America’s damning verdict on Murtala Muhammed, APC Senators planning to jump ship and more

Shocking details about Nigeria’s ex-military ruler, Murtala Muhammed, a German town rejecting Trump, and APC Senators possibly planning a surprise are some of our trending stories from Friday.

1. Inside America’s damning verdict on Murtala Muhammed, Obasanjo

For nearly half a century after his stint as Nigeria’s military leader, Murtala Muhammed remained widely regarded as a dogged corruption fighter who took fearless steps against official graft.

But to American diplomats, Mr. Mohammed was a strikingly different figure from the no-nonsense general many Nigerians respected.

They believed he was not only an arrogant mass murderer, but just as corrupt as those he went after.

2. APC Senators planning to decamp to PDP

The Senate minority leader and former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has said that about 20 senators of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, are planning to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

3. German town rejects Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump will not be made an honorary citizen of the small German town from where his grandparents emigrated, the town’s mayor, Thomas Jaworek, said on Friday after a council meeting.

Germany’s own Republicans, a fringe party sharing the right-wing conservative values of their U.S. namesakes, lodged the request for honorary citizenship and even wanted to have a street or square named after him.

4. Onnoghen: Buhari under fire

The National Judicial Council had on October 6, 2016 recommended Mr. Onnoghen to President Buhari as successor to Mahmud Mohammed whose tenure was to expire on November 9, 2016.

According to some legal practitioners, the failure of Mr. Buhari to forward the name of Mr. Onnoghen to the Senate, long after his recommendation, is not good for Nigeria and the judiciary in particular.

5. Ndume gets new role

Senate President Bukola Saraki named former Senate Leader Ali Ndume chairman of the committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, replacing Abba Kyari, now appointed chair of the defence committee.

The chairmanship of the defence committee was vacated by Ahmed Lawan, who replaced Mr. Ndume as Senate Leader.

6. Nadal, Federer clash in Melbourne

Rafael Nadal sets up an Australian Open final with rival Roger Federer.

It took all of five hours, but at the end Nadal passed the stiff test posed by Grigor Dimitrov 6–3 5–7 7–6 6–7 6–4.

7. 500 years behind South in Education

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Abubakar Njodi, said the north-east may take 500 years to recover from the destruction inflicted by Boko Haram on its education system and attain the current standard in southern Nigeria.

8. Customs seizes two helicopters

The Nigeria Customs said it had intercepted two helicopters and 23 consignments of accessories illegally imported into the country.

The Customs also said it seized elephant tusks from illegal importers.

9. Ken Saro-Wiwa

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt struck out an application which had sought to quash the judgment of a tribunal and eventual execution of environmental rights activist, Ken Saro Wiwa, in November 1995.

10. Oil bloc Allocation

The House committee on OPLs/OMLs discovered that there were many anomalies in the process of the award of the oil blocs to international oil companies by the government.

The House of Representatives also threatened to seek the arrest of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele and the Accountant-General of the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris over oil licenses.