Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday, 10th October 2021.
Anambra Governor, Willie Obiano raced to Aso Villa in Abuja to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday barely 24 hours after the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami SAN, threatened the imposition of a state of emergency in Anambra State to prevent the growing insecurity in the state from affecting the November 6th gubernatorial election.
After meeting with the President, Obiano told reporters that Buhari was not in support of Malami’s statement that “no possibility is out ruled by the government in terms of ensuring the sanctity of our democratic order, in terms of ensuring that our elections in Anambra holds, and you cannot out rule possibilities inclusive of the possibility of declaration or state of emergency where it is established, in essence, that there is a failure on the part of the state government to ensure the sanctity of security of lives, properties and democratic order”.
President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to do everything within the law to protect citizens from onslaught of criminals, which include insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and politically motivated killings.
He stated this on Saturday while speaking in Kaduna at Passing Out Parade for Cadets of 68 Regular Course (Army, Navy and Airforce).
In a statement sent to Naija News and signed by his Media Assistant, Garba Shehu, Buhari assured that more equipment had been received from some friendly nations to improve security operations.
According to the President, his government remains focused on its priority of improving security, bolstering the economy and fighting corruption.
The special counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, who leads the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Aloy Ejimakor has stated that contrary to what people think of his client, Kanu hates nobody or tribe and has a lot of laughter in him.
Naija News reports that Ejimakor stated this when in an interview with Saturday Sun, his reaction was sought to people’s perception of Nnamdi Kanu as an angry man, who is always cursing, abusing and insulting people.
The lawyer responded by saying that the IPOB Leader “has charisma and high intelligence quotient, plus a good heart. He’s emotionally stable, and yes – he has a lot of laughter in him, and despite his rhetoric, he hates nobody.
‘Sheikh Gumi Holds Nocturnal Meetings With Terrorists But DSS Arrests Chinwetalu Agu For Wearing Biafra Attire’
Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria, HURIWA, has berated the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Army for arresting veteran Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu.
Naija News reports that the actor was arrested by security operatives for allegedly canvassing support for the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Chinwetalu Agu was later handed over to the DSS for prosecution by the Nigerian Army.
In a statement signed by HURIWA National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group describes Agu’s arrest as injustice and ethnic profiling.
Former Osun governor now Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has refuted speculation in some quarters that the bad blood between them prevented him from visiting All Progressives Congress national leader, Bola Tinubu while the latter received medical attention in the UK.
Naija News had reported that Tinubu returned to Nigeria Friday evening after spending almost three months in London. The former Lagos governor, in a statement issued by his media office afterwards, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his visit and wishes.
He also commended the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, governors, APC leaders, northern Reps caucus, Lagos House of Assembly members and others for visiting him while he was in the United Kingdom.
Chairman emeritus of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi has disclosed that he won’t be taking a shot at the national chairmanship position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the forthcoming national convention of the party.
Naija News recalls that shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari came to power, EFCC in December 2015 filed a seven-count charge of money laundering and procurement fraud against Dokpesi and his firm.
Dokpesi, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, and his firm were accused of fraudulently receiving the N2.1bn as part of arms funds allegedly diverted by then National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, between January and March 2015, ahead of the presidential election.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has revealed that the state will not be part of Biafra Republic because that will mean going back into slavery for the second time.
Naija News reports that the governor said this while speaking at an inter-denominational prayer summit organised in Abakaliki, the state capital on Friday by the Office of the Wife of the Governor, in conjunction with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
According to him, the southeast state will not be part of the Biafra being canvassed for by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
He insisted that the state will remain part of a Nigeria that is fair and equitable.
Chiwetalu: Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Raises Alarm, Says Soldiers Are On A ‘Special Mission’ In The Southeast Against Biafra
Ifeanyi Ejiofor has warned that soldiers recently deployed to the southeast have some hidden agenda to execute in the region.
He, therefore, warned the people of the region to be extra careful so as not to fall prey to their plans, pointing out that the military is out to clamp down on identified supporters of the Biafra struggle.
He alleged that the recently launched ‘Exercise Golden Dawn’ by the Nigerian Army is only a cover for the military to execute its other intentions in the region.
The lawyer made the allegation in a statement on Saturday where he reacted to the arrest of veteran Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu by soldiers on Thursday and his subsequent transfer to the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has revealed that he under surgery on his right knee.
Naija News reports that Tinubu had returned to Nigeria from London after spending close to three months outside the country.
In a statement to newsmen on Friday by his media office, the former Lagos governor disposed that he was in London, United Kingdom, for “rigorous post-surgery physiotherapy.”
He also dismissed rumours that be underwent another surgical procedures, adding that he contemplates none in the future.
Former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attairu Jega, has dismissed speculations that he is planning to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Naija News reports that the former INEC boss revealed this while speaking at the maiden inaugural lecture of Kwaravisioners Network for Rural Development, in Ilorin the Kwara State, on Saturday.
Speaking on the theme: “Politics, Governance and Leadership Recruitment in 21st Century Democracy”, Jega said: “I have no presidential ambition, all I am doing is to contribute to a credible, reliable and acceptable process of election and leadership recruitment in the country.”
The former INEC boss stated that Nigeria has failed under the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.