Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday 27th February 2022.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced new dates for the holding of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who announced the change at a press conference in Abuja on Saturday, said the new dates had become necessary following the amended Elections Act 2022 recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Naija News reports, as INEC President said, that the Presidential and National Assembly elections will now be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, instead of the February 18 date previously announced.
In addition, elections for Governor and State Houses of Assembly will be held on March 11, 2023.
The federal government led by Muhammadu Buhari has made the necessary arrangements to evacuate Nigerians from Ukraine to Poland.
This was announced in a public notice by the Nigerian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, Naija News reports.
According to the notice, embassy officials and volunteers would be at the Polish-Ukrainian borders to pick up Nigerians fleeing the crisis-stricken country.
The embassy has asked Nigerians to submit 02-953, Kosiarzy 22B, 02-956 Warszawa as their destination address to Polish border authorities.
Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has ordered the immediate assignment and redeployment of some senior police officers to various positions.
Assignment and redeployment are occasioned by the vacuum created by the retirement of some senior officers from the Police at the end of their statutory years of service.
A statement on Saturday by the Force’s Acting Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the releases are with immediate effect.
Those affected by the assignments are AIG Bala Zama Senchi which is now the Acting DIG Operations Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja and DIG representing the North West Geopolitical Zone.
Nigeria’s federal government on Saturday listed four recommended borders for Nigerians trying to flee war-torn Ukraine.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, gave the update in a video posted on her Twitter account amid the ongoing clash between Russian and Ukrainian military forces .
According to her, there may be up to eight borders available, but there are four that the government has recommended which would have officials waiting to receive Nigerians at the other end.
The borders listed are Hrebenne-Rawa Ruska, Korczowa-Krakowiec, Medyka-Szeginie and Budomierz-Hurszew.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Saturday.
It has been understood that the Waziri of Adamawa is at Obasanjo’s home to discuss his candidacy for the presidency in 2023.
Atiku arrived at the penthouse residence located in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) around 10 a.m. and went straight to a closed-door meeting with Obasanjo.
Atiku Abubakar, the 2019 Peoples’ Democratic Party presidential candidate, is currently consulting on his yet to be declared presidential election.
United States President Joe Biden has taken new steps in the war between Russia and Ukraine.
Naija News reports that Russia has been unleashing terrorist attacks against Ukraine since Thursday and more than a hundred citizens of the country have been killed.
However, despite a warning from Russian President Vladimir Putin that no world leader or nation should interfere in the ongoing war, President Biden on Saturday ordered the State Department to release $600 million ($448 million). sterling) in “immediate military assistance” for Ukraine.
The Democrat has instructed Secretary of State Antony Blinken to release up to $350 million “in Department of Defense defense articles and services, and military education and training” under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
The federal government led by Muhammadu Buhari has condemned Poland for preventing Nigerians fleeing the crisis in Ukraine from entering their country.
Naija News reports that Polish border security had turned away only Nigerians from those trying to flee the crisis caused by Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
A source at the border told this news publication that he and six other Nigerian students were turned away while other nationalities were let through.
Speaking at a meeting with envoys from European Union countries, Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said the government was receiving emergency calls from Nigerians fleeing Ukraine for Poland.
One person has been reported dead in a clash between National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officers and Lagos Island thugs.
Naija News has learned that NDLEA officials engaged the thugs in a gunfight during a raid on the camps of some drug dealers in the area on Saturday morning.
Narcotics agency officials were reported to be trying to arrest and seize hard drugs when they were attacked by thugs.
This development comes days after some NDLEA officials arrested two singers, Zinoleesky and Mohbad from their residence in Lekki for possession of hard drugs.
The Nigerian government has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to immediately withdraw his troops from Ukraine and halt the military invasion of the country.
This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, after a meeting with the envoys of the G7 countries in Nigeria.
Onyeama called on the Russian and Ukrainian governments to adopt peaceful and diplomatic measures to deal with the ongoing war between the two nations.
The minister said Muhammadu Buhari’s government would support all efforts to stop the aggression and the Russian troops to return to Russia.
A fire has broken out at a shopping mall in the popular spare parts market of Ladipo in the Oshodi region of Lagos State.
It has been learned that shops and valuables worth millions of naira were destroyed in the fire which occurred in the early hours of Saturday, February 26, 2023.
Reacting to the tragic incident, an official from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said a one-story building, the Aguiyi Ironsi Plaza, was razed by the fire.
The LASEMA official added that no casualties were recorded in the inferno as it happened early in the morning.
These are the headlines of Nigerian newspapers today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you tomorrow.