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Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines For Today, Thursday, 2nd December, 2021



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Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspapers headlines in Nigeria for today, Thursday, 2nd December 2021

1. Presidency Slams SERAP Over Plan To Sue Buhari Govt

The Presidency has berated the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) over its plan to sue the Nigerian Government.
In a statement on Wednesday by the Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu said the allegations of human rights abuses and corruption levelled against the Federal Government are publicity stunts.

Shehu described the continuous threat to drag the Buhari government to court as divisive, irresponsible and ridiculous.

He asked the organisation to publicly sue the federal government in a competent court of law in the country and stop threatening the Buhari government with court actions.

The presidential spokesman, however, asked SERAP to disclose its source of funding to Nigerians despite being an organization that champions transparency and accountability.

2. IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu May Get Bail As He Is Set For Emergency Court

The embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu may be released on bail tomorrow, Thursday, 2nd December.

This is as it was gathered that the Biafra agitator has been scheduled for an emergency court hearing in the case between him and the federal government of Nigeria.

Naija News recalls Kanu is facing an amended 7-count charge bordering on treasonable felony and acts of terrorism which were brought against him by the government after his re-arrest and repatriation to Nigeria in June this year.

He has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) from where he attends his court sessions in Abuja amidst heavy security.

However, according to Sahara Reporters on Wednesday, quoting a lawyer for the government said to be involved in the case, Kanu may be released on bail tomorrow.

The source was quoted to have said the IPOB leader is scheduled for an emergency court hearing tomorrow and the issue of his bail may come up.

3. President Buhari Heads For Dubai, To Attend Expo 2020 Dubai

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari is set to depart Abuja for the United Arab Emirates where he will attend the Expo 2020 Dubai.
The announcement was made in a statement released by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday.

According to Adesina, Expo 2020 Dubai, with the theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,’ will create an environment for Nigeria to join over 190 countries to forge true and meaningful partnerships “to build a better future for everyone.”

He said, “The Expo will provide another opportunity for the Nigerian delegation to highlight significant strides in the economy in the last six years as a basis for making the country an important destination for foreign direct investment.”

President Buhari during his stay in Dubai will tour the Nigerian Pavilion at the Expo on Friday and will receive in audience prospective investors.

He further stated that his principal will also meet with His Highness, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.

4. Details Of Buhari’s Meeting With South Africa’s Ramaphosa Emerges

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged stronger emphasis on people-to-people relations between South Africa and Nigeria to evolve a bond that will be of benefit to both countries and the entire African continent.

Naija News reports that Buhari stated this during a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

President Buhari reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to improving a “special relationship’’ with South Africa, which will translate into gains for the continent, particularly in education, science, trade and investment, tourism and security.

President Buhari told ministers and government delegates of both countries that a strong bond of brotherhood between Nigeria and South Africa would be of great benefit to Africa as a catalyst for economic, technological, social and cultural development and as a force for peace and security on the continent.

5. Soludo Dragged To Tribunal Over Anambra Governorship Election

Governor-elect of Anambra State, Professor Charles Soludo and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) have been dragged to the state Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.

Speaking to reporters in Awka on Wednesday, Secretary of the tribunal, Surajo Gusau, said eleven political parties that participated in the governorship election have challenged the election results.

He said members of the 3-man panel were expected to arrive in Anambra following the filing of the petitions, dismissing speculations that the panel would sit in Abuja.

Gusau said some of the parties that have petitioned the tribunal include the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and the Accord Party.

Joined in the petitions are APC candidate, Sen. Andy Uba, ADP candidate, Prince Afam Ume-Ezeoke and Accord party, Dr Godwin Maduka.

The candidates in their petition asked the tribunal to cancel the election on the ground that the Bi-Modal Accreditation Verification System (BVAS) was not in the electoral act.

They also called for the nullification of the election on the ground of irregularities.

6. Lekki Shooting: Why We Cannot Rely On Judicial Panel’s Report – Lagos Govt

The Lagos State Government says it cannot rely on the report of the state Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters.

The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), made this disclosure in an interview on Arise News on Wednesday and monitored by Naija News.

Recall that the White Paper on the report of the panel was released on Tuesday night in accordance with the promise earlier made by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

According to the document, the state government disagreed with the panel and rejected its earlier submission that nine persons were killed at the Lekki Toll Gate when soldiers opened fire on protesters last year.

The Sanwo-Olu government in the White Paper also described the claim of killings by the panel as “assumptions and speculations”.

Speaking more on the document, Onigbanjo said the state government could not rely on the report of the panel due to many “contradictions” and “inconsistencies”.

The commissioner, who is the chairman of the White Paper Committee, added that the findings of the panel could not be supported by evidence and the conclusion of the report cannot be explained.

7. ISWAP Terrorists Abduct Six Borno Govt Officials

Suspected Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters have kidnapped at least six officials of the Borno State government.
Naija News reports that the kidnapped victims were abducted on Wednesday morning while on duty near Wovi village in Chibok Local Government Area of the state.

The victims who are officials of the Borno State Ministry of Works were said to be supervising the construction of Chibok-Damboa road when they were abducted.

It is understood that the insurgents took away three Hilux trucks alongside the kidnapped government officials.

However, one of the abducted staff who was a driver escaped unhurt.

Confirming the incident, Commissioner for Works, Yerima Saleh, said relevant security agencies have been informed in a bid to rescue the officials.

8. IPOB Suspends Sit-at-home As Nnamdi Kanu Makes Emergency Court Appearance

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has suspended its sit-at-home order in the South East, Naija News reports.

The pro-Biafra group in a statement on Wednesday by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, said that the lockdown order was suspended following an emergency court session for its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, scheduled for Thursday, December 2, 2021.

Justice Binta Nyako had adjourned Kanu’s case till January 19 and 20, 2022, for trial.

But in a fresh twist, reports emerged that the IPOB leader would be in court tomorrow, in what some sources say is a move to grant the Biafra activist bail.

However, Powerful stated that there will be no sit-at-home in the South East on Thursday as a result of the court appearance of its leader.

The IPOB spokesman asked residents of the region and investors in the state to go about their businesses without fear of molestation and intimidation.

Powerful urged IPOB supporters in Abuja to come out en masse and show solidarity for Kanu.

9. Unvaccinated Civil Servants Barred From Federal Secretariat, Abuja

Federal Civil servants and the general public were reportedly prevented from accessing government buildings in Abuja on Wednesday over COVID-19 vaccination.

Naija News learnt that all government officials who could not present proof of vaccination and negative PCR tests were stopped early this morning from gaining entrance to the federal secretariat.

It could be recalled that due to the surge in cases of COVID-19 recently, the presidential steering committee on COVID-19 led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, announced in October that civil servants without proof of vaccination and negative PCR tests would not be allowed to access government buildings starting from December 1, 2021.

10. Court Rules On Suit Seeking To Disqualify APGA’s Soludo

A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, has surmounted one of the hurdles placed before him as his swearing-in as the next Anambra governor draws near.

Naija News that Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo of the Federal High Court on Tuesday dismissed a suit seeking the disqualification of Soludo as the governor-elect of Anambra State.

The judge who described the suit as frivolous, irritating, and lacking in merit awarded a punitive cost of N2 million against the two plaintiffs to be paid to Soludo and his deputy, Onyeka Ibezim.

Recall that Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuk in a suit filed before the court had claimed that Soludo provide false information in the affidavit (Form EC9) he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and thus he should be unqualified to contest.

Those are the top Nigerian newspapers headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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