Minister reveals potential cure for epilepsy; Ex-Governor Sule Lamido was arrested
On Sunday, ex-Governor Sule Lamido was arrested while a minister revealed that a potential cure for epilepsy may have been produced in Nigeria.
The police in Kano have arrested the immediate past governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido.
Mr. Lamido was arrested for allegedly inciting his supporters to violently protest unfavourable results in the forthcominh local government elections organised by the current administration of Governor Muhammad Badaru.
The council elections are fixed for July 1.
Mr. Lamido, who was arrested at his Sharada Kano home on Sunday morning, was whisked away to the Zone One Command of the Nigeria Police in Kano, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.
The files the police said it found during a raid on the home of Senator Danjuma Goje regarding how a popular Islamic cleric, Ja’afar Adam, was murdered are actually media reports already in public domain, the senator’s aide has told PREMIUM TIMES.
The Nigerian Police had on Thursday said apart from the millions of cash it found in the Asokoro residence of Mr. Goje, it also found other documents including “a file containing write-ups on how Governor Shekarau plotted the assassination of Sheikh Ja’afar”.
The recent claim by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, that the N992.5 billion released to various federal ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs, for execution of capital projects under the 2016 budget was “the highest ever budgetary releases in Nigeria’s annual funding history” may not be entirely true, going by PREMIUM TIMES’ findings.
“So far, (about) N1 trillion has been released on capital (vote), and this is the highest so far in the history of this country,” the minister said during her interactive exchange with members of the House of Representatives Tactical Committee on Recession in her office in Abuja.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has disclosed that one of the agencies under the ministry may have developed a drug for the treatment of epilepsy.
Mr. Onu, made this disclosure at an investment forum organised in New York by his ministry for Nigerians in the United States.
He said one of the agencies under the ministry is working on what could turn out to be a cure for epilepsy. He said the product already passed through various stages of tests and trials and is only awaiting the final trials by the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC.
The Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Command, Musa Kimo, has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, against its planned protest in Abuja.
Mr. Kimo gave the warning in a statement issued by the command’s spokesperson, Usen Omorodion, in Abuja on Sunday.
He said as a professional organisation, the command would not fold its arms and watch criminal elements hide under the guise of such protest to cause breakdown of law and order.
Mr. Kimo advised residents to go about their lawful duties without fear and molestation.
The Police Command in Borno said on Sunday that it had arrested a driver, Modu Mustapha, suspected to be purchasing fuel and food items for Boko Haram insurgents.
Damian Chukwu, the Commissioner of Police in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri that the suspect was arrested after a tip-off by members of the public.
The Nigeria Union of Journalist, NUJ, has urged the Inspector General of Police, Idris Abubakar, to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the killers of Famou Giobaro, a broadcast journalist in Bayelsa.
The union also called for the reprimand of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief Security Officer, Bashir Abubakar.
The union made the requests in a communiqué issued on Sunday at the end of the NUJ National Executive Council meeting, held in Gombe.
The communiqué was signed by the NUJ National Secretary, Shuaibu Leman.
The World Bank has told the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, that it “cannot locate any additional information on the projects executed with recovered stolen public funds by the late General Sani Abacha.”
According to the response sent last week to SERAP, the World Bank’s Access to Information Appeal Committee said, “In response to your request under case number AI4288 (related to your initial request case number AI3982), we wish to inform you that we have thoroughly searched our records and databases but have not been able to locate any additional information that is responsive to your request beyond what we have already shared with you. Therefore, we are unable to fulfill your request.”
A yet to be identified University of Benin student has drowned in River Benue, on the closing day of the Nigeria University Games Association, NUGA, in Makurdi, Benue State.
Omeche Onoja, Chairman, NUGA games medical and sanitation sub-committee confirmed the incident.
The name of the student was not disclosed.
The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has called on the Federal Government to shelve its planned harmonisation of salaries of health workers in the country.
The association’s position is contained in a communiqué issued by Mike Ogirima, President of NMA, on Sunday at the end of the 57th Annual General Meeting and Delegate Conference of the association, held in Calabar, from April 24 to 29.
It noted that although health workers faced many hazards in the discharge of their duties, their output could not be compared to doctors who performed the bulk of the medical services.