Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Monday, 26th July 2021
University lecturers under the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have threatened to embark on another strike action that will halt academic activities in public universities in Nigeria.
According to ASUU, the union will not hesitate to resume its suspended strike action if the federal government continues to fail in honouring agreements between them.
ASUU Chairperson of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Dr. Ibrahim Inuwa, made this known while speaking with some journalists at the Union’s Secretariat during the weekend.
He said the federal government has so far failed to honour its own end of the agreement as contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed before the union suspended its strike action in December last year.
Inuwa lamented that the government has only addressed two out of the eight issues agreed upon in the MoU.
Some of the kidnapped students from Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Kaduna have been released by the bandits who abducted them.
28 students out of those who were kidnapped from their hostels by bandits on July 5, regained freedom after 20 days in captivity, Naija News reports.
According to a report monitored by our correspondent on The Cable, the Kaduna state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN), Joseph Hayab confirmed their release on Sunday.
The Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has extended the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to October 31, 2021.
Naija News reports that this was made known in a joint statement titled ‘FG Extends NIN-SIM verification deadline to 31st October, 2021′.
The statement was signed by the Director, Public Affairs Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ikechukwu Adinde; and the Head, Corporate Communications, Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke.
Recall that the FG had approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to July 26, 2021.
According to the statement, registration will now shift focus to remote and hard-to-reach areas, schools and health centres.
Ibrahim Salami, one of the lawyers of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, has said that Nigeria has no legal means to extradite the activist.
In an interview with BBC Yoruba, the law professor noted that there is no accord between Nigeria and Benin that allows Benin to extradite Igboho to Nigeria.
Salami, however, revealed that Igboho can only be extradited on political grounds, not on a law basis.
Speaking further, Salami disclosed the activist might be released by the Cour D’Appal De Cotonou on Monday.
The law professor added that Igboho has two more stages to go through before he will be set free or jailed by the court.
The planned wedding between President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf Buhari, and Emir of Bichi’s daughter, Zahra Ado-Bayero will be coordinated by a 145-member committee.
Naija News understands the same committee will also be in charge of organizing the coronation event and the presentation of staff of office to the Emir by Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
The emirate in a statement issued and signed by spokesperson Lurwan Malikawa said a timetable for the events was already out.
According to the timetable, the wedding between the princess and the President’s son will hold on August 20, while the coronation of Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero follows a day after on August 21 at the Emir’s palace.
6. APC sweeps Lagos council poll
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the 57 council seats in the local government election conducted on Saturday by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).
The results were announced by Returning Officers at all the 57 Collation Centres in the State.
The keenly contested election however recorded low participation by the voting populace.
There were jubilation and victory songs in all councils.
The Kano Police Command has denied the rumour trending on social media that the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, was attacked.
In a statement on Sunday by its spokesman, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, the state police command said the story of an attack on the Emir of Kano was false.
Kiyawa disclosed that one of the vehicles in the convoy of the Emir was involved in an accident on Sunday and not an attack on the monarch.
The counsel to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, Aloy Ejimakor, has hinted what would happen if his clients trial resumes on Monday.
Ejimakor in his statement said there would be lots of legal challenges if Kanu is subjected to any trial.
According to the IPOB leader’s lawyer, Kanu’s trial can’t be held due to his extraordinary rendition.
Ejimakor said what is expected on Monday is Kanu “taking a plea” or a re-arraignment.
He advised President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, not to be jittery.
The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has cautioned the Federal Government to desist from any attempt to clamp down on self-determination agitators.
Publicity Secretary of the group, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin, gave the admonition in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday.
Oguntimehin stated that the use and application of force on self-determination agitators had only demonstrated the government’s lack of respect for human rights and intolerance to the views of others.
He also condemned the arrest of Sunday Igboho by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin.
Oguntimehin described the treatment meted out to him in Nigeria and also in Cotonou as very unpleasant, even as it insisted that the Federal Government ought to know that the citizens had rights and that such rights must be protected under the law.
A suspect, Ebenezer Ojeh who claims to be a Police Sergeant has been arrested by troops in Borno State with a cache of dangerous weapons found in his possession.
It is understood that Ojeh was flagged for exhibiting suspicious behaviour when the commercial bus he boarded was stopped at a military checkpoint.
Troops of the 154 Task Force Battalion Ngamdu led by Acting Commander Major D.Y Chiwar intercepted the vehicle along Maiduguri- Damaturu road, and upon searching the suspect’s bag, loads of ammunition were discovered.
Though the suspect claimed to be a Police Sergeant serving with the Police Unit of Special Weapon Tactical Team (SWAT), from the Mobile Police Force 19-unit, Rivers State, he couldn’t explain the weapons discovered in his possession or his mission in Borno.
He has been handed over to relevant authorities for further investigations.
That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.
Source: Naija News