Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning



Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Political thugs allegedly working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State on Sunday attacked the Agbaji Ilorin family residence of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki. They opened fire on residents of the area, wounding at least 11 persons in the process. The thugs also destroyed about 50 cars parked at various locations within Agbaji Quarters.

2. Details of the meeting held by the South-South governors over the move by the Federal government to prosecute Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen have emerged. The governors noted that the unfortunate action against the CJN further reinforces the perception that the Buhari administration has no regard for the sentiments of Nigerians, in particular, the people of Niger Delta, and the rule of law.

3. Popular Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe has officially addressed the viral reports of her secret relationship with Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. This follows reports that Ambode recently got Mercy her Lekki mansion and cars. The actress, while addressing the issue during her birthday party in Canada, said she had never met Ambode.

4. The Nigeria Police has redeployed the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal. Edgal was redeployed to the Force Headquarters in Abuja as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Explosive Ordinance Unit. Kayode Egbetokun has been asked to take over from Edgal as acting police commissioner in the state till further notice.

5. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari was planning to do to Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen what he (Buhari) did to former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. In a statement, Wike alleged that Buhari was doing anything to hold on to power by all means, saying he would not hand over if loses in the coming election.

6. Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, Sunday called for caution in the charges filed against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Walter Onnoghen by the federal government. In a statement, Dogara said that while the House awaits further briefing from relevant agencies, it is important that due process is followed because Nigeria is a country governed by laws and not dictates of men.

7. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has dismissed reports on the purported plan by the Presidency to remove its Chairman, Ibrahim Magu. Mr Tony Orilade, Acting Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, said the media reports on fresh moves to remove the Acting Chairman of the commission by the Presidency was unfounded. Orilade said Magu will not want to be distracted by unfounded media reports.

8. The Nigerian Army, on Sunday, said it uncovered Boko Haram logistics’ supply syndicates among loggers and charcoal dealers in Borno State. Brig.-Gen. Bulama Biu, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, made the disclosure. He disclosed that intelligence report indicated that some dealers in Maiduguri were hiding under the guise of firewood trade to aid the insurgents.

9. Niger Delta agitators have threatened to shut down the country if the Federal Government goes ahead with the “trial” of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen. The agitators, reacting in a statement by ‘General’ John Dukku of the Niger Delta Watchdogs and Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators and a host of others alleged that President Buhari had never been comfortable by the appointment of the CJN, saying it was why he delayed his appointment as the country’s chief law officer after many months in acting capacity.

10. A 35-year-old man identified as Uwaila, on Sunday allegedly shot dead his wife and two sons in Edo, accusing his wife of infidelity. The incident happened at Ovbiogie village in Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state. The Commissioner of Police in the state, MR Hakeem Odumosun, who visited the scene of the incident, promised that the suspect would be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation into the case.

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