Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday, 31st July 2021.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba on Thursday met with officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who demanded the arrest and extradition of Deputy Commission of Police, Abba Kyari, to the United States.
According to SaharaReporters, a top source disclosed that four FBI agents met with the IGP on Thursday asking Kyari to be extradited to the United States for interrogation over an alleged bribe received from internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
The source noted that the agents have returned on Friday (today) to ensure their demands are met, citing the urgency of the case.
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has cried out that the country might be heading for a food crisis if urgent steps are not taken to address the situation.
Atiku, therefore, called on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to put politics and sentiments aside and address the growing challenge of a pending food crisis.
The former Vice President cried out in a personally signed statement on Friday titled ‘Let Us Address This Looming Food Crisis Before It Becomes a Calamity’ which was sent to Naija News.
He based his fresh and urgent call on a warning given by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations on Wednesday, July 29, 2021, of a looming acute food crisis in Northern Nigeria.
Olusegun Falola, a lawyer to embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho has revealed that his client will remain in prison in Benin Republic for the time being.
Explaining his position, the lawyer said the authorities in Benin want to keep Igboho in prison for his personal safety.
According to him, Igboho’s case is generating heated arguments both locally and internationally, and if released at the moment, might expose him to more danger so the authorities in Benin have concluded to keep him in custody for his own safety.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari has described people calling for his arrest and detention in the United States, over an alleged bribe he took from internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, as ‘bad belle Nigerians’.
Hushpuppi who pleaded guilty to the charges filed against him said he used Kyari to arrest a fellow fraudster Chibuzor Vincent following a dispute presumably over how to share the $1.1 million loot received from a Qatari businessperson.
Kyari, however, denied his involvement in the allegation levelled against him by the suspected internet fraudster.
The Senate Deputy President, Ovie Omo-Agege has declared that the recent Supreme Court judgment in the Ondo State governorship election has no effect on the Buni-led caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Omo-Agege in his view held that the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni can remain as the chairman of the APC National Caretaker committee.
Naija News recalls shortly after the Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday which gave victory to Rotimi Akeredolu as the duly elected Governor of Ondo State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) called attention to the minority ruling on the case which noted that Buni should not have presided over the process which produced Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC.
The Kaduna State Government has filed fresh charges against the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Recall that Justice Gideon Kurada of the Kaduna State High Court had discharged and acquitted El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat of all charges levelled against them.
The judge ruled that the charges against El-Zakzaky and his wife were not supposed to be filed, as the state government cannot arraign someone for a crime that was not an offence at the time.
The Federal Government has said that it is not aware of the $875 million arms deal with the US, which was reportedly blocked by some US lawmakers.
Foreign Policy had reported that top US lawmakers have blocked a proposed sale of 12 AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters and accompanying defence systems to the Nigerian military over human rights concerns.
The report said the proposed arms sale included 28 helicopter engines produced by GE Aviation, 14 military-grade aircraft navigation systems made by Honeywell, and 2,000 advanced precision kill weapon systems laser-guided rocket munitions.
The Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of unlawful detention of aides of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho.
Naija News had reported the DSS, on Thursday, failed to produce the detained Igboho’s associates before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The detained aides had instituted a suit against the DSS and its Director-General, Yusuf Bichi, following their arrest and detention after the raid of Igboho’s residence in the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
But in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Aderemi, on Friday, the Yoruba chief berated the secret police for failing to produce detained aides of Sunday Igboho in court and for infringing on the rights of the detainees.
The Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday prevented a team of legal practitioners, led by Aloy Ejimakor, from seeing the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Naija News reports that this is a violation of an order gave by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court asking the DSS to allow Kanu’s legal team and relatives to visit him in detention.
Justice Nyako, however, stated that such access would not be free for all, noting that it must be regimented.
Blessing Okagbare and Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha are both making Nigerians proud in the ongoing Olympic games in Tokyo.
The two athletes made it to the semifinals of the women 100m race. This development makes it the first time since 2012, Nigeria will be having two of its athletes contesting in the semifinals of the 100m women race.
Naija News had reported earlier that 10 Nigerian athletes were suspended from the Olympic Games over drug test.
That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.
Source: Naija News