Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The President of Arewa Youth Forum, AYF, Gambo Gujungu has accused South West leaders of using the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and former Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode to pitch Nigerians against President Muhammadu Buhari-led government and the Northern region. Gujungu made the claim while reacting to Fayose’s recent remark that he would release damaging pictures showing that Buhari is currently in a terrible state of health.
2. The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, disclosed on Friday in Kano that a proposal for the recruitment of 155,000 policemen of different cadres into the force within the next five years had been forwarded to the presidency. He disclosed this while speaking with journalists after paying a condolence visit to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, over the death Maitama Sule.
3. Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has said that following the Supreme Court judgment, the party has now been taken over by treasury looters. He also denied media reports that he had congratulated the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, over his victory at the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
4. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the statement credited to Raph Uwazuuike, the leader of Biafra Independent Movement, BIM, that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu blackmailed him out of Biafra radio. The group said Uwazuruike was a drowning and frustrated man who would clutch at anything for survival, and that the statement was aimed at attracting both sympathy and publicity.
5. A team of about 20 policemen on Friday raided Okene’s home of the former Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke. The heavily armed men stormed the ex-AGF’s home around 3pm with a search warrant. Reports claimed that after a fruitless search, the officers asked guards on duty to append their signatures in a form to confirm that they did not take anything away.
6. Another report has it that an operative of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Friday allegedly went wild, killing a bystander and injured a police sergeant in Dutse, the capital of Jigawa State. The incident occurred when Jigawa Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, sought reinforcement from the NSCDC personnel after clash with members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW.
7. Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has declared that nobody in the North can intimidate him, saying “it is fire for fire.” This is contained in a statement issued Friday night by his media adviser, Jude Ndukwe. FFK was reacting to a statement by the Arewa Youth Forum in Abuja under the leadership of one Gambo Gujungu which claimed that Ayodele Fayose and Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, were being used by southwest leaders to destabilize the country and pitching the rest of the country against President Muhammadu Buhari and the north.
8. The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has fried back at Northern youths over their recent call on the United National to list the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB as a terrorist group. MASSOB said the group was made up of confused and directionless people who were bereft of the meaning of terrorist and what constituted terrorism.
9. Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka on Friday faulted calls by some groups that the country should not be restructured. He said Nigeria is negotiable and must be restructured urgently. He spoke during a colloquium ‘A day with the Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka and Ijaw literary icons’, held at the Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama, Bayelsa State, and moderated by renowned poet, Odia Ofeimun.
10. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has released the results of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation (UTME) supplementary examination, that held on July 1. At least 85,000 candidates were given the opportunity to rewrite the supplementary exam, due to problems of registration.