Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday 19th March 2022.
The epileptic power supply problem is one that Nigerians have had to live with for ages. It is such a family issue that President Buhari once noted: “Nigerians’ favorite subject of conversation and joke is the power situation in our country”. The president went on to say that “it is no longer a laughing matter. We must and by the grace of God we will make things right”. This comment is from 2016. Six years later, the situation has degenerated so much that the country’s seat of power now depends on an alternative energy source!
The collapse of several national networks led to the loss of 1106 megawatts (MW) out of the 3,867.60 MW of electricity produced by 19 production companies (GenCos) in the country. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), which evacuates the electricity produced by the GenCos and routes it to the distribution companies (DisCos), has identified inadequate gas supply, faulty installations of the GenCos and unscheduled maintenance as reasons. of escalating power outages since late last year. .
The Federal High Court sitting in Umahia, Abia State, on Friday ordered the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to remove Section 84(12) of the amended Elections Act.
Justice Evelyn Anyadike, while calling on the minister to remove the section of the Election Amendment Act, noted that it is unconstitutional.
According to Anyadike, Section 84(12) is unconstitutional, invalid, illegal, null, void and of no effect and should be struck down as it cannot stand when in violation of the clear provisions of the Constitution.
The judge accused Malami of “immediately removing the said subsection 12 of section 84 from the body of the 2022 electoral law”.
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday issued an order quashing the restraining order against the All Progressives Congress National Convention set for March 26.
Judge Bello Kawu, in his decision on Friday, said a member of a political party cannot sue the party.
According to Kawu, the November 18, 2021 order was overturned by a recent Supreme Court ruling on a similar issue.
The court set March 30 for the trial on the merits.
Former Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano was reportedly granted a court order on Thursday to stop his arrest at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
Naija News had reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Obiano and his wife, Ebelechukwu, as they traveled to the United States around 8:30 p.m.
It comes after Obiano has been on the anti-corruption agency’s watchlist since November 2021 for alleged corruption while in office.
A report on TheCable claims the former governor obtained a court order and attempted to use it to prevent his arrest at Lagos airport.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has refuted claims that former Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has been freed.
A report was released on Friday morning claiming that Obiano and his wife, Ebelechukwe, questioned by EFCC officials at Murtala Mohammad International Airport in Lagos, had been released on bail.
But in conversation with reporters on Friday morning, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren revealed that the report claiming the former governor had been released is false and should be ignored.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed the arrest of former Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano.
EFCC public relations officer Wilson Uwajaren confirmed the arrest.
It will be recalled, as previously reported by Naija News, that Obiano, who just handed over less than twenty-four hours ago to Governor Chukwuma Soludo, was picked up at Muritala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday evening at around 8:30 p.m. by EFCC officers.
He was arrested on his way to the United States.
The Debt Management Office (DMO) revealed that the Nigerian government borrowed ₦6.64 trillion in 2021 and serviced the debt with ₦2.93 trillion.
Naija News reports that the Bureau’s Managing Director, Patience Oniha, made the revelation during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.
She said Nigeria’s total public debt fell from 32.92 billion naira in 2020 to 39.56 billion naira or $95.78 billion as of December 31, 2021.
The DMO boss said the country’s total debt includes new federal and local government borrowing.
Former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Bianca Ojukwu has revealed the reason why she slapped former First Lady of Anambra State, Ebele Obiano during Charles Soludo’s investiture ceremony.
Bianca, in an interview with Arise TV on Friday, revealed that Obiano’s wife was absent at the start of the inauguration ceremony, only to arrive a few hours later.
She noted that Ebele upon her arrival walked towards her and verbally attacked her raising her voice.
According to Bianca, Ebele also questioned her attendance at the investiture ceremony, asking if she was there to celebrate their last day in office.
Benue State Deputy Governor Benson Abounu has announced his intention to succeed his principal, Governor Samuel Ortom.
Abounu made this known on Friday after getting his nomination and expression of interest forms from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state headquarters in Markurdi.
He said his reason for joining the gubernatorial race is to contribute to the growth and development of the state, adding that he has the required experience and qualifications to govern the state.
Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Kingsley Moghalu has said why he wants to become the next President of Nigeria.
The presidential aspirant said Nigeria is endowed with abundant resources and he has plans on how to harness these resources to work for the country.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) presidential candidate lamented the challenges facing the country including epileptic power supply, high inflation rate, the poor economic situation and poor governance.
He however added that he is convinced that there are viable solutions to all challenges and that is why he is offering himself to Nigerians to become their next leader and take the country to greater heights.