Good morning, Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Wednesday, 26th August 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday promised Nigerians that his government will use the remaining years in office to improve the welfare of its citizens.
The President listed nine priority areas including access to quality education, health care and enhanced productivity.
He stated this when he received Letters of Credence from Ambassadors/High Commissioners of eight countries at the State House.
According to Buhari, his government is working on sustaining Nigeria’s position as a profitable investment destination with unequaled incentives in all sectors.
The presidency has declared that the western Nigeria security outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun will be structured based on frameworks determined by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
This position was made known on Tuesday by Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity during Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.
Naija News recalls the Governors of the Western states had jointly created the Western Nigerian Security Network a.k.a Operation Amotekun as part of efforts to combat kidnappings, banditry, and other forms of insecurity in the region.
The presidential spokesperson has now suggested that the operation of the group and other similar outfits will be controlled based on community policing guidelines to be put in place across the country by the Inspector-General of Police.
The Supreme Court has picked Monday, 31st August 2020 as the date to deliver its ruling in the case filed by Musa Wada against the victory of Governor Yahaya Bello in Kogi State.
Naija News recalls Wada was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while Bello contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 governorship polls.
Bello of the APC was declared the winner of the November 16 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to the results, Gov. Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 406,222 votes to defeat other contestants including Engr. Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 189,704 votes.
However not satisfied with the declaration, Wada and the PDP headed to the election petition tribunal to challenge Bello and APC’s victory at the polls but have so far been unsuccessful in turning the tides in their favour at both the tribunal and appeal court stages of the petition.
The Presidency has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari is delaying assent to the bill establishing State Police in the country.
Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Buhari, said many of the states agitating for community policing owe salaries.
Naija News recalls that States had consistently clamoured for community policing to tackle peculiar security challenges in the localities.
Six states in the South-West region, earlier this year, established a regional security operation code-named Operation Amotekun.
Buhari had last week approved N13.3bn for the take-off of community policing initiative across the country.
Speaking to Channels TV on Tuesday, Garba Shehu said the President was particular about the sustenance of the community policing arrangement.
The federal government has warned Nigerian parents and guardians to stop sending their children to schools in Northern Cyprus.
Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, gave the warning on Monday on the heels of the recent killing of a Nigerian student, Ibrahim Khaleel who was allegedly murdered in the country.
She made the call when she received a delegation led by Justice Amina Bello, the mother of the murdered child who had come to seek her help in getting justice for her son and others killed in similar circumstances.
Dabiri-Erewa noted that not less than sixteen Nigerian students have been killed in the country in recent times, adding that the country is only recognized by Turkey and not other countries or the United Nations, making diplomatic negotiations in such matters almost impossible.
Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has angrily described a journalist as very stupid after the man asked him a question during a press conference.
Naija News understands the journalist had asked Fani-Kayode who was financing his tour of the South-South states.
However, the former Minister felt insulted by the question and angrily talked back at the journalist, describing him as a stupid person who asked a stupid question.
He went ahead to describe the male reporter as someone with a small mind for daring to ask him the question, adding that he takes money from no one but rather gives to others.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on Tuesday, denied suspending entry requirements for applicants who want to join the Nigeria Police Force.
Some earlier reports had claimed the IGP suspended entry requirements in the current recruitment screening exercise for applicants who want to join the Nigeria Police Force as constables.
However, the police boss in a statement on Tuesday, made available to Naija News, has reassured Nigerians that the statutory entry requirements into the Nigeria Police Force remain sacrosanct and would be thoroughly followed in the ongoing Police recruitment screening exercise.
While noting that no one has the powers to alter the conditions for recruitment into the Force – these, having been clearly provided for in Sections 71 – 75 and other relevant sections of the Police Act and Regulations, IGP Adamu stated that all candidates who successfully completed the online recruitment registration exercise were invited for physical and credential screening from 24th August, 2020 to 6th September, 2020 at various venues in States across the Federation and the FCT.
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has called on the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede, to drop his governorship ambition on the grounds of equity.
The Ondo State Governor who noted that for Jegede’s ambition to materialize, he must wait for 12 years, revealed that it is not yet the turn of the Central Senatorial District to produce the Governor of Ondo State.
He further stated that it will be unfair to short change the Northern and Southern Senatorial District after the district where Jegede comes from had just ruled the state for eight years.
The APC Governorship candidate in the October 10 election stated this in Akure, the state capital while inaugurating the campaign office donated to him by one of the APC aspirants, Ife Oyedele.
Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has justified his recent public action, when he blasted a journalist who provoked him.
According to him, he was insulted by the journalist, at a press conference. Fani-Kayode, has been touring some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) states.
He had been asked by the journalists if his recent trips were being sponsored and the ex-minister lost his cool afterward.
Despite various reactions from Nigerians, condemning his actions, the former minister has maintained that he has no apology to offer.
He noted that the journalists apologized to him during the press conference and has also sent his apologies to him after the conference, adding that he(Fani-Kayode) has accepted his apologies in good faith and moved on.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has rejected the newly signed Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA).
Naija News reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had recently signed CAMA into law.
Section 839 of CAMA gives a provision for religious bodies, non-governmental organisations and charity organisations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and a supervising minister.
Following the signing, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) asked Buhari to withdraw the law and expunge that section.
The Christian body also stated that signing of the law is a declaration of war against Christians.
Reacting through the Head of Media and Public Relations RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, Pastor Adeboye told Vanguard that he backs the stand of CAN.
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