Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspapers headlines in Nigeria for today, Tuesday, 25th January 2022
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Monday announced that there won’t be fuel subsidy removal anytime soon due to perceived difficulties associated with it.
The development was disclosed by the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed during a meeting with the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and other principal officers of the Senate.
According to Ahmed, the Federal Government initially had plans to remove subsidy in July, after which they made provisions in the 2022 budget to cushion the effect but noted that the timing has become a huge challenge.
She further stated that the decision can not be taken until some steps are taken to protect the interest of Nigerians.
The operating licenses of all private schools operating in Kano have been revoked by the state government.
This was announced by the state Commissioner of Education, Sunusi Sa’id Kiru during a chat with journalists on Monday.
Naija News reports the revoked licenses is based on the case of 5-year-old Hanifa Abubakar who was kidnapped and subsequently murdered by Abdulmalik Tanko, the proprietor of the school she attends, Noble Kids Academy, Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.
The Commissioner revealed that following the development, all licenses of private schools operating in Kano State have been revoked.
A committee consisting of officials from the State Ministries of Education, Justice as well as security agencies, and other relevant stakeholders will now be constituted to review and validate the licenses of private schools in the state.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday announced the date of registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and the Direct Entry examination.
The examination body in its timeline of events attached to the weekly bulletin disclosed that the registration will commence by February 12, 2022.
JAMB revealed this in its weekly bulletin released by its Director of Public Relations, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Monday in Abuja.
It also disclosed that the mock examination would be held on the 20th April 2022, While UTME holds from 20th to 30th April 2022
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has banned the production and registration of alcohol in sachet and small volume PET bottles in the country.
Naija News reports that the agency’s Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, made this disclosure during an event in Abuja on Monday.
She stated that the registration of new alcoholic drinks in sachet and small volume PET and Glass bottles above 30 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) has been banned.
Adeyeye added that the agency will ensure that the validity of the renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category will not exceed the year 2024.
She noted that the producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume agreed to reduce production by 50 percent with effect from January 31, 2020, while ensuring the products are completely phased out in the country by 31st January 2024.
The NAFDAC boss revealed that the decision to ban the registration of sachet alcohol came from the recommendation of a high powered Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health and NAFDAC and some major stakeholders in December 2018.
The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has been warned that a previous statement credited to him in which he said he doesn’t believe in one Nigeria may scuttle his chances of becoming president in 2023.
To this end, Tinubu has been told to apologize to Nigerians now that he is gunning to become the president of a united Nigeria.
The challenge was made by a chieftain of the APC, Saleh Mandung Zazzaga while speaking with newsmen in Jos, the Plateau State capital on behalf of some APC stakeholders in the state and some northern states.
Naija News understands Tinubu had in an interview with Thisday publication of April 13, 1997, said he doesn’t believe in one Nigeria.
Justice Bolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the immediate arrest of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Naija News reports that the presiding judge gave the order on Monday following the application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Farouk Abdullah, for an arrest warrant against the ex-minister.
Recall that Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu was initially the presiding judge in the matter, but the case was reassigned to Justice Olajuwon, following the transfer of Ojukwu to the Calabar division of the court.
Ojukwu had, on October 28, 2020, rejected the EFCC’s prayer to issue a warrant of arrest against Alison-Madueke, citing the commission’s failure to enforce the earlier criminal summons.
But Abdullah had informed the court that the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) needed an arrest warrant to enable law enforcement agencies to bring the defendant to Nigeria to answer to charges against her.
She then directed the EFCC counsel to file “an affidavit to that effect supported by evidence from the office of the attorney-general of the federation”.
Following Ojukwu’s transfer to Olajuwon, the court fixed November 3, 2021, for the EFCC to give a report on its effort at extraditing Alison-Madueke to the country to stand her trial, and for possible mention of the case.
But on the adjourned date, the case was stalled as neither the EFCC counsel nor Alison-Madueke was present in court.
The Chairman of the Technical Committee for Abubakar Atiku Presidential project, Raymond Dokpesi has vowed to go naked if Atiku fails to spend one term if he replaces Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Naija News reports that the media mogul stated this while speaking to newsmen on Monday after a meeting with leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State.
While claiming that Atiku if voted into power in 2023, would vacate office after only one term of four years, Dokpesi stressed that the former Vice President remains the shortest way to actualizing the Nigeria President of Igbo extraction.
He stated that only Atiku has the capacity to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and rescue Nigeria in 2023.
Former Niger-Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubo has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu of causing hardship to the people with its sit-at-home orders.
Dokubo in a release via his Facebook page accused Kanu and IPOB of denying the people of the southeast the opportunity to engage in commercial activities through their enforced sit-at-home order whenever Kanu is scheduled to appear in court.
He argued that the way Kanu and IPOB are pursuing the issue of Biafra is wrong and selfish, stating that he has every dose of Igbo blood running in his veins too and won’t allow anyone lord any evil agenda over him and the region.
He queried what remains of an Igbo man who is not allowed to engage in commercial activities while pointing out that he’s not jealous of Nnamdi Kanu as he is richer and has more children than him.
Dokubo said other Biafrans must arise against the bloodshed and constant unnecessary lockdown of the region by some group of people.
9. 2023 Presidency: Wike Moves To Block Atiku, Saraki, Other Northern Candidates From Getting PDP Ticket
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has reportedly deviced a means to block off former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki and some others from emerging the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to multiple sources from within the PDP, Wike is in support of zoning the party’s ticket to the south and picking a much younger candidate which is what informed his move against the northern aspirants.
To achieve this aim, the Rivers State Governor is said to have reached out to his colleagues in other states and has five of them – Benue, Enugu, Oyo, Abia, and Adamawa behind him.
Apart from that, Wike is believed to be a major financier of the PDP and also very influential in the emergence of Iyorchia Ayu as the new national chairman of the party.
The Taraba Police Command has disclosed that some unknown gunmen invaded Mutum-Biyu community in Gassol Local Government Area of the state on Sunday night.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, the state Police Spokesperson, Abdullahi Usman, said the criminals stormed the community to kidnap the owner of a popular petrol station before detonating an explosive in a church.
He stated that the kidnappers failed in their mission to abduct the businessman, adding that in the process of running to escape from being trapped, the gunmen started shooting sporadically.
Usman added that while trying to escape, the gunmen threw an explosive into the Catholic Chapel of St. John’s College to cause fear to enable them to escape.
He, however, disclosed that no life was lost in the incident, but that the church building was seriously damaged.