Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines for Today, Sunday 17th April 2022

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Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday 17th April 2022.

The military high command has said Fulani herdsmen are not responsible for the killing of 21 people in three local government areas in Benue state.

The head of defence, training and operations at the Defense Headquarters, Major General Adeyemi Yekini, said so when he visited the scene of the attacks.

Recall that 21 people were killed in the early hours of Tuesday in attacks on villagers in the LGAs of Guma, Logo and Tarka of Benue.

Three more corpses were later found at Tyotugh in Tarka LGA, where 15 of the corpses were discovered earlier.

Nigerian army troops have eliminated another senior commander of the Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) province identified as Abu Fatima.

The ISWAP commander was killed alongside fifteen other fighters in the Lake Chad region following massive airstrikes by Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) troops using Super Tucano jet fighters.

According to information made available to Naija News, the successful airstrikes were carried out on April 9, 2022 by the Nigerian Air Force Super Tucano in coordination with the Combined Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Mi35 helicopters and Mi171 of the Nigerien Air Task Force. Gunboat.

A veteran journalist, Mustapha Ogunsakin, has claimed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo rejected the opportunity to become Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Naija News reports that the journalist said this on Friday amid allegations that Osinbajo betrayed his benefactor and All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for saying he was running in the 2023 presidential election. .

Ogunsakin claimed that Obasanjo had offered Osinnajo, then Lagos State Justice Commissioner, the post of AGF in 2005, but the Nigerian Vice President rejected the offer out of loyalty to Tinubu.

Human rights activist and lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has criticized the government led by Muhammadu Buhari for granting state pardons to former governors of Plateau and Taraba, Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame respectively.

Speaking at the year-long memorial program for Afenifere’s late publicity secretary, Yinka Odumakin, Falana said other jailed criminals should enjoy the same privilege.

Naija News reports that the State Council meeting chaired by President Buhari pardoned former governors, jailed for corruption, alongside 157 others on Thursday.

Nigeria’s federal government is not ready to meet the demands of the terrorist bandits who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28, Naija News has learned.

While it was established that the government began to negotiate with the terrorists on how to secure the release of the victims abducted during the attack, new information on the negotiations indicates that some of the conditions given by the kidnappers did not are not acceptable to the government.

It will be recalled in particular that the terrorists had in a viral video asked the Nigerian government to meet their demands otherwise they will kill the victims kidnapped in their custody.

In the video, the terrorists had threatened to “turn their home into a slaughterhouse” if the government did not meet their demands.

Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige said on Saturday he would disclose his presidential ambitions on Tuesday.

Ngige in his statement said he would disclose his position on the 2023 presidency after the celebration of Easter.

The former Governor of Anambra State said at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu while responding to a request from a lobby group under the umbrella of South East Progressive Forum which has stormed the airport and asked the minister to challenge the presidency in 2023.

Former presidential candidate Adamu Garba has revealed his intention to join the 2023 presidential race.

Crowee’s CEO, via his Facebook page on April 15, indicated that he would make his presidential ambition intentions known to the general public on April 16, 2022.

Warning the public of his statement, Garba wrote; “I will declare to aspire to the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria tomorrow April 16, 2022 insha Allahu. Let’s do this for our country, guys. May Allah, the Guarantor, Guardian and Grantor of Power and Authority see through.

Family members of those kidnapped in the Abuja-Kaduna train attack on March 28 have opposed federal government plans to resume rail services on the corridor while their people remain in captivity from terrorists.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the families said the government should not consider resuming train services until the abductees have been rescued and reunited with their families.

They argued that security measures must also be in place before services resume to prevent future attacks.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has released an adjusted calendar for the schedule of party activities relating to the preparations for the 2023 general elections in the country.

Under the new timeline, the PDP has adjusted its calendar of activities to extend the closing dates for the purchase and submission of Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for the 2023 General Elections.

A statement to that effect which was signed and released on Friday by the party’s national publicity secretary, Debo Ologunagba, explained that the change is intended to allow the party to make up for the two public holidays announced by the federal government.

The Lekki Concession Company (LCC) has announced the postponement of the planned resumption of toll collection on the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos State.

LCC chief executive Yomi Omomuwasan made the development known in a statement on Friday.

He argued that the need to continue to engage stakeholders on the issue is responsible for the company’s decision to postpone the resumption of tolling.

Omomuwasan added that the postponement would allow more customers to register for electronic toll devices.

These are the headlines of Nigerian newspapers today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you tomorrow.