Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday 9th April 2022.
During this week, a world renowned organization released something about Nigeria that should be of immense concern to all citizens, but the nation was too distracted to pay attention or be bothered. The fallacies and theatrics of politicians, coupled with the zoning debate, captivated people so much that nothing else mattered. But the cataclysmic categorization of what is wrong in Nigeria matters far, far more than the ongoing activities leading up to the 2023 elections. Just as bandit-terrorists have made life miserable for Nigerians, so are bandit-terrorists of a different color impoverished the country, rendering the state virtually insolvent. Who would have thought that the Nigerian oil sector would be so troubled that it is now recording a historically low crude oil production of 1.49 million barrels per day!
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out eight of the amended terrorism charges brought against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako, on Friday ruled against the federal government in eight of the fifteen counts when the case was heard in court.
She argued that the relevant counts that were struck do not reveal any offense against Kanu.
A former Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has chastised former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose for his recent comments on some presidential candidates from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Recall that Fayose had criticized some PDP presidential aspirants who had dumped the party in the past for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former governor who is aiming for the presidency had vowed not to resign for any northern candidate, insisting the ruling party must zone its ticket to the south.
Fayose argued that the only right thing for the PDP to do is zone its presidential ticket south, given that the ticket was zoned north in 2019 and southerners respected the party’s decision not to allow only candidates from the north to emerge at the Port Harcourt convention. .
Chairman and founder of Dangote Cement, Aliko Dangote has maintained his position as the richest man in Africa.
Aliko Dangote, a cement, sugar and oil tycoon has held the position for the 11th consecutive time, with a net worth of $14 billion compared to $12.1 billion last year and $10.1 billion in 2020.
In the latest annual Forbes ranking of the world’s 36th billionaire, Mike Adenuga, chairman of Globacom, a telecommunications company in Nigeria, saw his wealth soar to $7.3 billion from $6.1 billion in 2021, making him the second richest African and 345 in the world.
Recall that in 2021, the 68-year-old business tycoon’s fortune soared from $7 billion in 2020 to $6.3 billion as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged businesses around the world.
Presidential Spokesman Femi Adesina has chastised some religious leaders in the country for their criticism of the Muhammadu Buhari government.
Adesina said the “rash comments” from these religious leaders are contributing to the security challenges the country is currently facing.
The presidential aide accused some Christian and Muslim preachers of working closely with the opposition and critics of the president to sabotage his administration.
In an article published on Thursday evening, Adesina said that the Buhari government will no longer accept any foul language used by some preachers in the country today.
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello boasted on Friday that he had managed to make more than 2,000 people millionaires in the state since taking office in 2015.
Governor Bello said so in Abuja while answering questions at the ‘Second Annual GYB Seminar for Political and Criminal Correspondents in Nigeria’, reports Naija News.
“We’ve made no less than 2,000 millionaires in Kogi,” Bello said.
He was answering questions about his promise to produce millionaires just like President Muhammadu Buhari did.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday signed four bills recently passed by the National Assembly.
Naija News reports that this was announced in a statement by Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant for Media and Publicity.
He revealed that the Hon. Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub, Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant (SSA) for National Assembly (House of Representatives) Affairs, was at the State House for the signing of the bills.
Bills include; Nigeria Law Reform Commission Act, 2022, National Biotechnology Development Agency Act, 2022, Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act, 2022 and the Federal Medical Centre, Hong (Establishment) Act, 2022.
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has set a date for judgment on the bail application filed by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The court has set Friday May 18 and 26 to rule on the IPOB leader’s bail request.
Judge Binta Nyako made the decision on Friday after striking out eight of the fifteen charges against Kanu.
Recall that the judge dismissed eight counts because the evidence of the evidence did not connect him to the charges.
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has expressed interest in participating in the 2023 gubernatorial election.
The only governor of the People’s Democratic Party of the South West revealed it on Thursday.
Makinde became Governor of Oyo State on the PDP platform in 2019.
He beat All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate Adebayo Adelabu and other gubernatorial candidates to emerge victorious in 2019.
At least thirteen members of the Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihad faction of Boko Haram have been killed by Nigerian troops.
Naija News understands that the terrorists were eliminated by troops from the 202nd Battalion deployed under Operation HADIN KAI from Sector 1 of the 21st Special Armored Brigade in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task on Thursday.
According to counter-insurgency expert, Zagazola Makama, the criminals were killed during clearance operations in the villages of Mallum Masari and Gabchari, Mantari, Kanari, Markas, Garin and Baban Baba in Bama Local Government Area in Borno State.
The security expert added that several terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds, while some of the criminals were captured alive.
These are the headlines of Nigerian newspapers today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you tomorrow.