Obasanjo refutes Buhari’s death rumours, one dollar now 500 Naira

Naira continues to depreciate as it exchanges for N500 to a dollar, Obasanjo reacts to Buhari’s death rumour, Nigerians not affected by Trump’s immigration policy, and others make our top stories for Friday.

1. Naira slides to N500

The Naira depreciated further to N500 to a dollar at the parallel market after it had remained stable for nearly three weeks.

The Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N616 and N530 respectively at the open market.per dollar.

2. Buhari death rumour — Obasanjo reacts

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo described the people behind the rumour as wicked, callous and treacherous.

There had been persistent rumour on social media about the president since he travelled to the UK.

The presidency has refuted the reports and pictures of the President in London have been published to quell the rumours.

3. Nigerians won’t be affected by Trump’s immigration policy

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, said America would not discriminate against any Nigerian on the basis of religion or on the new visa regime.

President Trump recently signed an executive order that banned citizens from seven countries from travelling into the U.S. for 90 days.

4. I bore no grudge — Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan said he bore no grudge against those who criticised him while in office.

Writing on his Facebook Page, Mr. Jonathan said those apologising to him for criticising him during his tenure needed not do so because they only performed their civic duties at the time.

“There is no need for forgiveness because you did not commit any sin against me,” the former president said. “I never felt offended or held a grudge.”

5. U.S. warns North Korea, Iran

U.S. President, Donald Trump threatens Iran over its ballistic missile test that violated a UN Security Council resolution.

Mr. Trump, in his tweets on Thursday, said “Iran has been formally put on notice”.

“Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!” Mr. Trump tweeted.

U.S. defence secretary also warned North Korea of an “effective and overwhelming” response if it choses to use nuclear weapons, as he reassured South Korea of steadfast U.S. support.

6. Arrest anyone linked to Boko Haram

The Borno State Governor charged security operatives to arrest anyone linked to Boko Haram even if they are his children.

Governor Kashim Shettima stated this in a seven-minute video broadcast late on Thursday.

Mr. Shettima’s state is the most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency which has caused the death of about 20,000 people.

7. Erdogan upset with Merkel’s use of term “Islamist terror”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got upset Thursday when German Chancellor Angela Merkel used the term “Islamist terror” as part of a list of threats against which she is battling.

“The expression Islamist terrorism seriously hurts us Muslims,” he said in Ankara, as the two sat next to each other in front of journalists.

8. Maje Ayida to sue Toke Makinwa for ‘fabrications’ in her book

Fitness coach, Maje Ayida, asked his ex-wife, Toke Makinwa, to stop the sale and promotion of her tell-all memoir On Becoming, which detailed the topsy-turvy relationship between the two.

Mr. Ayida made the request via a “letter of demand,” from his lawyers.

9. Governors Okorocha, Obiano in war of words

The spat between Governors Rochas Okorocha and Willy Obiano of Imo and Anambra States respectively have continued with the former alleging that the later has not brought any improvement to the state he inherited from Peter Obi.

Mr. Okorocha, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, accused Mr. Obiano of not having any meaningful project to boast of three years into his administration.

10. Southern Kaduna Violence

The Nigerian Police announced the arrest of 17 suspects allegedly involved in the recent killings in Kafanchan, Kaduna State.

The Kafanchan killing is part of the larger violence in Southern Kaduna that has led to the death of over 200 people in the past few months.

The Police also said five suspects were arrested for allegedly planning to attack one of the remote areas of Southern Kaduna.