Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Wednesday, June 29, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari met with aggrieved senators elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja on Tuesday.
Lawmakers numbering around 22 had threatened to jettison the ruling party following their failure to clinch the party’s return ticket ahead of the 2023 general election.
9th Senate Chief Whip Orji Uzor Kalu, who led aggrieved lawmakers, said senators felt disenfranchised by the process.
President Buhari, while addressing aggrieved lawmakers at the meeting, urged them to exercise restraint in their plan to get rid of APC.
Buhari, in his statement, said the lawmakers’ plan to get rid of the party is a threat to the APC’s majority in the National Assembly.
Kalu, while speaking after saying aggrieved lawmakers would not let the party down before the 2023 race.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday vowed to play a role in ensuring justice and fairness in the alleged organ harvesting case involving former Senate Deputy Speaker Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.
According to the lower house of the National Assembly, contacts will be established with their British counterparts so that the file is treated with all the fairness it deserves.
The House’s position was made public by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, following a motion raised in plenary by a Bauchi state legislator, Abdullahi Abdulkadir.
According to Abdulkadir, it is likely that new information on the matter will become available which may not have been available to British police at the time of the arrest.
He argued that the UK should work with Nigeria to “conduct a comprehensive and thorough investigation to ascertain all the facts relating to the allegation in order to reach a fair decision on the issues in the best interest of fairness and justice for all concerned”.
Speaking on the motion after contributions from other lawmakers, Gbajabiamila revealed that steps have already been taken on it and more will be taken.
Senate President Ahmed Lawan on Tuesday led the investigation into former Chief Justice Tanko Muhammed over corruption allegations made against him by some Supreme Court justices.
Fourteen Supreme Court justices had recently brought corruption charges against the former CJN, which he denied.
However, after his resignation, based on undisclosed health issues, Lawan ordered Tanko investigated.
The chairman of the committee, Senator Bamidele, said his team was taking the necessary steps to investigate the allegations against Tanko, in accordance with the instructions of the president of the Senate.
All Progressives Congress vice-presidential candidate Kabiru Masari has informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of the loss of his original certificates.
It comes amid controversy over the primary and secondary school certificates of the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
According to the Nigerian Tribune, Masari, in the credentials submitted to the electoral body, attached an affidavit that he lost his primary and secondary education certificates.
Masari noted that he attended primary school in Masari, Katsina State between 1972 and 1978 and obtained a 2nd grade certificate from Katsina Teachers College in 1982 and a higher certificate in 1995.
The APC Vice Presidential candidate in the affidavit claimed that while in transit in Wuse, FCT area, Abuja, he lost his occupancy certificate for land located at GRA, Katsina, as well as his 2nd year certificate from Katsina Teachers College and the first primary school leaving certificate issued. by Masari Primary School, Katsina State, (1972-78).
Federal High Court Judge Binta Nyako has adjourned the trial of embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Naija News reports that Judge Nyako has adjourned the case of the pro-Biafra activist until November 14, 2022, pending the decision of the Court of Appeal.
It has been understood that Nnamdi Kanu’s legal team will approach the Court of Appeal following his denial of bail by the High Court.
Naija News previously reported that the secessionist had reapplyed for bail pending determination of the treason charge the federal government had brought against him.
The request, however, was denied when Kanu and his legal team appeared in court for a hearing on Tuesday.
Kanu specifically urged the court to overturn the order issued on March 28, 2019, which not only issued a warrant for his arrest, but also gave FG the green light to try him in absentia.
However, Judge Binta Nyako, who is in charge of the case, said on Tuesday that she was not satisfied with the reason given by the IPOB chief for his failure to appear in court for the prosecution of his trial.
Imo State Executive Governor Hope Uzodinma has claimed that under normal circumstances the school certificates of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu should be available on the Commission’s server Independent National Electoral, INEC.
According to him, since the electoral body claimed to have a functioning server, the documents of the former Governor of Lagos State as well as other politicians should reside on the said server.
Naija News understands that Uzodinma made this statement while reacting to trending controversies surrounding Tinubu’s secondary and primary school certificates.
The Imo State Governor has attacked Nigerians for raising what he said was a wasteful conversation about the presidential hopeful’s school certificates.
Uzodinma said that for someone who served twice as governor of Lagos State and also ran for senator and won, such discussions should not have erupted over his qualifications.
The governor, however, said that given the timeline available for their nominee, INEC would receive the necessary paperwork before time ran out.
President Muhammadu Buhari will leave the shores of Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday (today) for a four-day official visit to Lisbon, Portugal.
This development was confirmed in a statement by the President’s Special Assistant for Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
This comes two days after President Buhari returned from Kigali to Rwanda, after attending the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
According to Shehu, President Buhari during the visit, will hold official talks with his Portuguese counterpart and will be conferred with the country’s national honor and decorated with the “Grand Collar of the Order of Prince Henry”.
The two presidents are expected to chair an extended bilateral meeting and witness the signing of certain agreements on matters of common interest.
He will also participate in the United Nations Ocean Conference.
Details of the meeting between Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi and leaders of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and the Nigerian Trades Union Congress (TUC) have been released.
Naija News previously reported that Obi met union leaders at the 10th anniversary conference honoring former NLC President, the late Pascal Bayau, in Abuja on Tuesday.
It is understood that the LP presidential candidate is talking with leaders to seek their support ahead of the 2023 general election.
Addressing the workers, NLC Chairman Comrade Ayuba Wabba said Congress stands firmly behind Obi and will fully mobilize to ensure victory for the party in the 2023 general election.
Also speaking, TUC President Quadri Olaleye said unions can no longer fight for the welfare of their workers through strikes and protests, hence participation in politics.
Nigerian police said on Tuesday that none of the perpetrators of the attack on Owo Catholic Church had been arrested.
Police said news of some gunmen being arrested by the Amotekun was also news to them because no one was in their custody.
Police Public Relations Officer CSP Muyiwa Adejobi said this during a press briefing.
He noted that the special squad sent to Owo to investigate the attack had yet to make any arrests other than spent AK 47 pellets and recovering unexploded IEDs.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed a motion to disqualify Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar as presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Naija News reports that the Incorporated Trustees of Rights for All International and the Youth Democrats of Northern Nigeria have filed a petition asking the court to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognizing Tinubu and Abubakar as the presidential flag bearers of Nigeria. APC and PDP.
Plaintiffs said so in the ex parte motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/942/2022, dated and filed on June 22 by plaintiffs’ attorney, Kingdom Okere.
Ruling on an ex-parte motion on Tuesday, Judge Inyang Ekwo said it was appropriate to hear from the other parties and ordered the plaintiff to serve notice on all defendants.
The judge further ordered the attorney to serve the court documents on the defendants within seven days of the order and adjourned until July 14 for further mention.
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