The Newspapers: Things You Need To Know This Thursday

22nd June 2017
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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday received signatures from the electorates in Kogi West Senatorial District demanding the recall of lawmaker representing the district, Dino Melaye from the Senate.

The electorates submitted their signatures at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja in six bags.

2. Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has declared his intentions to take over the mantle of leadership from President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock.

The governor, who spoke in a rally held in the state capital yesterday, told the crowd that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will take over the presidential villa from the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2019.

3. State governors, yesterday, said they had resolved that they would not allow Nigeria to break up, stating that those fanning the embers of war were wasting their time.

Oyo State Governor, Abiola, Ajimobi, who spoke on behalf of the other governors, after their meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the governors and other stakeholders had agreed that despite the agitations being witnessed in parts of the country, Nigeria must not break.

4. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has announced that ‎he authorised the filing of an appeal against the judgment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal which acquitted the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of all 18 charges of false asset declaration preferred against the former Kwara State governor.

The AGF maintained that despite some recent setbacks suffered by the anti-corruption war, the fight would continue to be fought “resolutely, painstakingly, doggedly, purposefully and determinedly with all the constitutional and legal arsenals at the disposal of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

5. Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, has slammed governors of the South-East states for putting on “Hausa/Fulani traditional attire” at public functions.



MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, in a statement, specifically flayed the governors of Ebonyi and Enugu states, Dave Umahi and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, respectively, for putting on Hausa/Fulani attire at the recent meeting between Igbo leaders and the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa.

6. Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has filed a suit at a Lagos High Court, against The Sun newspaper for N100m over an alleged defamation.

Magu, in his statement of claims, signed by his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, wants the court to declare that the story published in Saturday Sun of March 25, 2017, which talked about two houses allegedly linked to his wife, defamed him.

7. Report by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs has projected Nigeria to be the world’s third most populous country by the year 2050.

The report entitled “World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision”, said with such development, Nigeria would overtake the United States in terms of population just as world population would reach 9.8 billion people.

8. Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State, Chief Henry Ajomale has hinted that former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George is on his way to joining the APC.

According to Ajomale, George is decamping to APC to help in transforming Lagos State into Dubai of Africa.

9. Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu has said that having Nigerians in diaspora vote during the next general election in 2019 will be an uphill task for the commission due to paucity of funds.

According to him, conducting Diaspora voting will cost Nigeria millions of dollars and logistic requirements.

10. Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (APC, Kano Central) on Wednesday, said that Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, must not arrest Arewa Youths who asked Igbos to leave the North.

Kwankwaso told newsmen in Abuja that the youths should be engaged in a peaceful dialogue instead of the ongoing threats by the state government to arrest them.


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