Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Monday, 4th January 2021
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday condemned the terrorist attack in Niger Republic that resulted in the killing of 70 persons.
The President expressed shock over the killing that happened in Zaroumdareye, a border town between Niger Republic and Mali, using the opportunity to call for stronger security ties among African countries.
Buhari’s reaction was contained in a statement in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu where he noted that Africa must unite to confront the criminally minded persons and their supporters.
Founder of the Omega Fire Ministries (OFM), Apostle Johnson Suleman has released his 2021 prophecies, revealing that Nigeria would not break up.
Naija News reports that Apostle Suleman in his prophecies stated that “north will lose power, number two will become number one”, in what many people are interpreting to mean Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will replace President Muhammadu Buhari.
He revealed that God told him Nigeria will have peace and a new region at the helm of power.
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has suspended the Commissioner for Environment in the state, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, for alleged sexual harassment of an underaged girl.
The Ogun State Government noted that the suspension of the commissioner will last pending the conclusion of an independent investigation into the allegation.
Abudu-Balogun was accused of sexual harassment by a 16-year-old, Barakat Melojuekun.
The lawmaker representing Kano Central senatorial district, Ibrahim Shekarau, on Sunday, said the All Progressives Congress, should allow justice to prevail in choosing the presidential candidate of the party.
The former Governor of Kano State while speaking with journalists questioned why Nigerians can not decide who rules over them through their voting.
He further stated that the region which produces the President does not matter but Nigerians should worry about the quality of their ruler.
A category of university workers under the aegis of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has issued a 14-day warning to the federal government after which it will proceed on strike.
The workers’ union in a statement on Saturday by its National President, Ibeji Nwokoma while speaking with journalists in Abuja said the government needs to be specific on the percentage of earned allowance that is due to the union.
He stated that allocating 75% of the N40billion earned allowance approved by the federal government to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and just blanketly giving 25% to other unions without clear cut sharing formula is not acceptable.
Military authorities in Nigeria have confirmed the killing of several Boko Haram terrorists in a fresh airstrike by troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole.
The airstrike killed several Boko Haram elements in their hideout located at Kote Kura, Bulama Isamari in Borno State, Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche confirmed to Naija News in a statement on Sunday, 3rd January, 2021.
Enenche explained that the operation leading to the killing of the insurgents was carried out on Saturday, January 2 based on credible intelligence.
There are speculations that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, is sick and has been reportedly admitted at a hospital in France.
A further report has it that the former Governor of Lagos State was admitted to the hospital before the New Year.
There was speculation that the APC leader is battling with COVID-19.
However, Tunde Rahman while speaking on the report noted that his principal is very okay and not in France but London.
He also refuted the claim that the APC leader is battling with COVID-19.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to probe the alleged diversion of ₦3.8bn of public funds meant for the Federal Ministry of Health, National Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) teaching hospitals and medical centres.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) made this known in a statement issued on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare.
The letter is copied to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, and Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye.
As the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, draws to an end, indications have emerged that the Nigerian Police Council may nominate a new IGP by February.
Naija News reports that Police Council comprises the President, who is the chairman, the 36 state governors and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).
With doubt emerging if Adamu – expected to retire next month when he would clock 35 years in service – will get a tenure extension, unconfirmed sources told The Punch that his successor may be announced.
Danleeman Isah, the imam of Kawaran Rafi town in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has been shot dead by suspected bandits.
They killed the cleric when they attacked the village. However, a statement issued by Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan on Saturday did not say when the incident took place.
Aruwan said his killing was linked to the imam’s criticism of kidnappings and cattle rustling.
That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.
Source: Naija News