Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday 2nd April 2022.
Emotions ran high as members of the House of Representatives deliberated on recent atrocities committed by terrorists in parts of the country. They were so upset over the wanton waste of life and property that part of the members’ recommendations was to close the chambers until President Muhammadu Buhari does better to protect the lives of Nigerians. They also recommended that Nigerians be allowed to bear arms to defend themselves against terrorists who kill just for fun.
The member representing the Federal Constituency of Birnin Gwari/Giwa, Shehu Balarabe, had, in a motion of urgent public importance, reported that between March 24 and 28 bandits invaded the Federal Constituency of Birnin Gwari/Giwa, killed dozens of people, raped women, destroyed property worth millions of naira and displaced many. His words: “All communities in Giwa Local Government Area and all communities in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been ravaged by a series of recent attacks by bandits who to murders, kidnappings, rapes, robberies and destruction of property.
“Between March 24 and 28, more than 117 people were killed and some corpses have yet to be recovered; more than 136 people were abducted and more than 10,463 people were displaced from their homes. More than 250 houses were burnt down, countless cows, goats and other animals were stolen. Several assets worth millions of naira were destroyed including vehicles, motorbikes, bicycles, grinders and many other household possessions.
A leaked memo revealed why the Federal Executive Council rejected a proposal for safety equipment along the Abuja-Kaduna railway line put forward by Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi.
Recall that the minister, reacting to the terrorist attack on a train in Kaduna, said that he predicted the attack and presented the proposal, but it was rejected.
The memo obtained by Punch revealed the minutes of the FEC meeting of September 24, 2021, marked EC(2021)236, which was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, while President Muhammadu Buhari attended the United Nations General Assembly. , Amaechi recommended that a company, Mogjan Nigeria Limited, be awarded the contract worth N3.7 billion.
The company, which was incorporated on August 6, 2019, by Prince Godwin Momoh, Chioma Momoh and George Momoh, had a turnover of N84.9 million.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu State overturned the decision of an Ebonyi State High Court which ordered the dismissal of David Umahi and Kelehi Igwe as Governor and Deputy Governor of the ‘Ebonyi State respectively.
On Friday, the Court of Appeal, in a unanimous judgment read by Judge Alfa Belgore, dismissed the suit purchased before it for non-compliance with the Constitution and the laws in force in the country.
Naija News reports that the lawsuit was brought by Senator Sonni Ogbuoji and his running mate, Justin Ogbodo Mbam, who sought a court order for Umahi and Igwe to be removed from office after their defection from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). at the All Progressives Congress (APC) in November 2020.
Ogbuoji and Mbam were the APC candidate and running mate respectively for the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state.
The presidency called on the security forces to do their utmost to root out the terrorist bandits who are making life difficult for Nigerians with their own criminal activities.
According to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Advisor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina who made the appeal, terrorists do not deserve to live.
He said they had declared war on the country with their actions and they did not deserve to live but should all be annihilated and eliminated by the security forces.
According to him, the terrorist bandits, or whatever name they are called by, must be quickly sent to their master who is the Devil.
The country house of Imo State Commissioner for Labor and Productivity, Ford Ozumba, was shelled by unidentified gunmen on Friday.
Naija News has learned that the residence located at Umuhu, Okabia community in Orsu local government area of the state was attacked with explosive materials.
At the time of writing, no casualties have been recorded in the attack, but the residence has been razed to the ground.
The development comes two weeks after Umuguma Divisional Police Headquarters in Owerri West Local Government Area was bombed.
The new national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has revealed that the party has its work cut out ahead of the 2023 general election in Nigeria.
The APC chairman said he has an order from President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver in the upcoming general elections in the country.
Adamu made this known on Friday when he received his certificate of return from the chairman of the convention’s planning subcommittee, Governor Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa State.
He called on the leadership and members of the APC to work with him to ensure that the directive from the president who is the leader of the party is up to date, adding that there must be no room for failure.
The head of the All Progressives Congress Zamfara State chapter, Kabiru Marafa, has instructed the state governor, Bello Matawalle, to reconcile with his deputy, Aliyu Gusau.
According to Marafa, the decision would help him (Matawalle) retain his post as governor of the state.
Marafa said this while addressing party supporters during the distribution of 172 truckloads of assorted cereals bought by former Governor Yari for the Ramadan fast.
He noted that he warned the state governor not to join the ruling party, but was misled by overzealous individuals.
On Friday morning, members of the Nigerian police and gunmen believed to be fighters from the Proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN) engaged in a shootout.
The IPOB/ESN fighters reportedly attacked the Mbieri police division but encountered strong resistance from officers at the station.
According to a statement made available to journalists in Owerri, the capital of Imo State by the State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Mike Abattam on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Maman Giwa, the attackers threw explosive devices at the post before firing sporadically.
The attack, however, was repelled by valiant police officers, forcing the gunmen to retreat.
The long-awaited draw for the 2022 World Cup tournament in Qatar has been made.
The choice was made today at 7:00 p.m. local time in Doha, Qatar, Naija News reports.
The countries have been paired up in a group and each consists of four countries while only 32 nations have qualified for the world football tournament.
Naija News understands that out of the 32 teams involved, only 29 have been confirmed as two intercontinental play-offs will take place in June, while in Europe either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine will also book their place. at the tournament.
The Nigerian film industry has been bereaved by the news of the death of Yoruba comic actor, Dejo Tunfulu.
The sad news was announced by several colleagues of the late actor as they mourn him on their Instagram pages.
Reports have it that the late Yoruba actor suffered unexpected bleeding on the set of his new film before being rushed to hospital.
However, the cause of death of Kunle Mac-Tokunbo, popularly known as Dejo Tunfulu, cannot be established at press time.
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