The Arewa Consultative Forum has alerted president Muhammadu Buhari to a claim that northerners are being killed in some parts of the south.
It is calling on the federal government to urgently instruct state governments to set up commissions of inquiry into the allegations.
The group’s national publicity secretary, Emmanuel Yawe said in a statement in Kaduna that the ACF had received a report from its rivers state chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Tukur Tudunwada, that northerners living in Rivers and Abia states were being held hostage by members of the proscribed indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB.
The forum alleges at least thirty northerners had been killed. It also claims IPOB had destroyed 50 buses, trailers and trucks owned by northerners in the two states.
The group has advised northerners to cancel plans to travel to the south and appealed to president Buhari to take proactive measures to save the lives of all Nigerians wherever they reside.
Police Extradite Maina From Niger
Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, has confirmed on Thursday that former chairman of the pension reform task team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is now back in Nigeria after his extradition from Niger Republic.
Maina was declared wanted by a court over a 12-count money laundering charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The commission says Maina used his firm to launder two billion naira, some of which he used to acquire properties in Abuja.
In another development, a federal high court in Abuja has given a nod to a request by Maina’s defence counsel, Adeola Adedipe, to withdraw from the case.
Until Thursday, Adedipe represented Maina’s company -common input limited – that is charged as the second defendant in Maina’s money laundering trial.
Nigeria Records 343 New COVID-19 Cases
Nigeria’s coronavirus cases have risen to 68,303 after the Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 343 new cases of COVID-19 in fourteen states with the federal capital territory recording its highest ever figure of 123 cases.
Lagos hosts 106 cases, Kaduna recorded 72, while Nasarawa and Rivers posted 14, and 5, respectively.
Nine other states shared the rest of the cases.
NCDC Confirms 122 New COVID-19 Cases
The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed one hundred twenty-two new cases of coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, pushing up the nation’s total confirmed cases to sixty-seven thousand nine hundred sixty. Only four thousand one hundred twenty-one patients are still being treated.
Kaduna reported the highest number of cases at thirty-seven, followed by Lagos with twenty-nine. Plateau held twenty-five while Ekiti hosts nine cases.
Rivers, Ogun, Edo, Kwara, Bayelsa, Bauchi and Kano shared the rest of the infections.
NCDC also reports the fatalities now stand at eleven hundred seventy-seven.