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Top 5 Stories of the Week (Dec. 25th-31st, 2016)

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1. Magu, sacked or not?

Controversies surrounding the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu persisted during the week culminating in a report of his sacking early today. However, the official spokesman of the presidency, Shehu Maku, took to his twitter account to deny the sack report in some national dailies. He twitted, “We are reading reports that the  Chairman, Ibrahim Magu has been sacked. No report has been made available to the Presidency by the Attorney General of the federation over the matter.The report of his sack is therefore speculative and preemptive.”

2. War against Boko Haram won?

The report of Nigerian military’s capture of Boko Haram’s fortress, Sambisa Forest, was applauded with celebration from within and outside Nigeria. This feat was a milestone, considering over years of the dreaded extremist sects terrorizing especially the North Eastern region of the country. No sooner had the victory song started than the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau released a video to the debunk defeat.

3. The death of Stars

The week took away two stars from us. Firstly, the incident of the mysterious death of British icon, George Michael (53), and Star Wars actress, Carrie Fisher (60) who died from cardiac arrest. The latter’s mother – Debbie Reynolds (84) – also died a day later.

4. Kaduna Killings; Buhari silent; casualties count in the 800s?

Despite the 24 hour curfew imposed by the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, to check ethnic bloodshed in the troubled Kaduna south region, it was reported that the Fulani herdsmen carried out fresh reprisals on the host communities on Christmas Day. The number of casualties have been put at 808 by the Kaduna branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria. But Kaduna State Police have come out to dispute the number. Presidential spokesperson on media matters, Femi Adesina, said the presidency is silent because the state government is on top of the matter.

5. China Presents World’s Highest Bridge?

The worlds highest bridge was opened in southwest China, Thursday. The Beipanjiang bridge after three years of construction, boast of a 1.34km span, 568m high above a gorge. The world record breaker cost the Chinese Government about US$140 million (about N44 billion).

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