Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Online Today For Today Monday, April 25.
Hello and good morning! Today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers is as follows:
1. The number of people killed in the illegal oil refinery fire has increased, bringing the total number of people killed to 110. The latest addition, according to Mr Ifeanyi Nnaji, Head of Operations, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), was a pregnant woman whose belly burst, exposing the foetus.
2. A mother and her daughter, as well as a commercial driver transporting them to Kaduna after a humanitarian service at Mariri community in the Lere Local Government Area of the State, were abducted by bandits yesterday. The bandits have demanded N100 million from the victims’ families.
The Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP) has claimed responsibility for a police station attack in Adavi, Kogi State’s Okene Local Government Area. In the early hours of Saturday, gunmen stormed the station, killing at least three officers.
4. Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has asked former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to resign in his place, claiming that he has the necessary experience to run the country if elected president of Nigeria in 2023. Because he is young, strong, and agile, the former FCT minister claims he is better prepared.
5. The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has denied reports that it has endorsed former Senate President Bukola Saraki and Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed as consensus presidential candidates for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the North. Prof. Ango Abdullahi’s announcement on Friday of Mohammed and Saraki as PDP presidential candidates from the northern consensus has sparked further debate.
6. On Sunday, an early morning rainstorm in some parts of Lagos State left many residents counting their losses and lamenting the devastation caused by the downpour. Stan Evans, a resident of Muri Okunola Street near Burger Chicken on Victoria Island, said the rainstorm uprooted trees in the area, causing at least five cars and several buildings to be damaged.
7. Leggi Jibrin, the wanted leader of a notorious bandit gang terrorizing communities in Benue, Nasarawa, and Taraba States, was apprehended after a gun battle with troops from Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, the joint military/security operation that covers the three states.
8. Chief Mrs. Christiana Njideka Ezeife, wife of Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife (Okwadike Igbo Ukwu), the first Civilian Governor of Anambra State, has died. Prof Charles Soludo, the Governor of Anambra State, made the announcement in a statement yesterday.
Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Online Today
9. In Lagos State, a businesswoman named Chinyere Emeka-Atu is accused of defrauding traders and market women of over N600 million. The victims were allegedly promised a return of N200,000 in cash and N90,000 in food after investing in a Ponzi scheme for nine months.
10. President Muhammadu Buhari has called the explosion at an illegal crude oil refinery in Abaezi forest in Imo State’s Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area a national disaster. Following reports of tens of thousands of people being killed in the disaster, he directed the armed forces, security, and intelligence agencies to step up their crackdown on illegal refineries.
11. Russia brutalising Ukraine but losing war, US says.
- After a brief visit to Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Russia has failed in all of its war objectives.
- On Sunday, Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to Kyiv for talks, the highest-ranking US officials to visit the Ukrainian capital since the invasion began.
- Blinken told reporters afterward that Russia is still attempting to brutalize parts of Ukraine, but that Ukrainians are standing firm.
- Officials say the US has pledged more than $700 million in additional military aid to Ukraine.
- In the east, Russian shelling continues, with civilian deaths reported in Kharkiv and Donetsk.
- Ukraine claims that efforts to assist civilians fleeing the devastated port city of Mariupol have once again failed.
12. Officials say there was a fire at an oil depot in Bryansk, Russia.
According to Russian media citing emergency services, two fires broke out early Monday morning in the Russian city of Bryansk, close to the Ukrainian border.
The first fire is said to have occurred at an oil storage depot, while the second location remains unknown.
No one was hurt, and there are no plans to evacuate the area, according to officials.
The fires were not explained, and there was no immediate indication that they were related to Ukraine’s war, despite Russia’s previous accusation of Ukraine of an air strike in the same region.
Still on Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Online Today
Residents in the area told Russia’s Ria news agency that they heard two explosions. They also claimed that helicopters were not flying above the city at the time.
On social media, videos have surfaced that appear to show two large fires in the city. The videos have not been independently verified by the BBC.
13. Emmanuel Macron defeats Le Pen and vows to unite divided France.
Emmanuel Macron has been re-elected as France’s president for another five years after a convincing victory over rival Marine Le Pen, who received the far right’s highest vote share yet.
He won by a larger margin than expected, 58.55 percent to 41.45 percent.
At the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the centrist leader told jubilant supporters that now that the election was over, he would be a “president for all”
He is the first sitting president to be re-elected in 20 years.
Despite her defeat, Ms Le Pen, 53, claimed that her large vote share was still a victory.
She told her supporters that the ideas represented by her National Rally had reached new heights. “It’s the eighth time the Le Pen name has been hit by defeat,” said far-right rival Eric Zemmour, pointing out that she had ultimately failed, just like her father before her: “It’s the eighth time the Le Pen name has been hit by defeat.”
Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Online Today
In 2011, Marine Le Pen took over the party founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in an attempt to electability. On Sunday, she received more than 13 million votes on a platform that included tax cuts to combat rising living costs, a ban on wearing the Muslim headscarf in public, and a referendum on immigration controls.
In his victory speech, Mr Macron said, “An answer must be found to the anger and disagreements that led many of our compatriots to vote for the extreme right,” “It will be my responsibility and that of those around me.”
Nigerian Newspapers Today latest news now