Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today February 2, 2021 | Nigeria Newspaper Headlines this Morning
1. TI Rating: Presidency says it’s corrupt Nigerians, not Buhari
On Monday, the Presidency declared that Transparency International (TIpoor )’s corruption rating in Nigeria is not a reflection of the personality of President Muhammadu Buhari, but a reflection of Nigerian behavior.
The spokesman for the president, Garba Shehu, made the submission when he appeared on Sunrise Daily’s Channels Television.
Ejes Gist Nigeria News reminds us that in its 2020 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) last week, Transparency International (TI) ranked Nigeria as the second most corrupt country in West Africa.
2. Senate Replies Ganduje Over Call To Ban Cattle Movement From North To South
The Senate denied Governor Abdullah Ganduje of Kano State’s appeal to prohibit the movement of cattle from the north to other parts of the country.
Ejes Gist Naija News reports that the ban on the movement of cattle and herdsmen from the northern part of Nigeria to other regions was recommended by Ganduje as a way of curbing the country’s frequent farmer-herdsman crisis.
But Senate spokesman Senator Ajibola Basiru said in an interview with Vanguard on Monday that the federal government could not enact a law that would ban the movement of cattle from the north to other parts of the country.
The senator noted that if the law were enacted, it would be unconstitutional and would violate the herders’ freedom of movement.
3. 2023: Northern Governors’ plans to make Jonathan defect to APC, revealed by Contest Presidency
It is reported that some Northern Governors serving on the ruling platform All Progressives Congress (APC) have perfected plans for former President Goodluck Jonathan to defect to the party.
The Governors, who are said to be very influential within the APC, were also gathered to convince the party to give Jonathan his presidential ticket for 2023.
They allegedly want Jonathan to compete and win in 2023, fully aware that he can not use more than four years, having already been the president between 2011 and 2015, then the North will be able to return to power after him again.
4. No known date yet for the next IGP-Presidency Announcement.
The Presidency announced on Monday that the date for the announcement of a new Inspector-General of Police had not been decided.
Mohammed Adamu, the current IGP, is expected to leave office on Monday (today) as he reaches the age of retirement.
While talking about the development on TV channels, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he was unaware of any plan to appoint a new police chief. Read IGP Appointment: Names of 3 Police Officers to Replace IGP Adamu
5. Wike reveals reasons for ex-service chiefs’ failure.
The reason the immediate past service chiefs failed, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says, was that they joined politics and lost focus on security situations.
Speaking on Sunday’s Channels Television program, Wike said that when they shifted their focus from securing the nation to politics, the service chiefs lost the plot.
“Wike said: “The service chiefs were very involved in politics rather than focusing on the nation’s security.
Therefore, the Rivers Governor called on the newly appointed chiefs of service to shun politics and avoid their predecessors’ path.
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6. Igboho arrives in Ogun State on Sunday
In Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has arrived to evict criminal Fulani herdsmen in the state.
This comes after Igboho was invited by the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, to consult on how to solve the security challenges in the state.
In a statement released by his spokesman, Remi Hazzan, the state governor who clarified why he invited Igboho, said Igboho was not invited to pursue any ethnic group away from the state of Ogun.
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Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, has argued that a lot of things are going wrong in the country because President Muhammadu Buhari is ‘asleep on duty.’
Obasanjo noted that when he worked with him, he used to know Buhari as a military man, but the current Buhari, who is Nigeria’s democratic president, has fallen far below the standards he expected.
In a virtual interview with academic and historian Toyin Falola, Chief Obasanjo, who made his mind known on Sunday, said Buhari should wake up to his responsibilities. Read More
8. EFCC Drags Orji Uzor Kalu Back To Court Months After the Supreme Court Ruling
On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will re-arraign the former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, on charges of alleged fraud before a federal high court in Abuja.
Ejes Gist Nigeria Naija News reports that the case against the former governor will be heard by Justice Inyang Ekwo.
Remember that the judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court, Lagos, which sentenced Ude Udeogu and Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to 10 and 12 years in prison, was annulled by a seven-man panel of the Justices of the Supreme Court. Read More
9. Ekiti 2022: Segun Oni Declares Ambition of Gov’s Ship, Vows To Work With Fayose, Olujimii
Former Ekiti State Governor Segun Oni has declared his intention to compete on the Peoples Democratic Party platform in the Ekiti 2022 governorship election (PDP).
Ejes Gist Nigeria Naija News reports that while unveiling his campaign office in preparation for the election, Oni declared his ambition on Monday.
The former PDP National Vice-Chairman, Southwest, speaking to his supporters, said that the All Progressive Congress would be defeated in the election.
Uh. 10. Gusau Varsity VC For N260m Contract Scam Arrests EFCC
The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Gusau, Prof Magaji Garba, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
After honouring an invitation in relation to his involvement in a case of abuse of office, corrupt practices, and contract scam, the commission last Thursday detained the VC.
A competent source at the anti-graft agency revealed that the VC fraudulently acquired N260 million from a contractor, Alhaji Shehu Sambo, owner of Ministaco Nigeria Ltd., sometime in 2018, on the pretext that the university would award his company a contract worth N3 billion for the construction of a perimeter fence.
The contract, however, was not awarded to encourage Sambo to petition the anti-graft agency.