Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines For Today, Saturday
As Oil Theft Goes Beyond Crisis Point In Nigeria
In the course of this week, a world-renowned organization published something about Nigeria which should be of immense concern to every citizen but the nation was too distracted to pay attention or be bothered. The sophistry and theatrics of politicians coupled with the zoning debate kept the people so engrossed that nothing else mattered. But the cataclysmic categorization of what is ailing Nigeria matters a lot, much more than the ongoing activities leading up to the 2023 elections. Just as bandit-terrorists have made life miserable for Nigerians, that is how bandit-terrorists of a different hue have pauperized the country, making the state virtually insolvent. Who would have thought that Nigeria’s oil sector would be so plagued that it now records all-time low crude oil production of 1.49 million barrels per day!
Court Strikes Out Eight Of FG’s Charges Against IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu
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 out of the fifteen charges when the matter came up for hearing in court.
She maintained that the affected counts which were struck out do not disclose any offence against Kanu.
2023 Presidency Not Ponmo And Amala, Leave Saraki, Atiku Alone – Dino Melaye Roasts Fayose
A former Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has berated former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose over his recent comments about some presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Recall that Fayose had slammed some PDP presidential aspirants who had dumped the party in the past for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former governor who is eyeing the presidency had vowed not to step down for any northern candidate, insisting that the ruling party must zones its ticket to the South.
Fayose argued that the only right thing for the PDP to do is to zone its presidential ticket to the south, given that the ticket was zoned to the north in 2019 and southerners respected the party’s decision to allow only northern candidates emerge at the Port Harcourt convention.
Forbes Rich List: Dangote Remains Top As Adenuga Becomes 2nd Africa Richest Man
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 occupied the position for the 11th consecutive time, with a net worth of $14 billion from $12.1 billion last year and $10.1 billion in 2020.
In the latest Forbes 36th annual ranking of world billionaires, Mike Adenuga, chairman of Globacom, a telecommunication company in Nigeria, saw his wealth jump to $7.3 billion from $6.1 billion in 2021, making him the second richest African and 345 globally.
Recall that in 2021 the 68-year-old business tycoon’s fortune dropped from $7 billion in 2020 to $6.3 billion as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged businesses worldwide.
Adesina Slams Adeboye, Sheik Khalid Over Comments On Buhari Govt
Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina has berated some religious leaders in the country over their criticism of the Muhammadu Buhari government.
Adesina stated that “unguarded comments” made by these religious leaders contribute to the security challenges faced by the country at the moment.
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 released on Thursday night, Adesina said the Buhari government would no longer accept any uncouth language used by some preachers in the country today.
I’ve Turned More Than 2,000 Persons To Millionaires In Kogi State, Gov. Bello Boasts
The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Friday boasted that he has successfully made more than 2,000 persons millionaires in the state since the advent of his administration in 2015.
Gov. Bello stated this in Abuja while answering questions during the “Second Annual GYB Seminar for Nigeria’s Political and Crime Correspondents,”
“We have made nothing less than 2,000 millionaires in Kogi,” Bello said.
He was answering questions about his promise to produce millionaires just as President Muhammadu Buhari has done.
Buhari Signs Four Bills Into Law Passed By National Assembly
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday signed four Bills into law recently passed by the National Assembly.
This was made known in a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity.
He revealed that Hon. Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Buhari on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), was at the State House for the signing of the bills.
The Bills include; Nigeria Law Reform Commission Act, 2022, National Biotechnology Development Agency Act, 2022, Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act, 2022 and the Federal Medical Centre, Hong (Establishment) Act, 2022.
Court Sets Date For Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Hearing
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has set a date for the ruling of the bail application filed by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The court on Friday fixed May 18 and 26 to rule on the bail application of the IPOB leader.
Justice Binta Nyako took this decision on Friday after striking out eight out of fifteen count criminal charges against Kanu.
Recall that the judge threw out eight counts because the proof of evidence did not link him with the charges.
2023: Makinde Declares Interest For Second Term
The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has expressed interest to contest in the 2023 governorship election.
The only Peoples Democratic Party Governor in the Southwest disclosed this on Thursday.
Makinde emerged as governor of Oyo State on the platform of PDP in 2019.
He defeated the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adebayo Adelabu and other governorship candidates to emerge as winner in 2019.
Many Rescued As Troops Kill 13 Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno
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.
The terrorists were eliminated by troops of 202 Battalion deployed under 21 Special Armoured Brigade Sector 1 Operation HADIN KAI in collaboration with the Civilian Joint Task on Thursday.
According to Counter Insurgency Expert, Zagazola Makama, the criminals were killed during clearance operations in Mallum Masari and Gabchari, Mantari, Kanari, Markas, Garin and Baban Baba villages in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
The security expert added that several terrorists escaped with bullets wounds, while some of the criminals were caught alive.