Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Saturday, 17th April, 2021
1 Why Some PDP Governors Oppose Jonathan in 2015.
Babangida Aliyu, the former Governor of Niger State, has disclosed why some Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party opposed former President Goodluck Jonathan’s bid for a second term.
In response to his suspension by the PDP in Niger’s Chachanga Local Government Area, Aliyu said that some PDP governors operated against Jonathan in 2015 because he broke an agreement not to pursue a second term.
Remember that Aliyu was suspended by the PDP in the LGA for anti-party activities, including working against Jonathan in 2015.
Jonathan was Nigeria’s first sitting president to lose an election.
The names of more inmates who escaped from the Owerri Custodial Centre in the Imo State capital have been released by the Nigerian Correctional Service.
The service published pictures and names of the male and female inmates who have been declared wanted in a series of tweets on Friday via its Twitter handle.
The service’s latest tweets follow identical ones sent last week, in which officials exposed the names of dozens of escaping prisoners.
Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to arrest and prosecute Japheth Omojuwa, a social media influencer, for identity fraud.
She informed the IGP’s office in a letter dated April 14, 2021, and signed by Marshal Abubakar of Falana and Falana Chambers.
Remember that following the controversy over a social media campaign done on behalf of a Venezuelan envoy, Alex Saab, the former minister distanced herself from the firm, Alpha Reach Limited.
4. I support terrorist organisations such as the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, but not Boko Haram — Minister Pantami
Despite denying allegiance to Boko Haram, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has been linked to global militant groups such as the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
“This jihad is an obligation for every single believer, particularly in Nigeria, oh God, give victory to the Taliban and al-Qaeda (Allahumma’ nur libn wa-tanm al Q‘ida),” Pantami said in a sermon in the 2000s.
When asked about his support for militant organisations by the Peoples Gazette on Wednesday, the Minister remained silent.
On Monday, Pantami threatened to sue several media outlets for claiming that he is on the US terror watchlist for endorsing Boko Haram.
5. Ethnic Tensions: Buhari, Ortom, and Others – Ndume
Senator Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Samuel Ortom, and other leaders of orchestrating the country’s ethnic divisions.
The former Senate Majority Leader made the remarks while serving as Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Correspondence Chapel in Abuja, where Ortom was the guest speaker.
He claimed that the political class, especially the President and governors, rarely fight openly and instead pit the people against each other.
6. Borno: Zulum Sleeps In Damasak, Number Of Boko Haram Victims Revealed
Professor Babagana Zulum, the Governor of Borno State, visited Damasak town on Thursday and stayed there until Friday with other top government officials.
The visit comes after Boko Haram launched an attack on the town, which is the administrative centre of the state’s Mobbar local government area, on Tuesday.
Senator Abubakar Kyari of Borno South, a Damasak native, accompanied the Governor on his visit.
During the visit, it was reported that Boko Haram terrorists attacked Damasak town in Borno on Tuesday, killing 18 people and injuring 21 others.
7. How Edo Jailbreak Was Prevented by Security Operatives – Correctional Service
The Edo State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has revealed how security operatives at its facility in Ubiaja foiled an attempted jailbreak by inmates.
According to a statement released on Friday by the state Public Relations Officer, Aminu Suleman, the incident occurred on Wednesday after inmates refused to return to their cells, resulting in a riot.
Inmates attempted the jailbreak after hearing about the incidents at correctional facilities in Edo’s Oko and Benin, as well as the recent assault on the custodial centre in Owerri, the state capital, he said.
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has reportedly been taken to the hospital after collapsing in Sokoto state.
The AGF was reportedly in Sokoto on Monday for Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s inauguration of the renovated State High Court complex.
Malami officially passed out after giving his speech at the ceremony, but was quickly revived by his aides and dignitaries, who assisted him in standing.
Following his return to Abuja, he was admitted to a private hospital.
9 . 5 Emirs, 27 District Heads, Military, and Police In Zamfara Involved In Banditry, Killings
The people behind the state’s security problems have been exposed by the committee set up by Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, to investigate the killings and abductions of citizens.
Five emirs, 27 district heads, as well as the military and police, were included in the committee’s report.
The individuals have been described as the perpetrators of the state’s security problems.
Dr Suleiman Shuaibu Shinkafi, the National Co-ordinator of the All Progressives Congress Concerned Youths of Nigeria, revealed the news on Thursday.
10 After returning from a medical check-up in the United Kingdom, Buhari speaks about the new IGP, service chiefs, and others.
President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed that his medical check-up in London, United Kingdom went extremely well thanks to Nigerians’ well-wishes.
He said this in an interview with journalists on Thursday, shortly after his return to Abuja from the tour.
“It went very well, after your well wishes,” the President said when asked how he felt after his medical checkup in London.
The President clearly said, “Continuity,” when asked what Nigerians should expect from his regime after the rest in London.
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