Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines For Today, Friday
1. FG Tells Nigerians Why They’ve Been Experiencing Poor Electricity Supply
The Nigerian government has explained the epileptic power supply been experienced in the country is a result of reduced water supply to the dams caused by the dry season.
The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu gave the update on Thursday during the ministerial press briefing in Abuja organized by the presidential media team.
He said this has led to massive load sheddings across various locations in the country including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Apart from the water situation, the Minister added that the ongoing maintenance works on some power plants around the country also contributed to the reduced power supply.
Aliyu was however optimistic that the challenges would soon end and things will return to normal as the government is working with the NNPC and other gas suppliers to make gas available for power generation.
2. Aisha Buhari Reacts To Rejection Of Gender Bills
The First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari has asked the National Assembly to review its decision on the rejection of women-related bills.
Mrs Buhari spoke against the backdrop of the rejection of gender bills seeking to reserve some political offices exclusively for women during elections.
In a statement on Thursday, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari said the rejection of the bills was contrary to the very high expectations of Nigerians.
She commended relevant UN agencies, women groups and individuals for their charitable support for fair representation of women in politics and governance.
3. 2023 Elections: “PDP Has The Magic” – Wike Tells Nigerians
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the only party that can restore the fortunes of Nigeria.
This is as he called on Nigerians to vote out the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
Governor Wike made the call on Thursday during the inauguration of the Ahoada-Ekpena Road project in Ahoada East Local Government Area of the state.
The project was inaugurated by former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Makarfi.
Speaking during the commissioning of the project, Governor Wike said Nigerians have suffered greatly under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC.
The Rivers State Governor said the APC-led federal government has failed in the promises made to Nigerians. He added that the only way to correct the bad situation is to vote out the APC at all levels and vote in the PDP.
4. Sunday Igboho Negotiates With Benin Republic Govt
Detained Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho has begun negotiating with Benin Republic authorities.
It was reports that this was made known in a statement released on Thursday by the counsel for the detained activist, Yomi Aliyyu.
Igboho’s lawyer dismissed reports that the agitator has been released and he is on his way to Germany.
The statement titled: ‘Re: Purported release of Sunday Igboho’, read: “Kindly discountenance any news about the release of Chief Sunday Adeyemo or that he is on his way to Germany. It is not true, please.
“With the assistance of a worldwide renowned professor and prof Akintoye and lawyers (Falola and myself), we are negotiating for something more comfortable for him than prison to meet his health demand.
“I advise you to remain calm and prayerful.”
5. NDLEA Slams 8-count Charge On Abba Kyari, Six Others
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has slammed an eight-count criminal charge on the former commander of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abba Kyari, over his involvement in drug trafficking.
It was reports that the anti-narcotics agency filed the criminal charge marked FHC/ABJ/57/2022 before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday.
The NDLEA, through its lawyers led by the Director, Prosecution and Legal Services, Joseph Sunday, also filed the same amount of charge against six others suspects allegedly involved in drug trafficking.
The suspects are four IRT members namely ACP Sunday J. Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu, as well as Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne, two suspected drug traffickers that were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.
Kyari and the four other police officers were accused by the NDLEA of conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in cocaine worth 17.55 kilograms.
DCP Kyari and the IRT members were alleged to have also unlawfully tampered with 21.25kg worth of Cocaine.
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6. Adegoke Murder: Court Orders Adedoyin, Six Others To Be Remanded In Prison
An Osun State High Court presided over by the Chief Justice of Osun State, Oyebola Adepele-Ojo has ordered that Rahman Adedoyin and six other suspects be remanded at the Ilesa correctional facility in the murder case of Timothy Adegoke a postgraduate student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) who was killed under controversial circumstances.
The order was given on Thursday when the suspects were arraigned amidst tight security at the Osun State High Court.
The six others remanded alongside Adedoyin who is the owner of the hotel (Hilton Hotels and Resort, Ile-Ife) where Timothy Adegoke lodged when he travelled from Abuja to Moro in Osun State for an exam are Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwole Florence, Oyetunde Kazeem, Adebayo Kunle and Adedeji Adesola.
The postgraduate student was however declared missing two days after only to be found dead later.
The suspects are standing trial on an 11-count charge bothering on conspiracy, murder, attempted felony, unlawful interference with a dead body, altering, and intent to destroy evidence.
7. Senate Speaks On Rejection Of Gender Bills
The Nigerian Senate has reacted to the rejection of the gender bills during the constitutional review process on Tuesday.
It was reports that the National Assembly on Tuesday rejected four bills promoting the interest of women during the constitutional amendment process.
The rejected bills are special seats for women in the legislature, reserve quota for women on appointments, citizenship and 35 percent party leadership.
Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Senate spokesman, Senator Ajibola Basiru said there is no going back on the gender bills that were rejected and those that were voted on.
The Senate spokesman said that the women groups are right to embarked on protests, stressing that it is part of their democratic right to protest.
Basiru asserted that the protests embaked by the women groups could not reverse itself on the decisions taken on the affected bills.
8. 2023: Why South-East Should Produce Next President – Edwin Clark
Elder statesman and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark has said that the South-East deserves to produce the next President in 2023.
Clark opined that the South-East should produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023 in the interest of fairness and equity, asking other regions to support the Igbo presidency.
The former Minister of Information made this known when he received Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State in a consultation visit at his Abuja residence on Thursday.
Clark stated that the Igbos would abandon the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) it served for sixteen years if the party fails to zone its presidency to the SouthEast.
9. Malami Speaks On Plan To Extradite Abba Kyari
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Thursday, reacted to the process to extradite the former head of the IGP Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari to the US.
It was reported that Malami filed an application before the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja for Kyari’s extradition.
The application marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/249/2022 was filed under the Extradition Act.
Malami noted that the application was filed before the court following a request by the Diplomatic Representative of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja.
The extradition request of the suspended deputy commissioner of police is connected to his indictment in the $1.1million fraud perpetrated by confessed internet fraudster, Abass Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi and four others.
The minister on Thursday while speaking through his media aide, Isa Gwandu said, after “thorough studies and reviews of issues regarding the application and components thereof, processed the application and forwarded same to the relevant authorities for further necessary action.
10. Kwankwaso Breaks Silence On Dumping PDP, Reveals Next Move
Former Governor of Kano State, Musa Kwankwaso, on Thursday confirmed his intention to dump the Peoples Democratic Party for the New Nigeria People Party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Kwankwaso in an interview with BBC Hausa disclosed that he would announce his next political move before March ends.
This is coming few days after the former governor while speaking on Nasara FM, in Kano asked Nigerians to look for an alternative to the All Progressives Congress and the PDP in the 2023 general elections.