NEWSPAPER* HEADLINES FOR THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER, 2020
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NEWSPAPER* HEADLINES FOR THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER, 2020.
- President Buhari Travels Out Of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday, September 24 (today), depart Abuja, Nigeria for Bissau to attend ceremonies celebrating the National Day of the Republic of Guinea Bissau.
According to a statement on Wednesday by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Buhari will join the Heads of State and Government of Senegal, Cote d’ Ivoire, Rwanda, Mauritania, Togo and Liberia to mark the 47th independence anniversary of Guinea Bissau.
The statement added that while “in Bissau, President Buhari will also commission a road named in his honour by the host government.”
“The Nigerian leader and other invited Heads of State will attend an official lunch hosted by President Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Guinea Bissau.”
The President will be accompanied by top government officials including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd), the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
- Kogi: Over Thirty People Killed As Tanker Collides With Keke Napep
The people of Kogi were thrown into mourning on Wednesday after a collision between a tanker and a tricycle saw over 30 people burnt to death.
Information gathered revealed that the incident occurred at about 9am on Wednesday.
It was reported that a family of six burnt to ashes in a Toyota Sienna bus.
The incident which saw victims helpless as they burnt beyond recognition, occurred along the ever busy Lokoja/ Okene/ Abuja road.
Among the casualties of the incident were Kogi State Polytechnic students, school bus conveying primary and secondary school students, residents, and passersby.
An eyewitness stated that the petrol tanker which was coming from Okene had a break failure which led to the accident.
The accident saw more than 10 vehicles burnt to ashes.
- Nigeria To Spend $1.96b On Construction Of Rail Line From Kano To Niger Republic
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, approved the sum of $1.96 billion to construct the 248-kilometre railway line from Kano to Maradi in Niger Republic.
Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi disclosed this to State House Correspondents after this week’s FEC meeting which held at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.
According to him, the $1.96 billion construction cost includes 7.5% value added tax (VAT).
Naija News understands the contract for the construction was initiated in February 2018 and designed to connect three Nigerian states in the north; Kano, Katsina and Jigawa state, as well as seven senatorial districts.
The rail line, which will start from Kano, is to pass through Dambatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina, Jibia and terminate in Maradi, Niger Republic.
The rail line when completed, is expected to assist in the supply of crude oil from Niger Republic to the refinery being built in the border town between both countries.
- Court Faults Buhari Over Breach Of Law On Judges’ Appointment
President Muhammadu Buhari has been accused of breaching section 256(2) of the Nigerian Constitution after sending names of 11 candidates recommended to him by the National Judicial Council for appointment as judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory to the Senate for screening and confirmation.
According to Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Abuja Federal High Court on Wednesday, September 23, the president acted in contravention of the law.
Naija News understands that Ekwo made the pronouncement in a suit filed by an Abuja-based lawyer, Oladimeji Ekengba, contending that the forwarding of the names of the 11 nominees by Buhari to the Senate was in breach of section 256(2) of the Nigerian Constitution.
The suit noted that Buhari, without proper briefing, picked 11 names from among the 33 recommended to him in April this year by the NJC for appointment as FCT High Court judges.
It is also understood that the president forwarded to the senate the 11 names for screening, but the lawmakers had declined to act on the President’s list having admitted that it had no role to play in the appointment of FCT judges.
The 11 judges have since been sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.
- Edo: ‘Get Rid Of Lions, Tigers From Tormenting Edo People’ – Okowa Tells Obaseki
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, just like President Muhammadu Buhari, has admonished Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to be magnanimous and graceful in victory.
During a “thank you” visit to the Delta State governor in Asaba on Wednesday, September 23, the governor felicitated with Obaseki who contested and won in the just concluded election in Edo State under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, urged him ‘not to allow the lions and the tigers to torment the people again’.
Naija News understands that Okowa’s statement was disclosed by the media unit of the Delta Government House, following Obaseki’s visit to the state.
Okowa expressed appreciation to God for the victory, saying that he was inspired to support Obaseki because of his humility and the fact that he was being oppressed. He said, “I want to congratulate you once again, and I feel very excited that you won the election.”
“I believe God did this in your life because you have proven to be a very humble man and people who boast too much don’t usually end well. I urge you to show lots of magnanimity and grace, but do not allow the lions and the tigers to torment the people again.”
- Actualization Of Water Resources Bill Is A Must – Lai Mohammed
The federal government of Nigeria has maintained its position on ensuring passage of the National Water Resource Bill 2020 into law.
This was restated by the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed who noted that the bill was nothing new from the existing law.
According to the minister in his reaction to critics by Nigerians over the establishment of the bill, the overall objective of the amalgamation is the efficient management of the water resources sector for the economic development of Nigeria and the wellbeing of its citizens
Mohammed condemned those lamenting and accusing the government of seeking the control of water, usage and its resources, describing them as “anti-people” and also being mischievous. According to the Minister, the bill is a consolidation of four existing laws aimed at the efficient management of water resources in the country.
The minister admonished Nigerians to avail themselves of the provisions of the bill, adding that no one should allow himself be misled by those who have chosen to politicise the bill.
- We Are Still Fighting Boko Haram Terrorists – Buhari Tells UN
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told other World leaders that the country is still fighting Boko Haram terrorists, bandits, and other criminal elements.
This Buhari disclosed in his pre-recorded address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
He, therefore, called for support from the International community in ensuring all forms of banditry and insurgency are overcome.
Specifically, he urged the leaders to take decisive action against the illicit flow of small arms and light weapons.
“Nigeria remains deeply concerned over the illicit trade, transfer, and circulation of small arms and light weapons, particularly on the continent of Africa. In Nigeria, we are still facing violent extremism from the insurgency of Boko Haram and bandits,” he said.
Furthermore, President Buhari reiterated the need for international cooperation such as what Nigeria has with its neighbours in fighting terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin region.
- Police Arrest 7 Fake Soldiers Operating On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
The Ogun State Command of the Nigerian Police has arrested and paraded seven fake soldiers after their failed operation on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
They were paraded on Tuesday by the Commissioner of Police in Ogun state, Edward Ajogun at the command’s headquarters at Eleweran, Abeokuta.
The Police boss narrated that the fake soldiers were part of a gang that had operated at Ijebu-Ife around 2.30am on September 4 in military camouflage uniforms.
One of the suspects was killed when they decided to engage policemen in a gun battle, while another seven escaped.
Ajogun however explained that the Special Anti- Robbery Squad, led by CSP Muhammad Tijani launched a search operation leading to the arrest of the suspects from their different hideouts within and outside the state.
Six of the suspects listed as Ikechukwu Alore, Ifeanyi Emmanuel, Chinbueze Kingsley, Obiora Michael, Elias John and Vincent Magnus– were arrested at different locations in Lagos, while the remaining one, Chigozie Michael, was apprehended in Sagamu, Ogun State.
- Biafra: IPOB Issues New Directives To Southeast States Ahead Of October 1
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has urged all its members in the Southeast states and outside to shutdown their markets, schools, and businesses on Octorber 1 as a mark of respect to all those who were killed as a result of terrorism in Nigeria.
Naija News understands that IPOB issued the directive on Wednesday, September 23, with claims that the sit-at-home order was aimed at expressing displeasure over bad leadership being experienced in the country over the years.
IPOB in the statement signed and released by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, lamented over the killing of innocent civilians especially Christians, clashes in Southern Kaduna, and elsewhere across the Middle Belt.
The group called for total lockdown on October 1, urging all Biafrans and conscious Nigerian citizens to boycott every government organized ceremony designed to eulogize what the country has become. According to IPOB, “this is the time to let the world know how disastrously intolerable human existence is in Nigeria today.”
- Wilfred Ndidi Ruled Out Of Super Eagles’ Friendlies Against Tunisia, Ivory Coast
Super Eagles’ player, Wilfred Ndidi, has been ruled out of Nigeria’s international friendly match against Tunisia and Ivory Coast scheduled for October 2020.
This is as a result of a groin injury sustained by the English Premier League player while playing for his club, Leicester City on Sunday, September 20, Naija News understands.
Naija News recalls that Leicester City on Sunday had a 4-2 win over Burnley in the EPL.
SportingLife in a report on Wednesday, confirmed that the 23-year-old will be missing out on the trip to Austria for the friendly games against Ivory Coast and Tunisia.
Affirming to the development, the Media Officer of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye, said Eagles’ head coach, Gernot Rohr has already been informed of Ndidi’s challenge.
- ‘I was moved to tears’ – Oshiomhole breaks silence on Gov Obaseki’s victory
Adams Oshiomhole, the immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the Governor Godwin Obaseki’s victory at the just-concluded governorship election.
Governor Obaseki was re-elected on Sunday after polling 307,955 to defeat his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who garnered 223,619 votes.
The former APC governor won in 15 Local Government Areas of the State while Ize-Iyamu, who was backed by Oshiomhole won 3 LGAS.
Reacting, Oshiomhole in a viral video released on Wednesday, expressed gratitude to the people of Edo State.
Oshiomhole, who stated that in life you win some and lose some, added that contrary to claims that he is unhappy about the outcome of the election, he remains strong and healthy.
In the one minute video, the APC chieftain said “In life, you work hard and leave God for the outcome. You do your best and trust God to bless your efforts. I feel good, I feel strong, thank God. In life, you win some and you lose some but life goes on”, he philosophised.
He further stated that he was moved to tears and inspired by the determination of the aged and nursing mothers who endured the harsh weather to cast their ballots.
“If septuagenarians were not frustrated because card their card readers are not working, it inspired me that if at their age they don’t give up, why should I give up.”
“And I ask our people to have faith in our country because we are not going to have another one. This is our country and we must make it great. We must strengthen democracy, we must improve on it.
“No matter the outcome of an election, or a particular edition of a process, have faith in God and have faith in our country.”
- ZLP APC, ADP ADC Chieftains Dump Party for PDP in Ibarapa
Scores of notable politicians from APC, ADC, ADP, ZLP and it’s candidate for House of Representatives in Ibarapa North/ Ibarapa Central constituency in 2019 general elections, Dr. Adebayo Anthony Adepoju on Wednesday joined the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State.
They were received into the PDP by Speaker Oyo state House of Assembly Hon Debi Ogundoyin in Igboora .
At the program were Oyo South Senatorial Chairman of the PDP, Elder Samuel Olawuwo, Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon Funmilayo Orisadeyi, Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Seun Fakorede and member representing Ibarapa North/Central State Constituency in the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Peter Ojedokun.
Adepoju, while speaking, said he had no choice than to join the ruling party in Oyo State in view of the various enviable projects being executed by Governor Seyi Makinde across all sectors.
He maintained that in less than two years in office, Makinde had laid the foundation for the total transformation of Oyo State and proven himself as a serious leader who is bent on leaving a lasting legacy for future generations.
Ogundoyin while welcoming the decampees into the PDP on behalf of Governor Seyi Makinde applauded their decision to join the ruling party and described the move as the best at this time.
He said the PDP was the beautiful bride being sought after at the moment by many notable politicians across the country.
Ogundoyin added that the people oriented government of Makinde in Oyo State was becoming a model for others to follow.
- EDO APC Writes Letter to Obaseki,
Says Their Loss Was Due to Irresponsible, Selfish Leadership
Just after Edo state Governor, His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki received his certificate of return from INEC along with his Deputy, Philip Shaibu, the leadership of the APC in Edo state have written to congratulate him and his Deputy.
Obaseki and Shaibu got issued their return certificate yesterday.
According to the letter, the entire election process was free, fair and credible.
The letter which was signed by the state chairman of the party, Barrister Anselm U. Ojezua said among other things that the loss of the APC during the election was due to the leadership crisis which rocked the party and majorly due to the selfish and irresponsible attitude of the leadership hierarchy.
He further asked everyone involved in the election to shealth their swords because election was now over and it was time to concentrate on the enormous task ahead for the Governor and his deputy which he said will be in the best interest of the people of Edo state.
Recall that Godwin Obaseki was initially in the APC but was disqualified from running for the ticket of the party which prompted his decamping to the PDP where he became the flag bearer and the eventual winner of the election.
- PDP Raises Alarm Over Alleged Plot To Release Electoral Offender
Benin – Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over alleged plans by the police in the state to release a man, said to have been arrested for an electoral crime committed during the Saturday governorship election in the state.
A statement issued by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Chris Osa Nehikhare in Benin warned the police not to give in to pressure by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to release the suspect whose name was given as Mr Kayode Mobolaji, said to have been arrested in Ubiaja, Esan South East Local Government Area.
According to Nehikhare, the suspect, Mr Mobolaji, who claimed to have come from Ibadan, in Oyo State, in company of some other unidentified persons, had disrupted voting at Ward 6, Unit 13 in Esan South-East Local Government Area.
“The suspects led by Mr Kayode stormed the voting center in two Hilux vans, shooting sporadically into the air. They engaged a patrol team of the Police in a shooting battle that led to the killing of one of the suspects after the police had demobilized their vehicles. The others ran into the bush.
“After an intensive and extensive search of the area, Mr Kayode Mobolaji was discovered in his hideout and caught with an AK-47 riffle and about 200 live ammunition.
“He was arrested and taken to Ubiaja Police station where he made useful statements. We followed up the matter up to the point where the suspect was transferred to Benin for further interrogation.
“While we are waiting for the police to arraign the criminal, we have received intelligence report that the police were set to release the armed and very dangerous electoral offender.
“We know that those who sent out these men are the same people mounting pressure on police to release him without facing trial so that their cover will not be blown. We insist that his sponsors must be unveiled and tried alongside him.
“He is not a local. He was provided with the Hilux vans he used for the operations, he was accommodated in someone’s house where the plan was hatched. His sponsors are shivering hence the pressure on the police.
“We demand he should be placed under protective custody as his sponsors are very desperate and are considering the option of ordering his elimination in police custody.
“This is of grave concern to us because we desire that those who committed an electoral crime should be made to face penalties for their actions so that it will serve as a deterrent to others,” Nehikhare declared.
- Ondo Guber: Agboola Ajayi Refused To Be My Running Mate — Jegede
Ondo Governorship: Stakeholders Drum Support For Jegede
Contrary to the speculations that he didn’t want Ondo State deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi as his running mate, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), has disclosed that it was Ajayi that refused to be his deputy.
Jegede who said that the deputy governor’s ambition is to be a governor under a political party noted that that was the reason Ajayi left the APC to PDP and later defected to ZLP when he was defeated in the primary of the PDP.
Ajayi had defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) to the People Democratic Party(PDP) contested the party’s primary but lost to Jegede.
Speaking for the first time on the matter while featuring on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Jegede said Ajayi could not have been his running mate because the deputy governor’s ambition was to become a governor.
According to the PDP candidate, “Ajayi was part of the “failure” of the Akeredolu’s administration that PDP is campaigning against.”
The legal luminary said, “I took opinions from virtually everybody. People chose who becomes my running mate. When a choice is made we must respect it. One should not allow his ambition to override the choice of the people.
“All the policies that we are fighting, the pains we want to end are the product of Akeredolu and his deputy.’’
On the southwest security outfit, codenamed Amotekun, Jegede promised to strengthen the operations of Amotekun in the state if elected.
Jegede who said,” Amotekun will stay without political influence. We must protect our people,’’ and he also assured the people of the state that he would reduce the tuition of state-owned tertiary institutions.
He, however, noted that “funding of the institutions won’t be an issue if I am elected.”
- PMAN Congratulates King Sunny Ade At 74
King Sunny Ade has been congratulated by PMAN on his 74th birthday.
News Rain gathered that the Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN), on Tuesday congratulated Nigeria’s King of Juju Music, Sunday Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade (KSA), on his 74th birthday.
PMAN Celebrates King Sunny Ade At 74.
Casimir Obi, National President of PMAN, commenting on the 74th birthday of KSA, said in an interview that the music industry was grateful to God for adding another year to KSA’s life.
He described KSA as a music icon, whose exhibition on various instruments, had made juju music unique, even beyond the shores of Nigeria.
He said: “A very big congratulation to our own KSA, who is a year older today; we are happier because he is still very agile and bubbling at 74.
“KSA is a multi-instrumentalist, and we are proud of him, talk of any musical instrument, guitar, vibraphone, clarinet, talking drum, a tenor guitar he is there with his melodious voice.
“The PMAN joins his family, friends and the nation at large to celebrate KSA, we pray that God will continue to keep him and grant him good health to mark more years,” Obi said.
Speaking further, Obi said, KSA remained one of the most influential musicians, haven spent five decades in the music industry with about 120 albums, including Merciful God, Congratulations, Ja Funmi, Aiye Nreti Eleya mi, and Odu.
News Rain gathered that the two-time Grammy Award Nominee and holder of an AFRIMA Award who has made a very phenomenal mark in Nigerian music industry founded the King Sunny Ade Foundation, an organization that includes a performing arts centre, a state of the art recording studio, and housing for young musicians.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and recipient of the Order Of The Federal Republic.
- How Oshiomole made us lose Edo State – APC attacks Ex-Chairman
The All Progressives Congress, APC in Edo state has accused its former national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole of making the party lose the state in the just concluded Gubernatorial Elections.
Incumbent Governor, Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, emerged victorious after defeating the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Ize-Iyamu was Oshiomhole’s anointed candidate.
In a statement made available to POLITICS NIGERIA on Wednesday, signed by the chairman of the APC in Edo state, Anselm Ojezua, the party lost because of ‘Irresponsible and Selfish’ leadership. Oshiomhole is the leader of the party in the state.
The statement read in part;
“The election has been generally acclaimed to be peaceful, orderly and transparent. The people of Edo have made their choice in a very clear and unambiguous manner,”
“Our loss at the polls stems from the needless and avoidable crisis foisted on the party by a selfish, insensitive, arrogant and irresponsible leadership,” an open reference to Oshiomhole’s reign as chairman of the APC.
The party admonished Obaseki to be “magnanimous in victory while we urge all those who contested to sheathe their swords and put the elections behind us. We must all close ranks with the government in order to ensure a seamless transition to the final lap of governance in the state without being subjected to any needless distraction and rancour.”
Ize-Iyamu is yet to concede the election to Obaseki.
- NCDC Confirmed 111 New Cases on Covid 19 in Nigeria
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 111 new cases of coronavirus in the country. The agency made this known in a post on its Twitter page on Wednesday night. The latest recorded cases bring the total number of confirmed cases to 57, 724 with 48, 985 have been discharged and 1,102 reported deaths
- FG Puts up 9-yr-old Presidential Jet For Sale
The Federal Government is set to sell a nine-year-old jet in the Presidential fleet, Hawker 4000 aircraft with registration number, 5N-FGX/: RC 066. According to the Punch, the aircraft, which entered into service in December 2011, has capacity for nine passengers and three crews. In a published advert on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, the federal government disclosed that the aircraft with a range of 3,190-nautical mile had flown for 1,768 hours.
- Gov Zulum Kaunches 1m Trees Planting Campaign in Borno
Gov. Babagana Zulum on Wednesday inaugurated the one million trees planting campaign to reclaim soil fertility and check desertification in the state. Speaking at the ceremony at the Borno State University, Maiduguri, Zulum said that the exercise was aimed at increasing the adaptive capacity toward reducing the negative impact of soil erosion, climate change with a view to accelerate afforestation.
That’s the top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines for today.
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