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



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

1. The Religious Preaching Regulation law, 1984, before the Kaduna State House of Assembly seeking substitution, was on Friday passed into law

The bill, which purpose is to regulate religious preaching in Kaduna State with a view of promoting religious harmony and peaceful co-existence amongst the residents of the state was brought to the House since 2016.

2. A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to issue Certificate of Return to Rochas Okorocha as the duly elected Senator representing Orlu Imo West Senatorial district of Imo State.

Justice Okon Abang ruled that the decision to deprive Okorocha of the certificate was a “lawless decision,” adding that only the returning officer of the INEC had the constitutional authority to declare a winner.

3. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has declared that none of its members is involved in the alleged diversion of funds meant for local government administration in their states.

Reading the communique of the marathon meeting on Friday morning, Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, the chairman of the forum, said the PDP governors condemned the issue of local government funds diversion in strong term.

4. A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted an order ex-parte for the maintenance of status quo pending the determination of a motion filed by DAAR Communications, in its suit challenging the action of the NBC.

Delivering his ruling on Friday, Justice Inyang Ekwo, rejected two prayers by DAAR Communication, owners of the two stations, for restraining orders against the respondents – NBC, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture (FMIC) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

5. Kano State Police Command has resolved to suspend permission to hold any form of rally, demonstration, procession or assembly aimed at promoting any given aim in the State.

A statement signed by the command Public Relation officer DSP Abdullahi Haruna, explained that the move was to prevent and avert any threat, breach of peace or break down of law and order in face of various security challenges in the State.

6. Former Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan, has emerged as the Chairman of the African Union’s International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP).

Speaking at the International Leadership Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he emerged as the chairperson of the newly inaugurated ISCP, a body made up of mainly African former Presidents and ex-Heads of State, Jonathan urged the AU to set minimum acceptable standards for appointing the leadership of electoral commissions.

7. Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, says governing the state is not an easy task, as he has lost weight in just one week of assuming office.

Sanwo-Olu, whospoke with State House correspondents after a private meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, shortly after the expanded security council meeting on Friday, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said Lagos is not a tea party, as the experience and challenges are real.

8. Some senators-elect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Young Progressive Party (YPP), on Friday, declared support for Sen. Ahmad Lawan’s Senate Presidency ambition.

The opposition parties’ senators-elect at the occasion included Clifford Odia (PDP-Edo), Mathew Urhoghide (PDP-Edo) and Gershom Bash (PDP-Cross River), Abba Moro (Benue South) and others, said Lawan remains the most experience and competent senator to assume the office of the senate president.

9. The Police in Anambra State have apprehended two Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials in Onitsha, who reportedly killed one of their colleagues.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Mustapha Dandaura, said the incident occurred in FRSC office in Onitsha on Thursday.

10. Real Madrid, on Friday night, officially confirmed a deal for Eden Hazard from Chelsea.

Hazard would cost the Spanish giants an initial £88million, rising up to £130million with add-ons.

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Shocking Photos Of Nigeria’s Brutal Boxing Where Fighters Wrap Hands In Rope To ‘Kill’ Each Other



Shocking pictures have revealed a glimpse into the mostly hidden world of a brutal Nigerian sport known as Dambe.

The sport is like boxing but without protection. Opponents choose their strongest hand and wrap it in hard rope.

Their other hand is meant to act as a shield. Until recently, competitors were allowed to dip the hard rope in resin and even coat it in shards of glass.

That practice is now illegal but the sport is still deadly. And knocking your opponent out is even known as ‘killing’ them.

The ancient tradition is usually practised by Hausas in the north of Nigeria but it has spread to southern areas as well.

Dambe fighters in Lagos battle on the beach under floodlights while jumbo screens replay them for audience members who are far away.

The way to win the fight, which is centuries old, is by punching and kicking your opponent until they fall down.

The tradition is entrenched among butcher caste groups and is very heavily focused on communities. The sport started from clans of butchers travelling to different villages at harvest and fighting those from the area as part of the festival entertainment.

Butchers come from a lower caste of Hausa society – they are the only ones who could ritually slaughter animals and handle meat. They would form teams from the village – known as armies – and challenge men from other butchers guilds, as well as locals from the audience.

Nowadays, that sense of team is still very strong, and the sport is still dominated by the butchers’ caste, but competitors will often be very young – teenagers who train in gyms and yards – and will fight all year round, MailOnline reports.

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Morning review: 10 things you need to know this Sunday



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

1. The Edo State Police Command on Saturday said it has commenced investigation into the death of an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Benin, Williams Oyibogare. Oyibogare might have committed suicide as bottles of a pesticide, Sniper, were found in his home located in the Giwa Amu area along Airport Road. It was further alleged that a suicide note was found on his phone, which the police have already recovered. However, the EFCC said it was waiting for the police to conclude its investigation before making any further comment.

2. The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ogun State on Saturday dismissed the petition filed by Hon Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) against the election of Governor Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The tribunal held that Akinlade and the APM failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the election was marred with irregularities. The Yusuf Halilu-led tribunal said the petitioners erred in their burden of proof by calling only 35 witnesses out of over 1000 pilling units where they alleged non-compliance with the electoral act.

3. Mustapha Salihu, the National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Northwest, at the weekend told the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, that he was deceived by scammers into believing that there was an INEC server used to transmit the results of the election. He described the Presidential Election Petition tribunal’s verdict on Atiku’s suit as a victory for Nigeria and the Nigerian people and not for APC alone. Mustapha said that it was clear that there was no such server recognised by law anywhere. He said those who made Atiku believe the claim of the existence of a server succeeded in scamming him.

4. Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday said that the legacy of determined, proud and assertive black emancipation left by late Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe will live long in the hearts of Africans. Osinbajo conveyed the message on the condolence register for Mugabe at Harare International Airport. The VP was in Zimbabwe to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the state funeral of the late former president of Zimbabwe.

5. Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, a former Finance Minister, at the weekend, said that Nigeria is already a disintegrated country but still being held together by a false sense of unity. Kalu urged the Nigerian Government to postpone the 2023 elections to give way to address the myriads of problems facing the nation. Buttressing his argument, Kalu said that by the time one is afraid to move around a city; afraid because there is lawlessness out there, afraid because if something happens to you, you are on your own, that it is not very far from disintegration.

6. The Oyo State Police Command, at the weekend, said it has arrested a 20-year-old man, Gbolahan Ismail, for allegedly killing a 35-year-old Toyin Olubowale with a wooden stool after having sexual intercourse with her. Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, paraded the suspect at the command headquarters, in Eleyele, Ibadan. He said that on 29th August one Gbolahan Ismaila entered the house of one Toyin Olubowale, sexually assaulted and subsequently smashed her head with a wooden stool which led to her death before he made away with her A32F itel Android cell phone.

7. Dr. Solomon Gembeh, High Commissioner of Sierra Leone to Nigeria, on Saturday said that the implementation of the Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS) single currency will reduce the dependency of member states on the west. He called on member states to work towards meeting the implementation deadline of the single currency “Eco” which, he said, was already a threat to Western countries. He noted that West Africa is blessed with a lot of mineral, natural resources and human resources which, if effectively harnessed, will make the region a trade destination for Western Countries.

8. Former Minister of Women Affairs, Jummai Alhassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba, yesterday, decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from United Democratic party (UDP). Alhassan, who contested the governorship election on the platform of UDP during the 2019 general elections in Taraba State, made the decision during a stakeholders meeting of UDP in Jalingo. She said her defection to PDP was based on the outcome of an opinion poll during stakeholders meeting. According to her, she had no option than to go by the decision of the majority members of UDP.

9. President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, urged ECOWAS leaders not to allow terrorist groups destabilise the region. Buhari was quoted to have said this in his speech at the Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on Counter-Terrorism. President Buhari, who joined other ECOWAS leaders for the special one-day Summit, which was also attended by leaders of Chad and Mauritania decried that terrorism, today, has become a major security threat across the globe. He warned that the activities of terrorist groups constitute a grave danger to peace and security in West Africa, the wider Sahel and the global community.

10. No fewer than 6 persons were reportedly killed in the early hours of Saturday by unknown gunmen at Bakin Fadama and Rimi communities of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The gunmen, according to report went away with a number of cattle while unidentified number of people were wounded as a result of the sporadic shooting that took place in the communities. It was reported that in another operation in Kugosi Gadani village near Gwagwada in Chikun local government area, two people were kidnapped on Thursday including a crippled man.

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Six killed, others kidnapped as gunmen attack Kaduna communities



About 6 persons have allegedly being killed by unknown gunmen at Bakin Fadama and Rimi communities of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State in the early hours of today (Saturday).

The gunmen, according to report went away with a number of cattle while unidentified number of people have been wounded as a result of the sporadic shooting that took place in the communities.

The source added that in another operation in Kugosi Gadani village near Gwagwada in Chikun local government area, two people were kidnapped on Thursday including a crippled man.

The source explained that till date no arrest has been made and those kidnapped have not been released to their families.

Efforts made through phone calls put to the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo for comment proved abortive up to the time of filing this report.

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