Coalition of Northern Groups warn the United Nations to stop meddling in Nigeria affairs.

The Coalition of Northern Groups on Monday cautioned the United Nations to stop meddling in the affairs of Nigeria over the ongoing trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

The group issued the warning through a press statement signed by CNG Spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, after a two-day retreat held at the Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi State. The PUNCH reports that Kanu is currently standing trial in a Nigerian court for treason-related charges.

The development is coming three days after lawyers of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra made a fresh bid to secure his release from security custody, citing alleged jeopardy to his life.

Kanu’s lawyers had claimed in a petition written to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), that he is being held in a small deplorable cell which exposed him to psychological and mental torture without access to other inmates or any of the officers on duty.

The IPOB leader’s attorney also reminded the government of the July 20 position of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on the illegal/arbitrary arrest and the continuous detention of Nnamdi Kanu.

Reacting to Kanu’s lawyers’ agitation, Suleiman disclosed that the CNG retreat frowned at the interference of the United Nations on the issue, adding that the self-acclaimed agitator is facing a trial for treason.

This is even as the coalition spokesman urged the presidency and relevant authorities handling the case not to be intimidated by the position of the United Nations.

The retreat resolved to reiterate the CNG’s position against undue interference by the international community, particularly the United Nations in the internal security affairs of the country.

We want to caution the UN to desist from allowing some of its officials to drag it into international disrepute by interfering in particularly the matter of the trial of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

We also caution the Nigerian authorities against succumbing to undue pressure from whatever quarter so as to avoid setting a dangerous precedence in the country.

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No fewe than 52 person killed in torrential downpour in Sudan.

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Buhari sign electoral act bill, Money laundering bill, and others.

The bills are as follows: Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, repealing the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended; Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, which repeals the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 as amended in 2013;

Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act, 1993 (Amendment) Act, 2019, for increased revenue; Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Amendment Acts of 2019 and 2021; Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Bill, 2022, which

approves the seizure, confiscation and forfeiture of properties derived from unlawful activity;

Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) Bill, the first legislation focused on curbing anti-competition practices, establishing the FCCPC; Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Establishment Act, 2018; The Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act 2021;

Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, 2019. The Bill facilitates the identification, tracing, freezing, restraining, recovery, forfeiture and confiscation of proceeds, property, and other instrumentalities of crime aswell as the prosecution of offenders in criminal cases regardless of where in the world they might be.

The President also signed an Act establishing the Police Trust Fund, which will improve funding for the Nigeria Police Force (2019).

Nigeria Police Act, 2020 – the first comprehensive reform of Police legislation since the Police Act of 1943;

Repeal and Re-Enactment of the Companies & Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020, the first comprehensive reform since 1990; Not Too Young to Run Bill (2018), a Constitution Amendment Bill to reduce the age of eligibility for running for elective office in Nigeria.

Nigerian Correctional Services Bill, 2019, the first comprehensive reform of prison legislation in close to five decades; Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Bill, 2019 the first anti-piracy legislation in West Africa.

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Russia embassy warns of possible clash between US and Russia.

The continued confrontation between the two world powers could lead to unpredictable results, Russia’s US embassy warns

Washington’s behavior on the world stage risks direct conflict between the nuclear states, the Russian embassy in the US has warned.

Today, the United States continues to act with no regard to other countries’ security and interests, which contributes to an increase in nuclear risks, the embassy said in a statement on its Telegram channel.

The US steps to further engage in a hybrid confrontation with Russia in the context of the Ukrainian crisis are fraught with unpredictable escalation and a direct military clash of nuclear powers.

The embassy noted that Washington has recently withdrawn from two key arms control agreements, the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which banned certain classes of land-based missiles, and the 1992 Treaty on Open Skies, which allowed for surveillance flights over each other’s territories.

The embassy urged the US to take a closer look at its own nuclear policy instead of making unfounded accusations against the countries whose worldviews do not coincide with the American ones.

Our country faithfully fulfills its obligations as a nuclear-weapon state and makes every effort to reduce nuclear risks, the diplomats said.

The statement comes after the US accused Moscow of using the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine as cover for its soldiers.

The plant, the largest in Europe, was seized by Russian troops during the early stages of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine, which was launched in late February. It continues to operate with Ukrainian personnel under Russian control.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Russia’s action at the facility “the height of irresponsibility.

Russia and Ukraine, meanwhile, have been accusing each other of shelling the plant. According to Moscow, artillery fire by Ukrainians forces caused several fires and partial power outages this month.

Russia initiated a UN Security Council meeting last week regarding the situation around the Zaporozhye power plant.

Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia said that Moscow supports the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect the facility as quickly as possible.

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So painful as 16 years old boy commit suicide in Kano state.

A 16-year-old boy, Ibrahim Lawan, has committed suicide by hanging in Kuki village, Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State.

The Public Relations Officer of Rano Emirate, Nasiru Habu Faragai, said the district head of Bebeji submitted the report of the tragic incident to the Emir of Rano, Ambassador Kabiru Muhammad Inuwa, during the Emirate Council meeting on Monday, August 15, 2022. 

He explained that the emir directed that the report be taken to the police in the Emirate Council for discreet investigation into the cause of the death.

The PRO told Daily Trust that the deceased’s father was interrogated by the village head on whether the boy was into ‘drugs or mentally ill.

The emir was worried about the incident and asked the district head whether the boy was into drug abuse.

He also asked the father whether he had some mental problems or they had grudges with someone, but the father said nothing was done to him.

He also said he was not into drugs, Faragai said.

He added that the emir directed district heads of the council to embark on intense prayers to ward off similar occurrences.

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Nasarawa state Commissioner for information kidnapped.

Nasarawa State Police Command on Tuesday said Yakubu Lawal, the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, has been kidnapped.

Explaining how the incident occurred, spokesman of the Police in Nasarawa DSP Ramhan Nansel, in a statement made available to reporters, said: On Monday, Aug. 15 at about 8:45 p.m., the attention of Policemen on routine patrol was drawn to the sound of sporadic gunshots in the Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state.

The statement explained that the operatives attached to Nassarawa-Eggon Division immediately raced to the scene.

Adesina Soyemi, Commissioner of Police (CP) also reinforced the men with a combined detachment of the Police Mobile Force, the Anti kidnapping unit, Military personnel, Vigilante as well as local hunters.

Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that unknown gunmen while shooting sporadically, invaded the residence of the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and forcefully abducted him to an unknown destination.

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William Ruto declared winner of Kenya presidential poll.

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Unregistered truck conveying some persons from Northern Nigeria to Osun state intercepted by police.

The Osun State Police Command has announced that it has intercepted an unregistered truck conveying some persons from the northern part of the country.

According to the statement made available by the command spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, in Osogbo on Tuesday, 14 males who could not give a reasonable purpose for their coming to the state, were arrested on Monday.

Opalola disclosed that the interception became possible due to information via intelligence sources.

The suspects, according to her, were intercepted at the Oke-Odo area of the state on Monday around 3:30 pm.

The statement also revealed that 12 motorcycles suspected to be stolen were also recovered from them.

The statement reads, Arrest of suspected persons 15/8/2022 at about 1530hrs upon information received that one unregistered truck was conveying some suspected persons from the Northern party of the country to the state.

The suspected truck was intercepted by Oke Odo policemen and while a search was conducted, fourteen (14) men who could not give the reasonable purpose of their coming to the state were arrested.

Twelve (12) suspected stolen motorcycles recovered.

Suspects and exhibits were later handed over to the State CID for discreet investigation profiling.

Further information will be communicated in due time, the statement concluded.

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Three more kidnapped Chibok school girls rescued.

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