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


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

1. Austin Iwar, the Police Commissioner in Kaduna State has written the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, to appear on April 30 at the Command Headquarters in Kaduna for questioning.

The command said the invitation was in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide where the principal suspect mentioned his name.

2. Senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta Central Senatorial district was during Thursday plenary suspended for 90 legislative days.

The Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges, which investigated him over comment on the reordering of electoral timetable, recommended his suspension.

3. Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a man who is not biased.

He stated that the President supports even opposition states (controlled by PDP) because he is no respecter of ethnic group, religion or party affiliation.

4. A House of Representatives panel currently investigating the alleged violation of public trust by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has stated that it will invite the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

During a public hearing on Thursday by the House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, the committee also decided to summon Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Winifred Oyo-Ita, head of civil service.

5. A former Vice-President, Abubakar Atiku’s son, Aminu, on Thursday told an Igbosere High Court in Lagos to upturn a magistrates’ court’s decision, which awarded the custody of his two children to his ex-wife, Fatima Bolori, as well as a N250,000 monthly upkeep.

Aminu told Justice Kazeem Alogba that the lower court failed to obey his constitutional right of fair hearing before granting verdict in Fatima’s favour.

6. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday ordered the immediate disbandment of a group, Parliamentary Support Group, in the Senate.

Saraki wedged the big hammer against the group, which was formed in March by pro-Buhari Senators, after a face-off with their colleagues on the amendment to the electoral act.

7. Suspected herdsmen have attacked two villages in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara, killing several people.

The gunmen launched attack on a mining site at Kuru-kuru village and also ambushed some people from the neighbouring Jarkuka village as they mobilised to bring help to Kuru-kuru.

8. No fewer than 10 persons have been confirmed dead and many others injured in attacks by suspected herdsmen on Logo and Ukum local government areas of the state.

Seven persons were killed in Gbeji, in Ukum LGA, while three were killed in Channel 1, in the Logo LGA.

9. The House of Representatives, yesterday, resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the payment of $16.9 million to lawyers by Attorney-General of the Federation for the recovery of ‘Abacha loot’.

The committee is also to investigate the controversy surrounding the engagement of Nigerian lawyers for a fee of N6 billion after the actual work had been concluded by another set of lawyers.

10. The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has commended Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako over the “uncommon courage” she displayed in the trial of Boko Haram suspected terrorists and asked her to adopt same yardstick in dismissing the treason charges against IPOB members in her court due to lack of diligent prosecution.

IPOB recall that Justice Murtala- Nyako dismissed terrorism charges against two Boko Haram suspects on the grounds of lack of diligent prosecution by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, pointing out that the same yardstick should be used in dismissing the charges against IPOB members, who had been languishing in jail since 2015 without trial.


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