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

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

1. A group, Access to Justice, on Sunday asked President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa, to step down from the Election Tribunal hearing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar’s petition against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The justice advocacy group said this had become necessary as Bulkachuwa is married to a Senator-elect on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mohammed Bulkachuwa.

2. Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, Sunday night, presented staff office to the newly appointed Emir of Gaya, Ibrahim Abdulkadir.

The presentation took place 48 hours after a State High Court stopped the governor, the State House of Assembly and the Attorney-General from implementing the splitting of the Kano Emirate.

3. Wudil indigenes in Kano State have appealed to the State House of Assembly and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to revisit the recent creation of Gaya Emirate Council under which they have been grouped.

Alhaji Yawale Muhammad-Idris, spokesman of the indigenes, who made the call shortly after a stakeholders’ meeting on Sunday in Wudil, headquarters of Wudil Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, appealed to the State Government to return them to the old Kano Emirate where they rightly belong.

4. The Director, Corporate Communications, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mr Isaac Okoroafor has said that no money is missing or stolen from the bank’s coffers as reported in some section of the media.

Okoroafor said this in a statement on Sunday while reacting to a recent article and audio clips in which the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and other senior officials were heard discussing discrepancies in the bank’s accounts.

5. Troops of the Nigerian Army have arrested a policeman and a soldier for illegal possession of ammunition.

Col. Sagir Musa, the Acting Director Army Public Relations in a statement said that a Mobile policeman, Sgt. Markus John, with number PNo 383106 was arrested at Njimtilo check point on Maiduguri-Damaturu road, while on transit to Lagos.

6. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has recalled the 12 suspended Local Government Council Chairmen.

They are heads of Okrika, Emohua, Abua/Odual, Degema, Khana, Gokana, Ahoada East, Ikwerre, Eleme, Andoni, Omuma and Ogu/Bolo Local Government Areas.

7. Former Governor of old Anambra State, Jim Nwobodo, has revealed why Nigeria will never have peace.

Nwobodo said peace will continue to elude Nigeria until somebody from the Igbo extraction is allowed to become president.

8. ISIL has claimed killing of 11 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on the northeastern town of Gajiganna, Borno.

Reports said that the group made the claim at the weekend through its news agency, AMAQ.

9. Outgoing Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has claimed that the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, once sent his DSS detail to insult him.

Okorocha said he had gone to interact with his party Chairman about issues relating to happenings in the party when he (Oshiomhole) sent his DSS personnel to push him out of his office.

10. Manchester City are champions of England again.

Pep Guardiola’s men, who won the title last season, came from a goal down to defeat Brighton 4-1 at the Amex Stadium.

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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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