Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspapers headlines in Nigeria for today, Wednesday, 9th February 2022
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, has said that the judiciary is not responsible for the delay in the trial of corruption cases involving high profile politicians.
In a statement on Tuesday signed by his media aide, Ahuraka Isah, the CJN accused the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister, Abubakar Malami, of selling a “one-sided” narrative to Nigerians.
Recall that Malami, who was a guest on Channels Television’s program, Politics Today, on Monday, had blamed the judiciary for the perceived delays in the conclusion of high-profile corruption cases.
Dissatisfied with Malami’s attack on the judiciary, Muhammad accused the Federal Government and its agencies of conducting shoddy investigations before rushing to court to file charges.
The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority on Tuesday confirmed that adulterated petrol is in circulation across the country.
The regulatory authority in a statement released noted that the supplier of the adulterated petrol has been identified and appropriate sanction would apply.
According to the authority, oil marketers have been directed to ensure a sufficient supply of petrol in all outlets in the country.
Naija News had earlier reported on queues at filling stations due to scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit.
Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu has declared that any political party that fields a northern candidate in the 2023 presidential election will lose.
The Governor spoke on Tuesday at his office in Akure the Ondo State capital when he played host to members of a group, Power Rotation Movement, led by its Chairman, Dr Pogu Bitrus, who also doubles as the Chairman, Middle Belt Forum.
Akeredolu’s declaration comes amidst calls for the political parties in the country to zone their 2023 presidential ticket to the southern region of the country.
He maintained that in the spirit of fairness and justice, the person to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari should be a southerner as the north would have completed eight straight years of leadership by 2023.
He also countered those saying competence must be considered above zoning, stating that there are many capable candidates from the southern region that can lead Nigeria.
Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has stated that Nigerians are expressing resentment towards autocrats, mediocre, ethnic champions, incompetent and visionless leaders in the country.
Babangida shared his thoughts on the current situation of the country during a visit by the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Iyorcha Ayu, alongside other members of the National Working Committee at his Hilltop Mansion in Minna, Niger State.
Reading from an already prepared speech, Babangida noted the importance of the political leaders to become the wind of change and get things done the right way, while also stressing the need to seize the moment and adequately manage the complexities of the competitive party and electoral politics with the interest of the public at heart, Naija News reports.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the activities of terrorists loyal to the Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP) before they spread their tentacles in the country.
Ortom supported the statement made by his counterpart in Borno State, Babagana Zulum, that ISWAP fighters are more dangerous and deadlier than the Boko Haram insurgents.
The Benue governor also urged the Federal Government to take seriously the alarm raised by Governor Zulum on the recruitment of more fighters by the terrorist group.
Ortom made this known on Tuesday when he received a delegation from the Victim Support Fund (VSF), led by its Chairperson, Toyosi Ogunsiji, at the Government House in Makurdi.
6. 2023: Atiku, Others Risk ‘Losing’ Presidential Bid As Reps Move To Raise Candidates’ Minimum Educational Qualification
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar may be forced to forfeit his 2023 presidential ambition as the House of Representatives moves to raise candidates’ minimum educational qualification.
Naija News reports that a bill seeking to forbid people without university degrees from contesting the presidential position, on Tuesday, passed second reading before the lower chamber of the national assembly.
As contained in the bill, citizens with educational qualifications lower than university decree will not be able to contest for federal and state legislature and governorship seats.
The bill, sponsored by Oriyomi Onanuga, seeks to amend sections 66, 106, 131 and 171 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The Senator representing Taraba North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Shaibu Isa Lau has emerged as the Senate Deputy Minority Leader.
Naija News reports that Senator Lau assumed the position following his appointment by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Minority Caucus.
Recall that the former Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba South) defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last week Thursday and was officially received by President Muhammadu Buhari.
During plenary on Tuesday, Senate President Ahmad Lawan read a letter from the National Chairman of the PDP, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, announcing the choice of Senator Lau as the new occupant of the post.
Minutes later, Bwacha was officially recognized as a member of the APC after a letter announcing his defection to the ruling party from the PDP was read on the floor of the Senate.
In the letter read by Lawan, Bwacha said he dumped the PDP because of the “huge division and factionalisation” of the party in his state.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is reportedly set to avoid a potential banana skin situation by following the ‘mood of the country’ in deciding its candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
Amidst calls for the 2023 presidency to be zoned to the south and the attendant rejection by northern politicians interested in the position, the party is said to be on the lookout for how the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will choose its own candidate before committing to the next step.
A source who spoke on the matter said the move is to avoid any crisis and also at the same time present an acceptable candidate to Nigerians.
The source claims the PDP intends to wait until the APC candidate emerges, gauge the reaction of Nigerians before eventually deciding on either to zone its own ticket or throw it open.
The PDP also intends to use the strategy to neutralize whichever option the APC adopts even as both parties continue to evaluate aspirants against the controversial issue of zoning the 2023 presidency.
The Senate on Tuesday approved the creation of six additional campuses of the Nigerian Law School by passing a bill that seeks to increase the number of Law School campuses in the country from six to twelve.
This follows the adoption of the recommendation of the Senator Opeyemi Bamidele led Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters that considered the Bill.
The report of the committee was presented on Tuesday during plenary.
The Bill titled “A Bill for an Act to amend the Legal Education (Consolidation, etc) Act by establishing the campuses for the Nigerian Law School, and for other related matters” was sponsored by Senator Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West).
Naija News reports that the Law School currently has campuses located in Lagos (Southwest); Abuja (North Central); Yola, Adamawa State (Northeast); Kano (Northwest); Enugu (Southeast) and Yenegoa, Bayelsa State (South-South).
The locations for the new campuses as contained in the passed bill are: Kabba Law School Campus, Kogi State (Northcentral); Maiduguri Law School Campus, Borno State (Northeast); Argungu Law School Campus, Kebbi State (Northwest), Jos Law School Campus, Plateau State (North Central); Okija Law School Campus, Anambra State (Southeast); Orogun Law School Campus, Delta State (Southsouth) and Ifaki Law School Campus, Ekiti State (Southwest).
The continued detention of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho has been described by the Aare ona kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams as a miscarriage of justice.
Adams on Tuesday noted that Igboho has not committed any crime for expressing his displeasure with the state of things in the country and demanding for the Yoruba Nation.
Recall that the counsel to the agitator, Yomi Aliyu, disclosed that the Benin Republic authority has extended Igboho’s detention by six months.
Adams while reacting to the development in a statement released through a spokesman, Kehinde Aderemi, condemned the “secret trial” of Igboho.