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Review of Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to grab this Wednesday morning

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

1. The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has suspended its two presidential candidates, Jerry Gana and Donald Duke, over alleged anti-party activities.

Yemi Akinbode, SDP’s Director of Media and Publicity, announced this during a press briefing at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, on Tuesday.

2. A mystery fire broke out inside the Anambra State headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Tuesday

It was gathered that the fire, which started at about 2:10pm, was discovered in a container bearing election materials.

3. Suspected herdsmen have killed at least two persons, injured several others and razed many houses in a fresh attack on Tse-Kyoon, Nyiev Clan, Guma LGA, Benue State.

The attackers, armed with dangerous weapons, stormed the village, Monday evening and started shooting sporadically into the air.

4. The General Overseer of Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministries Int’l (EBOMI), Prophet Isa El-Buba, on Tuesday predicted that President Muhammadu Buhari will lose the election to his Peoples Democratic Party’s counterpart, Atiku Abubakar.

The cleric said the Nigerian people will surely protect their votes and if the President loses the election, he will have no option than to go to his country home in Daura, Katsina State.

5. The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has again called on the Executive arm of the Federal Government to discontinue the charge against suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen.

The NBA in a statement said that, as widely reported, one of the two petitions against the CJN that is currently before the National Judicial Council (NJC) was an exact replica of the petition that motivated the CCT Charge.

6. Five suspected fake soldiers were on Tuesday arrested by the Imo State Police Command headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze Owerri, Brigade General H. I. Bature, while parading them before newsmen on Tuesday, said that two out of the five suspects were caught escorting a politician.

7. A former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, has blasted the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Dokubo, a frontline agitator for the actualization of Biafra, slammed Kanu for allegedly betraying the cause of the struggle by calling for election boycott, which he (Asari) sees as a support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.

8. Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation was on Tuesday arraigned in an FCT High Court Maitama on allegation of N544 million grass cutting fraud.

He was arraigned alongside Hamidu Lawal, a director of Rholaviosion Engineering Ltd., Babachir’s company, Sulaiman Abubakar, a staff of the same company and Apeh Monday, a staff in Josmon Technologies Ltd and consequently remanded in EFCC custody pending the outcome of the ruling on their bail applications on Feb. 13.

9. Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has alleged of plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government to jam all telecommunications networks from 5am on Saturday till 5pm on Sunday to make it impossible for use of internet and phone calls during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Fayose, who is also the Southwest Coordinator of the Atiku/Obi PDP Presidential Campaign Council said the equipment for the sinister plot.

10. The Kaduna State Command of the Department of State Services ( DSS ) has explained why it arrested the Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party campaign, Ben Bako.

The security outfit said it picked up Bako because of a recent inciting statement credited to him.

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Finally, President Buhari signs Minimum Wage Bill into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally signed the National Minimum Wage Bill into law.

The new national minimum wage had earlier been passed by the National Assembly.

Last week, Nigerian workers pleaded with the President to sign the bill.

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Saraki reacts to signing of Minimum Wage Bill into law by Buhari

Bukola Saraki, Nigeria’s Senate President, has reacted as President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Minimum Wage Repeal and Reenactment Bill, 2019 into law.

DAILY POST had reported that Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters(Senate) disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Senate had on March 19, approved N30, 000 as the new national minimum wage with an appeal to the Federal Government to expedite action on assent and implementation.

“This makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay their workers the sum of N30,000 and this excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers; persons who work in a ship which sail out of jurisdiction; persons who are in other kinds of regulated employments are excepted by the Act.

Reacting, Saraki on Twitter, while congratulating Nigerians, said the reviewed wage, which is aimed at increasing the productivity of Nigerian workers, is a good step in the right direction.

He said, ”I congratulate Nigerian workers on the assent of the N30,000 minimum wage into law.

”This reviewed wage, which is aimed at increasing the productivity of Nigerian workers, is a good step in the right direction for our nation’s workforce — who are the lifeblood of our dear country.”

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Nigerian Railway speaks on train killing two persons in Kano

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on Thursday denied a report that a train crushed two people to death in Kano.

DAILY POST had reported that the Police in Kano State on Tuesday confirmed the death of two persons, who were crushed to death by a train in the state capital.

He said, “On April 16, at about 8am the police received a report that two yet-to-be-identified persons, who were stretched out on the railway track, had been crushed to death by a moving train behind Kano Club in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.”

But, a statement by Abdullahi Alhaji, the Public Relations Officer of the Zaria District of the corporation on Thursday claimed that some individuals brought out mutilated corpses and placed on the rail track to create the impression of the purported accident.

He said, “On behalf of the Nigerian Railway Corporation management, Northern District, Zaria, I hereby call the attention of the general public, especially people of Nasarawa LGA of Kano State in respect of the train accident that allegedly killed two people in the area.

“Investigations carried out by the District Railway Police Command and Public Relations Officer of the District; reveal that the information transmitted is false as there was no accident on the train.

“However, NRC northern district is of the opinion that the killing was perpetrated by unknown people who came to dump the mutilated corpses on the track to give the impression that they were killed by the train,” he said.

He advised the public to disregard such information that it killed two persons, adding that a train cannot hit and kill a person or persons without traces of blood, flesh or others signs on it.

“Therefore, this release is intended to correct the erroneous impression that they were killed by the train.

“By and large, the NRC will continue to sensitise the public on the dangers of trespassing on the track to forestall such occurrences,

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