Jonathan talks tough, says PDP will win 2019, AMCON take over another airline and the latest on Malabu oil scandal

Presidency says Nigerians should be ready to see President Buhari soon; Jonathan speaks tough, says PDP will win in 2019; AMCON takes over another airline and the latest on the Malabu oil scandal.

1. AMCON takes over another airline

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) took over Odengene Air-Shuttle Services (OAS) Helicopters in Lagos following a court order.

The company was among the airlines that received the Federal Government intervention fund during the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan. AMCON had on Thursday February 9 taken over the Arik Air.

2. Arik suspends

Arik Air has suspended its international flight operations to the London and Johannesburg routes.

The spokesman of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, Jude Nwauzor, made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos.

3. Andrew Yakubu forfeits N3 billion to Nigerian government

A court ordered that the $9.8 million and 74,000 pounds recovered from a house belonging to Andrew Yakubu be forfeited to the Nigerian government.

The anti-graft agency, EFCC, last Friday announced it recovered the money (about N3 billion in total) from a Kaduna home of the former head of the state oil firm, NNPC.

Mr. Yakubu, who reportedly admitted owning the money has since been arrested and is in custody of the EFCC.

4. Buhari support groups hold rally in Abuja

Barely a week after Nigerians held anti-government protests in major cities across the country, a coalition of Buhari Support Groups held a rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The coalition, Truth and Justice Movement of Nigeria, held the rally under the banner: “I Support President Buhari”.

5. EFCC re-arraigns former Nigerian bank chiefs

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC re-arraigned a former Managing Director of Bank PHB, Francis Atuche, before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Mr. Atuche was charged alongside Charles Ojo, a former Managing Director of Spring Bank, on an amended 45-count charge of N125 billion fraud.

6. Nigerian University VC, Bursar arraigned for alleged corruption

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC arraigned the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, Gregory Daramola, over allegations of fraud to the tune of N24 million.

The Vice Chancellor was arraigned along with the school’s bursar, Ayodeji Oresegun, for offences of misappropriation of public funds, misuse of office, and obtaining money under force pretense among others.

7. Shell, Eni want Nigeria’s richest oil block back

Shell and Eni, through their Nigerian subsidiaries, asked a Federal High Court to reverse an order that revoked the award of OPL 245 to them.

Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court had on January 26 granted an interim order directing the return of the block — Nigeria’s richest, estimated to contain over 9 billion barrels of crude — to the Nigerian government.

8. PDP will win in 2019 — Jonathan

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, said the Peoples Democratic Party remains Nigeria’s strongest and biggest party despite losing the 2015 presidential election, and will win the next general election.

Mr. Jonathan said current efforts at reforming the party are “a clear sign” the PDP will win in 2019.

9. U.S. National Security Adviser, Flynn, resigns

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, revelations that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

It was discovered that the conversation had taken place before Mr. Trump took office, and Mr. Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.

Members of the U.S. Congress called for an independent commission to probe connections between Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign and Moscow.

10. Presidency says Nigerians should be ready to see Buhari soon

A presidential aide, Garba Shehu asked Nigerians to be ready to see President Muhammadu Buhari return from his medical vacation in London to the country anytime soon.

He said the president was no longer “enjoying his stay’’ outside the country.

“As a matter of fact, we should be getting ready to see the president flesh and blood and that will be as soon as possible, he added.