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

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: Troops kill 3 terrorists in Borno

In continuation of the on going Operation YANCIN TAFKI, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, operating in close collaboration with troops of the Nigerian Army have continued to put pressure on Boko Haram Terrorists resulting in more human and equipment casualties for the terrorist group.

A statement from Colonel Timothy Antigha, Chief of Military Public Information MNJTF N’Djamena – Chad said, on Monday’s night, at about 01:20 am, terrorists attacked troops position at Cross Kauwa, about 40 kilometers from Monguno.

“However, the terrorists paid dearly for it as 3 were killed, while others escaped with gun shot wounds.

“Similarly, one AK 47 Riffle, Motar bomb and General Purpose Machine Gun, respectively, were captured. Additionally, assorted rounds of ammunition were impounded,” the statement said.

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Kogi will still become oil-producing State despite senate rejection – Senator Isaac Alfa

Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Isaac Mohammed Alfa has assured that the bill to “recognise Kogi as an oil producing state” which was rejected at Wednesday’s plenary would be passed in future.

The lawmaker in his lead debate at the plenary insisted that the OPLs 915 and 916 crude oil are within the basin of Ibaji local government areas of Kogi State.

In his clarification at a press conference after plenary, he said that 53% of oil being produced by Orient Oil in Anambra State comes from the affected OPLs, saying that once the grey areas noticed by the Senate were addressed, Kogi would become an oil-producing state.

“The purpose of being here today is with regards to the motion I moved stating that Kogi State be declared an oil-producing state.”

“53% of oil from Anambra basin comes from oil well in Kogi State, the oil that is being produced now”, Isaac insisted.

“From my own assessment, it was a successful motion. It was not rejected 100%. Even at that, Kogi wasn’t rejected but because of the sensitive nature of the contiguous communities, Senate needed rigorous work before passing the law.

“Senate has directed its Committee on oil and gas (upstream) to conclude reports within two weeks.

“I have a reason for moving the motion. My position as a Senator wears two caps. I am a lawmaker and a Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District.

”As a Senator representing Kogi East today, I am the highest political office holder in my districts and I have an obligation to represent their interest. ”

Senator Tayo Alasoadura, Chairman of Senate Committee on Petroleum who has not been forthcoming on the controversial issue was not willing to speak when DAILY POST visited his office.

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10-year-old boy drowns in Kano

A 10- year-old boy, Shuaibu Musa, has drowned while bathing in a pond called, “Ramin Tasiu” at Sheika Road in Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State.

The Spokesman of the Kano State Fire Service, Mr Saidu Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kano that the incident happened on Tuesday afternoon when the deceased went to take his bath.

“We received a distress call from one Malam Abdullahi Naguru at about 03:15p.m. that Musa’s body was found floating in the water.

“On receiving the information, we quickly sent our rescue team to the scene at about 03:30p.m.

“Musa was found dead and his corpse was handed over to his father, Alhaji Musa Ya’u,’’ he said.

Mohammed advised the general public especially parents and ward heads to stop children from going into open water for whatever purpose to save their lives.

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