TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, THURSDAY
1. President Buhari Bags Peace, Security Award An award for outstanding achievement in promoting peace and peaceful coexistence amongst citizens of religious diversity is awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari, says Abu Dhabi Foundation.
The Nigerian President, who is currently in Washington, United States of America (USA), received a courtesy visit on Tuesday from the Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Forum, Sheikh Al-Mahfoudh Bin Bayyah and his deputy, Pastor Bob Roberts. In their remarks during the courtesy visit, the important personalities said they had come to inform the Nigerian leader and to invite him to attend the conferment of the award upon him.
According to them, Buhari was worth the award for his outstanding achievements in promoting peace and security. Bin Bayyah said the conferment of the award was in line with the foundation’s work in fighting religious extremism, promoting peaceful coexistence and dialogue amongst all religions.
The development was made public in a statement released on Tuesday by Buhari’s spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu. Quoting President Buhari, Shehu said the foundation’s work in promoting multi-faith dialogue was as crucial to the world as it was to Nigeria.
2. Tinubu Left Minna Campaign Rally Early But Not Because Of Health Challenges – APC Opens Up
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council has confirmed the early departure of the party’s candidate, Bola Tinubu from the Minna rally on Wednesday. The confirmation was given in a statement by the Director, Media, and Publicity of the council, Bayo Onanuga who however debunked trending stories that Tinubu left the rally because of ill health.
Some earlier reports claimed Tinubu was rushed off the campaign ground because of health concerns but Onanuga in his statement submitted otherwise. While debunking any health challenge, he said Tinubu had to cut short his stay at the stadium in order to be able to attend other programmes lined up for the day.
3. MKO Abiola’s Children Sue Buhari Over Kudirat Abiola’s Murder, Seek $10m Compensation
President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has been dragged before the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja by children of late Kudirat Abiola over the murder of their mother.
Khafila Abiola, Mariam Abiola, and Hadi Abiola are suing the Buhari administration on behalf of other children of Kudirat. The counsel to the children, Femi Falana (SAN) filed suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/62/2022 on their behalf.
The children are challenging the “violation of the fundamental human rights to life and dignity of the human person of the late Mrs Abiola.” The Plaintiffs are arguing that “the failure or refusal of the Defendant to protect the life of Late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola in the Republic of Nigeria amounts to a violation of Articles 1,4,5,18 and 23 of the African Charter.”
4. After Kogi Tour, Labour Party Postpones Ekiti, Ondo Presidential Campaign Rallies
The Labour Party announced on Wednesday (today) that its presidential campaign rally in Ekiti and Ondo states would no longer hold as earlier scheduled.
The party did not give much details as to why the events were postponed but it blamed unavoidable and unusual circumstances beyond its control in a terse statement made available to newsmen today.
The party, however, assured its supporters and all stakeholders that the new dates for its rally in the states would be announced soon. The statement read, “Due to some unavoidable and unusual circumstances beyond control, our earlier scheduled presidential campaign rally in Ekiti and Ondo for 15th and 16th December 2023 is hereby postponed.
A new date will be announced. We regret the inconvenience caused by this.” Naija News reports that the announcement is coming a day after Labour Party experienced a poor turnout in Kogi State.
5. NIN Now Mandatory To Acces All Govt Services – NIMC
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has declared that Nigerians will henceforth be required to provide their National Identification Number (NIN) to access any government services. This is as the agency noted that its enrollment, verification, and other identification systems are working optimally.
According to the NIMC, the development became necessary to curb excesses of some citizens taking advantage of the facility by using its forged document to seek collaboration with state and local governments. It noted that the individuals do this to collect money to enroll and issue the NIN, especially for students in primary and secondary schools across the country. The commission said it has not sent “anyone nor any organization to do so,” adding that the public should report such individuals or organizations doing so.
It further reassured Nigerians of the provision of top-notch identification services in line with the government’s effort at providing a reliable, sustainable, and verifiable foundational identification system for all Nigerians and legal residents.
6. Court Takes Fresh Action On Jailing IGP Usman Alkali Baba For Contempt
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, the nation’s capital city has withdrawn its order instructing the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba to be committed to prison for contempt.
Justice Bolaji Olajuwon, in a ruling on Wednesday, said fresh evidence before the court shows the IGP has partially complied with the initial court order hence no need for the punishment.
The court had on November 29, 2022, ordered the IGP to be imprisoned for three months over failure to comply with an earlier order directing the reinstatement of Patrick Okoli, who was compulsorily retired as a police officer.
Okoli was compulsorily retired in 1992 while serving in the Bauchi State Command as a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) by the Police Council (now Police Service Commission (PSC), which claimed to have acted under Decree 17 of 1984, a decision the court voided in the October 2011 judgment.
Back in November, Justice Olajuwon noted that though the Police Service Commission (PSC) recommended Okoli’s reinstatement into the Force, a decision that was affirmed by the court, the IGP refused to comply with the order.
The court had also ordered the payment of N10m to the applicant, being special and general damages for the unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional denial of his rights and privileges as a Senior Officer of the Nigeria Police Force from 1993 till date. IGP Baba in his reaction to the court ruling approached the court to file a motion to set aside the contempt proceeding and committal order.
The spokesman for the force, Olumiyiwa Adejobi in a statement released on Thursday, December 1 said the IGP filed the motion before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
However, Justice Olajuwon on Wednesday, December 14, submitted that the IGP has substantially complied with the initial court order so the application by the IGP, seeking the vacation of the committal order, “is worthy of sympathetic consideration.”
7. EFCC, Police Speak On Viral Video Of Old Naira Notes Discovered In Benue
The trending video of a discovery alleged to be that of old naira notes in Benue State has attracted a reaction from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as well as the Benue State Police Command.
A video that has gone viral on the internet alleged that some old naira notes were discovered inside a big container around Wadata market in Benue on Tuesday.
A voice in the video also stated that the discovery was made by the EFCC. However, speaking on the viral video, an EFCC official who was quoted by The Punch on condition of anonymity said the sacks do not contain money as widely speculated.
The source said the anti-graft agency deployed its men when it got information about the discovery but on getting to the scene, it was discovered that they were condemned notes from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that had already been cut into pieces and squeezed. Similarly, the Benue State Police Command in a statement released by its spokesperson, Catherine Anene said the purported naira notes were wasted papers obtained from the CBN.
The Police spokesperson added that the owner of the container when contacted also provided a CBN license for waste management which allows him to process the waste into mosquito repellants. Anene, therefore, dismissed the reports about the huge discovery of old naira notes as misleading.
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8. 2023 Elections: Jonathan Sends Message To Atiku, Tinubu, Obi, Others
Former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has urged all the presidential candidates to conduct their affairs peacefully and not heat the polity.
Jonathan stated this on Wednesday while speaking with newsmen during a private visit to Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.
Jonathan also advised all the party flagbearers and their supporters to sue for peace and eschew violence, describing the moment leading to the 2023 general election as challenging. He said: “I know this is a very challenging period in the country because elections are coming up.
Whenever elections are coming up, people are very warm, charged, and desperate. “I pray that we conduct the affairs peacefully and make sure we push the state forward, push the country forward.”
9. Ansaru Terrorists Operate As Another Govt In Birnin Gwari – Councillor
A Senior Councillor of the Birnin Gwari Emirate, Zubair Abdurra’uf on Wednesday disclosed that the Ansaru terrorist group has established another government within the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State. According to Abdurra’uf, the terrorists are collecting levies and taxes from residents of the affected community.
The councillor while speaking on Channels TV on Wednesday said, “We have a government within the government. “There are some areas within Birnin Gwari, particularly the eastern part, whereby the Ansaru (group) administer this territory because they give directives to the citizens who are there and they decide what to be done.” He further stated that the terrorist group invaded Birnin Gwari over 12 years ago under the guise of teaching the people Islamic knowledge. Abdurra’uf noted that those people later turned to insurgents with abhorrence for western education.
10. Senate Confirms Adamu, Ahmad As CBN Deputy Governors
The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday, confirmed Edward Lametek Adamu as the Deputy Governor for Corporate Services of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The Red Chamber also confirmed the reappointment of Aisha Ndanusa Ahmad as the CBN Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability.
Adamu and Ahmad’s confirmation by the Senate was a sequel to the presentation and consideration of the report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance, and other Financial Institutions, on the floor of the Senate.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Uba Sani (APC – Kaduna Central), said they met the requirements expected of them during the screening process. While appearing before the Committee, Sani said the nominees answered questions on the country’s cashless and withdrawal limit policies. After the presentation, the Senate approved the recommendations of the committee when it was put to a voice vote by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.