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Buhari Off to UK for Fresh Medical Check

President Muhammadu Buhari departed Nigeria for London Sunday night for follow-up medical consultation with his doctors.

He had planned to leave Sunday afternoon, but decided to tarry a bit, due to the arrival of 82 Chibok girls who arrived Abuja earlier in the day.

“The President assured Nigerians that there is no cause for worry”, said Femi Adesina, the media and publicity adviser

“He is very grateful for the prayers and good wishes of the people, and hopes they would continue to pray for the peace and unity of the nation.

Corruption Allegation: Buhari Suspends FG Secretary, Intelligence Agency’s Head

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal, in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).

The President has also directed the suspension of the SGF from office pending the outcome of the investigations.

EFCC in manhunt for the owner of ₦448.85m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched a manhunt for the owner of N448.85 million discovered in a shopping plaza in Lagos State, spokesman of the commission in Lagos, Mr. Sam Amadin said.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, Amadin said the agency was making efforts to reach the owner of the complex, with a view to knowing who rented the said shop 64.

“The shopping plaza, from preliminary investigation, was built by estate developers. From the developers, we will get the owner of the money.

Buhari deploys Ambassadors to UN, AU

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate deployment of four of the newly appointed Ambassadors-Designate.

The president announced the deployment in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina on Friday in Abuja.

Adesina said Prof. Tijjani Bande, (Kebbi State) would now serve as Nigeria’s Ambassador/Representative to the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Headquarters in New York

Corruption: Fayose paid Ozekhome from tainted funds, says EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told a Federal High Court in Lagos that Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, made a payment of N75 million to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, from the N1.2 billion the governor received from a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it froze Ozekhome’s account because the money was suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Osinbajo hands over, briefs Buhari

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on some of his activities as acting president while the president was away in London.

“I’m back to my regular position as Vice-President,’’ Osinbajo said after a closed door meeting with Buhari.

He said the president, who was updated on national and international issues as they concerned the country, gave specific directives on the next steps to be taken.

Fashola to Ambode: I am not frustrating you

Former governor of Lagos State and minister of works, Babatunde Raji Fashola has replied his successor, Akinwunmi Ambode over the latter’s accusations that his ministry was frustrating him.

Ambode told newsmen on Wednesday that Fashola’s ministry was delaying his plans to rebuild Lagos Airport-Oshodi road and also the handover of the presidential lodge in Marina. His third complaint was that Fashola’s ministry had  failed to expedite action in refunding the N51billion spent by the state on federal roads.

Beset by Economic, Political woes, Nigerians Protest for Change

Hundreds of Nigerians marched through the streets of Lagos calling for a change of government on Monday, a rare show of public dissent that reflected mounting anger over an absentee president and a sputtering economy.

Flanked by a heavy police escort, Reuters reports that more than 500 demonstrators halted traffic in the commercial capital as a truck blasted out protest songs against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Convicted Ibori returns to Nigeria from Britain

James Ibori, who as governor of oil-rich Delta State became one of Nigeria's richest and most powerful men, has returned to the country after serving a sentence for corruption in Britain, his lawyer said on Saturday.

"I can confirm that he left last night and arrived this morning in Nigeria," Jonathan Chike-Epelle, Ibori's lawyer in Britain, told Reuters by phone.

Local media have said he remains influential in politics, and in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Ibori did not rule out a political comeback.