Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines For Today, Wednesday, 27th October, 2021
Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Ezenwoko’s Blog roundup of top newspapers headlines in Nigeria for today, Wednesday, 27th October 2021
Ahead of the November 6th Anambra State Governorship election, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Usman Baba, has overhauled the States security landscape.
This was made known in a statement sent to Ezenwoko’s Blog on Tuesday, signed by Force spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba.
According to the statement, the overhauling includes the deployment of selected seasoned Strategic Commanders from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and above to Anambra State for effective supervision of security personnel and operations in the Elections.
IGP Baba noted that Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Joseph Egbunike has been deployed to Anambra State as the Coordinator of the security component for the Elections.
Former Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo has berated his successor Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.
Ezenwoko’s Blog reports that Yahaya has constantly clashed with Dankwambo over the handling of the state.
Inuwa had accused his predecessor of accruing huge debts without tangible capital projects to show for the money spent.
The governor had stated that despite Dankwambo accruing huge debts the states is littered with uncompleted projects.
Reacting in a post on his Facebook page, the former governor advised Yahaya to face challenges before him head-on instead of constantly complaining.
According to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, the governor’s lamentation shows his inadequacy as a leader.
The former governor stated that anyone who presents himself or herself for leadership should be ready for challenges that comes with that position.
Barely four days after it was attacked by suspected bandits, the Abolongo Correctional Facility located in Oyo town, Oyo State suffered an explosion on Tuesday afternoon.
Ezenwoko’s Blog learned that the explosion which caused panic among residents of the area occurred outside the prison facility.
It was learned that the bomb which exploded was one of those planted by the gunmen during the Friday attack which refused to go off.
However, no casualties have been recorded and security operatives have paid a visit to the scene to assess the extent of the damage.
Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday vowed to remain in the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Saraki while speaking on Arise TV said it would be unfair to think that he would dump the PDP for the All Progressives Congress.
Saraki while answering questions noted that he would reveal his intention at the right time ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The former Governor of Kwara State noted that he is currently focused on building a strong party and country.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied a report that some of its Adhoc staff have resigned ahead of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.
In an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Nwachukwu Orji, said the report that the staff resigned for fear of their lives due to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)-linked attacks was false and baseless.
Speaking in his office in Akwa, the state capital, Orji added that the commission is still recruiting hundreds of Adhoc workers for the upcoming election.
He disclosed that none of the Adhoc workers being recruited had been given an engagement letter, urging the public to disregard the report.
The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the statement by the presidency that the arrest of its leader will lead to an end of the group.
The group said contrary to what the presidency thinks about the group, the Nigerian government has committed an international offence by arresting Nnamdi Kanu and repatriating him back to Nigeria.
It added that the presidency displayed a high level of cluelessness and ignorance by assuming that the arrest of its leader will automatically result in the end of the group’s agitations.
IPOB in its statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful further stated that it will drag the Nigerian government before the International Criminal Court (ICC) where they will be taught “in the language they understand.”
The separatist group made the submissions in a direct reaction to an earlier statement by the presidency through the President’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu in which the government described IPOB as delusional, adding that the arrest of Kanu will lead to the demise of the group.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday addressed World leaders at the 5th edition of the Future Investment Initiative Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Ezenwoko’s Blog reports that President Buhari delivered his speech at the opening ceremony of the event with the theme, “Invest in Humanity”.
The Nigerian leader spoke to world leaders in the morning session on the theme Investing in Humanity: The Nigerian Perspective.
He submitted that in the past six years, his government took very painful but necessary decisions to invest for a long-term prosperous future knowing very well that this will come with short-term pains.
The United Nations has reportedly expressed outrage over the torture and maltreatment which the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu was subjected to while being detained in Kenya and has issued ‘urgent appeals’ against Nigeria and Kenya over Kanu’s rendition.
The brother to the separatist agitator, Kingsley Kanunta, who disclosed this on Tuesday, said he had undertaken a series of urgent steps within the realm of the international community, particularly in Britain and the United Nations in the last three months.
Ezenwoko’s Blog recalls that the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice had insisted that the Federal Government followed due process in the re-arrest and repatriation of Kanu from Kenya to face his trial in Nigeria.
Kanunta has now disclosed that he had worked quietly with his brother’s Special Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, and the Bindmans (Kanu’s lawyers in Britain) on a host of muscular interventions aimed at presenting the case to the international community, facilitating his unconditional release and bringing the culprits of the illegal rendition to account.
He explained in a statement on Tuesday that these interventions were kept secret because the applicable rules, especially that of the United Nations, required them to be kept confidential for 60 days.
Following the expiration of the 60 days and the United Nations had therefore made public the details of its ‘Urgent Appeals’ to the Nigerian and Kenyan Governments, which were transmitted since August 26, 2021.
Former President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has revealed that some big wigs in the ruling All Progressive Congress are preparing to join the Peoples Democratic Party.
The former Governor of Kwara State disclosed this on Tuesday while appearing on Arise News programme, Ezenwoko’s Blog reports.
According to the PDP chieftain, the notable persons in the ruling party will shift ground towards the 2023 general elections and declare their allegiance to the umbrella camp.
Saraki noted that bigwigs do not defect at an early stage as anticipated by people.
Former Kaduna lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has berated the Muhammadu Buhari government over the continuous killing and abduction of innocent Nigerians by bandits.
Ezenwoko’s Blog had reported that suspected bandits kidnapped seven and killed eighteen worshippers during an invasion of a mosque in Mazukaka village, Niger State.
The gunmen invaded the worship centre located in Mashegu Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Monday when the worshippers were observing early morning prayers.
According to a resident of the area, the attackers stormed the community on motorcycles and went straight to the mosque, before shooting the worshippers at closed range.
But in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Tuesday, Sani stated that the shutting down of telecommunication services in the North West has become ineffective.
The lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate asserted that the Federal Government has run out of ideas in tackling banditry in the North West.