Man arrested for threatening to kill Trump at inauguration

A man in Florida has been accused of posting online that he would kill US President-elect Donald Trump at his inauguration on Friday.


“This is January 6, 2017. I was requested to type this in and post it,” Dominic Puopolo said in a video posted on Monday.


“Yes, I will be at the review stand, the inauguration and I’m going to kill President Trump, President-elect Trump today.”


Puopolo, 51, was arrested on Tuesday and allegedly admitted to making the threat.


He was ordered for a mental evaluation at a court hearing on Wednesday.


The threat, which was directed at the Secret Service, came in the middle of a long string of incoherent video messages where he calls himself Jesus Christ and repeatedly talks about his “father”.


Some of the messages are aimed at President Barack Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and model Adriana Lima, as well as a woman he refers to as his daughter.


Puopolo, who said in one of the posts that he had had three wives and three children, is the son of American Airlines Flight 11 9/11 victim Sonia Morales Puopolo, the Miami Herald reported.


The newspaper reported that then Hillary Clinton gave the eulogy for Morales Puopolo, a philanthropist from Massachusetts, who she knew from work with the Red Cross.


Puopolo previously wrote for NBC Dateline that he traveled to Germany for the trial of Mounir el Motassadeq, convicted of the 9/11 attacks, because he was “moved to protect our country and seek justice against our enemy”.


The Miami Beach arrest affidavit said that Puopolo is believed to be homeless.


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Wole Soyinka to hold private funeral on Trump’s inauguration day

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Monday said he will hold a private funeral on January 20 when United States, U.S, President-elect, Donald Trump, is due to be inaugurated as President.


Speaking in Lagos, the revered playwright however stated that the funeral is to mourn the death of Nigeria’s common sense, and not to mourn with U.S citizens.


“Our common sense is totally lost. I am embarrassed sometimes that I occupy the same nation space with some people,” he said.

Recall that the Nobel laureate who had said he would destroy his Green Card  should Trump be elected as President, on Thursday last week confirmed that he had carried out his earlier pronouncement.

Buhari Goes To Chad For Deby’s Inauguration

President Muhammadu Buhari will join other Heads of State and Government today in N’Djamena for the inauguration ceremony of President Idriss Deby of Chad.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, made this known in a statement yesterday.

President Deby won the presidential election in April.
He said Buhari would be accompanied on the one-day trip by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State.
He said Buhari’s delegation would also include Senator Baba Kaka Garba, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and the National Security Adviser, retired Major-General Babagana Monguno.
Adesina said Buhari would return to Abuja after the inauguration.

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Buhari Dressed In Agbada Commences Inauguration Of Projects In Ogun

President Muhammadu Buhari has started inaugurating projects executed by the administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun in the capital city of Ogun State, Abeokuta.

The President, who arrived at the state on Monday for its 40th anniversary, left the Presidential Lodge inside Ibara Housing Estate, at 10am in company with his host, Amosun, for the project sites.

The projects inaugurated by President Buhari so far in Abeokuta were the Itoku-Sapon flyover named Olufunmilayo Ransome-Kuti Flyover, Ultra-modern market at Sapon, the partially completed ultra-modern market, Omida.

He is currently in the palace of the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, where they are having a closed-door meeting.

The president will also inaugurate a modern estate named after him, President Muhammadu Buhari Estate, located along Abeokuta-Siun- Kobape-Sagamu Expressway, among others, before he leaves.

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Buhari To Swear In Ministers On Wednesday, Assign Portfolios After Inauguration

President Muhammadu Buhari is to swear in members of his cabinet on Wednesday, a presidency statement said on Sunday, ending a five-month wait for a cabinet to be installed in Africa’s most populace nation.

Buhari was inaugurated in late May, has been criticised for waiting until September to name his ministers, who then underwent a month-long Senate vetting process. Portfolios will be assigned after ministers have been sworn in.

“President Muhammadu Buhari will officially inaugurate a new Federal Executive Council on Wednesday, November 11, 2015,” said the emailed statement from Buhari’s spokesman Femi Adesina.

“Before the commencement of the inaugural session of the council, the ministers-designate will take their oaths of office in the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa,” it said, adding that this would begin at 10 am local time (0900 GMT).

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Ministerial Appointee, Zainab Ahmed, Hands Over At NEITI Ahead Of Inauguration

The outgoing Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Zainab Ahmed, on Tuesday handed over the management of the agency to the Director of Communications of the agency, Ogbannaya Orji.

Mrs. Ahmed is one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees confirmed last week by the Senate.

In her valedictory speech Tuesday, Mrs. Ahmed described her appointment as not a personal recognition, but an acknowledgement of the importance of NEITI’s role in the country.

“The appointment is therefore a key achievement for all of us. It is one of the major impacts of EITI in Nigeria and a positive acknowledgement of the work we have all collectively done in the last five years,” Mrs. Ahmed noted

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How Plot To Abort 8th NASS Inauguration Was Hatched- Report

Fresh indications have emerged on how inauguration of the Eight National Assembly was almost aborted in the early hours of Tuesday, June 9.

Daily Sun gathered that the plot to kidnap the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, suspend the inauguration of the Eighth Assembly was premised on using the name of President Muhammadu Buhari.

To carry out the plot, first, a message was reportedly sent to Maikasuwa by a North west senator, that he was needed at the Presidential Villa over “some developments.”

The “developments,” it was gathered, was related to the inauguration of the National Assembly on June 9.

When the CNA did not respond, another text message, from another North west Senator, was sent to him, impressing it on Maikasuwa to make himself available for the “meeting with president Buhari.”

Still, there was no response. With the deadlock and no response from Maikasuwa, the second leg of the plot was activated. Another set of senators stormed Maikasuwa’s private residence in the wee hours of Tuesday and demanded to see him.

They claimed that they were there to see him on the orders of President Buhari who wanted an audience with him. There was another deadlock as Maikasuwa refused to come of out his private quarters.

Daily Sun checks, however, indicate that the Villa was unaware of the text messages as the two messages emanated from telephone sets of two senators from the North west.

The next plot was activated by a North east governor, who made several attempts to engage Maikasuwa in his office, thereby buying time and delaying him from moving to the Senate chamber to inaugurate the Eighth Senate. That plot did not work either.

As Maikasuwa made his way to the Senate chamber, armed with the president’s June 1 Inauguration Proclamation, two sets of men from the Department of State Security Services, entered his offices and demanded to see him.

By this time, Maikasuwa was already ensconced in the Senate chamber, ready for the inauguration.

The plotters did not give up. A text message was allegedly generated, which directed all members-elect of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to converge at the International Conference Centre (ICC) for a meeting with Buhari.

Some members complied; others refused and headed to the two chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

In a related development, it was also gathered that having failed to grab Maikasuwa and with no counter-proclamation from the Villa, a verbal message was relayed to a faction of the APC Senate caucus that the inauguration would not hold.

To perfect the plot, the major entrance leading into the National Assembly from the Federal Secretariat and the Head of Service were cordoned off using Police vehicles.

When those accredited to cover the inauguration demanded entry into the complex, they were told that the inauguration had been postponed.

Regardless, a ranking senator from one of the two factions in the APC Senate caucus confirmed to Daily Sun that “no message, either verbal or electronic, came from the Villa. Why has nobody bothered to ask why Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila was bold enough to stand for election on Inauguration Day and the same thing did not happen in the Senate?”

It also emerged that a new governor from the North west and a former military administrator reportedly prevailed on the president to maintain his neutrality in the election of National Assembly presiding officers.


Real Reason Inauguration Of 8th Lagos Assembly Was Postponed

On Wednesday, the Lagos State House of Assembly postponed the inauguration of the 8th Assembly of the state. While the statement did not give any reason for the postponement, PREMIUM TIMES gathered from sources close to the assembly that the postponement was connected to the lingering tussle and ongoing horse trading among various interests and power blocks within the All Progressives Congress in the state on who to replace outgoing speaker, Adeyemi Ikufuriji,

Though the party has not officially zoned the position to any senatorial district in the state, a source close to top decision makers who asked not to be named because he did not have the authority to speak officially on the issue, told PREMIUM TIMES it was taken for granted that the next Speaker should come from the Lagos Central Senatorial District.

It was assumed that since the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and his deputy, Idiat Adebule, are from the two other senatorial districts – Lagos East and Lagos West, respectively, the position speaker, which is the number three position in the state, should come from Lagos Central.

But things appear to have fallen apart among politicians and elected assembly members from the Lagos Central Senatorial District who are working at cross purposes.


El-Rufai’s Inauguration Ends Abruptly As Youths Attack Emir, Chief Judge

The inauguration of Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State ended abruptly on Friday after angry youth pelted some prominent indigenes of the state, including the revered Emir of Zaria, Shehu Idris, and the state chief judge, Taminu Zailani, at the venue of the inauguration. The rampaging youth accused them of colluding with the previous administration of Governor Ramalan Yero to plunder the resources of the state.

They specifically demanded the dethronement of the Emir who in the ensuing pandemonium that enveloped the venue of the inauguration was rescued and smuggled out of the venue by his palace guards. A senator-elect, Shehu Sani, used his car to smuggle the chief judge out of the venue. He then drove him to his home in the Riga Chikun area of Kaduna.

Mr. El-Rufai could not review the parade mounted by the police as some youth pelted dignitaries with water in sachets, stones and other objects in the pavilion. This prompted security agents to fire tear gas into the crowd at the Murtala Square, Kaduna.

Some dignitaries in the pavilion included the Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, and other traditional rulers in the State. The incident occurred when the new governor had concluded his address and was about to mount an open van to review the parade mounted by the police.

While the crowds were dispersed by the police, dignitaries remained seated, but the occasion ended abruptly without the governor reviewing the parade. The Murtala Square was filled to capacity.

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‘You Have Earned Yourself A Place In Nigeria’s History’ – Buhari To Jonathan

While receiving the handover notes from President Jonathan this morning, President-elect, Buhari said for stabilizing Nigeria’s democracy, President Jonathan had earned a place in Nigeria’s history

“You have earned yourself a place in Nigeria’s history for stabilizing our democracy. If you wanted to make things difficult, you could have but you didn’t and for that, you have won the respect of world leaders” he said.

Zuma Leaves SA For Buhari’s Inauguration

South African President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to leave the country on Thursday to attend the inauguration of Nigerian President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. The inauguration of the former military leader, who won elections held two months ago, is scheduled to take place in Abuja on Friday.

Following Buhari’s win over incumbent Goodluck Jonathan at the end of March, Zuma was among the first Heads of State to confirm attendance of the swearing-in ceremony.

In his congratulatory message, Zuma expressed his commitment to working closely with President-Elect Buhari to enhance the good bilateral relations which exist between South Africa and Nigeria, paying particular focus on the strengthening of economic cooperation.

He also congratulated the people of Nigeria for conducting a “peaceful, transparent, credible, free and fair election” as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria.

A statement from Zuma’s office stated South Africa and Nigeria enjoyed “warm and cordial” relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1994, which culminated in the creation of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) in 1999.

The two countries have already signed 34 Bilateral Agreements and cooperation continues to grow. “The Working Visit to Nigeria presents an ideal opportunity for President Zuma to further strengthen and consolidate historic and strategic relations between the two countries, and to discuss regional and international issues of mutual concern,” his office stated.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, will accompany Zuma to Nigeria.

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Inauguration: Police Deploy 7,000 In Niger

The Niger Police Command on Sunday said that it deployed 7,000 personnel in Minna to ensure a hitch-free inauguration of the state Governor elect, Alhaji Sani Bello, on May 29.

This is contained in a statement in Minna by Olusola Amore, the Commissioner of Police. “We have deployed no fewer than 7,000 personnel in strategic areas of the venue of the ceremony and Minna to ensure adequate security coverage of the event,” Amore said.

He enjoined the good people of the state to continue to be law abiding and to support the Police in protecting lives and property.

Amore commended the media for its balanced reportage before, during and after the 2015 general elections in the state. “Your professional conduct contributed immensely toward the peaceful conduct of the elections.

“The elections are over and we are looking forward to a peaceful transition of government, come Friday, 29 May.

“The command has made adequate arrangements to ensure a hitch-free exercise,” he said.

The People’s Democratic Party-led government of Dr Babangida Aliyu will hand over government to the incoming APC-led administration of Bello.

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Inauguration: Jonathan, Osinbajo Worship Together

President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President-elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday, May 24, worshipped at the National Christian Centre, Abuja as part of the 2015 Presidential Inauguration service for the Nigerian Christian community.

The inauguration activities kicked off last Friday with a prayer service at the National Mosque, Abuja, where former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, represented the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.

The interdenominational inauguration service at the National Christian Centre also doubled as a Presidential Thanksgiving service for out-going President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, who was in attendance with some members of his cabinet.

The theme of the service was “Give Thanks in all Circumstances.”

The service was well attended as the venue was full to capacity. In attendance were representatives of most Christian denominations, women groups, communities, voluntary organisations and students representing many educational institutions in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

The choir of the host organization, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, rendered several popular and interesting Christian songs that entertained the congregation so also the Bayelsa State Choir and the Port Harcourt Men’s Ensemble.

The first reading at the service taken from Isaiah 62: 1-7 was taken by out-going Senate President, David Mark, while the Vice President-elect, Mr. Osinbajo, took the second reading from the gospel according to Luke 17: 11-19.

In his sermon at the service, Nicholas Okoh, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, called on Nigerians not to despair no matter the state of affairs in the nation, but to daily endeavour to count their blessings and give thanks to God. His message substantially dwelt on the theme of forgiveness by Nigerians for one another and for the leadership who might have disappointed in their stewardship, adding that it is only a free conscience, not burdened perpetually by guilt that move the nation forward as God, our creator, always readily forgives sinners.

He urged Nigerians to support the incoming Buhari government and to allow it time to put in place the changes and prosperity they would want to see.

Prayers were held by select Christian churches for the incoming and outgoing leaders and their families as well as the various arms of government.

Also present at the service were the wife of the Vice President-elect, Dolapo Osinbajo; National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun; former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon; Secretary to Federal Government, Pius Anyim; and a number of ministers of the government. Sam Nda-Isaiah, an APC stalwart and Ayo Oritsejafor, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), were also present.


Buhari’s Inauguration Will Not Be Flamboyant, APC Considers Dwindling Economy

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said the inauguration of President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, would not be a showpiece because of the dwindling economic fortune of the country.

This was disclosed yesterday by the chairman of the APC inauguration committee, Chief Timipre Sylva, who added that a number of foreign Heads of State are expected to grace the occasion.

He said: “There are no challenges, we are planning very well and I think we are going to give Nigerians a compact inauguration. We are not going to be flamboyant. We think that this country cannot afford a flamboyant ceremony this time because the economy is not in good shape right now. So we are actually planning to give Nigerians a sanitized and compact event which will be a source of pride to Nigerians. “We have not gotten all the confirmations but we have already gotten from some countries.

Sylva also denied the existence of any form rift between his committee and that of the outgoing government.

“There is no problem, it is just politics. What happened is that they were on the wrong side and they lost. We are on the right side and we won. And so, the government will have to continue and just like we were there when they were governing, they also have to be there when we are governing the country”, he said.

Commenting on the allegation that he has corruption charges on him and as such should not be in Buhari’s cabinet, Sylva wondered why his detractors would crucify him before the court pass its judgment, adding that he was innocent of the charges brought against him.

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Jonathan To Tour Buhari Round Presidential Villa As Invitations For May 29th Inauguration Sent

President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo are to take the president elect and his, Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osibajo on a tour of the Presidential Villa on the 28th of May, 2015 as part of the final activities for the handing over ceremony.

Governors of Niger and Benue state, Babangida Aliyu and Gabriel Suswam who addressed state House after yesterday’s National Council of state meeting said the council also approved a template for subsequent handover and take over.

Governor Aliyu said that the Council also ratified the programme of both the transition committees of the outgoing government of President Goodluck Jonathan and the incoming administration of president elect, Major General Muhammadu Buhari for final transmission of power on May 29.

According to him, yesterday’s meeting was a valedictory session for President jonathan. He said that that 28th May remains the handover of notes to the incoming government at a dinner while 29th is the inauguration proper.

Governor Aliyu said there will also be a lunch and a gala night on the same day of the inauguration. Explaining further on the issue of the handover notes on May 28, governor Aliyu said that “it is only a technicality. One is inauguration, the formality of the new president taking over. Technically, the 29th is for the man taking over.”

He said “For handing over documents, you don’t wait until that 29th because after the inauguration, the transition committee may continue. If you recall, when President Jonathan came on board, he inaugurated the Genetal Danjuma’s committee to look at all the documents that were handed over to them and make recommendations. So it is a continuous thing.”

“The handing over of documents from the outgoing President to the incoming President ?will take place on the 28th and the inauguration on the 29.

“Invitations have been sent out to all the presidents of African countries ?including presidents and prime ministers of the G8, multilateral heads like the United Nations, Commonwealth, ECOWAS, African Union. We expect a beautiful ceremony on the 29th.

“We also reiterated that there will be no African time. This idea of inviting people ?and the invitee arrives before the inviter is not good for us. And therefore we must set examples for people to follow as leaders and those of us we organise this event we must stick to the details of the timing of the activities.” He added.

In his remark, Governor Suswan noted that during the meeting, council decided that going forward, there should be proper templates in which all transition committees must follow on handover to new administrations.

“The council decided that henceforth there has to be a template in which transition will follow, we have never had it. This is the first time one is going to be developed, so that there is no speculation as to what needs to be done as everything will be in a template.

“There is a transition whether it is from the same party to the same party or from one party to another. It is the same template. You will recall that we have never had a template in which to follow and how we go about our transition but what is going to happen this time around is going to be permanent.”

During the council meeting, the National Security Adviser Colonel Sambo Dasuki also briefed members on the security situations in the country among which was the issue of Boko Haram and the level of successes ?recorded so far by security forces.

Suswan who briefed on the security issue said, the present administration has handled the insecurity in the north east to a level that would give less problem to the incoming government.

He said ” the summary of what the NSA presented to council was to say that Nigeria is now better prepared than it was three years back in fighting any form of insurgency because outside the immediate surrounding countries, the international community have also keyed in to giive serious assistance.

“So moving forward is not going to be like what happened before where these insurgents had a fiilled day where our military where put in a bad light. Our military is well equipped now, there is better training for them to cope with terrorism. Terrorism was alien to this country and so once it came, we needed to counter the terrorists.

“That has been done and so Nigeria is fully ready as a country to fight any insurgency moving forward. But that the incoming administration will pick up from the solid foundation that has been laid in addressing security challenges, there is a new ways of doing things and he believes that the incoming administration will have less problems than the outgoing administration.”

According to the Benue State governor, “So Nigerians should have confidence that insurgency will soon be a thing of the past and he assured Council of State that before May 29th? at least, the enclaves which is Sambisa forest will be properly combed and anihiliated and that will at least put paid to the incessant gorrila style attacked that have been raging in the past.”

Council also deliberated on the of Fulani herds men which he noted needs to looked into the incoming administration.

“There is a document that states what needs to be done that will reduce the clashes which has resulted to a number of IDPS in places like Niger, Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa. These are places you have incessant clashes between the herdsmen and farmers. Suswan noted.

Yesterday’s meeting was attended by all living former heads of state and most state governors or their representatives.

President Elect, Muhammadu Buhari was also attending the National Council of state meeting for the second time in three months after a long spell of absence.

He attended the council of state meeting late january where it was decided that the elections be rescheduled to allow the military enough time to reclaim some areas lost to Boko Haram in the North East. Yesterday’s meeing was the first since Buhari defeated president Jonathan in the March Presidential elections.

Former presidents and heads of state in attendance at tuesday’s meeting are, Shehu Shagari, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalam Abubakar and Ernest Shonekan.

The National Council of state comprises the President, former presidents, former chief Justices of the Federation, state governors, the attorney General of the federation and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.