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Why Akeredolu And I Visited Tinubu In London – Fayemi

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Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has stated the reason he visited the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, in London, the United Kingdom.

Naija News reports that Fayemi alongside his Ondo state colleague, Rotimi Akeredolu, visited Tinubu after recovering from knee surgery in the US.

Speaking on Sunday in an interview programme on Arise TV, Fayemi denied reports that he visited the former Lagos governor to discuss the 2023 general elections.

He stated that the visit has nothing to do with the 2023 presidential election, urging Nigerians to stop politicising his visit to the UK.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum added that he just went to show support and solidarity for the APC leader ahead of his return to Nigeria.

He said, “He (Akeredolu) and I were in London together to see our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, but it had absolutely nothing to do with 2023 presidential plans whatsoever. That’s not the reason why we went there.

“Asiwaju had just surgery, it is simply proper etiquette or behaviour both in the part of the country where I come from but also generally that when a friend and elder is undergoing health challenges, it would be improper on your part not to show solidarity and support.

“That is simply what took us there; we wanted to associate ourselves with him at a time of need and as an elder, as a mentor and as a big figure in our political party, nothing wrong in paying him a courtesy visit to check on him to see how he was faring and we did that and we returned.

“It has nothing to do with 2023; let me make that absolutely clear.”

Naija News reports Tinubu has been in London, the United Kingdom since July and is believed to be recuperating after reportedly undergoing surgery.

While in London, his residence has turned to a pilgrimage site of some sort, playing host to many notable individuals and leaders particularly from the APC.

President Muhammadu Buhari, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and many APC governors and lawmakers have also paid Tinubu a visit.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Sunday, 24th October, 2021

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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Saturday, 24th April, 2021

Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday, 24th October 2021.

IPOB Threatens To Lockdown South-east If Nnamdi Kanu Is Not Released November 4

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Saturday vowed to lockdown the South-east region if the federal government failed to unconditionally release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, from detention by November 4.

IPOB through its Eastern Security Network is known for enforcing a sit-at-home protest in south-eastern states in show of solidarity with Kanu who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since July.

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday rejected Kanu’s request to be moved to Kuje Correctional Service Centre and adjourned his trial till November 10.

In a statement issued on Saturday by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, IPOB said it will honour Kanu with the fresh lockdown, which will be enforced between November 5 and 10, except on Sunday, November 7, to allow for Church service.

How Bandits Attacked Oyo Prison To Set Free Notorious Terrorists Iskilu Wakili

Reports have emerged claiming the attack on the Abolongo correctional facility, Oyo town in Oyo State was carried out by bandits to set free a Fulani warlord.

Naija News gathered that attackers stormed the facility around 10pm on Friday night bearing weapons and deployed grenades to gain access.

According to multiple sources and reports, all the prisoners in the facility were set free even as the warders keeping watch on the inmates scampered for safety when the gunmen attacked.

It was gathered that the gunmen had three days before the Friday attack, struck in Ogbomoso, a neighbouring town to Oyo.

IPOB: Buhari Govt Sends Message To Friendly Nations Over Nnamdi Kanu, Warns Others

The government of President Muhammadu Buhari says there are countries helping Nnamdi Kanu, “in his destructive mission” while there are friendly others which has either banned IPOB activities or placed Kanu on ‘Stop List’.

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Friday, expressed the appreciation of the Nigerian government to the “friendly nations”, and called on those “ignoring the terrorist nature of his activities” to desist from such.

Without mentioning the countries aiding Kanu and his Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Malami said, “We call on these countries to desist from aiding subversive acts by Kanu and IPOB against the state of Nigeria and its people.”

Unknown Gunmen Attack Oyo Prison Facility, Free Prisoners

Unknown gunmen have launched an attack against the Abolongo correctional facility located in Oyo, Oyo State.

Naija News gathered that attackers stormed the facility around 10pm on Friday night bearing weapons and deployed grenades to gain access.

According to multiple sources and reports, all the prisoners in the facility were set free even as the warders keeping watch on the inmates scampered for safety when the gunmen attacked.

FBN Holdings Speaks On Femi Otedola’s Acquisition Of First Bank

Following yesterday’s rife report that billionaire investor, Femi Otedola, has acquired the majority shares of First Bank Nigeria Limited, FBN Holdings Plc has come out to state that it has not received the notification of such acquisitions.

Otedola was said to have been acquiring the shares of the bank through a vehicle, Calvados Global Services Limited. It is also likely that there could be other vehicles associated with Otedola who may have also been mopping up shares.

Naija News understands that FBNH currently has 34.7 billion of its shares floating freely meaning it is held by diverse shareholders. This makes the shares easy to acquire on the stock exchange.

Mr President, Nigerian Media Know When To Use ‘Declining Insecurity’

President Muhammadu Buhari stirred the hornet’s nest on Monday when he used his Eid-el-Maulud message to enjoin “the media to address the tone, content, and standards of reporting into security and safety measures. Time has come to revise the prefixes ‘rising insecurity’ with ‘declining insecurity’.” This came on the heels of a report by the Wall Street Journal that the Nigerian government paid the sum of N20 million to a bandit leader to secure a 12.7 calibre anti-aircraft gun in exchange for the payment.

WSJ alleged that the Air Force struck the deal amid plans by the President to visit his home state of Katsina, which has been ravaged by the activities of bandits in the Northwest. In line with their propensity for self-censorship, respectable Nigerian media platforms watered down the story, avoided it, or even anchored on the Nigerian Air Force denial of the foreign newspaper’s weighty allegation.

NAF Bombs Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists To Death During Meeting In Lake Chad Region

The Nigerian Air Force has confirmed that many Boko Haram fighters have been killed by its fighter jets while they were planning a meeting in the Lake Chad region.

According to a statement on Saturday by the Director of NAF Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, about 20 boats conveying Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists to the meeting were destroyed in the airstrike.

Each of the boats was said to have contained 5-7 terrorists.

Gabkwet said the airstrikes were carried out by troops under Operation Hadin Kai based on credible and actionable intelligence made available to them.

Biafra: Nigeria Security Agents Have Killed Over 20,000 IPOB Members – Powerful

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused the federal government through the various security agencies of killing over 20,000 of its members.

IPOB added that the government is the one sponsoring the activities of unknown gunmen but trying to blame the group so as to find an excuse against it.

It also denied any form of involvement in sponsoring the #EndSARS protests which rocked Nigeria last year, noting that they’ve also been victims of government ineptitudes.

These, the proscribed group through a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful said in response to the allegation by the federal government that it is responsible for the attacks on 164 police stations as well as the killing of 175 security operatives in the southeast region.

Malami Wants To Send Tucano Jets To Bomb Southeast – Ohanaeze

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has accused the federal government of plans to deploy the newly acquired Tucano jets to the South-East.

According to the group, the move is been spearheaded by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

Ohanaeze in a statement by its Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro said the federal government is working assiduously to convince the world that terrorists have taken over the southeast so it can then invade the region with the fighter jets and eliminate the Igbos.

Revealed! Why Super Tucano Fighter Jets Can’t Be Deployed Against IPOB

The newly acquired Super Tucano fighter aircraft is only expected to be deployed in the northern part of Nigeria to tackle Boko Haram, ISWAP and other terrorists groups.

It was gathered that the jets cannot be deployed to the southeast despite the designation of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist organisation and the setting up of the armed Eastern Security Network.

The United States Government has disclosed that the Federal Government is expected to deploy the Super Tucano aircraft against insurgency in the north.

Speaking to newsmen, the US Principal Deputy National Security Advisor, Jonathan Finer, at an event attended by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, said this was part of an agreement reached with the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration before the sale of the jets to the country.

That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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Exposed: Number Of Escapees, Recaptured Inmates After Gunmen Attacked Oyo Prison

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Soldiers Killed As Gunmen Invade Kogi Prison, Set Inmates Free

Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) has reacted to the invasion of the Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo town around 9:30pm on Friday by gunmen who used dynamite to blast the wall.

Its Public Relations Officer, Olanrewaju Anjorin, in a statement in Ibadan on Saturday, said 837 awaiting trial inmates escaped from the Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo Town, when gunmen attacked the facility.

Anjorin said all the 837 awaiting trial inmates were freed by the attackers, pointing out that the cell housing the convicts and the inmates were not vandalised.

The Public Relations Officer, however, disclosed that a total of 262 escaped inmates had been recaptured, while 575 were still at large.

“The invaders arrived the centre heavily armed with sophisticated weapons and after a fierce encounter with the officers on guard, they gained entrance into the yard, using dynamite to blast the wall.

“All the awaiting trial detainees were forced out of custody, the cells housing the convicts and the female inmates were not vandalised.

“Meanwhile, a total of 262 of the escapees have been recaptured, leaving 575 still at large.

“Following the directives of the Controller-General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa, the State Controller, Noel Ailewon, has commenced the process of search and recapture after visiting the scene of the incident,” he said.

Anjorin said the state controller had assured the public that no effort would be spared to recapture the fleeing inmates.

According to him, the controller-general has solicited for credible intelligence to assist the security agencies in tracking down the fleeing inmates.

The PRO said that the Oyo Custodial Centre was established in 2007 with a capacity of 160 inmates, but had a total population of 907 at the time of the attack.

“Of this number, awaiting trial persons were 837 representing 92 per cent with just 64 convicts,” Anjorin said.

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‘Buhari’s Army Only Mighty On Paper, Steal And Sell Weapons To Terrorists’

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A London Newspaper, The Economist, had berated the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government over its handling of Nigeria’s economy.

In its editorial titled: ‘The crime scene at the heart of Africa’ the paper located at number 1-11 John Adam Street Westminster, London, England, the paper accused the federal government of doing little or nothing to change the lives of Nigerians.

While insisting that the Nigerian Army was only, the Economist stated that many of its soldiers are “ghosts” who exist only on the payroll, adding that much of its equipment is stolen and sold to insurgents.

According to the paper, the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, are understaffed, demoralised and poorly trained.

The Economist stated that many supplement their low pay by robbing the public they have sworn to protect.

Read the full editorial below:

The crime scene at the heart of Africa

Insurgency, secessionism and banditry threaten Nigeria

Africa’s biggest nation faces its biggest test since its civil war 50 years ago

“Little more than six decades ago, as Nigeria was nearing independence, even those who were soon to govern Africa’s largest country had their doubts about whether it would hold together. British colonists had drawn a border around land that was home to more than 250 ethnic groups. Obafemi Awolowo, a politician of that era, evoked Metternich, fretting that “Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression.”

“The early years of independence seemed to prove him right. Coup followed coup. Ethnic pogroms helped spark a civil war that cost 1m lives, as the south-eastern region calling itself Biafra tried to break away and was ruthlessly crushed. Military rule was the norm until 1999. Despite this inauspicious start, Nigeria is now a powerhouse. Home to one in six sub-Saharan Africans, it is the continent’s most boisterous democracy. Its economy, the largest, generates a quarter of Africa’s gdp. Nollywood makes more titles than any other country’s film industry bar Bollywood. Three of sub-Saharan Africa’s four fintech “unicorns” (startups valued at more than $1bn) are Nigerian.

“Why, then, do most young Nigerians want to emigrate? One reason is that they are scared. Jihadists are carving out a caliphate in the north-east; gangs of kidnappers are terrorising the north-west; the fire of Biafran secessionism has been rekindled in the oil-rich south-east. The violence threatens not just Nigeria’s 200m people, but also the stability of the entire region that surrounds them.

“Readers who do not follow Nigeria closely may ask: what’s new? Nigeria has been corrupt and turbulent for decades. What has changed of late, though, is that jihadism, organised crime and political violence have grown so intense and widespread that most of the country is sliding towards ungovernability. In the first nine months of 2021 almost 8,000 people were directly killed in various conflicts. Hundreds of thousands more have perished because of hunger and disease caused by fighting. More than 2m have fled their homes.

“The jihadist threat in the north-east has metastasised. A few years ago, an area the size of Belgium was controlled by Boko Haram, a group of zealots notorious for enslaving young girls. Now, Boko Haram is being supplanted by an affiliate of Islamic State that is equally brutal but more competent, and so a bigger danger to Nigeria. In the south-east, demagogues are stirring up ethnic grievances and feeding the delusion that one group, the Igbos, can walk off with all the country’s oil, the source of about half of government revenues. President Muhammadu Buhari has hinted that Biafran separatism will be dealt with as ruthlessly now as it was half a century ago.

“Meanwhile, across wide swathes of Nigeria, a collapse in security and state authority has allowed criminal gangs to run wild. In the first nine months of this year some 2,200 people were kidnapped for ransom, more than double the roughly 1,000 abducted in 2020. Perhaps a million children are missing school for fear that they will be snatched.

“Two factors help explain Nigeria’s increasing instability: a sick economy and a bumbling government. Slow growth and two recessions have made Nigerians poorer, on average, each year since oil prices fell in 2015. Before covid-19, fully 40% of them were below Nigeria’s extremely low poverty line of about $1 a day. If Nigeria’s 36 states were stand-alone countries, more than one-third would be categorised by the World Bank as “low-income” (less than $1,045 a head). Poverty combined with stagnation tends to increase the risk of civil conflict.

“Economic troubles are compounded by a government that is inept and heavy-handed. Mr Buhari, who was elected in 2015, turned an oil shock into a recession by propping up the naira and barring many imports in the hope this would spur domestic production. Instead he sent annual food inflation soaring above 20%. He has failed to curb corruption, which breeds resentment. Many Nigerians are furious that they see so little benefit from the country’s billions of petrodollars, much of which their rulers have squandered or stolen. Many politicians blame rival ethnic or religious groups, claiming they have taken more than their fair share. This wins votes, but makes Nigeria a tinderbox.

“When violence erupts, the government does nothing or cracks heads almost indiscriminately. Nigeria’s army is mighty on paper. But many of its soldiers are “ghosts” who exist only on the payroll, and much of its equipment is stolen and sold to insurgents. The army is also stretched thin, having been deployed to all of Nigeria’s states. The police are understaffed, demoralised and poorly trained. Many supplement their low pay by robbing the public they have sworn to protect.

“To stop the slide towards lawlessness, Nigeria’s government should make its own forces obey the law. Soldiers and police who murder or torture should be prosecuted. That no one has been held accountable for the slaughter of perhaps 15 peaceful demonstrators against police abuses in Lagos last year is a scandal. The secret police should stop ignoring court orders to release people who are being held illegally. This would not just be morally right, but also practical: young men who see or experience state brutality are more likely to join extremist groups.

Things don’t have to fall apart

“Second, Nigeria needs to beef up its police. Niger state, for instance, has just 4,000 officers to protect 24m people. Local cops would be better at stopping kidnappings and solving crimes than the current federal force, which is often sent charging from one trouble spot to another. Money could come from cutting wasteful spending by the armed forces on jet fighters, which are not much use for guarding schools. Britain and America, which help train Nigeria’s army, could also train detectives. Better policing could let the army withdraw from areas where it is pouring fuel on secessionist fires.

“The biggest barrier to restoring security is not a lack of ideas, nor of resources. It is the complacency of Nigeria’s cosseted political elite—safe in their guarded compounds and the well-defended capital. Without urgent action, Nigeria may slip into a downward spiral from which it will struggle to emerge.”

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