Buhari silent after receiving report on Maina as Jonathan speaks, Boko Haram attacks military base

Buhari silent for more than 48 hours after receiving report on Maina as Jonathan speaks, family says he is a messiah. Boko Haram attacks military base in Yobe.

1. Buhari silent 48 hours after receiving report on Maina’s reinstatement

President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to announce his response 48 hours after receiving a report on the controversial reinstatement of Abdulrsheed Maina, the former civil servant wanted for alleged corruption.

The report was submitted to the president’s office on Monday few hours after Mr. Buhari instructed the Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita, to do so, presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, confirmed.

But by Wednesday evening, a decision was still awaited by many Nigerians anxious to know the president’s response to a scandal many see as a litmus test for his administration’s anti-corruption sincerity.

Mr. Adesina told PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday he had no comment on the development as of the time.

2. ‘Monster Maina’ is one of Jonathan’s numerous messes — Presidency

The Presidency on Wednesday said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had no moral right to level any accusations against the current government in respect of Abdulrasheed Maina, the embattled former head of the presidential team on pension reforms.

In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, described Mr. Maina as one of the monsters created by the former PDP government, and which are still rearing their ugly heads long after the Party was soundly defeated in the 2015 elections.

3. Jonathan speaks on Maina’s return

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday pushed back against “absurd” attempts by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to link him to the unfolding scandal of how a fugitive returned to the country and took a senior position in public service.

Mr. Jonathan said the fact that efforts are being made to link him to the return and reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina underscored how “uncoordinated and rudderless” the Buhari administration has become.

“Are they saying it is President Jonathan that flew him back into Nigeria and promoted him in two levels ahead of where he was as at 2013 when he fled the from civil service?” Mr. Jonathan’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday night.

4. Don’t call Maina fraudster, he is a messiah — Family

The family of fugitive ex-Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, on Wednesday rose to his defence, saying he is not a fraudster but a messiah engaged by government to cleanse the Nigerian Pension Scheme.

Addressing journalists in Kaduna, the spokesperson of the family, Aliyu Maina, said the controversy surrounding the fugitive is the handiwork of ‘cabals’ bent on tarnishing the image of the family.

He said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration facilitated the return of Mr. Maina to Nigeria so as to assist in its change agenda.

5. Metuh’s corruption trial: Court gives officials five days to serve subpoena on Jonathan

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has ordered its bailiff to ensure the service of its subpoena on former President Goodluck Jonathan within five days from Wednesday.

The subpoena is to make Mr. Jonathan appear as a defence witness in the ongoing trial of former Peoples Democratic Party spokesperson, Olisah Metuh.

Mr. Metuh is facing trial for alleged diversion of N400 million from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The defendant had also obtained a subpoena for the appearance of Mr. Dasuki in court as his witness.

6. Buhari’s $3 billion request meant to refinance loan by Jonathan administration — Adeosun

The Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, has said more than half of the recent loan request by the federal government was to refinance loans taken by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

President Muhammadu Buhari recently wrote the Senate asking for permission to secure the $5.5 billion external loan.

Mrs. Adeosun, in a statement by her office, said $3 billion of that loan is to refinance the loan by the immediate past administration.

Read the full statement by the finance ministry below.

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, on Wednesday revealed that the federal government would apply $3 billion in refinancing the legacy debts of the immediate past government.

7. Boko Haram: Shekau’s wife may have been killed in air strike — Official

The wife of the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, may have been killed in air raids carried out by the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, an official has said.

The NAF spokesperson, Olatokunbo Adesanya, said in a statement on Wednesday that “Human Intelligence indicates that the wife of the leader of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) Organization, Mallama Fitdasi, appeared to have been killed in recent successful airstrikes on Durwawa settlement on the outskirts of Urga, near Konduga.”

According to the air commodore, “Mallama Fitdasi was reported to have been representing her husband in a coordinating meeting with other terrorists at the location of the airstrikes.”

8. Eight feared killed as Boko Haram attacks military base

At least eight soldiers were reportedly killed in a Yobe State village after suspected Boko Haram gunmen launched an attack on a military base, sources said.

An army spokesperson, Kayode Ogunsanya, confirmed the attack but declined details on the actual casualty.

“Yes, there was an attack and we repelled it,” Mr. Ogunsanya, a colonel, and spokesman of 3-Division Jos, said; adding that “there was casualty on both sides.”

The attack, according to sources, took place at a village called Sasawa in Damaturu Local Government Area.

A ranked officer, who pleaded anonymity, told PREMIUM TIMES that one of the slain soldiers was an officer and that a civilian was among those killed when the insurgents attacked on Tuesday.

9. Kenya: Supreme Court can’t hear petition to delay election — Chief Justice

Kenyan Chief Justice David Maraga said on Wednesday that the Supreme Court could not hear a case to delay elections because there are not enough judges present to make a quorum.

Mr. Maraga said: “as the two of us cannot form a quorum, this matter cannot be heard this morning.

“The court was due to hear a case seeking to delay Thursday’s repeat presidential election.

NAN reports that those who filed the petition are Khelef Khalifa, Executive Director of Muslims for Human Rights; Samwel Mohochi, Executive Director of the International Commission of Jurists; and Nahason Kamau.

10. Patience Jonathan’s $15.5 million: Court reserves ruling on reversal of guilty plea

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday reserved ruling on a motion seeking to set aside the guilty plea of four firms allegedly used to launder $15.5 million allegedly belonging to a former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

The motion was filed by a lawyer, Amajuoyi Briggs, who is standing trial alongside former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, and Adedamola Bolodeoku.

They are charged with concealing $15.5 million which is said to have formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act through various banks in Nigeria.

They were charged along with four firms namely — Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and Avalon Global Property Development Company.

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