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Good morning Nigerian, and welcome to the Ejes Gist News roundup of today’s top newspaper headlines in Nigeria, for Monday, October 18th, 2021.

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1. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) denies paying bandit terrorists $20,000 to not shoot down planes.

The Nigerian Airforce has denied claims that it paid $20 million to bandits in Jibia, Katsina State, in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun.

The Wall Street Journal had previously reported that NAF paid a large sum to bandits to reclaim the gun to prevent terrorists from using it to attack President Muhammadu Buhari’s plane.

The report was debunked by the NAF in a statement released on Sunday by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director of NAF Public Relations and Information, titled ‘NAF Did Not Make Any Payment To Bandits In Exchange For Weapons.’

The Air Force stated that it had carried out attacks on the said forest, emphasising that when it is on the offensive, there is no need to negotiate with bandits.

2. Nigeria’s Central Police System Has Failed; State Police Is the Answer – Ekweremadu

Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the former Deputy Senate President, has once again advocated for the establishment of state police in Nigeria.

He claimed that Nigeria’s federal system’s central police system has collapsed and is incapable of dealing with the country’s current security challenges.

This, he claims, is why, in recent years, the military has been called in to handle security situations that would normally fall under the purview of the police.

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Ekweremadu, who spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a church thanksgiving service he attended in the Bekaji area on Sunday in Yola, Adamawa State capital, said Nigeria needs to abandon its failed unitary policing system and embrace workable systems like the rest of the world.

He argued that Nigeria should not run a federal system of government while insisting on a unitary policing system.

3. Police Officers Arrested for Assaulting a Student in Kogi Over a $25,000 Bribe

A trending video of four officers allegedly extorting N25,000 from a traveller has prompted the Kogi State Police Command to launch an investigation.

According to reports, while on patrol duty along the Adogo-Okene road, security operatives from the Adogo Division allegedly committed the act that sparked outrage.

“The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, CP Idrisu Dauda Dabban, while condemning the incident, noted that the Police officers have been identified and detained at the State Criminal Investigations Department,” according to a press release issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Ovye Aya on Sunday.

ASP Isah Barnabas, Inspector Ifediegwu Godwin, Sgt Emmanuel Ochima, and CPL Umameh Mathias are the officers, according to Aya.

“An official query has been issued to the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), while the three (3) other junior officers are currently undergoing an orderly room trial,” he said (Police internal disciplinary actions).

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4. The Senate Speaks Out Against Governors Being Attacked With The Direct Primary Clause

The Nigerian Senate has refuted claims that the recent directive requiring political parties to use direct primary elections was aimed at state governors.

The Senate’s spokesperson, Ajibola Basiru, stated that the lawmakers’ decision to approve the direct primary clause in the 2010 Electoral Act (amendment) Bill 2021 was made to strengthen democratic participation, not to pit governors against lawmakers.

Direct primaries for political parties, according to Basiru, will encourage members to vote directly for their representatives at various levels.

According to Naija News, the Senate approved last Tuesday that all political parties must use the direct primary mode in selecting candidates as part of changes to the electoral act bill.

However, stakeholders have continued to have mixed feelings about the move.

Senator Basiru, reacting to the saga and defending the lawmakers’ position, stated that the directive was not directed at the Governors and that it was not intended to reduce their influence.

He also dismissed claims that the lawmakers used the direct primary clause on purpose to limit the ability of state governors to sway delegates in their favour when political parties use direct primary.

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5. Kwara Gov. Attacks: ‘You’re Only Good At Lying And Making Noise’ Mohammed Lai

Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has slammed Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed for claiming that he funded his campaign and was instrumental in his election victory in 2019.

According to reports, the minister said at a political event in the state in July that he raised a significant portion of the funds for the governor’s election in the state’s 2019 elections.

Mohammed went on to say that the governor had broken promises to him and other party leaders in the state and that the APC had given him “one chance” by endorsing his candidacy.

However, in an interview with THISDAY, Abdulrazaq called the minister a “liar and noisemaker” who couldn’t win an election in his state ward.

Mohammed, according to the governor, is only good at making “noise” on social media and not working for Kwara’s and its citizens’ development.

6. I’m not in court against the PDP, but against the person who wants to kidnap the party’s soul – Secondus

Prince Uche Secondus, the suspended National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has stated that he will not withdraw from the court case against the party until justice is served.

He did add, however, that he is not opposed to the PDP per se, but rather to those who seek to destroy the party through their actions.

Furthermore, Secondus said in a statement issued on Sunday by his media adviser, Ike Abonyi, that he is not under any pressure to withdraw the case from the court, as some have speculated.

The PDP leaders, he claims, are aware of what is going on but choose to play mind games with the situation.

7. Despite the intervention of AGF Malami and the National Assembly, 16 army generals have been ‘unjustly sacked.’

Sixteen Army Generals, including nine Major Generals and seven Brigadier Generals, were ‘arbitrarily’ sacked by the Nigerian Army in 2016 for unjustifiable reasons.

Despite the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, as well as court orders and the National Assembly, this is the case.

According to reports, the affected generals’ contracts have expired this year and they will not be able to return to the military.

The affected military generals were among the 38 Army officers who were forced to retire without cause on June 9, 2016.

Attempts by AGF Malami to break the impasse between Army Generals and their military authorities were also unsuccessful.

According to PRNigeria, the Army Council sat and announced the compulsory retirement of 38 Army officers, which was presided over by the trio of Mr. Mohammed Mansur Dan-Alli (then Minister for Defence), General AG Olonsakin (then Chief of Defence Staff), and Lt Gen TY Buratai (then Chief of Army Staff).

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8. Release Nnamdi Kanu To End IPOB’s Sit-At-Home – Father Mbaka To Buhari, 

Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka has advised the federal government to release Nnamdi Kanu.

Ejes Gist News reports, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is currently cooling his heels in the custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, resulting in the southeast’s ongoing sit-at-home protest.

The sit-in, which was started to protest Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest and detention but was later called off by IPOB, has continued to stifle economic activity in the southeast.

During a sermon, Father Mbaka stated in a now-viral video that the release of the pro-Biafra activist will put an end to the sit-at-home order in some parts of the south-east.

Kanu, according to the clergyman, cannot remain in DSS custody indefinitely.

9. Buhari is being sued over  N4.8 billion budget to track WhatsApp messages and phone calls.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been taken to court over his administration’s plans to use N4.8 billion to monitor Nigerians’ Whatsapp messages.

The Nigerian government budgeted the above funds for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to spy on Nigerians’ Whatsapp messages and Thuraya calls in the 2021 budget breakdown.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari, alleging that he was planning to infringe on Nigerians’ rights.

SERAP is asking the court to declare the plan to monitor WhatsApp “unconstitutional” in the suit FHC/ABJ/CS/1240/2021, which was filed on Friday before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The plan to “monitor WhatsApp messages, phone calls, and text messages fail to meet the requirements of legality, necessity, and proportionality,” according to SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, in a statement released on Sunday.

10. Biafra/Oduduwa: Nigeria Unity is Negotiable – Kingibe

Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, Nigeria’s envoy to Chad and the Lake Chad basin region, has stated that Nigeria’s unity is negotiable.

According to reports, the former Vice Presidential Candidate said this on Saturday at the Sun Newspapers 2020 Awards in Lagos.

Even the union between a husband and wife, according to the former Ambassador to Cyprus, Greece, and Pakistan, is negotiable.

He did warn, however, that even if the country is divided, no land will be transferred from one location to another because everyone will be required to remain in the same location.

11.  In Oviri-Ogor and Ughelli urban, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, over 5,000 people decamped from their political parties to the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Sunday.

The defectors claimed that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the Deputy President of the Senate, was responsible for their decision to leave their previous parties.

  1. Two students from the Federal University of Lafia in Nasarawa State have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen suspected of being kidnappers. The attackers stormed the area with advanced weapons, shooting sporadically before whisking the victims away to an unknown destination, according to reports. Rahman Nansel, the State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident.

  2. MTN Nigeria has compensated its customers with airtime and data as a result of the outage that occurred on Saturday. MTN Nigeria’s Chief Executive Officer, Karl Toriola, shared the news with subscribers on Sunday.

Toriola apologised for the error in a video message posted on the company’s YouTube channel and sent to all network subscribers.

 

14 In a viral video, four police officers were arrested and detained in Kogi for allegedly extorting N25,000 from a traveller and assaulting another. This was revealed in a statement signed by the police command’s image-maker, DSP William Aya, on Sunday in Lokoja by Commissioner of Police, Idrisu Dauda Dabban.

  1. The village chief of Banye in Katsina State’s Charanchi Local Government Area has been kidnapped. According to a local, the heavily armed attackers stormed the town on Friday night and went straight to the village chief’s palace, where they kidnapped him and other victims.

16.  Tordue Salem, a Vanguard Newspaper reporter at the National Assembly, is being sought by police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Salem, who is in charge of the House of Representatives, was last seen in Abuja on Wednesday evening. He was then seen near the Total Filling Station in Area 11, Garki, which is direct across from the Police Headquarters.

17 On Sunday, police in Ogun State confirmed the arrest of Bisi Omoniyi, a 25-year-old suspect, for allegedly hacking a 50-year-old man, Akinyemi Alani, to death. The incident happened on Friday in Ajilete, in the state’s Yewa-South Local Government Area, when Omoniyi allegedly met the deceased in his lover’s apartment, Kafayat Sakariyau.

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