NEWSPAPER HEADLINES FOR FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER, 2020
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NEWSPAPER* HEADLINES FOR FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER, 2020.
- The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has signed into law the Nigeria Police Bill 2020.
This was revealed in a series of tweets on Thursday, September 17, 2020 by Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to the president on New Media.
The presidential aide noted that the new bill signed into law repeals the Police Act Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation, 2004, and provides for a more effective and well organized Police Force, driven by the principles of transparency in its operations and management of its resources.
- Wale Babalakin Resigns As UNILAG Pro-Chancellor
University of Lagos Pro-Chancellor, Wale Babalakin, has resigned from his position.
This is coming after the alleged disagreement with the federal government’s visitation panel sent to the university.
Recall that he was recently replaced with John Momoh.
Babalakin said there were too many vested interests in the UNILAG leadership issue.
His letter of resignation was addressed to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and copied to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Babalakin in the letter appreciated President Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve as the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos from May 2017.
- Ondo Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi Speaks On Forming New Alliance With PDP To Defeat Akeredolu
The Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi has denied any plan to team up with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede ahead of the 2020 governorship polls in the state.
Ajayi who is the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) said those promoting such rumours in the media are those paid to spread fake news by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
It will be recalled Ajayi who initially joined the PDP after decamping from the All Progressives Congress (APC), dumped PDP for ZLP after he lost out on the party’s 2020 governorship ticket.
While denying any plans to form a new alliance with Jegede and the PDP, the Deputy Governor said he is in the race to win and won’t be distracted by any cheap political propaganda.
Ajayi made his view known in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Babatope Okeowo.
- Edo Election: IGP Orders Restriction of Vehicular Movement
In a bid to prevent the influx and use of deadly arms, hard drugs and as well checkmate the movement of political thugs during the September 19 governoship election in Edo State, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in and out of Edo State.
According to the IGP in a statement released on Thursday, September 17, the restriction would help to prevent touts and other criminally-minded individuals within and outside the state from hijacking and disrupting the electoral processes.
Adamu noted that the vehicular movement restriction will start from 11:59PM on Friday, 18th September, 2020 through 6pm on Saturday, 19th September, 2020.
The IGP enjoins citizens to go out en-masse on Saturday and vote candidate of their choice, noting that the Police and other security agencies have been sufficiently mobilized to provide a safe, secure and conducive environment for the election.
- UNILAG Crisis: Buhari Receives Report Of Findings From Visitation Panel
The Special Visitation Panel set up by the Federal Government to investigate the management crisis at the University of Lagos has submitted a report of its findings.
The government had set up the panel to look into the crisis rocking the university, following the removal of its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, by the Dr. Wale Babalakin-led governing council over allegations of financial infractions and others.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who inaugurated the panel, headed by Prof. Tukur Sa’ad, had warned members against interference with the activities of UNILAG management. The panel had a two-week timeframe to complete its assignment following its inauguration on August 26, 2020.
Receiving the report on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Thursday, Adamu said the recommendations of the panel would be thoroughly scrutinised with the aim of full implementation.
- Coronavirus: NCDC Confirms 131 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Nigeria
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed one hundred and thirty-one new cases of Coronavirus disease in the country.
According to the health agency in a post on its verified Twitter account on Thursday night, September 17, the new cases were confirmed from 18 states of Nigeria.
The development brings the total number of the dreadful virus to 56,735 in Nigeria.
So far 48,092 persons have been discharged from the novel virus, while 1,093 have been reported dead since the emergence of the pandemic in Nigeria
- Edo 2020: Why Obaseki May Defeat Ize-Iyamu In Edo Governorship Poll – Momoh
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Tony Momoh has declared that he won’t be surprised if Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerges winner of the 2020 Edo Governorship election.
He noted that the PDP has a very strong presence in Edo and the power of incumbency might also come into play during Saturday’s election.
Prince Momoh added that while as a loyal party man, he wants APC to win, he understands that there is a lot of work to be done.
He noted that despite how strong PDP seems in the state, the APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a strong grass root politician who also enjoys a strong fan base in the state.
Momoh, a former Minister of Information and former National Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), made his views known during an interview with INDEPENDENT.
- FG Approves Creation Of New Anti-Corruption Agency
The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the establishment of a new anti-corruption agency that will be in charge of all recovered looted assets.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, revealed this development while speaking with state house correspondents after the FEC meeting on Wednesday.
The Minister of Justice further stated that assets recovered have been in the hands of several agencies and that better coordination will encourage international/overall coordination in recovering more looted assets.
Malami added that the new anti-corruption agency will be named ‘Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Agency’
He told newsmen that FEC has approved transmission of a bill, titled, “Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Agency Bill,” to the National Assembly.
The AGF noted that once the bill becomes law and the agency is established, it would see to proper documentation and management of such recovered assets and thereby guarantee transparency and accountability.
- US Visa Ban List: Governor Wike Tables Fresh Request Before US, UK
The governor of Rivers State, south-south Nigeria, Nyesom Wike, has urged the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) to publish the names of citizens indicted till date on the US visa ban list.
Governor Wike made this call in reaction to the visa ban slammed on some Nigerians involved in election rigging and violence by the ban the United States government.
Naija News had reported earlier the United States Government slammed visa ban some Nigerian politicians according to a statement issued on Monday by the spokesperson for the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus.
According to US officials, more Nigerian politicians may be included on the US Visa Ban List after the Edo governorship election slated for September 19 if they are involved in electoral malpractice. It was gathered that those affected by the latest visa ban have received notification by email and or text messages.
- Nigeria Jumps To 29th Position In Latest FIFA Rankings
Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved up two places in the latest monthly Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rankings.
Naija News learnt that the three-time African champions occupy the 29th spot in the world and third in Africa.
The Super Eagles garnered 1493 points, same as the points acquired in the last edition released in March which ranked the West Africans 31st.
Nigeria is third in Africa behind 2019 Africa Cup of Nations runner-up, Senegal, who have 1555 points and Tunisia  while Algeria and Morocco are placed fourth and fifth respectively.
- IPOB to hold referendum Feb 16
Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri and Geoffrey Anyanwu, Enugu
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday, warned the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to steer clear of the South East.
Reacting to MACBAN’s statement that its interest in the South East was purely economic, IPOB said the statement was deceptive, as the real mission of the group was not in doubt.
In a statement by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group said: “MACBAN’s statement says its members are solely concerned about their business interests in the East and not motivated by their age long territorial expansionism.
“We find it amusing that a known terror sponsor with a known history of ethnic cleansing in the Middle Belt will claim to have purely business interest in Biafra land.
“We warn Miyetti Allah to stay away from Biafra land. We don’t need them and their investment, including their foot soldiers – Fulani herdsmen, bandits, Ansaru terrorists and ISWAP. They should all steer clear of Biafra land before it is too late.
“Biafra land cannot harbour blood suckers masquerading as herders. We can no longer sit idly by and watch them spill innocent blood under whatever guise, or raid communities without provocation, or maim and rape our mothers and daughters, or destroy our crops and farmlands.
“IPOB family worldwide has vowed never to allow Miyetti Allah continue with its criminal activities in Biafra land and that is how it shall be. You may have a few cowardly eastern governors in your pocket, but be minded that such nonsense does not extend to IPOB.”
The group said any criminality traced to Miyetti Allah would, henceforth, be resisted with equal force in the interest of self-defence and preservation.
“Any death in our land, caused or masterminded by Miyetti Allah and co-terrorist groups, shall be avenged. Biafran lives matter. Never again shall our hapless mothers and daughters be raped and dismembered. Never again shall our farmers be hacked to death or their crops destroyed by these agents of darkness.
“Miyetti Allah can only deceive Nigerians with their gimmicks and antics, we are smarter than them any time any day. We are working tirelessly night and day to protect our people regardless of human and material cost.”
IPOB accused the government and security agencies of working together with the Miyetti Allah to soften the ground for Fulani terrorist take over of homelands of the people of the South East.
- Kaduna Train Attack: Buhari’s Govt. Will Soon Call Terrorists Scholars – Nigerians React
Nigerians have reacted to the denial of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) concerning the attack on the Kaduna-Abuja train stating that it was “hoodlums” and not “bandits” that attacked the train, with a Twitter user saying that the Buhari-led administration “has given terrorism every name in the book”.
AllNews had reported on the attack on an Abuja bound train that was attacked by bandits, a report that was denied by the NRC. .
- Kaduna: Law Prescribing Castration For Rapists Signed By El-Rufai
The law prescribing surgical castration for rapists in Kaduna has been signed into law by the state Governor, Nasir el-Rufai.
This was disclosed by the spokesman of the governor, Muyiwa Adekeye, on Wednesday, after the law was passed at the Kaduna State House of Assembly. .
- ‘Nigeria Is An Inconvenient Amalgamation’ – Adesina
The Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the president, Femi Adesina, said that Nigeria’s division began as far back as 1914, during that country’s amalgamation and that the country is an “inconvenient amalgamation.”
Adesina stated this on a programme on Channels Television saying that the country had always been divided. .
- POLL RESULT: Electorates Tip Obaseki To Win Edo Governorship Election
Ahead of the Edo State Governorship election billed for Saturday, September 19, 2020, Edo electorates have tipped the sitting Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Godwin Obaseki to win the Governorship election in a recent poll by AllNews.
AllNews had in August set up an online opinion poll targeted at Edo voters that lasted for two weeks. .
- Edo Decides 2020: Edo NLC, TUC Others Takes Sides Ahead of Governorship Election
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Edo State have revealed that they will be supporting the reelection of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Making the stance of the union known, the Chairman, Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Emmanuel Ademokun, praised Obaseki for prioritizing the welfare and well-being of Edo workers. .
- ‘The Truth’ About ‘Terrorists’ In Kishi, Oyo State, Nigeria – Iba
The Iba of Kisi in Irepo Local Government Area (LGA) of Oyo State, Oba Moshood Oyekola Lawal Arowoduye 11 has said that bandits, and “not terrorists” caused a problem for locals recently.
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, had on Wednesday, claimed that armed terrorists occupied Kishi, a town North-West of Oyo State, and the Old Oyo National Park. .
- N-Power July Stipend/Transition: ‘Nothing To Waste Time For’ – Youth 4 Change Network Leader
The CEO Of Youth 4 Change Network (Y4CN), Mustapha Kabir Soron Dinki has told the Federal Government of Nigeria that “there is nothing to waste time for amid N-Power payment of July, backlogs, and transition plan”.
Dinki, who was an N-Power beneficiary, via his known Twitter handle on Thursday stated that the exited beneficiaries “need humanitarian support”. .
- The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of ‘Zone 5’ in Benin City, Mr. Dabal Paul Yakadi, has bowed out of service barely 72 hours to Edo State Governorship election slated for Saturday.
Yakadi, retired on Tuesday after attaining the mandatory age of retirement.
Sources report that he could not function during the Edo election Stakeholders meeting which was attended by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Adamu Mohammed.
The Zone comprises Edo and Delta States.
The Public Relations Officer of the Zone, DSP Emeka Iheanacho, said this on Wednesday in response to the inquiry by our Correspondent in Edo State.
Iheanacho who did not give details, said, “yes, the AIG has retired. But, does that pose any security threat?”, he asked.
He also disclosed that he does not know, Mr. Yakadi successor.
Recall that the retired AIG had resumed office in the Zone headquarters since Feb 11, 2019.
Prior to his deployment to the Zone, he had held various positions in the Nigeria Police Force which included the Commissioner of Police, Benue Police Command.
He was at one time a Commissioner of Police, Police Mobile Force, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Commandant, Police College Ikeja, Lagos State, and Commissioner of Police, Niger Police Command.
- Top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission and security operatives are among notable Nigerians slammed with a visa ban by the United States Government, SaharaRepoters has learnt.
Families of some Nigerian politicians are among those affected by the latest US sanction, which will also see to the deportation of their children and spouses already domiciled in America soon.
Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State is on the watchlist of the US Government and could be slammed with a visa ban as well before or after the October 10 governorship poll in the state.
SaharaReporters recall that the US Government had on Monday said it imposed visa restrictions on Nigerians involved in undermining democracy during the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa states elections and in the run-up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo states elections.
Those affected by the latest visa ban have received notification by email and or text messages, it was learnt.
SaharaReporters reliably gathered that a former governor of Edo State and ex-National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello, are also among those affected by the sanction.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna on the other hand had his own visa ban extended after being banned from entering the US since 2010 over a graft case.
- Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has released a video to canvass support for Governor Godwin Obaseki in Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State, urging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to succumb to the pressure that undermines neutrality.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections released the video on Thursday where he also admonished the police to protect the voters as they exercise their franchise.
In the one minute 19 seconds video, the former Vice President noted that the people have a clear choice between the continuation of good development and godfatherism and attempts at imposition.
He stressed the need to keep the bond of peace and stability in the state.
“My name is Atiku Abubakar and I support the good people of Edo State.
“Nigeria needs credible elections and the vibrant electorate.
“On September 19, 2020, the Edo people have a clear choice to vote for the continuation of development as against godfatherism and all attempts to impose people.
“Most importantly, keeping the bond of peace and stability is not negotiable.
“I call on INEC to resist any pressure that undermines its neutrality and the Nigeria police to safeguard and protect the people as they go out to vote.
“Finally, I call on the Edo people in all the 18 local government areas and 193 wards to come out en-mass on the 19th of September 2020 and vote for Obaseki and Shaibu of the Peoples Democratic Party and ensure a sustainable future,” he said.
- Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has replied his critics who accused him of handing over a nation at the verge of collapse to his successor, President
– Jonathan recounted the achievements of his government to include, handing over a country that produced the richest man in Africa.
– Jonathan said, “I took over a Nigeria that was the second largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $270.5 billion in 2009,
– I handed over a Nigeria that had grown to become the largest economy in Africa and the 24th largest economy in the World with a GDP of $574 billion.
– I handed over dollar exchange rate of N187 per Dollar official rate in our banks, compared to their N360 now official rate for a Dollar
-“I inherited a Nigeria in which the trains were not working, and handed over a Nigeria in which citizens can safely travel by trains again.
– I also inherited a country where illiteracy rate particularly in the Northern part was alarming.
– I handed over a country where every state in the North and indeed all the states had a Federal University.
I inherited a country where there was total infrastructural decay in all the unity schools and colleges of education.
– But I handed over a country with massive infrastructural improvement in almost higher institutions.
– I inherited a country where agricultural inputs and production were almost zero.
– But I handed over a country where a bag of rice was sold for N6,500 to N7000.
– My regime since the establishment of ecological fund office did more irrigation dams in the North and other parts of the country than other subsequent administrations put together.
– I inherited epileptic fuel supplies resulting to endless queues at the filling stations.
I maintained despite enormous challenges of fuel subsidies and handed over a relatively stable fuel regime and also at a managed local price of N87 per litre.
– I inherited a Nigeria that was a net importer of cement, and handed over a Nigeria that is a net exporter of cement.
That’s the top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines for today.
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