Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday, 18th July 2021.
Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has denied having a hand in the arrest and extradition of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Naija News recalls that IPOB had threatened to deal with some people who paid a role in the arrest of its leader.
The group said Chris Ngige, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano; and Igbo businessman, Emeka Offor, would pay for their satanic role in Kanu’s crisis.
Reacting in a statement on Saturday by his Media Office, Ngige stated that he lacked the time to meddle in security and diplomatic matters.
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and ex-militant leader, Asari Dokubo has been accused by the founder of the Customary Government for the Indigenous People of Biafra, Emeka Emekesiri, of trying to hijack the group.
Emekesiri in his statement noted that the IPOB leader and Dokubo tried to hijack the group because the secessionist group was a good product.
He further stated that Kanu and Dokubo are aware of the good ideas he had for IPOB.
Emekesiri revealed how the ex-militant leader went behind him to form a Customary government after ignoring his calls for a meeting.
Nigerian Security agencies have uncovered plots by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to attack Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja and free their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Recall that IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu was reportedly rearrested in Kenya and extradited back to Nigeria on the 27th of June, 2021.
He was then arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako who ordered his remand in the custody of the DSS until his next trial date which is July 26 and 27.
The IPOB leader, through his lawyers, has accused the DSS and Kenya authorities of torturing him while in their custody.
The Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has revealed that wanted Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, is trying to acquire a new passport to flee Nigeria.
It was gathered that the federal government has also placed Sunday Igboho on the stop-list in order to facilitate his arrest and directed the security agencies to apprehend him when found.
In the security circle, a person whose name is on the stop-list is denied all constitutional rights and privileges a citizen is entitled to.
The Miyyati Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has said that its members are also victims of bandits and cattle rustlers.
Speaking with journalists in Kaduna on Friday, MACBAN Chairman, Alhaji Haruna Usman Tugga, said Fulani herdsmen also suffer from the atrocities of bandits and cattle rustlers, who constantly rustle cows, kidnap herdsmen and kill whenever victims fail to pay a ransom.
He noted that the conflicts in Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State have led to the death of 16 persons, mostly women and children.
The former military governor of Jigawa State, Brigadier General Ibrahim Aliyu (rtd), is dead.
It was gathered that Aliyu died in Kaduna on Friday.
The development was disclosed in a statement released by the Special Adviser to the Governor of Jigawa State, Habibu Nuhu Kila.
The statement read thus: “His Excellency, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar MON, mni, of Jigawa State with utter sadness, announced the death of a former Military Administrator of Jigawa State, Brigadier General Ibrahim Aliyu rtd., who died yesterday Friday in Kaduna.
“Governor Badaru described the death of General Aliyu as a great loss to the people and government of Jigawa State.”
Aminu Malle, the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, has expressed delight over the recent activities in the Green Chambers.
Recall that the House of Representatives recently passed the Petroleum Industry Bill and the Electoral Act.
The bill will boost northern Nigeria’s quest for oil as Section 9 of the bill states that at least 30 percent of the profit generated by the proposed Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) will go to the exploration of oil in ‘frontier basins,’ which are mostly northern states.
However, the demand by the oil-producing communities in the South for five percent of the profit of oil firms was cut down to three percent.
Former Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, has dismissed reports that he is planning on dumping the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking to supporters at his Talata Mafara residence, the former chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) said he has no intention of dumping the APC he helped to form.
Yari said that they were eleven governors as at then which initiated the formation of the APC.
Bandit members loyal to notorious bandit leader in Zamfara State, Taraji, are kidnapping villagers and travellers in Shinkafi Local Government Area.
The criminals are abducting villagers in reaction to a recent arrest of the bandit’s father.
According to Daily Trust, the attack started on Friday and have continued with about 150 persons taken hostage by the group.
It was gathered that the father of the bandit leader was arrested by security agents about two weeks ago and his whereabouts remained unknown.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye has sent a condolence message to the family of the late founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T.B Joshua.
In the letter personally signed by Pastor Adeboye and addressed to the widow of the late prophet, Evelyn, the RCCG leader expressed confidence that Joshua is at the feet of the Lord and urged the family to take consolation from that fact.
He assured the family of continuous prayers and prayed God to uphold them in their trying time.