1. President Buhari Calls Akande Over Death Of Wife.
The Presidency on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari had written and called the founding chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, on the telephone to commiserate with him on the death of his wife, Omowunmi.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja.
Shehu quoted the President as expressing “heart-felt” sadness over the death of Akande’s wife of 50 years.
The President’s message read, “I received the very sad news of the death of your dearly beloved wife, Madam Omowunmi Akande, this morning. I am following our phone call with this letter of condolence, which comes from my heart.
“To lose a wife, a dear wife after 50 years, a constant and loving companion through good and bad times, is a blow only a man of unshakeable faith can withstand. Please extend my personal condolences to the immediate and wider Akande family and to friends of the family for this irreparable loss.
“May Allah give you the strength and Iman to endure her passing away.”
2. Northern Youths Write UN, Want IPOB Declared Terrorist Group
A coalition of northern groups, including the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, on Thursday called on the United Nations to declare the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra a terrorist group.
The groups, who gave Ndigbo in the 19 northern states a three-month ultimatum to quit the region before the October 1 deadline, also urged the world body to proscribe IPOB’s “criminal” activities in the country.
Besides, the Arewa group which had a press conference in Abuja, urged the UN to intervene by initiating the process of referendum as a way of settling the agitation by the IPOB.
The group’s spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, who spoke on behalf of the coalition, said, “As law-abiding citizens, we wrote officially to the United Nations and urged for its urgent intervention in the following two key areas:
“That the UN invokes the relevant statutes to which Nigeria is a signatory to pronounce Kanu and IPOB as terror outfits, proscribe their activities and initiate criminal actions against them.
“Since it is becoming all the more obvious – by the way, IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu enjoy massive support from the Igbo back home – that the issue of the drive for Biafra nation is still a boiling issue, we urge the UN to intervene by initiating processes for a peaceful referendum as the only option to finally settle the Biafran issue.”
3. Court Grants Bail To Suspected Badoo Cultists
Seven alleged members of the murderous Badoo cult, accused of bestial killings in Ikorodu area of Lagos, were today, docked at an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court.
They were charged with conspiracy and membership of an unlawful society.
The accused, Afolabi Kessington (25), Ismaila Shaibu (36), Mutiu Nurudeen (26), Ibrahim Bello (25), Lukman Mohammed (35), Gift Itafa (50) and Sheriff Adewunmi (23), all pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, ASP Fidelis Dike, said the accused committed the offences between July 3 and 5 at Powerline, Agbala area of Ikorodu and also at Irawo Estate, Owode Onirin in Lagos.
He said the accused members of the reprehensible Badoo cult had conspired and gathered in the aforementioned areas to have their meeting, which was deemed illegal.
The offences, the News Agency of Nigeria reports, contravened Section 42(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
The magistrate, Mrs. Kofo Ariyo, admitted the accused each to a bail of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum, one of whom must be a blood relation.
The case has been adjourned till August 9 for mention.