Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines For Today, Thursday

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Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines For Today, Thursday

1. Osinbajo Presides Over FEC Meeting

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House in Abuja.

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The meeting was attended physically by some ministers, while others joined virtually.

Osinbajo is overseeing the meeting following President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Brussels in Belgium to attend the 6th European Union-African Union Summit.

Buhari will join European and other African leaders as well as heads of multilateral organizations at the summit scheduled for February 17 – 18, 2022, and return to the country on Saturday.

The summit aims to discuss issues surrounding economic matters, peace and security, climate change, and energy transition.

2. Justice Nyako Adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s Case Again

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has adjourned the case of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

It was reported that the trial judge adjourned the pro-Biafra activist case till April 8th, 2022.

Meanwhile, Mike Ozekhome, the counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has claimed that his client is going blind.

Speaking at the resumed trial of the IPOB leader before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court on Wednesday, Ozekhome said Kanu may go blind if nothing is done to restore his sight.

The human right lawyer accused the DSS of confiscating the pro-Biafra activist eyeglasses in 2015, when he was initially arrested by DSS operatives.

Ozekhome stated that the court also seized the new pair Nnamdi Kanu was with during his extraordinary rendition from Kenya.

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3. 2023: Northern Elders Visit Obasanjo In Ogun

Some Northern elders led by the convener of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi have paid a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Ogun State.

The Northern elders who were part of the visit include the Chairman, CNG Board of Trustees (BOT), Nastura Ashir Shariff; and the Director, CNG Action and Mobilization, Aminu Adam.

The elders visited Obasanjo at his residence on Tuesday and the two parties met behind closed doors for about two hours.

Addressing newsmen after the closed-door meeting, Prof. Abdullahi confirmed that their discussions centered around the state of the country and the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.

4. Ekiti 2022: Ex-Governor Segun Oni Dumps PDP For SDP

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

It was reported that the former governor of the state made this known during an interview on private radio in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday.

Oni disclosed that his decision to join the SDP was due to the alleged electoral malfeasance and irregularities during the PDP primary on January 26.

The former governor added that he joined the party due to the continued call by the people for him to contest the June 18 governorship election as a third force.

He revealed that some aggrieved aspirants in the APC and PDP are supporting his governorship aspiration in the new political party.

Speaking further, Oni said the necessary paperwork for him to become SDP’s candidate and his running mate would soon be concluded with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

5. No Evidence To Show Nnamdi Kanu Left Our Country – Kenya Govt

The Kenyan Government has said it does not have the departure record of Nnamdi Kanu after his arrival to the country on May 12, 2021.

It was reported that the Special Counsel to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Aloy Ejimakor, and the Kanu’s younger brother, Kanunta Kanu, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement said the Kenyan auhtorities had filed a document in court to show that the IPOB leader was allegedly moved from the county by the Nigerian government.

It added that the evidence tendered by the Kenyan government had made Kanu’s alleged kidnapped from the country a more grievous offence, claiming that serious consequences await all those involved in the action.

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6. ASUP Threatens To Embark On Strike

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics have been asked by the union to be ready to stop work when there is a call for it.

The National President of the union, Anderson Umezurike Ezeibe stated this on Wednesday while addressing members of the union at Hussain Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Kazaure.

This is coming a few days after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on a one-month warning strike.

According to Ezeibe, ASUP called off its strike on June 10th 2021 based on agreements it reached with the Federal Government.

The president of the union disclosed that part of the agreement include the release of ₦15 billion for the revitalization of Polytechnics and Monotechnics and payment of the arrears of minimum wage, the inauguration of the governing council, and the pay as you earned liability issue.

Ezeibe further stated that since the union reached an agreement with the Federal Government, it has only fulfilled a few while others have not been achieved.

7. Cocaine Bust: NDLEA Shares Details Of Abba Kyari’s Statements After Police Claim

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has leaked some statements credited to embattled suspended police DCP Abba Kyari during drug dealing with cartels.

The police had claimed that NDLEA officers at the Enugu airport were working for the cartel and the smuggler involved in the 25kg cocaine deal involving Kyari.

Giving more detailed information about the drug smuggler who came into the country through Addis Ababa, NDLEA Media Director, Femi Babafemi, said the agency carried out an evidence-based investigation and its resolve cannot be weakened by misrepresentation of facts.

According to Babafemi, the agency has in its possession part of the transcript of Kyari’s recorded conversation with its undercover officer and a portion of ASP James Bawa’s statement to the police.

On Wednesday, the spokesman went on to say that Kyari’s team contact with the cartel and how their ring works had been established.

8. Release Nnamdi Kanu’s Eyeglasses, Justice Nyako Tells DSS

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja has directed the Department of State Services (DSS) to release the reading glasses of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The directive is coming after Mike Ozekhome, the counsel to the IPOB leader had told the court on Wednesday that his client is going blind if nothing is done to restore his sight.

The human rights lawyer accused the DSS of confiscating the pro-Biafra activist eyeglasses in 2015 when he was initially arrested by the agency’s operatives.

Ozekhome also complained that the DSS has failed to allow his client to change his clothes despite an earlier order by the court.

Lawyer to the prosecution, Shuaib Labaran said the clothes brought by Kanu’s family had a lion heart drawn on them, adding that such designs offend their operating procedures of the DSS.

9. We’ll Handle Erring PMS Suppliers, House C’ttee Tells Nigerians

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Hon. Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya has assured Nigerians that his Committee will handle companies who imported methanol-blended Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) into the country.

The Chairman was responding to a question from one of the Committee members in that regard.

Hon. Gaya spoke during an engagement with the Management of the NNPC organized by the Committee on the current fuel situation in the country.

While briefing the Committee, the CEO/GMD, Mallam Mele Kyari explained that the situation came about as a result of the discovery of methanol in the PMS cargoes shipped to Nigeria under the subsisting commercial contract operated by NNPC and its partners.

According to the CEO, the reason why tests did not reveal methanol presence was because Nigeria’s specifications do not include methanol.

10. Senate Confirms Nine Persons As NERC, NPC Commissioners

The nomination of nine persons as commissioners for the National Population Commission (NPC), and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) have been confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday.

This follows their nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari and the subsequent consideration of two separate reports by the Senate Committees on National Identity and National Population; and Power.

It was reported that four nominees were confirmed as Commissioners of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) while the other five are for the National Population Commission (NPC).

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