Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday 16th April 2022.
Nigerians can be compared to being in a pressure cooker right now: lives, limbs and livelihoods are being snuffed out at will. Terrorist elements are on the prowl showing the monopoly of violence with the government in an apparent lack of ability to fulfill its primary responsibility. Pure anarchy is unleashed on the land, precipitating sorrows, tears and blood. Residents are rapidly drifting away from humanity, so it no longer makes headlines when dozens of citizens are killed in cold blood. Nigeria has unfortunately become a huge killing field and a big funeral parlour.
The United States government has approved the sale of 12 AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters and other weapons to Nigeria for a value of nearly $1 billion.
Other weapons include Cobras made by Bell; 28 T700-401C engines manufactured by General Electric; 2,000 advanced precision weapons and targeting and navigation systems.
The sale of the helicopters and related defense systems to the Nigerian government was announced in a statement from the US Security and Defense Cooperation Agency on Thursday.
Terrorist bandits have released four abducted students from the College of Health Sciences and Technology in Tsafe, Tsafe Local Government Area, Zamfara State.
Naija News had reported that the gunmen had in the early hours of Wednesday raided a hostel outside the school campus and abducted five female college students.
According to the college’s vice-rector, Jamilu Lawal, the kidnapped students were released unharmed on Thursday evening.
The residence of Tonye Princewill, an ally of Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was attacked by gunmen on Friday morning.
The leader of the All Progressives Congress revealed that the gunmen, after breaking into his residence, went straight to a room they thought was his, broke in but did not meet him.
According to Princewill, the invaders took no valuables from his house but took the hard drive of his CCTV recorder.
Senate Vice President Ovie Omo-Agege has declared his intention to join the race for governor of the Delta in the 2023 election.
He made his intention known to his supporters and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at a rally inside the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun, Warri on Thursday.
The senator representing the Delta Central senatorial district in the National Assembly said he would run for governor on the APC platform.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said its members are not responsible for the murder of an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ad hoc staff member in Imo State.
IPOB said the enemies of their group are responsible for the attack.
Recall, Naija News earlier reported that about 12 gunmen attacked Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area in Imo State during a voter registration exercise.
Presidential Spokesperson Femi Adesina has revealed the reason why the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has demanded the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Naija News reported on Tuesday that the NEF had asked Buhari to step down due to the continued attacks and killings in the North and across the country.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the forum said the government led by the All Progressives Congress had failed to protect the lives and property of Nigerians.
In an article titled “Hiding Under the Umbrella of Insecurity” on Thursday, Adesina said the call for the NEF’s resignation was political and unnecessary, adding that forum members were simply frustrated.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has set April 20 for the first meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) under the aegis of the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Abdullahi Adamu.
Naija News recalls that the party’s new NWC was elected at its national convention held on Saturday, March 26 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
According to a statement issued Friday by party spokesman Felix Morka, the meeting is compulsory for all NEC members.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) continued to berate the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari over the worsening insecurity in the country.
According to the opposition party, the ruling party has failed to protect the lives and property of citizens and is unable to fight against the insecurity that is shaking the nation.
Naija News reports that the PDP made this known in a statement released Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.
Nigerian veteran Highlife musician, Orlando Julius Olusanya Ekemode, better known as Orlando Julius, has passed away.
Naija News has learned that the saxophonist, from Ijebu Ijesha in Osun State, died at 3am on Friday at the age of 79.
His death was confirmed in a Facebook post by Evergreen Music General Manager Bimbo Esho.