Operatives of the Nigeria Custom Service, Tin-Can Island Command have impounded 1,100 pump action rifles. The weapons were reportedly smuggled from Turkey with a Bill of Laden that was disguised as cargo of wash hand basins. Briefing newsmen on Monday, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Custom Service, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) who confirmed the seizure said that the weapons were fearfully concealed in a 1×20 ft container.
The northern Nigeria conference organised by the Kaduna-based Area Research and Development Project (ARDP) in collaboration with other northern platforms seeks to blend academic presentations with real politics with a view to charting a way out of the problem. The convener of ARDP, Dr. Usman Bugaje in a press conference over the weekend in Kaduna said, "A lot has been said on restructuring and the future of the Nigerian federation for some time now.
The Presidency has described as sad, comments credited to some Nigerians after the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced that the country had exited recession. In a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina on his Facebook page, the Presidency said while majority of Nigerians are celebrating apparent growth in the economy, others were “in the gall of bitterness and bondage” of never expecting anything good to happen to the country.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Elrufai has attributed Nigeria's problems especially the issue of brain drain to the discovery of oil in the country. He explained that for the problem to be addressed, the Federal Government must change the current dependence on oil and develop other sectors of the economy.
The Federal Road Safety Corps says the planned introduction of bicycle as a means of transportation in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) may not work as there are so many issues that must be addressed for the policy to be successful. The Corps made its position known on Sunday in a statement issued by the Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem.
The Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh says over five million people in the Niger Delta region have so far benefitted from the programme since its introduction in 2009 by the Umaru Musa Yar'Adua Administration.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has distanced himself from a political group known as 'Osinbajo Volunteers', seeking his election as president in 2019 general election. The Vice President made his position known in a tweet by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Laolu Akande. He called on Nigerians to disregard the group as it has nothing to do with the Vice President.