Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Dailies.
1. The Nigerian military says it has employed the services of local fishermen and farmers in the search for the missing girls from Government Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe State.
2. The leader of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, Henry Okah, who is currently serving a jail term in South Africa for terrorism, has accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of fabricating evidence against him.
Okah, who lamented his incarceration, also rejected the judgment of a South African court which recently turned down his appeals, saying he had instructed his lawyers to appeal his conviction at the International Court of Justice.
3. Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, granted the former Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Andrew Yakubu, leave to travel abroad for medical treatment.
At the resumed hearing, trial Justice Ahmed Mohammed granted an application dated February 26, wherein the defendant, through his lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Raji, SAN, begged the court to permit him to travel outside the country to undertake a routine medical check-up.
4. Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu, has officially declared to run for the president of Nigeria in the 2019 election.
Moghalu, who announced this yesterday in a press conference at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, said a combination of military rule, oil booms and busts and successive leadership failures of the political class have robbed the country “of what seemed our destiny at independence”.
5. The Nigerian government has dragged a university in the United States, the Alabama State University, to court for allegedly mishandling the scholarship meant for students’ rent, books and food.
6. The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the dates of elections for the next 36 years.
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who released the timetable for elections from 2019 to 2055 during a meeting with the chairmen of political parties in Abuja on Wednesday, said general elections from 2019 to 2055 will hold on two days respectively as opposed to the proposal of the National Assembly which holds on three days with the following sequence: National Assembly (day one) governorship and state House of Assembly (day two) and presidential (day three).
7. The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has assured of the quick passage of the Disability Rights Bill which is currently before the National Assembly.
He further assured that the bill already passed by the two chambers of National Assembly would be sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent before the end of March this year.
8. Human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), on Wednesday said the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) should no longer limit its struggle to the issue of minimum wage alone.
He said it is time for the NLC to get involved in active politics because it is the only union that can fight for the interest of Nigerian workers.
9. Former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd.) says Nigeria lacked the capacity to govern itself.
The elder statesman, while lamenting that the country had not fared better since independence in 1960, said impunity in the Nigeria’s public service is stinking.
10. The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB,Wednesday described as a charade, ruse and tales by the moonlight, and sponsoring of falsehood by the security forces, claims that its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his wife were recently spotted in Ghana.
IPOB said the Federal Government was sponsoring falsehood about the whereabouts of its leader they kidnapped and possibly killed during the invasion of his father’s house in Afara Ukwu Umuahia by soldiers of the Nigerian Army.
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