Hello and good morning! Today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers is as follows:
1. Sound Sultan is dead
Lanre Fasasi, better known as Sound Sultan, a popular singer and songwriter, died yesterday after a battle with throat cancer. Dr. Kayode Fasasi, a family member, confirmed his death in a statement. Click here to Read Sound Sultan last Messages to Nigerians
On Sunday, armed men suspected of being bandits kidnapped Habibu Mainasara, the provost of the College of Arts and Animal Science Bakura in Zamfara State. SP Mohammed Shehu, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the occurrence.
3. El-Rufai Declares July 12 Public Holiday
The Kaduna State Government, led by Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has declared Monday, July 12 as a public holiday to commemorate the death on Sunday of Arch Barnabas Bantex, a former Deputy Governor of the state. Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, made the announcement in a statement.
4.COVID-19 3rd Wave: Govt Issues Fresh Directive To Churches, Mosques, Others
On Sunday, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced that COVID-19’s third wave had arrived in the state. In a speech yesterday, he ordered that religious buildings, event centres, and other enclosed spaces operate at 50 percent capacity going forward.
- Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has declared Sunday, July 11 to be the first day of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH. Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, issued the mandate in a statement.
Kingdom, one of the Nigerian Idol season 6 finalists, was named the winner of the Live TV programme yesterday. Kingdom won a cash award of N30 million, a brand new SUV, and a six-track EP recording agreement as a result of his triumph .
In the Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, a communal clash between the Ipav and Yandev communities resulted in the deaths of an unknown number of people. Anene Sewuese Catherine, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the occurrence.
8. Italy Defeats England in Euro 2020 Final
Italy won Euro 2020 yesterday after defeating England in a penalty shootout. After 120 minutes, the score was 1-1. England took the lead through Luke Shaw in the second minute, but Bonucci equalised with a follow-up shot after a corner kick.
9. Yoruba One Voice, Calls for Support
Yoruba One Voice, a diaspora organisation, has urged Yoruba people all over the world not to give up on the region’s unstoppable campaign for self-determination. According to a statement made on Sunday titled, “Yoruba Nation’ll forge ahead with self-determination agenda -YOV,” this was contained in an eight-point communique issued at the end of a webinar conference organised by the group.
10. Two Nurses Abducted in Kaduna Regain Freedom after 80 days
After spending 80 days in a bandit’s den, two nurses kidnapped in Kaduna State have been released. The announcement was validated by the Chairman of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Kaduna State Chapter, Comrade Ishaku Yakubu.
11. Buhari Has Done His Best To Unite Nigeria – BMO Knocks Col. Umar
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has chastised Col Abubakar Umar (rtd), a former Military Administration of Kaduna State, for accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of fomenting separatist agitations that threaten the country’s unity.
In a statement headlined “Nigeria; A Nation Challenged,” Col. Umar said the Buhari administration had failed to unite Nigeria.
He also chastised the Federal Government for threatening separatists while taking little action against kidnappers, robbers, and militants in the country’s north.
The arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, is of little concern, according to Umar.
BMO, in a statement signed by Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke and issued in Abuja, described Umar as a victim of “distorted perspective and a misunderstanding caused by dissatisfaction formed out of lack of acknowledgment.”
According to the group, Buhari has left no one in any doubt about his commitment to resolving the country’s security and other concerns.
12. Police Harass Zamfara Deputy Governor For Not Joining Matawalle To APC
The deputy governor of Zamfara State, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, has been accused of being harassed by Nigerian police officers.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, claimed that the Zamfara second in command was harassed by security men over his refusal to decamp to the All Progressive Congress, APC, alongside the state governor, Bello Matawalle, in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday by its publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
According to Ejes Gist Naija News, the PDP has criticised the situation in its entirety.
Given Governor Bello Matawalle’s intention to quit his post by defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the opposition denounced the “effort by the police to undermine the statutory authority of Gusau.”
Barnabas Yusuf Bala Bantex, the former Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, has died.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai announced this in a statement on Sunday, according to Naija News.
Bala, a senior member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), served as El-deputy Rufai’s during his first term, from 2015 to 2019.
14. “In Yobe State, Bandits Marry Off Kidnapped School Children”
The kidnappers have told the parents of some of the female pupils taken from their secondary school in Yobe State that their abductors have married them off.
The parents reported their daughters had been kidnapped and that the kidnappers had supplied them footage indicating their daughters were already married.
The girls were kidnapped from the Federal Girls’ College in Yawuri, Kebbi State, roughly two weeks ago, according to Naija News.
One of the parents told BBC Hausa that anytime they called the kidnappers, they would inform them that their children were safe and well, according to Daily Trust.
The kidnappers, on the other hand, have told the parents that they will only talk with the government and not the parents, according to the parent.
15. “Eid-El-Kabir in 2021 Will Be Celebrated On Tuesday”
Sa’ad Abubakar III, President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, has declared July 11 to be the first day of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH.
Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, announced the development in a statement.
With the Sultan’s proclamation, Nigerian Muslims will celebrate Eid-el-Kabir 2021 on Tuesday, July 20, which corresponds to the 10th of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH.
At his residence in Kajuru LGA of Kaduna state, gunmen suspected of being bandits kidnapped the Emir of Kajuru, Alhaji Alhassan Adamu.
The attackers also kidnapped 12 other members of the emir’s family, including women and children, according to DailyTrust.
Saidu Musa, the emir’s grandson and traditional title holder of Dan Kajuru, confirmed the attack on Sunday.
According to him, the event occurred at 12:30 a.m.
“Biafra: Ohanaeze Pledges Support For Nnamdi Kanu, Raises Legal Team” 8. “Biafra: Ohanaeze Pledges Support For Nnamdi Kanu, Raises Legal Team”
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the main Igbo group, has affirmed its support for Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
The organisation announced this in a statement published following its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Saturday in Enugu, which was signed by Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, the group’s National Publicity Secretary.
Ohanaeze also assembled a legal team, chaired by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide’s National Legal Adviser and notable Igbo leaders, to oversee Kanu’s trial.
The organisation, on the other hand, encouraged the Federal Government to try Kanu under Nigerian law and in accordance with international best practises.
17. “South-West Monarchs Tell DSS: Release Igboho’s Aides Now”
South West monarchs have demanded that the 13 aides of Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo, nicknamed Sunday Igboho, be released immediately.
The aides were arrested by Department of State Services (DSS) officers during a raid on his Ibadan residence on July 1, 2021, according to Naija News.
The monarchs, speaking through the Forum of the Yoruba Obas, denounced the DSS assault on Igboho’s Ibadan house in Soka and the killing of his aides in a statement released on Saturday.
Oba Samuel Adeoye (Edema I), the forum’s President and Molokun of Atijere Kingdom in Ondo State; Dr Abdulrasaq Abioye, Olukotun of Ikotun Ile in Kwara State; and 17 others signed the statement.
The invasion of Igboho’s house, according to the South West king, was an affront to his fundamental human rights, and he demanded the immediate release of his aides as well as reparations for the relatives of those killed in the raid.