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

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

1. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has appointed his legislative aides.

A statement Tuesday night by Lanre Lasisi, his Special Adviser on Media, noted that the appointments take immediate effect.

2. The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Revd. Matthew Kukah, has warned against blanket demonisation of herdsmen, especially of the Fulani stock.

He warned that such actions could be preamble to a breakout of violent confrontation against the Fulani.

3. The Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) has dissociated itself from the visit by some notable leaders within its fold to the Common Wealth of Zion Assembly (COZA).

A statement signed on Tuesday by CAN’s National Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Evangelist Barrister Kwamkur Samuel Vondip, said the pastors who had visited the church were on their own and that the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria had set up a panel to investigate the rape allegation against Pastor Fatoyinbo.

4. The State Working Committee (SWC), and other major stakeholders in Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday, adopted the direct mode of primaries to elect candidate for the November 16 governorship poll.

The decision was taken at a meeting well attended by key stakeholders, including the state leader of the party and former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, the immediate past Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, a former member of the Buhari campaign Organisation, Preye Aganaba and elected National Assembly members of the party, held amidst rowdy atmosphere.

5. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state for making public his assets declarations forms, in line with his electioneering campaign promise.

Reacting, the party in a statement issued by his National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said that such voluntary decision further demonstrated Makinde’s commitment to transparency and good governance, for which the people of the state voted massively for him in the March 9 governorship election.

6. The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, affirmed Uche Nwosu as the authentic governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo State.

The Apex Court struck out the suit instituted by Leonard Okolienta, challenging the judgments of the lower courts.

7. President Muhammadu Buhari has observed that criminal elements are taking advantage of the focus on the North East to commit crimes in other parts of the country.

He promised that the successes recorded in degrading terrorists in the North East will be extended to other parts of the country experiencing challenges.

8. Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called for the immediate impeachment of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila for allegedly negotiating with armed bandits in Zamfara.

HURIWA faulted the reported parley between the Speaker, bandits and hoodlums in Zamfara State, describing the act a high treason and one of the most serious crimes against the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

9. One person has been confirmed dead, with many injured on Tuesday, in a tussle on ownership of land between the people of Araromi Obu community in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State and their Ikale neighbour in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.

Report said that crisis has been brewing between the two communities following a ruling of the Ondo State High Court in Akure, the Ondo capital, which declared Ikale community as the real owners of the land.

10. Nigerian Super Eagles will tonight battle Tunisia for the bronze medal of the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The kick off time for the match is 8pm, West African Time.

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What Buhari told lawmakers in Katsina

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday in Daura told Katsina State lawmakers that leadership entails earning the trust of the people who voted you into office and consistently staying the path of honesty and fairness at all times,

Receiving the leadership of the State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Tasiu Musa Maigari, Buhari said the essence of contesting elections was to serve the people, and political actors must always remain loyal, dedicated and focused on delivering on their promises.

“Having been chosen by your people to lead, you must ensure that you remain trustworthy. Ensure fairness at all times.

“Leadership at home, community or national level is a heavy responsibility. And it must be discharged with fairness, firmness and justice,’ the President said.

He urged the lawmakers to be selfless, visionary and committed to meeting the needs of the electorate while minding their constitutional responsibilities.

In his remark, the Speaker thanked the President for providing leadership at the national level, and setting a standard on integrity and forthrightness for others to emulate.

Maigari assured the President that the Katsina House of Assembly will continue to support his policies, and ensure a trickling down in the state to favour their various constituencies.

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Controller speaks on ‘jail break in Keffi prison’

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Emmanuel Okoro, the Controller of the Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service, on Thursday, refuted reports by a section of the media which claimed there was a jail break at the Keffi Old Prison.

Okoro denied the news while speaking to newsmen in Lafia, adding that what happened at the prison was a reaction by some angry prisoners who were not allowed to smoke cigarettes within the prison yard.

The controller explained that the inmates were refused access to cigarettes because it was against the regulation of the service, NAN reports.

“These inmates here are for us to correct them; we can not allow them indulge in habits that will further expose them to more harm within the prison yard,” he said.

Okoro, who said that he personally visited the facility after the incident, revealed that the smokers became aggressive until officials were able to restrain them and brought the situation under control.

According to him, no inmate escaped or got injured during the altercation with officials of the service.

“I was there and I spoke to some of the inmates and they told me that they had no plans for a jail break and all they wanted was to smoke.

“So I informed them it was against regulations to allow smoking in the facility and they apologised.

“Lets be clear on this, what they demanded to smoke was cigarettes not Indian hemp or any other hard drugs. As I speak to you, the situation is under control,” he added.

Okoro, however, said the command would constitute a committee to immediately investigate the matter with a view to coming up with recommendations on how to prevent such ugly happening in future.

”We are setting up a committee to unravel the remote cause of the clash.

“In a week’s time, we will get a better picture of what really happened. But mark my words, what happened was not a jailbreak,” he insisted.

The Controller also expressed dismay with the speed at which some newsmen jumped to conclusion and reported unverifiable stories without contacting the appropriate authority first.

He, therefore, urged reporters to verify information before going to press.

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NDLEA talks tough over Gombe farmers inducing labourers with hard drugs

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has warned farmers in Gombe State against inducing labourers with hard drugs to work for them.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the NDLEA Commandant in the state, Mr Aliyu Adole gave the warning in an interview with the newsmen on Friday.

Adole said that investigation revealed that some farmers were in the habit of adulterating milk and pudding with drugs before giving them to labourers employed to work in their farms, to enable them work tirelessly.

According to him, most of their victims were youths between the ages of 15 and 30 irrespective of gender.

The Commandant said “I want to seize this opportunity to warn perpetrators of such act, that NDLEA will not leave any stone unturned to ensure they face the wrath of the law.

“Those found wanting will be prosecuted, therefore desist from such act.

”Research in the state had shown that youths, male and female, were the major victims of drug abuse.

”Further findings showed that the impact of drug abuse on academic activities impede with the physiological, psychological and emotional functions of the students.”

Adole said that the effect of drugs could impair the memory and affects other intellectual faculties.

He also said that some of these youths also engage in related vices of drug trafficking which seriously affect the nation’s development and render the labour market saturated with unwanted or unqualified labour force.

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