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Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Friday morning

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

1. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Thursday alerted the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and other security agencies of a plot by the Bauchi State government to implicate him in criminal conspiracy. Dogara also wrote a letter dated Thursday, March 21, addressed to the Inspector-General of Police and, copied to the Director-General, Department of State Services, SSS.

2. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, has, arraigned one Olamide Salvador and Richard Olusegun Olatunji, before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offence Court sitting in Ikeja, on a five-count charge bordering on stealing, forgery and conspiracy to the tune of N24, 183, 120. The first defendant, Salvador, allegedly conspired with the second defendant, Olatunji, a manager in Stanbic IBTC, and some others now at large to defraud one Foster Ene of the said sum of money.

3. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday raised the alarm over an alleged clandestine security meeting between the President Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency with certain top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies, where they allegedly hatched an “obnoxious plot to hijack the March 23 governorship supplementary elections in some states.” PDP claimed that INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, was directed not to declare the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike winner of the March 9 election. This was contained in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan.

4. Ahead of the supplementary elections in some parts of the country, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammad Abubakar Adamu, has deployed five Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, DIGs, three Assistant Inspectors General of Police, AIGs, to ensure that adequate security mechanisms are in place for the conduct of the election. He also deployed additional fifteen Commissioners of Police, CPs, to provide supervision, direction and support to the existing security structure already in place in those states. The Force PRO, Frank MBA said in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.

5. The supplementary election scheduled for Saturday, March 23, in Adamawa State has been postponed indefinitely. This is as a result of a suit filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Mustafa Shaba, the governorship candidate of the Movement For Restoration and Defence for Democracy (MRDD). Shaba had sued INEC over the omission of his party’s logo from the electoral materials used for the March 9 election.

6. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has finally released the much-awaited timeline for the completion of the electoral process in Rivers State. INEC Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Information, Festus Okoye, at a media briefing in Abuja, said collation and announcement of results in the Rivers governorship election will take place between 2nd and 5th of April, 2019, at a venue to be decided by stakeholders. Okoye also disclosed that supplementary elections will take place on the 13th of April in local government areas where elections could not hold.

7. Senator Smart Adeyemi, Miss Natasha Akpoti and Sen. Ahmed Ogembe have filed petitions against the conduct and outcome of the National Assembly election held in Kogi State on Feb.23. The Secretary of the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal, Mrs Aisha Mana, confirmed this on Thursday in Lokoja.

8. The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar was ‘hallucinating’. Obaseki said this on Thursday in reaction to the claim by the PDP that Atiku Abubakar defeated Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, by about 1.6 million votes and won the 2019 election from what the INEC server showed.

9. The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Thursday approved the prayer of the Defence counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen to address the tribunal on a no-case submission. It also directed the tribunal registrar to make available a record of proceedings to Awomolo to enable him prepare his written address. Awomolo, according to the directive of the chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar would receive the recorded proceedings next Monday.

10. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said that the recent report release by the United State on Nigeria’s anti-corruption war was false and misleading. The EFCC, while dismissing the report, said it had done so well in the fight against corruption that other nations of the world were highly appreciative of its effort in curtailing corruption.

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Boko Haram: Army opens up on attack in Jakana, says personnel died in gun battle

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Troops of 212 Battalion deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Jakana, on Wednesday July 7, 2019 dealt with and neutralised unconfirmed number of Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists when they woefully attempted to infiltrate their base in dire need for logistics.

A statement from Col Ado Isa, Deputy Director Public Relations Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Friday said, the terrorists came at about 1845 hours in 7 Gun Trucks and fought fiercely to infiltrate the camp, but the attack was thwarted with heavy fire and bombardment by the gallant and patriotic troops who were vigilant and battle ready.

“The terrorists couldn’t bear the fire power any longer after loosing significant number of both equipment and personnel in an exchange of fire. They lost initiative and withdrew in disarray along the Benisheikh – Damaturu axis, – abandoning a damaged utility Gun truck which was earmarked to convey looted items.

“Troops immediately followed in hot pursuit and the following items were captured: 1 x Anti Aircraft Gun, 2 x Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Tubes, 2 x AK 47 Rifles, 15 x Machine Gun rounds, 12 x AK 47 NATO rounds.

“Sadly, a Colonel and a Captain as well as 3 soldiers on transit from Maiduguri to Damaturu run into an ambush staged by the routed/fleeing terrorists from the Jakana axis which led to their unfortunate death.

“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai while commiserating with the families of the fallen heroes reiterated that Personnel of the Nigerian Army will never be deterred in the ongoing noble and patriotic fight against terrorism and insurgency in the North East

“He further commended the efforts of the entire troops in the theatre and charged them to remain focus, highly committed and professional in the discharge of their constitutional roles.

“He said the sacrifices of the fallen heroes in the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency is no doubt painful to all, but that will further spur us to do more to ensure that our country remain secured, peaceful and free from terrorists activities for the overall interest of the nation,” the statement added

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Ashiru vs El-Rufai: PDP losses in court over Kaduna guber

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The 2019 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Isa Ashiru lost his bid to get the Appeal Court in state to order a recount of votes of the last election in the state.

The appellate court on Thursday dismissed Ashiru and PDP’s appeal against the refusal of the State Governorship Petition Tribunal to order a recount of votes.

The tribunal had struck out Ashiru’s petition seeking for a recount of votes cast during the last election in the state for lack of merit.

Ruling on the motion on May 29, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Bako had held that the tribunal has a time frame of only 180 days to complete its assignment.

Justice Bako also refused the application for amendment of the motion, seeking to narrow the votes recount to only 12 local government areas of Kaduna state.

Dissatisfied with the ruling, PDP and Ashiru appealed the ruling at the Court of Appeal.

However, Justice Hussaini Muktar, in his judgment affirmed the orders of the tribunal and consequently refused to order for a recount of votes.

Justice Muktar held that counting of votes and making it an exhibit in court was part of a trial, which is capable of disposing off the main claim in the matter.

He stated that the Supreme Court frowned at that which allows a matter to be disposed off at a pre-trial conference.

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Boko Haram Kills Aid Worker In Borno, Three Others Missing

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Boko Haram militants have killed a member of the Action Against Hunger, Grace Taku, as well as a driver while three health workers are missing.

The incident happened when a convoy of the aid agency was heading to Damasak in Borno State.

The attack is coming a day after an army commander, colonel and some soldiers were ambushed in Yobe State by Boko Haram terrorists.

A statement by Action Against Hunger reads, “One of the drivers was killed, while one Action Against Hunger staff member, two of the drivers and three health workers are missing.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident as these are colleagues dedicated to providing life-saving assistance to individuals and families affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the northeast of Nigeria. We are very concerned and want to ensure that they are safe and can be reunited with their families.

“Action Against Hunger strives to ensure that millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria receive the essential services required for their survival, especially women and children.”

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