Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Thursday 28 March morning


Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to be in Lagos today on a working visit. The president would during his visit commission the Ikeja bus terminal as well as other project executed by the state governor, Akinwumi Ambode.

2. The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate removal of Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga following the escape of six suspects from custody early this morning.

He also redeployed the Commander, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the state, the Divisional Police Officer ‘A’ Division, Lokoja and other police officers implicated in the escape for negligence, dereliction of duty and gross misconduct.

3. The Nigeria Police on Wednesday declared Dino Melaye, a senator representing Kogi West State, wanted.

The lawmaker was declared wanted alongside Mohammed Audu, son of a former governor of the state, Abubakar Audu and placed on Interpol watchlist for allegedly providing false information to the police in relation to an alleged attempt on Mr. Melaye’s life last year.

4. The All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that President Muhammadu Buhari lacks the power to determine tenure of its elected officers.

The party said this while opposing the hearing of the suit by aggrieved members of the party over the tenure elongation for the National Working Committee, NWC, led by John Odigie Oyegun before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

5. The children of Martin Luther King and the King Centre have purportedly dismissed the award given to President Muhammadu Buhari few days ago.

The King Centre in a statement said the award was not issued by them or the children of the late African American civil right activist.

6. The Senate has directed its Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary), to interact with the Minister of Education to identify the causes of mass failure in the Senior Secondary Examination conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Senator Umaru Kurfi (Katsina Central), who described the recurring mass failure in the country since 2009 as embarrassing.

7. Three persons were on Wednesday killed in Bawan Daji village at Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara state.

The Command’s Spokesman, DSP Mohammed Shehu said that the killing was perpetrated by gunmen who came in large numbers and attacked the village in the early hours of Wednesday shooting sporadically.

8. The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, has stated that no fewer than 80 political parties would participate in next year’s general elections.

Yakubu pointed out that at the moment, INEC has received over 100 additional applications for new political parties, while nine had met the criteria.

9. The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee has finally resolved to allocate funds to the three tiers of government.

The FAC committee, after a slight disagreement on Tuesday at a meeting on Wednesday, held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance, which was presided over by Adeosun, resolved to disburse the sum of N647.39bn to the three tiers of government.

10. The Federal High Court in Abuja has once again asked the three sureties in the trial of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to produce the defendant or risk going to prison.

Justice Binta Nyako asked Kanu’s sureties, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish priest, Immanuu-El Shalom, and an accountant resident in Abuja, Tochukwu Uchendu to produce the defendant.


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