling after finding that the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against the accused, Mustafa Azmir, 28, and Jude Nnamdi Achonye, 30.

According to the criminal charge brought against them, Mustafa and Jude were accused of trafficking the drugs at an apartment in Petaling Jaya at 3.30pm on Sept 2, 2014 which is an offense under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

The facts of the case stated that the accused, who studied at a private college in Kuala Lumpur, were arrested by police when they accepted several boxes containing the drug which was delivered by a courier company at the apartment.

Abdul Halim, in his ruling, said the court had studied testimonies from 13 prosecution witnesses and two defence witnesses, alongside 73 exhibits tendered during the trial.

“The defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt at the end of this case and presented no testimony that thoroughly refutes the prosecution.

“Besides that, there were also discrepancies in testimonies of the accused and their defence only amounted to denial without concrete evidence,” he said.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris appeared for the prosecution, while the accused were represented by lawyer Leonard Anselm Gomes.

Malaysian court sentence two Nigerian students to death for drug trafficking by Abdulfatai on Open9ja.com

Buhari Swears In Seven Permanent Secretaries by Abdulfatai [ m ] at 3:52PM on Dec 20, 2017

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday swore in the remaining seven Permanent Secretaries that were among the 22 directors that passed the promotional examination and appointed in August.

Fifteen of the Permanent Secretaries were, on August 15, sworn in by Yemi Osinbajo when he acted as president while President Buhari was on medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

Those sworn in are Mustapha Suliaman (Kano), Adekunle Olusegun Adeyemi (Oyo), Mrs. Ekaro Chukwumogwu (Rivers), Adedayo Akpata (Ekiti), Abdulkadri Muazu (Kaduna), Osuji Ndubusi (Imo) and Bitrus Nabasu (Plateau).

The brief ceremony took place before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by the president.

The newly sworn in Permanent secretaries would resume duty when their colleagues from their states, currently in service, retire.

Buhari swears in seven permanent secretaries by Abdulfatai on Open9ja.com

Reps May Seek Supremacy Of Rule Of Law by Abdulfatai [ m ] at 10:38AM on Dec 20, 2017

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The House of Representatives has ordered an investigation of the denial of a female Muslim law graduate from attending the Nigerian Law School call to bar ceremony for refusing to take off her headscarf (hijab).

House Committees on Justice and Judiciary was given two weeks to carry out the investigation into the circumstances that led to the incident.

The House said its investigative intervention was with a view to make appropriate recommendation which may include the ultimate recognition of and compliance with the rule of law above any tradition or practice.

This followed the adoption of a motion of urgent national importance by Abubakar Damburam (APC, Jigawa), who noted that after the completion of the required program at the Nigeria law school, Amasa Firdaus was due to be called to bar on Tuesday, 12th December, 2017 but denied for refusing to take off her headscarf.

“The President of the Nigeria Bar Association and the Sultan of Sokoto have raised questions about the legality of the decision of the Nigeria Law School to deny the law graduate from the call to bar

“The controversy has attracted international media coverage such as Aljazeera and on the social media across the globe because the United Kingdom and United States of American as well as other African countries allow the use of headscarf (hijab) by female Muslims during graduation ceremony and presentation of certificates.

“In Kenya for example, the Chief Justice of Kenya participated in a group photograph of two female Muslims who used headscarf during the graduation of law graduates. The picture and other similar pictures are all over the social media to create awareness on the matter.

“It should be noted that despite the use of the headscarf by the student, she had the law wig on top of the headscarf which still showed compliance with the tradition of the Nigeria Law School and decency according to her religious belief.

“The 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended section 38 provides that every person shall be entitle to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion of belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

“This section supersedes any provision by any government agency or institution to contravene this section 38 of the constitution.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed what he expects Islamic clerics to do in their mosques.

The President spoke at the 55th Conference of League of Imams and Alfas of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states held in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital on Tuesday.

Buhari, who was represented by his special adviser on political matters, Babafemi Ojodu, urged all Muslims to always pray for the survival of Nigeria.

He urged them to help his administration fight corruption by preaching against the act.

“What is expected of you at this moment is to preach continuously against corruption in your mosques all the time,” he said.

Buhari also used the occasion to remind public office holders that they are holding such office in trust for God and not for their selfish interest.

He thanked the Imams and Alfas for their prayers for him while he was sick.​

Buhari tells Islamic clerics what to do in their mosques by Abdulfatai on Open9ja.com