Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Friday morning
Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:’
HAPPY NEW MONTH
1. President Muhammadu Buhari has hinted on the dissolution of his cabinet before May 29, 2019. Buhari’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said it was likely he would dissolve his cabinet. Adesina also said that the President will not spend a long time before appointing those that will work with him.
2. Air Vice Marshall, Tony Omenyi, has been found guilty of money laundering by Justice Dimgba Igwe of the Federal High Court in Abuja. The court presided over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba ruled Thursday morning. The court had heard how the former Managing Director of Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Limited (AETSL), received over one hundred and thirty-six million Naira kick-back from Syrius Technologies and Sky Experts Limited – two contractors of the NAF.
3. A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has ordered the removal of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs as the governorship candidate of the Accord Party in Rivers State. Justice E.A Obile in a five-hour judgement said Dumo Lulu-Briggs did not participate in the primaries of Accord Party and should not be the beneficiary of the Governorship ticket. The court stressed that Precious Baridoo who contested the party primary did not in any time relinquished his candidature to anyone.
4. Some members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, under the aegis of APGA Aggrieved Forum, have called on the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano to sack the leadership of the party. The group, which consists of aspirants of the party in last year’s primary election, said if Obiano failed to do so, the party will perform abysmally in the state assembly election which comes up on March 9.
5. As claims and counter-claims continue to trail last weekend’s presidential and NASS polls, National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole has stated that INEC connived with the Akwa Ibom state government to rig Senator Godswill Akpabio out. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday in Abuja, he said the electoral umpire deliberately employed government officials as election agents with instructions to deliver victory to PDP candidates.
6. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over what it called occupation and provocative besiegement of PDP states in the South-South, namely Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Akwa-Ibom and Cross River states by the military ahead of the March 9, governorship and State Assembly elections. Its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Thursday, said the operation is to further militarize the South-South zone, use soldiers to suppress voters and re-enact the massive rigging of polls for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
7. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has stated that leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Senator George Akume dared the might of Benue people and paid for it. He stated that Senator Akume, who had boasted before the Presidential and National Assembly elections that he would use federal might to win the polls, incurred the anger of Benue people who rejected him and his party, the APC.
8. The Federal High Court sitting in Jos, on Thursday threw out a N1.25 billion suit filed by Gov. Rochas Okorocha, against the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the EFCC.
Okorocha filed the suit against the IGP and EFCC in November 2018 for allegedly invading and ransacking his house in Jos. Delivering judgment, Justice Musa Kurya, dismissed Okoracha’s application for lacking in merit.
9. The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has claimed control of political activities in the Southeast and South-South regions following the outcome of the presidential and National Assembly elections. The group made this claim on Thursday in a statement by the deputy leader of the group, Uche Mefor-Okafor. He noted that in spite of the massive rigging that greeted the exercise, President Buhari could not win any state in the two regions.
10. The Presidency has cautioned followers of President Muhammadu Buhari against inciting the opposition to anger as they celebrate the victory of the president. Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang issued the warning while addressing State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after meeting with the President.