Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday 26th March 2022.
On the heels of political theatrics, mutual suspicions and cold calculations at its top echelon, the All Progressives Congress (APC) will hold, barring a last-minute hitch, its much-delayed national convention. The epic event has been in the planning stages since the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) was unceremoniously disbanded in 2020. As the ruling party is set to disappoint naysayers who were anticipating another change of date, it did not disappoint the pessimists. who believe that there is no democratic fiber in the being of the party. This is explained by the preference of APC apparatchik for the consensus on the mode of constitution of the members of its NWC. The euphemism “constitute” has been used wisely against “elect”. What they ingeniously resolved to do in Eagle Square, Abuja on Saturday is outright imposition. It’s like that.
The United States of America has taken action against six Nigerians convicted of supporting Boko Haram activities in Nigeria.
According to a statement released by the US State Department on Friday, the six people have been disciplined and added to the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Stranded Persons.
The statement released by State Department Spokesman Ned Price further identified those affected as Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad.
Price in the statement said the US government would continue to coordinate with regional partners to target those who support terrorism in the region and around the world.
A son of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Professor Ali Isa Pantami, who was allegedly abducted in Bauchi State, has been found.
Alamin Isa Ali Pantami, who lives with his grandmother, was found at a checkpoint in Dambam, a local government area in Bauchi state, on Friday.
Confirming his release, one of the victim’s guardians told the Daily Trust: “We just left the house; he’s back home now. He was found in Dambam, where his captors left him. They dropped him off at a checkpoint and from there he was taken home.
Nigeria’s Supreme Court on Friday upheld the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregister 22 political parties.
The electoral body had suppressed and banned political parties from running in the 2020 elections.
Judge Ejembi Eko, in his decision on Friday, overturned and reversed the Court of Appeal’s judgment which had overturned the disbarment.
According to Judge Eko, the Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the parties involved without hearing the other parties in the case.
A former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf, announced on Friday his decision to rid Congress of all progressives.
Yusuf participated in the ruling party’s gubernatorial primary in 2018 but lost to current state governor Gboyega Oyetola.
The former vice president, in his bid to rule Osun State, contested the 2022 primary elections but came out third behind Moshood Adeoti, the nominee of Home Secretary Rauf Aregbesola.
The ruling party’s gubernatorial primary was won by the state’s incumbent governor, Oyetola, with wide margins between him and other contenders.
The Federal High Court in Abuja has postponed judgment on the lawsuit to sack Ben Ayade as Governor of Cross River State.
The lawsuit seeking Ayade’s removal was filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) following the governor’s defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Cross River Deputy Governor Ivara Ejemot Esu is also associated with the lawsuit.
The lawsuit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/975/2021 was filed by PDP lawyer Emmanuel Ukala (SAN)
Nigerian Army troops killed dozens of ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists who were hiding in some areas of Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
This was announced in a statement on Friday via the official Nigerian Army Twitter account which was obtained by our correspondent.
According to the statement, the troops who carried out the operation are among those deployed as part of Operation Desert Sanity.
During the clearance operation, soldiers destroyed ISWAP/BokoHaram enclaves around Ukuba and Camp Zairo in the Sambisa forest.
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, to refrain from any action that would jeopardize the party’s chances in the upcoming elections in 2023.
The president made the statement on Friday ahead of the party’s national convention to be held at Eagle Square in Abuja on Saturday.
He reminded party leaders of the limited timeframe of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) calendar, noting that the party has no time for frivolities that would not positively benefit the party.
The Association of Senior Staff of Nigerian Universities and the Union of Non-Academic Staff in Education and Associated Institutions have announced they will go on strike.
Naija News reports that the two-week warning strike will begin on March 27.
This was announced in a letter titled “Beginning of a two-week warning strike”, issued Friday by the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU and signed by SSANU Chairman, Mohammed Ibrahim, and NASU Secretary General Peters Adeyemi.
The national bodies of SSANU and NASU have asked its members in universities and inter-university centers to start the warning strike.
The leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on Friday demanded compensation of 25 billion naira from the federal government for his arrest and his repatriation from Kenya.
The IPOB chief has urged a Federal High Court sitting in Umuahia, Abia State to order the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to compensate him N25 billion.
According to Kanu, the fund is compensation for the federal government’s violation of his basic human rights.
Kanu’s plea was subpoenaed in a complaint filed through his special counsel, Aloy Ejiofor, adding that his arrest in Kenya was unlawful.
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