Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:
1. No fewer than 47 persons reportedly lost their lives in fresh attacks in both Benue and Taraba states. Report says while 27 were killed at Nwonko village in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba state, 20 were killed in Benue State. Both attacks were
reportedly carried out by Fulani herdsmen
2. Students of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-ode on Thursday, 29th January displayed their anger against the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun while on a campaign visit to the school as they attacked him with sachet water, and disrupting his mission to the institution.
3. The Nigeria Elections Debate Group, NEDG, has appealed to the APC and its Presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari not to boycott the 2015 election debates which it’s organising, claiming that it’s non-partisan. They said even though BON Chairman, Mr. Omale and AIT owner, Chief Raymond Dokpesi were members, they do not influence the group nor its activities.
4. The All Progressives Congress, APC has disclosed that there are plans by those agitating for the postponement of next month’s general elections to embark on a nationwide protest against INEC in order to force it to shift the elections, scheduled for February 14 and 28.
5. A former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Friday in Lagos disclosed that he gave up his presidential ambition for the All Progressives Congress candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, saying it is only the person of Buhari that can turn around the present situation in the country. Tinubu stated this while addressing a crowd of APC supporters at the party’s presidential rally.
6. Little Abraham Omonighoho who was attacked by two dogs in Lagos state has returned from an indian hospital after a successful treatment. However, a report from India showed that his scalp got infected while he was still being treated at LASUTH.
7.Top military officers who were displaced from Baga by the Boko Haram insurgents have been arrested for questioning. According to the Army, the officers had enough equipment at their disposal not to have fallen to the insurgents cheaply. The arrested officers include a Brig. Gen, a Lt. Col. and five other officers of the Nigerian Army deployed to the Baga headquarters of Multinational Joint Task Force, Maiduguri.
8. President Goodluck Jonathan has sent the list of seven ministerial nominees to the National Assembly for approval. Report however said one the nominees was former Minister of State Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, who resigned his position in October 2014 to pursue a governorship ambition in Lagos State.
9. Report says more than 14,000 Permanent Voter Cards have been snatched from officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Rivers State. According to report, they were forcefully taken away by hoodlums while they were being distributed during the collection exercise in the state.
10. Three soldiers and 123 Boko Haram militants were killed when the Islamist group attacked a Chadian army contingent in northern Cameroon. Report says twelve soldiers were wounded in the attacks staged by the Islamists on Thursday and Friday near the border town of Fotokol.