Good morning Nigerian, and welcome to the Ejes Gist News roundup of today’s top newspaper headlines in Nigeria, for Monday, October 18th, 2021.
- Gunmen attack over 20 traditional rulers in Imo State, killing five people.
Five traditional rulers were killed by unknown gunmen during an attack on the Nnenasa community headquarters in the Njaba LGA of Imo State.
According to Channels Television, a group of over 20 traditional rulers from the area were meeting at the local government headquarters in the community when gunmen stormed the building.
The gunmen attacked the meeting, shooting sporadically and killing at least five traditional rulers on the spot, according to reports.
Those who received serious gunshot wounds were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
- The Pandora Papers: A Well-Known Nigerian Judge Has Been Indicted In An Offshore Scandal
Justice Stella Ogene, the former President of the Delta State Customary Court of Appeal, is accused of using an offshore company to buy a London property.
The retired judge is the latest Nigerian elite to be implicated in offshore dealings as a result of the Pandora Papers exposé.
Justice Ogene, who was honoured as Nigeria’s longest-serving Head of Customary Court, was referred to Cook Worldwide, a financial secrecy seller with an office in Panama, a notorious tax haven, by a British-Nigerian London property consultant, Chike Obianaba, according to the latest exposé published in Premium Times.
Cook Worldwide acted quickly, according to the document seen by the newspaper, and Assete Media Limited was formed on September 7, 2009, with Ogene as its beneficial owner, director, and secretary.
- In Lagos State, police have banned street protests as part of the #EndSARS campaign.
The Nigeria Police Force’s Lagos State Command has announced that no street protests will be allowed to mark the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.
The Command also denied that it has given permission for any type of street protest to take place tomorrow in honour of the #EndSARS movement.
Only indoor and virtual events are permitted in commemoration of the #EndSARS protest, according to a statement issued by the command’s spokesperson, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, on Tuesday.
Street protests could not be allowed, according to Ajisebutu, because intelligence information indicates that some people are planning to hijack the protest and disrupt public order.
He warned both pro and anti-SARS protest organisers to put their swords away because no street protests will be allowed, and security operatives have been ordered to enforce the order.
- PIA: Buhari’s Character Doesn’t Surprise Me – Asari Dokubo
Asari Dokubu, a former Niger-Delta Militant, has chastised President Muhammadu Buhari for giving oil-producing communities in the Niger Delta a 3% equity stake.
Dokubo lamented the “marginalisation of the region in the equity share in the Petroleum Industry Bill” in an interview with The Punch on Monday, saying he was not surprised by the President’s action.
Despite asking for a ten percent equity stake, the former warlord added that the region’s three percent equity stake is an insult to the Niger Delta people.
The political elites in the region have been “captured,” according to the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force, and cannot condemn the President for his actions.
- It’s Unacceptable – Ortom Reacts To Sokoto Goronyo Murders
Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has condemned the massacre of people at Goronyo Market in Sokoto State’s Goronyo Local Government Area by armed bandits.
The Governor, who described Nigeria’s deteriorating security situation as “unacceptable,” called on the federal government to act quickly to address the problem.
Ortom also sent condolence messages to the families of those killed, as well as the people and government of Sokoto State, in a statement released on Tuesday by his acting Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur.
More than 43 people were killed when bandits attacked the Goronyo market in Sokoto State’s Goronyo Local Government Area.
The bandits stormed the weekly market, shooting indiscriminately and killing a number of people. During the attack, some traders and buyers were killed, and many others were injured, according to reports.
According to the Daily Trust, the bandits went unnoticed by security agencies or vigilantes for several hours.
In response, Ortom urged the government to do more to ensure that citizens and residents can live in peace.
- DPR, PPPRA, PEF, and Scraps Agencies CEOs are fired by President Buhari.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), and the Petroleum Equalisation Fund have all been abolished by the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government (PEF).
It was revealed by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, during a speech on the sidelines of the inauguration of the boards of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority and the Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission.
The chief executive officers of the three agencies have also been fired, according to him, by the Buhari-led administration.
According to the minister, the NPRA and NURC have taken over the functions of the DPR, PPPRA, and PEF following the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act.
- Terrorists from Boko Haram/ISWAP are killed as troops repel an attack on a military base.
After a failed attempt to attack a military base in Borno, many terrorists loyal to the Boko Haram and ISWAP groups were killed by security forces.
Terrorists attempted to overrun the Forward Operating Base (FOB) in the Wulgo area of Borno State on Monday, but were met with fierce military resistance.
According to Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, a collaborative effort between the Nigerian troops of Joint Task Force, North East Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) and the Cameroonian Defence Force foiled the terrorists’ attempted attack.
In the ensuing battle, three Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters were killed as the brave soldiers forced the terrorists to flee.
- The outcome of Twitter’s negotiations will have an impact on all Nigerian social media platforms – Lai Mohammed.
Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, has stated that the social media reforms enacted in response to the country’s Twitter ban will also affect other platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and others.
The outcome of the federal government’s negotiations with Twitter, according to the Minister, will be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari, and the approval will be implemented across other platforms.
During an interview on TVC’s “This Morning” on Monday, he made the statement.
“All I can say is that the recommendations we’re going to make will be applicable not only to Twitter, but to all OTTs and other social media platforms in Nigeria,” he said.
- Nnamdi Kanu, Igboho, is more popular than all Southern politicians – Peter Obi
Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State and the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Vice Presidential candidate for 2019, has taken a swipe at southern politicians.
This comes as he claims that no southern politician is as well-liked as Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, and Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Obi recently made his feelings known while giving a lecture on national security.
In support of his argument, the former Anambra State Governor, while blaming the problem on poor leadership, believes that people are frustrated and only see rays of hope in such people.
Many people now see pro-secession agitators as symbols of hope, according to him, which explains their growing popularity.
10 Officer Seen Voting During Kano APC Congress is being investigated by the police.
The Nigerian Police Force announced on Tuesday that it has launched an investigation after a police officer was caught on camera casting a ballot during the Kano State Congress of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s All Progressives Congress.
It was revealed that the police officer was photographed with the party’s new chairman, Abdullahi Abbas, in a viral photo.
In a statement, the state police command’s spokesman, Abubakar Zayyanu, said the Assistant Inspector General in charge of the zone, Abubakar Sadiq Bello, had ordered an investigation into the officer.
The act was described as unprofessional by the AIG in a statement.
Bashir Mohammed is a police officer assigned to the Kano Government House, from which he was dispatched to work with the state APC chairman.
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