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

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

1. Nigeria, Saturday qualified for the quarter-final of the Africa Cup of Nations, after they defeated Cameroon 3-2. Odion Ighalo opened scoring in the 19th minute, after his shot was deflected in by Banana. The Indomitable Lions fought back to lead 2-1 before the break. However, Gernot Rohr’s men turned it around with two quick goals from Ighalo and Alex Iwobi.

2. Mrs. Uloma Nwosu, wife of Uche Nwosu, the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in the 2019 elections, and two others have dragged Governor Emeka Ihedioha; Commissioner of Police, Imo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and three others before a Federal High Court. Mrs Nwosu, who is also the daughter of immediate past governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, took the action over alleged invasion of her shopping complex, the House of Freeda Limited, by members of the Committee on Recovery of Government Property.

3. Tragedy struck in the riverine community of Biagbini in Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Saturday following the death of a 70-year-old woman and her four grandchildren in an inferno. According to an eyewitness, who gave the name of the deceased grandmother as Moyo Jide, the grandchildren identified as Jennifer, 3; Gbana, 7; Biddaddy, 5 and Wisdom, 9 were all consumed by the fire, which allegedly started from the kitchen.

4. Host, Egypt are out of the Africa Cup of Nations after they lost to South Africa in a Round of 16 encounter on Saturday. Nigeria will now take on South Africa in the quarter-final of the competition. Stuart Baxter’s men were not given a chance against the Pharaohs but produced a fine display of counter-attacking football to win 1-0. Thembinkosi Lorch grabbed the winner with five minutes left.

5. Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, was shown a straight red card, during their Copa America semi-final win against Chile on Saturday. Argentina won the game 2-1. In the 38th minute, Messi tussled with Gary Medel for a loose ball and Mario Diaz de Vivar from Paraguay deemed it to be bad enough and sent off both players.

6. The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that he will only allow Fulani herdsmen to lay pipes from the Bonny Ocean to the North for their cows. Wike said there was no part of the State that would be given to herdsmen. He also said that if not for God, Nigeria would not be in existence. The Governor said his state would not participate in any settlement programme for herdsmen by whatever name it is called.

7. Parents of Muslim students at the International School, University of Ibadan, under the umbrella of International School Ibadan (ISI) Muslim Parents Forum have called on well-meaning Nigerians to call Principal of the school, Mrs. Phebean Olowe, to order in order to avert crisis in the school. The Muslim parents noted that the need to call Olowe to order was necessary so as to avoid further harassment, molestation and inhuman treatments of female Muslim students over the use of Hijab outside the school.

8. A 104-year-old World War ll veteran of the Nigerian Army, Adama Aduku, on Saturday urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Government to pay his pension. Aduku was one of those conferred with the Chief of Army Staff World War II Veteran Award at the 2019 Army Day Celebration in Lagos. While speaking to journalists at the event, he lamented that since he was discharged as a Private from the Nigerian Army in 1957 he was yet to receive his pension.

9. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, secured final forfeiture of 244 vehicles and petroleum products contained in each of the vehicles in Rivers. The forfeiture order was granted by Justice I. M Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt. The forfeited vehicles comprise 154 fuel tankers, a vessel, smaller passenger buses, cars and sport utility vehicles.

10. The Biafra Nations Youth League, BNYL, has threatened to force northerners out of the Southeast and South-South. The group said it does not see reasons the northerners would be safe in the East whereas the Easterners were being threatened in the North. Deputy Leader of BNYL and Head of Operations, Biafra Broadcasting Service, BBS, Ebuta Victor Takon in a statement to DAILY POST on Saturday, said his group would take appropriate measures to expel northerners, especially the Fulani if Abdul Azeez Suleman and his northern group do not withdraw their threat.

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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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Nigerian Passport Scam: EFCC Arrests Immigration Officer, 14 Others

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal office, has arrested a Nigeria Immigration Service officer, Mr Adebimpe Kehinde, for his alleged involvement in passport racketeering.

Mr Tony Orilade, EFCC acting spokesperson, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. Orilade said that Mr Kehinde is an immigration assistant.

According to Orilade, Kehinde was arrested alongside 14 other suspected passport racketeers following intelligence reports received by the commission.

The suspects are Nnadika Timothy, Oyeyiga Samuel, Sunday Adekunle, Lola Kadoso, Adebayo Damilola, Adeola Oluwafikayomi Ajiboshin, Abubakri Adebayo.


Others are Uka Ifeanyi, Raph Emeka Ibuaku, Henry Onyebuchi, Christy Odey, Aba-Peter Blessing, Ogunmefun Oluwanishola and Busayo Balogun.

Orilade stated that the suspects conspired to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public applying for international passports.

According to him, items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include five laptops, mobile telephones and “official documents”.

“They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” he stated.

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Atiku Gets 55 Cartons Of Documents From INEC As He Closes His Case Today

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Ahead of Friday’s sitting, the Independent National Electoral Commission has produced the documents which the presidential election petitions tribunal, in Abuja called for on Wednesday at the instance of the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

The documents which were packed in 55 cartons would be the last to be presented to the tribunal as the petitioners are expected to close their case on Friday.

However, only 58 out of its proposed 400 witnesses had been called as of Wednesday which happened to be the ninth of the ten days given to the petitioners by the tribunal to present their case.

The petitioners are, by their petition, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress at the February 23 poll.

The tribunal of five judges led by Justice Mohammed Garba had on Wednesday ordered INEC to produce the documents by noon on Thursday.

This followed the complaints by the petitioners that the subpoenas issued and served on INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, and the commission’s resident electoral commissioner in Zamfara State to produce the documents had not been complied with.

The tribunal had on Wednesday adjourned the case until Friday, but the counsel to the PDP and Atiku, Chris Uche (SAN), attended the Thursday’s proceedings scheduled for hearing in respect of other petitions filed by the Hope Democratic Party and the Peoples Democratic Movement.

Uche said his presence in court was to ensure INEC’s compliance with the Wednesday’s order of the tribunal.

At about the time the five-man panel was to recede to chambers to write a ruling in respect of PDM’s petition, Uche informed the bench of his intention in court on Thursday.

In reaction, Justice Garba asked for update from INEC’s lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN).

Replying, Usman informed the tribunal that the “documents had been substantially produced.

“It is a very tedious task, but we have to obey the court’s order,” he stated.

Within the period of the one-hour break observed by the members of the tribunal, INEC officials had brought in a total of 55 boxes of documents into the court room.

When the tribunal resumed sitting, INEC’s lawyer informed the panel that the order of the court had been complied with.

Pointing to the cartons of documents lined up in the courtroom, Usman said since the order of court was not for INEC officials on whom the subpoenas were earlier served to testify, the Director of Legal Services, Mrs Oluwatoyin Babalola, was present to represent the commission.

He also said there was a cover letter signed by the secretary to INEC, Mrs. Rose Orianran-Anthony, accompanying the documents.

He noted that the request by the petitioners for result sheets for the national assembly rerun election in Zamfara State were not available as no such election was conducted.

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