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

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

1. A first class monarch in Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru, was on Monday announced dead. Oniru died in Lagos after a brief illness at the age of 82. Under his reign, Iru land, the host of the a highbrow Oniru and Victoria Island, became a mega location with investments and buildings worth hundreds of billions.

2. Some criminals, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Monday kidnapped about fourteen passengers at Ajeoku junction, along Otan-ile-Okemesi road in Obokun Local Government of Osun State. An eyewitness, Chief Saka Adelu, said that some of the criminals, who pretended as passengers boarded an Abuja-bound bus from Osogbo before striking at the said location around 5pm Sunday evening. He said while 14 of the passengers were taken away, others were left behind who later reported the case at a nearby police station.

3. The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lagos on Monday upheld the election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and dismissed a petition filed by the Labour Party (LP) and its candidate, Ifagbami Awarmaridi. The tribunal described the petition as a futile and wasteful exercise, noting that the petitioners could not prove their allegations of mental incompetence against Sanwo-Olu in their evidence before the tribunal. It held that the petitioners also failed to prove their allegations of election malpractice against Sanwo-Olu and the APC.

4. A Federal High Court, sitting in Kano, Monday, ruled that a former governor of the State and serving senator, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and two others have case to answer in the alleged N950,000,000 fraud preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The Senator was arraigned alongside Aminu Bashir Wali, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mansur Ahmed on May 24, 2018 for allegedly collecting the said sum from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani Alison-Madueke for the purpose of influencing the outcome of the 2015 general election.

5. A businesswoman, Nkeiruka Cynthia Kamalu, on Monday told a Federal High Court in Lagos that she was allegedly raped by a federal lawmaker, Uju Kingsley Chima, on August 9, 2015. Kamalu told Justice Nicholas Oweibo that following an incestuous relationship with Chima, the lawmaker offered to pay her N20 million if she was divorced by her husband, Mr Gabriel Igbibi. Chima is the member, Federal House of Representatives for Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Oru West Federal Constituency of Imo State.

6. Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi was yesterday named the 2019 FIFA Men’s Best Player of the Year. He won the prize at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy ahead of Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk and Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi had an impressive 2018/2019 campaign with Barca, as they won the he finished highest goalscorer. The 32-year-old also won the La Liga title with Barcelona last season.

7. Following the death of 36 cows which were struck by lightning at Ijare community in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, traditional rites are set to be performed at the scene of the incident. A member of Olujare-in-Council, the Agbaajo of Ijare, High Chief Idowu Awe, said that under the Yoruba tradition, nobody could touch any human or animal killed by thunder. He noted that after three days of the incident, the ritual rites would commence to appease the gods. Also speaking, Kosemani Akinro, a 77-year-old woman in the Community, warned that more cows might still die mysteriously if they failed to vacate sacred places in the town.

8. The National/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi, Benue State, Monday, nullified the election of Chris Adaji of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the 2019 Ohimini State Constituency election. Adaji is the incumbent Deputy Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly. Chairman of the Tribunal Justice R. O. Odudu, who delivered the lead judgment, held that the margin with which Adaji led Musa Alechenu Ohimini of All Progressives Congress (APC) is less than the number of votes cancelled. Justice Odudu held that the declaration and return of Adaji without a rerun in Otega and Ogadagba ward is invalid by reason of non-substantial compliance with Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). The court therefore, issued an order for withdrawal of certificate of return issued to Adaji and an order directing INEC to conduct rerun election in the two polling units where elections were cancelled within 90 days.

9. President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday, in New York announced robust plans and initiatives by his administration to reverse the negative effects of climate change in Nigeria. The plans were revealed in his address to the United Nations Climate Action Summit with the theme, ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win.’ He said he shares the sentiment expressed by the Secretary-General that the world is on the verge of climate catastrophe, adding that undeniably, Climate Change is a human-induced phenomenon. President Buhari said that it is now imperative that the world leaders must step-up their collective climate actions in line with the request of the Secretary General.

10. A former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Ndutimi Alaibe, on Monday vowed to remain in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and seek justice after he lost during the concluded governorship primaries in Bayelsa State. Alaibe came second at the primary poll, behind Senator Douye Diri. And in another development, Alhaji Muhammed Aliyu, the Kogi State Chairman of the Nigeria Peoples Congress (NPC) resigned from the party on Monday and withdraws from the Nov. 16 governorship election in the state. Aliyu said that his action was with immediate effect.

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FG vs Dino Melaye: What happened in court on Tuesday

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An FCT High Court Maitama on Tuesday ordered the prosecution to pay N100, 000 for stalling trial of the Sen. Dino Malaye in the alleged falsehood suit filed against senator.

NAN reports that Melaye was charged with two counts bordering on giving false information to the police.

The Federal Government arraigned Melaye, alleging that he, sometime in April, 2017 deliberately gave false information to the police.

The judge, Justice Olasumbo Goodluck gave the order after the prosecution informed the court that their witnesses were not in court.

Goodluck held that by the provisions of Section 396 (4)(6) of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act, 2015, parties are entitled to five adjournments and nothing more.

The judge said she was not pleased with the attitude of the prosecution in the matter, especially when the matter was placed on fast track, day to day hearing and the defendant’s counsel comes from outside jurisdiction.

” A cost of N100, 000 is therefore awarded against the prosecution instead of N250, 000 prayed by the defence counsel ” she ordered.

The judge said the trial was slated for Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 and both dates of trial are stalled for failure of the prosecution to bring their witnesses to court.

Goodluck then adjourned the matter until Dec. 5, for continuation of trial

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mrs N.O.Ezra informed the court that her witnesses were not in court.

Ezra then prayed the court for an adjournment to enable them bring their witnesses.

Responding, defence counsel Olusegun Odubela, SAN, told the court that this was unfair to the defendant because the witness could not be more involved in Kogi election than the defendant who was a candidate in the election.

”The court should be guided by the provisions of sections 396 (4)(6) of ACJA and 36 (4) of the 1999 constitution as amended.

”The prosecution have not adduced any cogent reasons why their witnesses are not available in court, in case the court grants them an adjournment, we will be asking for a cost of N250, 000, he said.

Odubela further told the court that since last sitting on July 4, the prosecution could have known and informed the court and the defence counsel who comes from another jurisdiction.

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PDP Woman Leader Set Ablaze In Kogi

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Salome Abuh, Peoples Democratic Party women leader in Ochadamu Ward under Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State has been set ablaze in her home, the police has said.

According to a report by Premium Times, Abuh was burnt to death by political thugs in the state on Monday.

Spokesperson for the command, William Aya, said the politician was sleeping in her home when political thugs set the building ablaze.

The politician’s remains, which were burnt beyond recognition, had been taken to a mortuary for autopsy.

Aya said, “It was a very unfortunate incident and the commissioner has ordered a thorough investigation to ensure that all those involved do not escape justice.”

Since the news of Abuh’s death, supporters of the PDP have accused the All Progressives Congress of being behind her death.

According to Aya, her killing was a reprisal attack for the death of an APC supporter in the community.

He added, “There was a misunderstanding between Gowon Simeon and Awolu Zakari, both members of the community.

“Mr Simeon stabbed Mr Zakari in the chest and he bled to death almost instantly.

“After Zakari was confirmed dead by a medical doctor, his associates gathered for a reprisal attack against Simeon.

“They arrived at his uncle’s house where they believed he was hiding and set it on fire.

“Unfortunately Abuh was sleeping inside the house and was burnt alive.”

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Insurgency: Fear grips village as terrorists allegedly regroup in Northern Borno

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Villagers around Gubio and Magumeri local governments of Borno state, in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, reported a mass movement of terrorist group, fearing that the terrorists are also carrying all sorts of sophisticated weapons.

This is coming barely 48 hours after an ambush on military vehicles along Damasak road leading to the death of 3 soldiers, the villagers said.

Malam Modu Gana, a resident of Magumeri, who spoke to Our Correspondent in Maiduguri, the said, the vigilante and members of the civilian joint task force could not confront them as they were in large numbers.

A member of the CJTF, Umar Ibrahim who spoke to our reporter said they have also received reports of ISWAP members mobilising around some villages in the northern Borno.

“The Soldiers are aware of that, and are also mobilizing to ensure that they (terrorists) do not have a field day in the event that they plan to attack any village or military base,” Umar said

Sources from international organisations operating in the northern Borno area also confirmed the report, however, there was no official confirmation from the military authorities.

Several attempts to get the Army spokesman, Col Sagir Musa to speak did not yield result as his phone could not be reached.

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