Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday 21st May 2022.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai must have sent shivers down the spine of worried Nigerians when he revealed on Wednesday that ‘the problem of insecurity has now shifted from the northeast to the northwest’ as he denounced the emergence of Boko Haram elements and the terrorist enclave in parts of his state. This recalls an earlier revelation by Information Minister Lai Mohammed that a preliminary investigation into the deadly Abuja-Kaduna train attack revealed the impact of collaboration between bandits and Boko Haram terrorists dislodged from the North- East.
El-Rufai, who spoke during the presentation of the report on the Kaduna State Security Incident of the first quarter of 2022, which took place in the council chamber of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, revealed that the instances of insecurity in his state indicate “a movement from banditry to terrorism with expertise in the manufacture of explosive devices. And again, it’s because elements of Boko Haram and Ansaru have moved into the state. The Governor added that the terrorists were making comments such as “the forests of Kaduna are even better than those of Sambisa and therefore they should all move here”.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has openly supported the presidential ambitions of former Transport Minister Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
Lalong said delegates from the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) will vote for Rotimi Amaechi in the party’s primary elections.
The governor said this during a meeting with Amaechi and APC delegates at the government house in Jos on Friday.
Lalong revealed that he had invited other APC presidential candidates to the state to meet with delegates, but they all declined his invitation.
Bruce Fein, an American lawyer for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has urged Facebook to ban the Muhammadu Buhari-led government from its platform.
Naija News reports that Fein made the call in a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg following Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed’s meeting with Facebook.
Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer accused the federal government of committing allegations of genocide and crimes against humanity against the people of the southeast and IPOB members.
Some incumbent Nigerian governors have expressed their intention to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Naija News reports that the governors belong to both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ahead of their presidential primaries in Abuja, 38 presidential candidates circled the 36 states and the FCT in private jets to woo delegates for their votes.
It is understood that aspirants are spending millions of naira chartering private jets to travel and speak to delegates to further their presidential ambitions.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reportedly obtained a court order to arrest the Federation’s Accountant General, Ahmed Idris.
It was established that the EFCC got the order within 24 hours of Idris’ arrest in Kano.
A source from the anti-corruption agency told Daily Trust they were relying on the court order to keep him in their custody pending the conclusion of their investigation.
“He is still here with us, he cooperated. We will get to the bottom of the problem. The good thing is that our legal department got a court order helping us to hold him until we complete our investigations.“, said the source.
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Semiu Adeyemi Adeniran as the new General Statistician of the Federation.
Naija News reports that Sufuyan Ojeifo, spokesman for Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, made the point in a terse statement on Friday.
The statement adds that Adeniran has also been appointed Director General of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
His appointment follows the death of former Federation Statistician General Dr Simon Harry, who died on April 13, 2022, eight months into his five-year term.
The federal government has indefinitely suspended the resumption of the Abuja-Kaduna rail service following pressure from families of victims of the March 28 attack.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) had previously set May 23 for the resumption of rail service.
Relatives of the victims had rejected the NRC’s plan, saying it is insensitive to resume operations with their relatives still in captivity.
NRC, in a statement released Friday, apologized for the delay in resuming service.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State lifted the curfew imposed on the state last Saturday.
Naija News recalls that Tambuwal imposed a curfew in the state’s metropolis last Saturday after a protest calling for the release of suspects who killed Deborah Samuel for alleged blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad turned violent.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has lifted the curfew imposed on Sokoto Metropolis with immediate effect.
He explained that the curfew was lifted after consultation with security agencies and relevant stakeholders.
The office of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister Mohammed Bello was closed by protesters following the extension of the terms of six regional council presidents and councillors.
Protesters also shut down the FCT administration secretariat due to the term extension of council chairmen and advisers.
Naija News has learned that the terms of the presidents and councilors expired on Thursday and the newly elected are due to be sworn in today (Friday) after their election in February.
But the FCT minister cited a court ruling on the matter and announced the suspension of the inauguration of the newly elected president and councillors.
The Christian Association of Nigeria has appealed to the banned indigenous people of Biafra not to stop the crusade planned by the general overseer of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, in the southeast, saying it would be a blessing for the region.
Naija News reports that the IPOB, through its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, on Thursday urged the cleric not to hold a crusade in the southeastern region of Nigeria due to security concerns.
“The operation of criminals operating as unknown gunmen infiltrating the events is high and they will blame the IPOB for it,” he said in a statement.
Speaking to The Punch, CAN President Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle’s Special Assistant (Media and Communications), Pastor Adebayo Oladeji said that although the IPOB has raised concerns, it should be noted that the coming of the religious will help the southeastern region. achieve victory over every sad development.