Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines for Today, Monday, August 22, 2022

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The Independent National Electoral (INEC) on Sunday denied plans to transmit results manually in the 2023 general election.

National Commissioner and Chairman of its Voter Information and Education Committee, Festus Okoye, while speaking of speculation that results would be transmitted manually, said electronic transmission of results remained the same.

According to Okoye, electronic transmission has come to stay, stating that it adds credibility and transparency to the electoral process.

Okoye said so in a statement titled “Clarification on Electronic Transmission of Election Results.”

Nigerian doctors under the umbrella of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) are set to go on strike if the government fails to respond to their demands.

This was announced on Sunday by the association’s president, Dr. Godiya Ishaya at the end of the Extraordinary National Executive Council (E-NEC) meeting on Sunday in Ilorin.

Addressing a press conference to that effect, Ishaya stressed that they were giving the affected federal and state governments a two-week ultimatum to resolve the issues before declaring strike action.

Some of NARD’s complaints include the request for full payment of the Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF) 2022 to members using the old model, while deficits, using the revised model, be calculated and incorporated into the 2023 budget and paid late.

He also added that the government should implement and pay the new risk allowance to all affected healthcare workers.

Zamfara State Deputy Governor Hassan Nasiha revealed on Saturday that bandit leader Bello Turji has embraced peace in the state.

According to Nasiha, Turji embraced the peace initiative of the Zamfara state government as part of efforts to end banditry.

Nasiha revealed the development at a conference organized by the Union of Students of the University of Madinah.

He further said that Turji’s decision to embrace peace has brought peace to the three local government areas affected by banditry.

The Deputy Governor noted that there has been no clash between Fulanis and Hausas in the Birnin Magaji, Shinkafi and Zurmi local government areas of the state for the past five weeks.

The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has banned the movement of livestock on foot in all parts of the state.

Soludo, who made the announcement during a meeting with members of the Anambra State Livestock Threat Committee at Government House, Awka, over the weekend, said the ban was in line to the state’s 2021 anti-open grazing law.

He said: “Now that we have a law banning open grazing, law enforcement officers have been tasked with enforcing it.

“Although the law has been in place for nearly a year, cattle ranchers continue to march in some areas of the state in violation of the law.”

Naija News reports that former state governor Willie Obiano had given his assent to the bill banning open grazing of cattle and other livestock and establishing ranches in the Anambra State in 2021, but failed to enforce the ban.

Soludo, however, said his administration would ensure the law is implemented by September.

Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) Chairman Ishaq Usman Kasai claimed that many bandits and their leaders owned farmlands in some communities in Kaduna State.

According to him, the notorious warlord, Dogo Kachalla Gide, is one of the bandit leaders who have farms, saying his is located in the Mashigi area.

The community leader added that many farmers from other communities in Kaduna have been forced to pay huge sums of money amounting to several million naira to gain access to their own farmland.

He lamented that without paying the ransom to the bandits as requested, the farmers risk attacks and kidnappings every time they go to farm but for the communities who negotiated with the bandits, they are safe while the bandits in exchange come freely to these places to access health care, buy, sell and do other normal activities.

Kasai observed that the farmers in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area in Kaduna State agreed to pay the ransom to the bandits so that they can access their farmland as they (the farmers) are already powerless.

Kaduna House of Assembly Speaker Yusuf Zailani on Sunday clarified the idea of ​​a plan to impeach state governor Nasir El-Rufai.

According to Zailani, the alleged impeachment is the work of the opposition and people who are unhappy with El-Rufai’s relationship with lawmakers.

An alleged plan to impeach El-Rufai trended on Sunday.

He further said that the opposition planned to deprive the people of the dividends of democracy.

The speaker, in a statement released through his Special Assistant for Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, called on the public to disregard the report.

Nigerian police have arrested two soldiers for killing an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Goni Aisami.

Sheikh Aisami was killed on Friday evening near Jaji Maji in Karasuwa local government in Yobe state, Naija News has learned.

Yobe State Police Public Relations Officer Dungus Abdulkareem, who confirmed the incident, said that within days the full report on the soldiers would be released.

He said the two soldiers confessed to their crime but the investigation is still ongoing, Naija News understands that the names of those arrested have not yet been released.

Unknown gunmen abducted four Reverend Sisters in Okigwe-Umulolo axis of Okigwe LGA of Imo State.

Naija News has learned that the Reverend Sisters were abducted by the gunmen on their way to a thanksgiving mass in the LGA.

The victims are identified as: Sisters Johannes Nwodo, Christabel Echemazu, Liberata Mbamalu and Benita Agu.

The kidnapping was confirmed on Sunday in a statement by the General Secretary of the Generalate of the Sisters of Jesus the Savior, Zita Ihedoro.

A leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Osita Okechukwu, said the refusal to honor the principle of rotation of power was destroying the chances of presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2023 elections.

Okechukwu, when speaking to reporters on Sunday in Abuja, referred to the APC Northern Governors’ letter to President Muhammadu Buhari dated June 4, 2022, as evidence that the rotation of the presidency between the North and the South aims to unite the country.

He quoted the governors as saying, “After careful deliberation, we wish to affirm our firm belief that after eight years in office of President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate for the 2023 elections should be one of our many members from the Southern States of Nigeria.

“It is a matter of honor for the APC, an obligation which is in no way affected by the decisions taken by another political party. We affirm that upholding this principle is in the interests of building a stronger and more cohesive society.

The Osun State gubernatorial election tribunal on Monday set a hearing on an ex-parte petition filed by the state’s governor and All-Progressive Congressional candidate Gboyega Oyetola.

The Tribunal set the hearing for Monday after failing to serve People’s Democratic Party candidate Ademola Adeleke with legal proceedings in the case challenging his victory.

Electoral Tribunal Secretary David Umar, speaking to reporters on the matter, said Adeleke could not make himself available to receive the service.

According to Umar, lawyers for the incumbent governor of Osun State have filed an ex parte request for substituted service on Adeleke.

He further stated that if the request was successful, the court would have been empowered to serve the legal process on Adeleke using other means, such as sticking it on Adeleke’s residence.

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