Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday 10th April 2022.
The presidency on Saturday denied viral reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had embarked on another trip to London.
The denial follows claims that President Buhari has embarked on another 20-day holiday in London in the UK.
But the president’s personal assistant for digital and new media, Bashir Ahmad, in his reaction to the viral online report, said the president was in Abuja.
He added that Buhari was not planning to undertake a trip to London.
Nigerian Transport Minister Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has declared his intention to run in the 2023 presidential election.
Naija News reports that Amaechi declared his ambition at the Rivers All Progressives Congress (APC) held in Port Harcourt today, Saturday.
Amaechi said, “I stand before you today to declare my intention and submit my candidacy to become your next president.”
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has urged his colleagues to see the task of tackling insecurity as their responsibility.
Governor Bello made the call on Friday when he stressed that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be in every state to tackle the insecurity plaguing the country.
Specifically, the governor of Kogi said it was unexpected that the president was “holding an AK-47 to come and secure my schools and my roads.”
He added that issues of insecurity should not be politicized as State Governors must also do everything in their power to secure their states amid the general challenges of insecurity in Nigeria.
The crisis could be brewing in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in power following the directive of its national president, Abdullahi Adamu, to reverse certain decisions taken by the governor Mai Mala Buni, led by the interim president.
It has been gathered that the order given to the lawyers of the APC by Buni, before leaving their functions, to appeal the judgments contesting the congresses supervised by the interim committee has been canceled.
It comes less than a week after Adamu unveiled plans to review party finances under his predecessor.
Recall that the APC leadership had appealed against a judgment of the Federal High Court recognizing the Akwa Ibom State faction of the APC led by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio , against that of the former secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe.
Unidentified gunmen in the early hours of Saturday raided the residence of Environment Commissioner in Plateau State, Usman Bamaiyi, abducting his wife and daughter.
It is unclear whether Bamaiyi was at home when the gunmen invaded his residence located in the Gindiri community of the Mangu local government area of the state.
The incident was confirmed by State Police Command spokesman ASP Ubah Gabriel.
Gabriel, while confirming the incident, said officers from the command are already on the trail of the kidnappers to ensure the rescue and safe release of the victims.
Jihad Analytics in its latest report claimed that Nigeria has overtaken Iraq as the country with the highest number of Islamic State (IS) attacks.
Naija News reports that Jihad Analytics is a consulting company that processes data on global jihad and cyber jihad.
Jihad Analytics said half of attacks claimed by ISIS since the start of 2022 were in Africa.
He added that the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), an affiliate of ISIS, is now carrying out more attacks in Nigeria.
Former Kogi lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye has described the clamor for the zoning of political offices, especially the 2023 presidency in Nigeria as archaic and analogous.
He argued that instead of zoning, the country must prioritize merit and those with the ability to do the job.
Melaye made the submission Friday during an interview on Channels TV amid clamor for the 2023 presidency to be zoned to the southern region of the country.
In condemning calls for zoning, Senator Melaye questioned whether the United States of America, considered the father of modern democracy, also zones its political offices for elections.
A special advocate for the leader of the indigenous peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, Aloy Ejimakor, noted on Saturday that the leader of the IPOB will be released on bail on May 18, 2022.
Ejimakor said this while reacting to the decision of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which struck out eight of the 15 charges against Kanu on Friday.
Naija News previously reported that Judge Binta Nyako struck out all eight charges because the evidence in the evidence did not link Kanu to the charges.
Judge Nyako delivered the decision on a preliminary objection raised by Kanu against all charges.
Southeastern presidential aspirants from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have called on the party to zone its ticket to the region.
Naija News reports that the aspirants made the request while speaking to reporters after their meeting in Abuja on Saturday.
Those present at the meeting were Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Peter Obi, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa and Dr Nwachukwu Anakwenze.
Speaking on behalf of the presidential aspirants, Anyim said they have agreed to work as a team and we will work together to ensure that a Southeast emerges as the flag bearer of the PDP.
Former Imo State Governor Senator Rochas Okorocha has offered reasons why the All Progressives Congress (APC) should zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the south.
The senator from Imo West pointed out that the country is not ripe for political parties to start opening their presidential tickets.
He added that opening the presidential ticket of 2023 is a bad move that could come back to hurt the nation from time to time.
Okorocha said that in the spirit of fairness, fairness and justice, the ticket should be zoned south and further micro-zoned in the area.
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