Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday dismissed social media report that he gave Israel ultimatum over the reappearance of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in that country.
The IPOB leader, who was sighted in Israel last week, had pledged to return to Nigeria soon, after his unceremonious disappearance from the country for about 13 months.
The minister, who fielded questions from State House correspondents, said: “I was in London when I heard the story about Nnamdi Kanu surfacing in Israel. I was not in a position to make any statement.
“But before I knew it, within a few hours, I saw my picture with a story saying that I had actually given Israel ultimatum to return Nnamdi Kanu otherwise, we will send them missiles.
“I just laughed. It speaks to what we are talking about fake news because it is probably the biggest threat in the run-up to the elections.
“Having said that I have nothing more to add, to the issue of Nnamdi Kanu.’’
According to him, the appropriate authorities in the country will speak on the issue at the appropriate time.
“At the appropriate time, the various authorities will make a statement about the issue of Kanu,’’ he said.
It would be recalled that the Presidency had on Tuesday, October 23 dismissed the Kanu’s outburst and assured all Nigerians that there was no reason to worry about the hollow outburst by the IPOB leader.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who gave the assurance in a statement in Abuja, restated that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari was strong enough to defend its territory against any threat.
He said: “Instead, we see the re-enactment of his bizarre, episodic threat as a mere distraction which will not be allowed to detract from the existing cordial relationships between Nigeria and other countries.’’
According to him, the Buhari administration is in constant touch with other friendly nations and has the best assurances that they would continue to reciprocate the respect Nigeria has for the sovereignty of their nations.
Royal family SHOCKED as ‘disappointed’ Prince wanted a girl
Shock claims have emerged suggesting Prince Charles was far from happy when Prince Harry was born.
According to Royal writer Andrew Morton, the late Princess Diana told him that the Prince of Wales was rather ‘disappointed’ because he was hoping the couple would welcome a baby girl after William.
In his book, Diana: Her True Story, Mr Morton claims that Diana told him:“I knew Harry was going to be a boy because I saw on the scan.
“Charles always wanted a girl. He wanted two children, and he wanted a girl. I knew Harry was a boy, and I didn’t tell him.
“His first comment was: ‘Oh God, it’s a boy,’
“The second comment: ‘And he’s even got red hair’.”
She continued to discuss in detail how Charles later went on to express his disappointment again at Harry’s christening.
He told Diana’s mother: “‘We were so disappointed – we thought it would be a girl’.
“Mummy snapped his head off, saying: ‘You should realise how lucky you are to have a child that’s normal’.”
Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle are expected to welcome their first child any day now.
Girl dies after her 4-year-old brother accidentally shot her in the head
A 6-year-old Georgia girl has died after her 4-year-old brother accidentally shot her in the head in a car outside their home.
The girl, identified as Millie Drew Kelly was shot Monday evening at their subdivision about a 40-minute drive northwest of downtown Atlanta, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office said. The siblings were in a car in their driveway, preparing to go to the boy’s baseball game, when the vehicle failed to start.
The mother exited to try to find out what was wrong with the car, authorities said. The boy took a gun from the car’s console and accidentally fired it while his mother was outside, striking his sister in the head, the sheriff’s office said. Emergency responders were called and took her to an Atlanta-area hospital.
Two days later, detectives learned the girl had died, the sheriff’s office said. Detectives determined that no charges will be filed. “It’s just a really sad situation,” sheriff’s Sgt. Ashley Henson said Saturday morning. “Just based on all the evidence and the entire situation, we felt like charges were not warranted in this particular case.”
Sheriff Gary Gulledge said that his officers’ “hearts break for this family, and we hope God puts his healing hands around them during this difficult time.” “We want to remind everyone to keep their firearms unloaded and secured in an area away from children to ensure that this never happens again,” Gulledge said in a news release.
Sudan coup leader resigns, protesters celebrate ‘triumph’
Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, the military chief who led the action that ousted long-serving Omar al-Bashir has resigned his position.
The move comes barely 48-hours after the military high command announced taking power from Bashir. Reports indicate that the capital, Khartoum, erupted with the resignation.
Awad had only in February this year been named defense minister in what is now Bashir’s last cabinet reshuffle. He was due to lead the two-year transitional council.
Lieutenant General Abdel-Fatah al-Burhan Abdel-Rahman as his replacement. The new leader has previously served as ousted Bashir’s Chief of Staff of the Ground Forces.
Meanwhile, the Turkish news agency, Anadolu, is reporting that the military council has sought the support of Arab ambassadors amid foreign pressures due to the crisis.
On Bashir’s status, it is now clear that he is under arrest but the military heirachy has dismissed categorically any move to extradite him to face international criminal charges at The Hague.
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