During the week, President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the controversial RUGA settlement for herdsmen. While many Nigerians, especially in the political sphere, commendation the suspension, others have warned that it’s a scam.
Also, the ongoing 2019 AFCON competition holding in Egypt has so far seen some intriguing moments, with the Super Eagles of Nigeria qualifying for the quarter finals stage.
So much has happened during the week and of course, your number one online news medium, 9News Nigeria has been on ground to bring you every detail as it happens. If you missed any news report during the week, not to worry, here’s a special recap of the week’s news just for you.
MONDAY 1ST JULY
- Ruga Settlement Is To Resolve Farmer/Herder Conflicts – Presidency
The Presidency, on Sunday, said the proposed Ruga settlement is aimed at addressing the lingering farmer/herder clashes across the country, 9News Nigeria reports.
It was reacting to comments and controversies the plan had generated on social media in the past few weeks.
- ISWAP: US, Russian Presidents, British Prime Minister, others asked to save Nigeria from terrorists, track sponsors
The Centre for Counter-Terrorism and Preventive Diplomacy has called on world powers to support Nigeria in her counter-terror campaign with sophisticated technology to track financiers and sponsors of terrorists’ activities in the country.
The centre made this call in an experts’ opinion/report on the threat posed by Boko Haram/ISWAP to Nigeria and the fringes of the Lake Chad region.
- Australian visas: What’s changing from 1st July 2019
Following months of posturing on the issue of growing congestion in Sydney and Melbourne, the Federal Government announced in March this year that it will cut back Australia’s annual permanent immigration intake to 160,000. The intake has been capped at 190,000 since 2011 but the actual intake fell to just over 162,000 in…
- So far, Patience Jonathan has forfeited N171.35 billion to FG. Equivalent to sharing N221 million to all the 774 LG in Nigeria
Forfeited funds traced to
- “Biodun Fatoyinbo Will Rise Again” – Fani-Kayode Calls COZA Pastor ‘Lover Of God’
Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation, has reacted to Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo’s decision to step down as the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA, over alleged rape allegation from Timi Dakolo’s wife, Busola.
Pastor Fatoyinbo had in a post on his Instagram page on Monday, announced stepping down from the pulpit following the rape saga.
- Dozens Burnt To Ashes While Scooping Fuel From Fallen Tanker(Photos)
At least 30 persons were on Monday burnt beyond recognition and many vehicles destroyed in a tanker explosion that occurred in Benue State.
9news Nigeria gathered that the ugly incident happened along Ahumbe-Makurdi road.
An eyewitness who spoke with our correspondent said the…
- EXCLUSIVE: List of Nigerian Ambassadors Who Collected Over N7bn Illegally After Retirement
SaharaReporters has obtained a list of the retired Nigerian ambassadors and special grade officers in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who are enjoying millions of dollars in allowance despite retirement.
According to the list, some of the ambassadors have been retired as early as November 2018.
The list of the retired envoys includes Amb. AG Bala (Hong Kong), Amb. Jane Ndem (Romania), Amb. Salisu Umaru (Senegal), Amb. Martin…
TUESDAY 2ND JULY
- Ruga Will Destroy Nigeria, Buhari Should Have Lost 2019 Election – Wole Soyinka Explodes
Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has opposed the federal government’s proposal to establish Ruga settlements across the nation for herdsmen.
Speaking in Lagos on Tuesday at the launch of United Nations’ Solutions 17 SDG programme, Soyinka berated the federal government for the idea, which he said can cause Nigeria to explode.
- EFCC ‘persecuting’ Saraki — Atiku
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said the recent investigation of ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is becoming a persecution.
He said this on Tuesday in a statement titled “Bukola Saraki: Silence In The Face of Tyranny Is Acquiescence.”
Mr Saraki was recently accused by the EFCC of taking N12 billion from the treasury of the Kwara State Government while he was…
- Any Pastor Who Can’t Control His Libido Shouldn’t Go Near Pulpit — Northern CAN
The Chairman, and leading Church Growth authority, Dr. Francis Akin-John, reasoned that any man of God who cannot restrain his sexual urge should have nothing to do near a pulpit. Pam held forth that the position of a pastor as a rule was a very delicate position, adding that for anybody to have degraded himself to do such horrible thing was…
- Jubilation as Police rescue President Buhari’s village Head
The Nigerian police force has announced the successful rescue of the Magajin Garin Daura, Alhaji Musa Umar Uba.
The Police Public Relations Officer DSP Haruna Abdullahi confirmed this on Tuesday, saying; “IGPs Operation Puff Adder Intelligent Response Team in conjunction with Kano state Police Command carried out an operation at Gangan Ruwa…
- Youngest Nigerian Senator Slaps Nursing Mother Mercilessly
A serving lawmaker, Senator Elisha Abbo, has attracted criticisms from a large section of Nigerians after being caught on video slapping a nursing mother repeatedly at a sex toy shop in Abuja.
Abbo, who defeated the respected Senator Binta Garba, to emerge as the winner of the Adamawa North senatorial district, was seen assaulting the woman in a video posted by Premium Times…
- ‘Buhari has done more than Jonathan, Obasanjo, others’~Chairman BMO
The Chairman of the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), Chief Niyi Akinsiju, Tuesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari has achieved more compared to the various achievements recorded by his predecessors, (Goodluck Jonathan, Musa Yaradua, Olusegun Obasanjo, others), during their respective regimes.
Mr Akinsiju who led a delegation of the organization to the state house, listed some of the key milestones of Buhari’s administration…
WEDNESDAY 3RD JULY
- Gbajabiamila introduces e-voting in House of Reps
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has begun his reforms of the nation’s green chamber, starting with electronic on serious legislation.
Gbajabiamila disclosed this on Tuesday, stating that the implementation will begin today.
He said, “In front of you on your seats, you have little panels that we installed. This is in keeping with some of the reforms we have talked about, that Nigerians will see. By tomorrow, I expect it to be fully operational.
- “I Once Worked Among Lagos Area Boys, Prostitutes” – Osinbajo’s Wife, Dolapo
Dolapo, wife of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, has revealed that she once worked in the slums in Lagos among area boys and prostitutes.
She spoke at the Anti-Substance-Abuse Programme organised by MTN in Abuja recently.
- Fulani Vs Hausa: Why Kidnapping, Killings Won’t Stop In Zamfara — Miyetti Allah Reveals
Gusau – Rabiu Zuru, national president of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), said on Tuesday that the Fulani people had been pushed to the wall and that was why killings and kidnapping had remained pervasive in Zamfara State.
Addressing the state governor and stakeholders at a town hall meeting in Gusau, the state capital, the Fulani leader maintained that the Hausa community had offended the Fulani people beyond forgiveness.
- RUGA Will Solve Security Challenges In Nigeria – Governor Lalong Says
Simon Lalong, Plateau State Governor, has appealed to Nigerians and other state governors to work with the Nigerian government in the creation of settlement farms for herdsmen saying it would solve economic and security challenges of the country.
He said this while speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Lalong, who claims Plateau is ready…
- I’ll be inaugurated Biafra President on July 30, Onwuka declares
Leader of the pan Biafran group, Biafra Zionist Federation (BZM) Benjamin Onwuka, who was released one year after incarceration has declared he will be inaugurated Biafra President on July 30.
Onwuka was arrested on August 20, 2018 in Enugu by security operatives during one of his groups Biafra agitation activities and kept incommunicado for several months.
He was later transferred to Owerri Prisons from…
- PRESIDENT MOHAMMADU BUHARI SUSPENDS “RUGA” SETTLEMENT INITIATIVE TILL FURTHER NOTICE!
We have just learnt that President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the RUGA settlement idea pending further notice.
The suspension follows the public outcry and the seeming misconception about the Ruga Settlement Projects, an idea designed to stem the tide of herdsmen/farmers clashes across the country.
The president, after consultations…
- Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu Reacts To Suspension Of Ruga Settlements, Reveals ‘Next Move’
The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has reacted to the suspension of Ruga settlements by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement made available to 9news Nigeria, Kanu said ‘Jubril’ has bowed to pressure by suspending Ruga.
THURSDAY 4TH JULY
- Trump warns Europe, China over currency manipulation
US President Donald Trump’s latest accusation of currency manipulation has foreign-exchange analysts game-planning the administration’s next move.
Trump tweeted Wednesday that Europe and China are playing a “big currency manipulation game”, days after he declared a tariff ceasefire with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
For market observers, the president…
- Rape Allegations: Finally, CAN Disowns COZA Church
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) church is not a member of its CAN family following the rape allegation levelled against its Senior Pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo.
In press statement signed by National Legal and Public Affairs, CAN, Evang Barr Kwamkur, Samuel Vondip, the body condemned the act and admonished pastors in the country to distance themselves from rape and any act of infidelity.
- Buhari Should Apologise To Nigerians For Saying Abacha Did Not Steal Money
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana and the Chairman, Human Environment Development Agenda, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju on Wednesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to apologise to Nigerians for saying in the past that the former Head of State, Late General Sani Abacha did not loot the country.
- How OAP Refused To Abort Olamide’s Pregnancy Despite Collecting N2M
Rapper Olamide is set to welcome another child with OAP MariaOkan, just days after welcoming a son with his fiancée, Bukunmi.
According to our credible insider, after Maria discovered that she was one month pregnant for Olamide, she approached him and requested for money to terminate the pregnancy and return to the U.K.
- Australians Rejoice As Government’s $158 billion Tax cuts Plan Pass Parliament
Crossbenchers Jacqui Lambie and Centre Alliance offered the final crucial votes the Federal Government needed to pass the legislation, which retrospectively offers tax cuts for the last financial year.
Labor, having failed to amend the tax plan, ultimately supported the passage of the plan in the Senate, while the Greens voted against it.
The legislation passed 56 to 9, with…
- Police Detain Senator Abbo Over Alleged Assault
Senator Elisha Abbo has been detained by the Nigerian Police Force for allegedly assaulting a nursing mother at an adult toy shop in Abuja.
This was made known by the FCT Police Commissioner, Mr Bala Ciroma.
FRIDAY 5TH JULY
- RUGA Suspension Is A Scam, Be Vigilant – Charles Ogbu
Buhari suspends atrocious Ruga Settlement Plan. WARNING: By Charles Ogbu
Don’t be deceived!
Buhari is an expert in Subterfuge known in Islam as ‘Taqyya’ which means deception in simple English.
The idea is simple: act like you are a listening leader by announcing the suspension of the project (meanwhile contractors have been fully mobilized to site and funding stream assured). Then, while we sleep and snore believing the project is…
- “Be Ready To Defend Yourselves, Enough Of These Threats” – Ohanaeze Tells Igbos
The president Ohanaeze of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo has asked Ndi Igbo to be ready to defend themselves over Ruga Settlements.
In a statement made available to 9news Nigeria, Nwodo said Ohanaeze has no objections to all Igbos in the North returning home so long as all Northerners in the East leave the East and we dismantle the Federal structure imposed on us by the military and return to…
- Supreme Court dismisses the appeal of Sen. Adeleke
The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of Senator Ademola Adeleke challenging the declaration of Gboyega Oyetola as the winner of the Osun State governorship election.
In the lead judgement by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, the apex court declared that the absence of the judge who read the majority decision of the election tribunal, Justice Peter Obiorah on one of the hearings renders the entire…
- “It’s Not Over” – Atiku Reacts As Supreme Court Dismisses Adeleke’s Appeal
By Wisdom Nwedene
The Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has reacted after the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal filed by Senator Ademola Adeleke.
9news Nigeria had reported that the apex court in a split decision of five to two, the apex court’s panel of seven Justices held that the proceedings…
- “Your Husband Will Rape Your Daughter” – OAP Shade Ladipo Tells COZA Pastor’s Wife
Shade Ladipo, has reacted to recent claims made by a former staff of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly COZA church, that Modele Fatoyinbo, wife of embattled Senior pastor of the church, Biodun Fatoyinbo, allegedly protects him everytime he sexually assaults women in his church.
- Supreme Court: Adeleke Was Robbed, Nigeria Is Finished – Fani-Kayode
Reactions are coming in on the victory of the All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate in the September 22 2018 gubernatorial election in Osun state.
The election which has lingered on for a while now has seen the case go from the State Election Petition Tribunal to the Appeal Court and then finally the Supreme Court.
- EFCC Arraigns Director For Stealing N30m HIV/AIDS Funds (Photo)
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned one Dr. Nkereuwem
Akpan Etok before Justice A. A. Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo,
Akwa Ibom State, on a 5-count charge bordering on abuse of office and money
The accused who doubles as the Director and Project Manager of Akwa Ibom State Agency for Control of AIDS, was arrested on Thursday, May 23, 2019, following…
- President Buhari Appoints SGF, COS
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Mr Boss Mustapha as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Malam Abba Kyari as Chief of Staff (COS) to the President.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu.
According to him, both appointments take effect from May 29, 2019.
SATURDAY 6TH JULY
- Gombe governor vows to implement Ruga settlement policy
Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, yesterday, expressed disappointment with the Federal Government’s decision to suspend the Ruga settlement programme, which was initially planned to take off in some states of the country. He spoke with State House correspondents on the suspended programme after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Yahaya, who vowed to…
- House Leadership: PDP suspends Elumelu, others
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday suspended member of the House of Representatives representing Anaocha /Oshimili Federal Constituency, Ndudi Elumelu for one month for alleged anti- party activity.
Others suspended are Toby Okechukwu, Wole Oke, Lynda Ikpeazu, Anayo Edwin, Gideon Gwani and Adekoya Abdul-Majid.
The PDP National…
- EXCLUSIVE!!! See Photos Of Diezani’s $40m Jewelry, Gold Iphone Forfeited To FG
9news Nigeria has exclusively obtained pictures of some pieces of jewelry and a customized gold iphone all valued at $40m belonging to Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources.
9news Nigeria had reported that Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Friday, July 5, 2019, ordered…
- “Pastor Fatoyinbo’s Rape Saga” – Pastor Adeboye Finally Reacts
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, has reacted to the rape allegations levelled against the Senior Pastor of the CommonWealth of Zion Assembly (COZA).
Wife of singer Timi Dakolo, Busola, had in an interview with YNaija, accused Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of raping her when she was 17.
- Nigerians in Diaspora salutes Buhari over re-appointment of Mustapha, Kyari
Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for re-appointing Boss Mustapha and Abba Kyari as Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chief of Staff respectively.
According to these distinguished Nigerians, the move is…