Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Friday, 19th February 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a new Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
He is Ahmed Abubakar Audi and he replaces the former Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu.
Buhari also appointed Haliru Nababa as the new boss of the Nigeria Correctional Service (Prison), Naija News reports.
The appointments were confirmed in a statement on Thursday afternoon by the Director (Press & Public Relations) of the Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga.
The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Buratai (Rtd) has said it will take Nigeria twenty years to tackle Boko Haram, bandits, killer herdsmen and other security challenges.
Naija News reports that Buratai stated this when he appeared before the Senate for his ambassadorial nomination screening on Thursday.
Buratai appeared before the Senator Adamu Muhammad Bulkachuwa (APC-Bauchi North) led Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs alongside General Abayomi Olonisakin (retd); Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd); Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas (retd); Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar(retd); and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (Rtd).
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has assured Nigerians that the kidnapped students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, will be safely returned home.
This is as he announced on Thursday the deployment of additional officers and gadgets to Niger State to go after the abductors.
The IGP in a statement released through the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba said the Police remain committed to the safe rescue of all those kidnapped.
Nigeria’s economy unexpectedly exited recession in the fourth quarter of 2020.
In a statement on Thursday, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said the economy grew by 0.11 percent.
The development comes after two consecutive quarters of negative growth which resulted in a recession.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lifted the suspension placed onsome of its members in the House of Representatives.
Recall that the seven members were suspended for alleged anti-party activities, particularly in the pattern of their voting in the House Minority leadership.
Naija News reports that the members include: Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Hon. Wole Oke, Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu, Hon. Anayo Edwin, Hon. Gideon Gwani, Hon. Toby Okechukwu and Hon. Adekoya Abdul-majid.
The lifting of their suspension was made known on in a statement on Thursday by the PDP’s spokesperson on behalf of the National Working Committee (NWC).
Operatives of the Nigerian Air Force have reportedly bombarded some communities in Orlu, Imo State, believed to be harbouring members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), operated by IPOB.
It was gathered that the strike started on Thursday morning worsening the already built-up tension in the areas.
A video of the aerial bombardments on Thursday surfaced with fresh tension and anxiety building in the communities.
The Nigerian Senate on Thursday denied knowledge of plans by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to sell 36 Federal Government properties.
Reports had emerged on Thursday that the Buhari government had submitted a proposal to sell or concession 36 of its properties between January 2021 and November 2022 to the National Assembly.
But speaking to The Punch, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation, Theodore Orji, denied knowledge of such document.
According to the former governor of Abia State, his panel was unaware of such a request.
He said his committee will critically investigate the circumstances surrounding the sale of the federal assets and come up with a comprehensive report.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has cautioned members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) against taking the laws into their hands.
Ooni gave the advice when he received members of the OPC, led by its President, Prince Dele Osibote, in his palace on Thursday.
The traditional ruler urged the group to be law-abiding and not involve themselves in extrajudicial practices that could create more problems in South West.
He also advised the association to continue to be a great promoter of Yoruba tradition, ethics, and principles.
Nigerian Governors have announced the plan to dedicate parts of the Excess Crude Account and other funds to fight the security challenges confronting the country.
Chairman of the NGF and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, made this known while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.
Fayemi said the money set aside from the account and other funds will be used to purchase additional hardware for security forces to combat insecurity.
The NGF chairman added that the governors have also promised to strengthen the judicial system so that they can accelerate access to justice for victims of crime and criminality in the country.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped one spot to now occupy the 36th position in the world according to the latest ranking released on Thursday by the world football governing body, FIFA.
Thursday’s ranking which is the first for the year 2021 saw Nigeria retain the 1474 points they had in the month of December but slip down by one spot from 35 to 36.
In Africa, Nigeria retained its 5th position behind countries like Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco who occupy the top four spots in the continent.
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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Thursday, 25th February, 2021
Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Thursday, 25th February 2021
Senate President Ahmad Lawan has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to post former service chiefs to troubled neighbouring countries as ambassadors.
Naija News recalls that the Senate on Tuesday confirmed Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin (retd), Ekiti; Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd), Borno; Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (retd), Cross River; Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retd), Bauchi; and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Usman (retd), Kano as Ambassadors.
Speaking after their confirmation, Lawan advised President Buhari to deploy them to countries where their experiences as former military officers would be required.
The Senate has confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the new chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Bawa while speaking before the Senate on Wednesday said Nigeria must recover all stolen assets for the betterment of its citizens.
The New EFCC boss further stated that he will work with strategic partners around the world to see that Nigeria benefits from the repatriation of assets stolen from her coffers.
He added that the anti-graft agency will achieve its independent objective by sharing information with its partners.
Bawa during his screening promised that the constitution will guide his actions as the Chairman of EFCC.
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has appealed to Fulani herdsmen not to carry or use AK-47 guns.
The Governor while speaking on Wednesday at the launch of the 2020/2021 annual livestock vaccination campaign held at the Galambi Cattle Ranch, Bauchi begged the herdsmen to remain peaceful even if they face any provocation.
The Governor who praised the simplicity of the Fulani herders, appealed to them to ignore his figurative allusion to the use of AK-47 guns and always show their humane and peaceful character.
Mohammed promised to continue to defend them against any form of criminal profiling just as he has always done.
A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has said his former principal will not dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Reports had emerged that the ruling APC was planning to field Jonathan and the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai for the 2023 presidential election.
Top sources which spoke with SaharaReporters noted that the former President is being considered by the party because of his influence in the southern region, while El-Rufai is being used as vice for him to become president when the presidency is again zoned to the North.
But speaking on Wednesday while featuring on a PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable, Reno Omokri said the former president has no intention to run for president in 2023.
Bandits terrorizing the North West region of the country have opened up on why they took up arms and started wreaking havoc on Nigeria.
In an interview with Daily Trust, the bandits unleashing terror in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, and Niger states said they decided to kidnap and kill Nigerians because they were neglected.
The bandits asserted that the Federal Government stopped attending to them after the death of the former Military Head of State, General Sani Abacha.
The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has revealed the solution to the incessant insecurity facing the country.
Speaking during his swearing-in for a second term in office in Akure on Wednesday, Akeredolu said the only way to solve the security challenges is through State Police.
The Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum noted that every state must be allowed to secure its space and protect it from external forces.
Akeredolu said the call for state police led the South-West governors to form a regional security network codenamed Amotekun.
He noted that the establishment of Amotekun has been justified with successes recorded all over the South West region.
A former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has revealed why the governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, is attacking him.
Reacting in a statement to Tuesday’s demolition of the parameter fence of the building housing Reach FM radio station, Owerri, owned by his daughter, Mrs Uloma Nwosu, Okorocha said the governor was attacking him because of “hatred and vendetta.”
In the statement issued in Owerri the state capital on Wednesday by his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha said the demolition of the parameter fence of the building housing the radio station was yet another war of envy and conspiracy against him.
The Kaduna State government has confirmed the killing of 18 persons in two local government areas of the state in the last 48 hours.
According to a statement by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, nine people were killed in both Igabi and Chikun Local Government Areas of Kaduna State by armed bandits.
Apart from the people killed, the statement added that many houses were burnt down while animals including cows and poultry birds were also rustled.
Aruwan said the bandits attacked the villages as a retaliation for some of their members that were earlier killed in airstrikes by the military.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has accused the National Assembly of double standard for confirming former service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.
The governor spoke on Wednesday when the Senate Committee on Niger Delta paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.
He wondered why the same lawmakers, who called for the sack of the former service chiefs following their handling of security, confirmed their nomination due to party sentiments and bias.
Wike urged the legislators to always carry out their duties bearing in mind that their service is not to their parties but to Nigerians.
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has vowed to bring Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki back to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akeredolu made the submission on Wednesday while giving the vote of thanks during his second term inauguration ceremony in Akure.
As earlier reported by Naija News, many dignitaries were present at the event including Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.
While thanking the dignitaries for coming, Akeredolu singled out Obaseki whom he said will ensure returns to the APC which he dumped for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the build-up to the 2020 governorship election in Edo after a fall out on the party’s ticket.
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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Wednesday, 24th February, 2021
Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Wednesday, 24th February 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday noted that the increase in cybercriminals, online financial fraudsters, and cyber terrorists is causing tension in Nigeria.
Buhari further stated that cyber terrorists are using the internet to cause tension in the country.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina quoted Buhari saying this in a statement titled, ‘Why we must curb criminalities, use internet for national security and economic progress, by President Buhari’, on Tuesday.
Buhari while speaking at the launch of the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy 2021 in Abuja, called for restructuring in the national strategy on cybersecurity.
He called on Nigerians to use the internet for economic growth opportunities, enhancement of knowledge, and mitigation of crime.
The Nigerian Army has confirmed reports that its troops have re-captured Marte and other close communities in Borno State from Boko Haram fighters.
The army spokesperson, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima gave the information on the re-capture in a statement on Tuesday evening.
He disclosed that the troops recovered Marte from the terrorists around 3pm and a fierce battle which resulted in the killing of many insurgents.
Apart from ground assault on the terrorists, Yerima revealed that the army had air support from the Nigerian Air Force.
The Nigerian Senate has on Tuesday confirmed the immediate past service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.
Naija News reports that those confirmed are former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; former Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin; former Chief of Air Staff, Ibok Ibas; and former Chief of Naval Staff, Abubakar Sadique.
Recall that Buhari had recommended the appointment of all immediate past service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.
The President called on the lawmakers to give quick attention to the recommendation.
The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma on Tuesday in Abuja declared that there was nothing personal in the disagreement between him and his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha.
The Governor who spoke shortly after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa noted that his government was only implementing the recommendations of a committee set up by a former governor, Emeka Ihedioha.
According to him, it was the committee that recommended in its report that all government land and property illegally acquired by individuals should be recovered.
He also denied any knowledge of the accusation by Okorocha that some people were trying to assassinate him.
The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Smart Adeyemi, on Tuesday, steered reaction in the senate over his comment describing the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu as a “champagne drinking man”.
Adeyemi while speaking on a motion on Safe School Initiative in Nigeria said Abia State is governed by “drunkards”.
The lawmaker stated this while reacting to a post on social media allegedly linked to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who is from Abia.
It was reported that Abaribe in the post attacked the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello.
Abaribe while reacting to the statement of Adeyemi said he is surprised that the lawmaker is making reference to a statement he did not make.
Adeyemi said while some governors were committed to the welfare and protection of their people, leaders in Abia State “are governed by drunkards”.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammad Adamu, has been invited for questioning by the Lagos State judicial panel over a case involving one Adewale Adewuyi, a petitioner who is on a stretcher.
The lawyer to the petitioner, Debo Adeleke, alleged that the police refused to release 26 acres of farmland seized from the petitioner since, 2013.
Adeleke asked the panel to summon the IGP so that the police could be compelled to release the seized farmland.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has ordered the immediate reopening of Shasha market after peace returned to the popular market.
The governor gave the order on Tuesday during a meeting with the Shasa Community leaders, held at the Western Hall, Secretariat, Ibadan.
Makinde said following the clash between the Hausa traders and the Yoruba community in the market, the state government thas embarked on peace talks between the warring ethnic groups.
Former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani has called out those trying to defend the criminal activities of armed bandits in Nigeria.
This is as he warned that the thin line between dialoguing and negotiating with bandits for the sake of peace and justifying their atrocities must not be crossed.
He added that even if the bandits have any grievances, killing and kidnapping innocent citizens is not the solution to their issues.
Sani spoke against the recent backdrop of increased kidnappings and killings by armed bandits in various parts of the country but particularly in the North.
The Ogun State government on Tuesday said that it would soon start arresting and prosecuting illegal occupants of the state forest reserves.
This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Forestry, Tunji Akinosi, while addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, the state capital.
He disclosed that traditional rulers have been asked to instruct all illegal occupants to leave or be arrested.
“We have asked those that are illegally occupying our lands to leave, and now we are moving to the second stage of combing the areas ourselves and arresting those that are still residents in the reserve,” Akinosi said.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced plans to impound rickety vehicles plying Nigerian roads and arrest the drivers as well.
The move is based on a directive from the FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi to all Commanding Officers across all formations of the Corps nationwide.
The statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday evening by the Corps Public Education Officer Bisi Kazeem said the move is part of efforts to reduce road crashes and accidents in the country.
He noted that apart from impounding such vehicles, the drivers/owners of such vehicles will also face prosecution and punishment may include payment of fines.
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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Tuesday, 23rd February, 2021
Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Tuesday, 23rd February 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed a new directive which empowers the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to implement the price slash on duty for imported vehicles into the country.
The President by his order seeks immediate compliance of the service with the directive targeted at curbing the rising cost of transport and provide a boost for the mass transit industry.
The price reduction would see import duties drop from 35% to 10% and even 5% in some cases depending on the category of the vehicle.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi is a member of the Fulani terrorists terrorizing Nigeria.
Recall that Mohammed had slammed the Benue governor accusing him of creating bad media campaign against the Fulani ethnic stock.
He also said Ortom has criminalized the entire Fulani ethnic stock across the country.
Reacting in a press conference in Makurdi on Monday, Ortom said, “Since he (Mohammed) has chosen to vilify and intimidate me. I am compelled to think that he is one of the Fulani terrorists terrorizing this country.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday held a closed-door meeting with Senate President Ahmad Lawan at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting between the two leaders, Lawan disclosed that the meeting focused majorly on the security challenges facing the nation and how to overcome them.
He added that between now and the next two months, Nigerians will notice some activities targeted at improving the current security situation in the country.
The Senate President also noted that it part of plans by the government to make the roads and farms safe before the rains come so farmers can plant and have a good harvest.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reportedly wooed three governors of the People Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
According to the PUNCH, the ruling party has initiated moves to lure Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle; Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed and his Cross River State counterpart, Governor Ben Ayade, into the APC.
It was gathered the APC also reached out to Governor Ifeanyi Uguwanyi of Enugu State, but rejected their advances due to his loyalty to the PDP.
According to the source, the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State led the negotiations with the three PDP governors.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has described as bizarre, the recent clash between former Governor Rochas Okorocha and incumbent Hope Uzodinma and their supporters.
The party also accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of turning the state into a war zone.
It will be recalled as earlier recalled by Naija News that former Imo State Governor and current Imo West Senator, Rochas Okorocha was arrested by operatives of the Nigerian Police.
The ex-Governor was arrested on Sunday for forcefully unsealing the Royal Palm Estate sealed by the Imo State government under the leadership of current Governor Hope Uzodinma.
Reacting to the developments in a statement on Monday, the Imo PDP spokesperson, Ogubundu Nwadike said what is happening between the two leaders who are both from APC is disgusting.
Nwadike added that the incident has heightened tension in the state which was brought about by the recent military invasion of Orlu based on the orders of Governor Uzodinma.
He, therefore, called on the APC to call its people to order and stop disturbing the peace of the people of Imo State.
A former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, disclosed that the compound where Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, met with bandits in Niger State to discuss the release of abducted students and teachers of Government Science College, Kangara, is very close to a military post.
He further stated that during the discussion the security officials were asked to drop their weapons at a nearby military outpost before they could access the compound where about 700 bandits were camped.
The former DSS official said this on Channels TV on Monday.
A Magistrate Court in Owerri, Imo State on Monday granted 14 aides of the former governor of the state, Senator Rochas Okrocha, N5 million each totaling N70 million.
This was after a mild drama played out inside the court, as one of the 14 suspects, Darlington Ibekwe, slumped.
Ibekwe and 13 other loyalists of Senator Okorocha were arraigned for breaking into the sealed Royal Spring Palm Hotel and Apartments owned by Okorocha’s wife
The suspects were accused of conspiring among themselves to disobey a lawful order issued by the state by removing the seal of the state government and entering into the sealed property.
The Boko Haram Terrorist group has killed not less than five residents of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.
According to sources quoted in the report, eight persons had left the IDP camp on Sunday in search of firewood but were believed to have been attacked when they didn’t return in good time.
This prompted officials to declare them missing and Vigilantes embarked on a search and rescue mission to bring them back.
One of the Vigilantes identified as Abu Damboa told Daily Trust that he and his colleagues embarked on the search mission only to discover the lifeless bodies of five of those who left the IDP camp.
The whereabouts of three others are still unknown.
He added that the heads had been cut off from the bodies when they found them.
The Presidency has said that Nigeria exited recession due to the success of the Federal Government’s ongoing Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP).
Recall that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had in a report said Nigeria’s economy grew by 0.11 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020 after two consecutive quarters of negative growth which resulted in a recession.
But in a statement on Sunday, Laolu Akande, spokesman of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the implementation of the plan was responsible for the good news.
He asked Nigerians to expect more good development as the implementation of the plan continues to impact Nigerians positively. Akande said the Q4 report shows that the recovery of Nigeria’s economy is on a steady path.
The Senate has ordered the arrest of the sole administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Effiong Akwa.
Naija News reports that the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges, and Public Petitions ordered the Akwa’s arrest over the failure of the immediate past Interim Management Committee (IMC) to appear before it.
The panel is probing the alleged diversion of N6.25 billion meant for the purchase of COVID-19 relief items for the Niger Delta.
The lawmakers began probing the IMC led by the former Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Kemebradikumo Pondei, after the chairman of the agency’s COVID-19 palliative distribution committee, Sobomabo Jackrich, petitioned the senate.