Breaking: [Video] Anambra Contractor Trembles As Gov. Soludo Blasts Him, Terminates Contract

“He further regretted giving the job to his people, even as he affirmed that other contractors given the same job have long completed it.”

BREAKING: Drama As Nigeria Government Again Files Already Appeal Court Quashed 7-Count Charge Against Kanu

“Already, trial Justice Binta Nyako has slated date for both Kanu’s team of lawyers led by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, and the prosecution counsel to address the court on the way forward in the matter.”

Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Tuesday, 1st November 2022

Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Tuesday, 1st November 2022

Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Tuesday, 1st November 2022

1. Buhari Travels To London For 2 Weeks Medical Check-up

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has embarked on another foreign medical trip to London, United Kingdom.

He departed the shores of Nigeria on Monday 31st October for the medical trip.

According to a statement made available to Naija News by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari will be away until the second week of November 2022.

He also described the medical trip as a routine medical check-up

According to Adesina, “President Muhammadu Buhari leaves for London, United Kingdom, October 31, 2022, for routine medical check-up.

“He returns to the country in the second week of November, 2022.”

2. Terror Alert: FG Assures Of Safety In Abuja, Says Terror Alarm By U.S And UK Was Needless

Fresh information has emerged that the Federal Government (FG) has reaffirmed that there is no need for panic or fear in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)and that residents are safe.

Naija News reports that the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd.), disclosed this n Monday in Abuja after an emergency National Security Council meeting convened by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, the panic created by the recent terror alert in Abuja raised by the recent United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) was needless.

Monguno noted that even though the terror alert was hyped so much by the U.S and U.K that it created unfounded panic, Nigerians and other residents should go about their businesses without any sense of apprehension.

Monguno, who was with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyema, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar told pressmen that the armed forces, security and intelligence agencies are not relenting in their duty to ensure that all Nigerians and every part of the country are safe for all.

3. PDP Crisis: ‘Don’t Cross The Lines’ – Dele Momodu Warns Wike, Ortom, Others

The Director of Strategic Communications of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Momodu, has warned Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his allies against maligning the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Speaking in an interview with Vanguard on Monday, Momodu said it was wrong for Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state to label Atiku as an agent of Miyetti Allah.

The PDP chieftain stated that the former Vice President is a Pan-African leader and not an ethnic bigot, stating that labeling Atiku is taking things too far.

He said: “Calling him an agent of Meyitti Allah is to the extreme. Anybody who has followed the trajectory of Atiku will know that he is detribalized, and has friends in every part of Nigeria. I currently work in his office, where a lot of young men and women from every part of Nigeria are doing their work. Atiku Abubakar cannot be an agent of Miyetti Allah, I think that is carrying it too far.

“Wike is carrying it too far. He is a man I like so much. Of course it is wrong to label him (Atiku) an agent of Miyetti Allah. You can say anything about Atiku Abubakar but calling him an agent of Miyetti Allah, I disagree vehemently with that. It is wrong.”

4. Court Dismisses Bid To Stop Tinubu’s Certificate Forgery Suit

A Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory on Monday dismissed the bid by a factional group in the Action Alliance (AA) to stop the certificate forgery suit filed against the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

The Federal High Court rejected the suit by the group loyal to Tinubu led by Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje.

The group had wanted to join the suit to defend Tinubu in the certificate forgery suit filed against Tinubu by the AA party.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu in his ruling said the conditions precedent for such a joinder to be granted was not placed before the court.

The presiding Judge further stated that Omo-Aje did not establish his claim as National Chairman of the AA and also did not disclose how his interest would be jeopardized if not joined as a defendant in the suit.

Justice Egwuatu while dismissing the joinder request held that the group remains a meddlesome interloper and busybody until their interests likely to be affected are clearly established.

In the ruling, Justice Egwuatu said both Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje and Ambassador Suleiman Abdumalik who filed the joinder application on behalf of their faction failed to satisfy the conditions on why they should be joined.

5. They Are Experienced But We Need Who Can Be Trusted – Northern Elders Speak On Choosing Presidential Candidate

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) says what Nigeria needs is a leader that can be trusted to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people if elected.

The group maintained that all the major presidential candidates contesting the 2023 polls are experienced managers with enough money to get them to where they are currently but Nigerians need to subject them to more scrutiny to know who will deliver his promises if elected.

The spokesman of NEF, Baba Hakeem-Ahmed dropped the charge when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

He said: “Nigerians need to press our candidates. We desperately need to find out who among these people should be trusted.

“These (the candidates) are all hugely-experienced people in terms of managing people. These are also people with enough money to get to at least a point where they are now candidates. Their personalities should be scrutinized.”

Baba-Ahmed called on other regions to emulate what the northern region did by giving the presidential candidates the opportunity to share their plans for Nigerians with the people.

He said it will help voters in making informed decisions.

6. PDP Crisis: ‘You’re Just An Errand Boy’ – Wike Fires Dele Momodu

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has slammed a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dele Momodu, over his comment on the ongoing crisis in the party.

Wike was reacting to the comment made by Momodu warning the Rivers governor and his allies “not to cross the lines” in their call for the resignation of the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.

Naija News reports that Momodu, in an interview with Vanguard, asked Wike and his allies not to malign the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over their insistence not to work with him in the 2023 general elections.

Reacting to Momodu’s comment in a media chat, Wike mocked the Ovation magazine publisher, saying that he moved from becoming a presidential aspirant to a spokesperson.

The Rivers governor said Momodu contested in the PDP presidential primary for the sake of recognition, stressing that he scored zero votes during the election.

Wike said he will not allow anybody to use him to gain “relevance”, adding that he has not left the PDP since 1999 unlike some of his critics.

7. Peter Obi Debunks Release Of Manifesto, Says He will Do So Personally

The Labour Party‘s (LP) presidential candidate for the 2023 general election, Peter Obi, has today debunked the release of the party’s manifesto.

Naija News reports that Obi, who revealed this on the micro-blogging platform Twitter, said the document in circulation was the party’s earlier draft that found its way into the public space, and not the final approved copy.

According to him, the LP’s manifesto is yet to be formally released, and he will be the one to personally release it.

His reaction followed news-making waves on social media and online news platforms of the release of the party’s manifesto.

The LP presidential hopeful noted that until he approves the final copy to be released, the general public should disregard any copy-making rounds.

8. 2023: Wike Says He Is Yet To Decide On Presidential Candidate To Support

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state will win its Governorship, House of Reps, Senate and State Assembly election in 2023.

According to him, he is not hiding the fact that the Rivers PDP governorship candidate, all the House of Representatives, Senate and House of Assembly candidates would win in the 2023 general elections as far as the state is concerned.

Naija News reports that the governor at the inauguration of 319 wards and 32 constituency liaison officers in Port Harcourt today said “PDP will win our State. I am not hiding it as far as the governorship, House of Reps, Senate and State Assembly are concerned. The other one we have not decided until the right thing is done.”

Wike, however, revealed that the state was yet to determine what to do concerning the presidential election, adding that it is yet to decide who it will support for the presidency in 2023.

The governor also slammed the Rivers Director of Atiku Supporters, Dr Abiye Sekibo, saying he lacks the capacity to speak for the people of the state.

He said that Sekibo is a self-seeking politician, who was unable to attract demo

9. 2023: Tinubu Is A Tribal Evangelist – Atiku’s Camp

The camp of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has described the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu as a tribal evangelist.

The spokesman of the Atiku/Okowa presidential campaign council, Daniel Bwala stated this while reacting to the statement of Tinubu during his meeting with leaders of Afenifere on Sunday.

Bwala in a statement released on Monday said the comment of Tinubu that he would bring the trophy home at the meeting is an ethnic insinuation and divisive remark.

Recall that Afenifere and some Southwest leaders on Sunday endorsed Tinubu’s presidential ambition.

10. Davido’s Son, Ifeanyi Adeleke Is Dead

The son of internationally renowned Nigerian singer, Davido, Ifeanyi Adeleke, has reportedly died.

Naija News gathered that the little child died after drowning in a swimming pool.

The three-year-old drown in a private swimming pool at the family’s residence in Lagos, according to a family source.

“The boy was inside water for too long and they pulled him out and rushed him to the hospital,” the family source said.

“By the time they rushed him to Lagoon Hospital it was already too late.”

Those are the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Monday, 31st October 2022

Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Monday, 31st October 2022

Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Monday, 31st October 2022

1. Terror Attack: President Buhari Summons Emergency Security Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari has scheduled an emergency security meeting with the heads of the nation’s security outfits to discuss growing security concerns in the country.

The meeting is scheduled to hold on Monday, 31st October, at the presidential villa in Abuja, Naija News reports.

This development was confirmed in a statement on Sunday by the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Garba Shehu.

To accommodate the emergency meeting, the President has postponed the planned commissioning of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) new Technology and Innovation Complex earlier scheduled for tomorrow.

A new date will be announced for the commissioning.

2. Buhari Breaks Silence On Approval Of New Naira Notes

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally broken his silence about the approval of the new naira note that has caused controversies between the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning.

According to Buhari, the CBN had his backing on the decision to introduce new naira notes, adding that he approved the policy because he was sure it is in the national interest.

Naija News gathered that the President in a statement on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, noted that the only people the policy will affect are those hiding illicit money, not people with legitimate businesses.

Recall that the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Amina Ahmed disclosed last Friday that she and her ministry were not consulted or had prior information about the redesigning of the N200, N500, and N1000 notes.

3. Scores Killed, ISWAP Commander Arrested As Terrorists Attack Military Camp

Scores of terrorists suspected to be Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP) fighters have been neutralized by the Nigerian troops after a failed attempt to free their leaders in a concentration camp located in New Bussa, Niger State.

According to PRNigeria, a defence intelligence source revealed that the military had been anticipating the terrorists who met a massive ambush laid for them.

“Though the incident happened in the night, the troops had been anticipating such daring moves and have been on high alert. They just came into our trap.

“While at least seven dead bodies of the terrorists were counted this morning, the troops succeeded in arresting one of their commanders who led the fighters.

“NAF aircraft were also timely in supporting the ground troops from Wawa Military cantonment in Borgu local government area of Niger state, hence the success in decimating the terrorists,” he said.

4. Nnamdi Kanu: Southeast Governors Suggest Political Solution To FG

As part of efforts to advocate for the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, the Southeast Governors on Sunday suggested to the Federal Government that a political solution is still applicable to the situation.

Naija News learnt that the Governors noted that despite the federal government’s stay of execution, they still believe a political solution can still be used to free Kanu.

The Governors’ reaction follows the federal government’s refusal to obey the Appeal Court’s judgement that discharged the IPOB leader and dismissed the six-count charge preferred against him by the federal government.

Kanu’s freedom had been described by the federal government as a threat to national security.

Therefore it got a stay of execution from the Appeal Court, to still detain him while it appeals the ruling of the Supreme Court.

However, the Southeast Governors after their meeting in Enugu said they were monitoring the situation.

Chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi, read the meeting’s communique to pressmen after the end of their gathering.

5. Tinubu: Makinde Promises To Follow Afenifere On 2023 Presidency

Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has hinted on the presidential candidate he would support amidst the fallout with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

He made a promise on Sunday to agree with the decision of the Yoruba social-cultural organization, Afenifere.

This is amidst reports that Afenifere is backing the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari come 2023.

Makinde announced his stand in Akure, Ondo State capital when the former Governor of Lagos State visited the state to meet with the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

Represented by his Deputy, Bayo Lawal, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain said although they belong to different political parties, he is in support of the decision of the Afenifere and Yoruba race.

6. Wike Dares Ayu To Stop Any Contestant If He Has What It Takes

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has dared the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, to stop any contestants if he indeed has what it takes.

Naija News reports that Wike, who said this at a press briefing at his private residence in Port Harcourt today, described Ayu as corrupt and lacks integrity.

Wike’s reaction follows Ayu’s statement against the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.

Ayu is reported to have earlier boasted that he had the power to stop Ortom and others from contesting the 2023 elections.

7. Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Akeredolu Tells Nigerians To Vote Based On Competence And Integrity Not Religion

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has told Nigerians to vote for the next president of the country at the 2023 polls based on competence and integrity, and not based on religion.

Naija News reports that the governor, who was reported to have said this at the 16th Jesus Festival Dinner of the Ibadan Anglican Diocese held at the Ibadan Civic Centre, Agodi, Ibadan, noted that past records of candidates in the forthcoming presidential election should be the basis for Nigerians to judge who has the capability to lead Nigeria next year.

According to him, it was time for power to shift for the south to produce a president “in the spirit of equity and fairness,” for peace to reign.

Akeredolu advanced that on that premise, Nigerians should stop the debate on the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC because that is not important, instead, they should maintain the debate on equity and justice to allow peace to reign.

The governor, who was reported to be the Chairman of the occasion said “competence and integrity should be the criteria for representation,” and not based on faith.

8. Tinubu Praises Buhari For Not Endorsing Any Presidential Aspirant

The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Sunday disclosed that some individuals wanted President Muhammadu Buhari to endorse one of the presidential aspirants in the party but he declined.

Tinubu, in a statement issued Sunday by his Media Office and signed by Tunde Rahman, stated that despite the pressure from various individuals, Buhari refused to back any aspirant but rather insisted that all the aspirants must be allowed to go to the field.

The APC flag bearer argued that the role played by the President and northern governors proved to him that Nigeria can survive its unity and challenges.

Naija News recalls that a day before the party’s presidential primary, the National Chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu during a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) announced that the President of the Senate, Dr Ahmed Lawan had been anointed the candidate of the party.

However, other members of the NWC and APC northern governors insisted that all the presidential aspirants must be allowed to go to the field.

Tinubu, while speaking to the leaders of Afenifere at the residence of Pa Reuben Fasoranti on Sunday in Akure applauded President Buhari for sticking to his beliefs despite others trying to convince him to do otherwise.

The former Lagos Governor revealed that at a time he became confused because of the different rumours getting to him.

9. 2023: No Obidients In Ondo State – Akeredolu

The Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has declared that there are no Obidients, a term used for supporters of Labour Party’s (LP) Presidential candidate Peter Obi in his state.

According to him, power must shift to the South, therefore his state is ready to deliver.

Naija News reports that the governor who was represented by his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, spoke in Akure when the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu visited Afenifere leaders to present and explain his manifesto to them.

The governor insisted that it was time for power to shift to the Southwest region.

10. U-17 WWC: Flamingos Grab Bronze As They Beat The Germans On Penalties

The Nigerian Flamingos defeated Germany on Sunday to claim the bronze medal at the under-17 Women’s World Cup in India.

The Nigerian girls, including their Substitute Etim Edidiong, made several goals and attempts in the opening minutes of the game and raced into a 3-0 lead.

But the Germans proved to be a tough nut to crack as they levelled the game at 3-3 in regulation time, forcing the game into a penalty shootout.

The Flamingos won 3-2 on penalties to take third-place bronze and became the second African team to accomplish this.

Those are the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Sunday, 30th October, 2022

Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Friday, 28th October 2022

Good morning Nigeria, welcome to the Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Sunday, 30th October 2022.

Special Forces Soldiers, Policemen, DSS Operatives Storm Abuja, Arrest Scores Of Suspects

The Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has increased security in the Federal Capital Territory after the terror alerts issued by the United States and the United Kingdom.

The US Embassy had in a statement last Sunday announced that it would offer reduced services until further notice and urged American citizens to avoid non-essential movements.

The statement added that possible targets by the terrorists may include government buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, athletic gatherings, transport terminals, law enforcement facilities, and international organizations.

Also, in an advisory issued on the same Sunday by its Embassy in Abuja, the United Kingdom advised its citizens in Nigeria to stay alert and consider their movements carefully.

The British government also urged its citizens to follow the local news and the advice of security authorities in order not to be victims of a terrorist attack.

On its part, the Australian government on Wednesday advised its citizens to reconsider the need to travel to Nigeria.

The country listed Abuja and surrounding areas as places of possible high threats of terrorist attack and kidnapping, adding that those who have to travel to Nigeria are at risk of terrorist attacks, kidnappings violent civil unrest, and crime.

Sheikh Gumi Rejects Naira Redesign, Says Bandits Can Demand Dollars

Controversial Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has slammed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for moving to redesign the naira at this time.

In a statement titled: “Changing the Naira: This is no time for economic kamikaze!”, the cleric said the plot to resign the naira is ill-timed as it could lead to economic suicide, especially among rural dwellers.

He said most Nigerians depend on cash transactions, adding that any policy that will cause more cash crunch will be a disaster for the nation.

According to Gumi, the policy will not starve kidnappers of cash because they may decide to demand for dollars and other currencies to make life harder for the people.

Police React To Reports Of Bombs Being Planted In Abuja

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has denied social media reports that bombs were being planted in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Naija News reports that the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made the denial in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Adejobi asked Nigerians and visitors to disregard reports that bombs were being planted in FCT in connection with the terror alert issued by the United States on the possible attack in Abuja.

He warned individuals who have continually spread fearful rumours to further create more panic among citizens and residents of the FCT and Nigeria at large to desist from such action.

Saraki, Dele Momodu, Others To Meet Wike, Aggrieved PDP Govs Over Rift With Atiku

Some presidential aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have concluded plans to meet with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers and other aggrieved governors in the party to end the rift with former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar.

Naija News reports that Wike alongside his Oyo, Enugu, Benue, and Abia states counterparts, Seyi Makinde, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Samuel Ortom, and Okezie Ikpeazu, respectively, had pulled out of the party’s presidential campaign, insisting that the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, must be removed or resign from his position for a southerner to replace him.

They accused Ayu of going back n his promise to resign his position if a northerner emerged as the party’s presidential candidate.

Recall that the Board of Trustees had set up an ad hoc committee to broker peace between both parties. One of the recommendations of the committee was that the chairman should commit to vacating his seat after the elections. Wike and his group, however, rejected the report and insisted that Ayu must resign as the chairman before next year’s election.

It was gathered that some National Executive Committee members of the PDP have also thrown their weight behind the renewed bid by the presidential aspirants to end the ongoing dispute between Wike’s and Atiku’s camp.

APC Crisis Deepens As Gov Mai Mala Buni’s Loyalists Rage Over Adamu’s Comments

The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a new twist as loyalists of the party’s former caretaker committee chairman and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, have lambasted the party’s National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, over recent allegations he made against Buni.

Naija News recalls that Adamu had in a press conference accused the former caretaker committee of leaving N7.5 billion debts on legal fees alone when he took over the affairs of the party.

Adamu had said: “There were more than 200 staff on the payroll and during the audit we had to query where these number of people work. They went to the media that we can’t pay salary of staff just to blackmail us.”

It was gathered that the comments made by the APC National Chairman have unsettled governors, senators, and other leaders of the party, who were members of the Buni-led caretaker committee.

Speaking to Saturday Sun, a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) said Adamu’s outburst may further escalate the crisis rocking the party since the emergence of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the APC.

Buhari Approved Naira Redesign, CBN Replies Finance Minister

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reacted to the statement of the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, claiming that her ministry has no knowledge about the redesigning of the Naira Notes.

Naija News had earlier reported that Ahmed stated this on Friday when she appeared before a Senate committee.

Ahmed had faulted the process of the apex bank, which she described as ill-timed.

The spokesman of CBN, Osita Nwanisobi, while reacting to the statement of the Minister said the apex bank remains a very thorough institution.

He said the management of the CBN, in line with provisions of section 2(b), section 18(a), and section 19(a)(b) of the CBN Act 2007, had duly sought and obtained the approval of the President Muhammadu Buhari in writing to redesign, produce, release and circulate new series of N200, N500, and N1,000 banknotes.

He called on Nigerians to support the currency redesign project, adding that the process is in the interest of Nigerians.

2023: Peter Obi Holds Campaign Rally In Nasarawa State (Photos)

The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi on Saturday officially flagged off his campaign in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

The spokesman of the Labour Party, Yunusa Tanko in a statement released on his Twitter account on Saturday disclosed that the initial flag-off of the party’s campaign was shifted from the 20th of October due to the rampaging flood across the country.

Tanko wrote, “Our presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi had to visit affected states to empathize with the flood-ravaged communities across the country, as the first call of governance is being responsive to the people.

“However, immediately after the visits of Mr. Peter Obi, our Presidential Candidate, the campaign council of our great party has deemed it necessary to earnestly kick off the campaign from the north-central geo-political zone of Nigeria.”

He called on support groups and supporters to make themselves available for the campaign of the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

PDP Crisis: I Have The Power To Stop Ortom, Others From Realising Their Ambition – Ayu

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has said he could stop Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and other party chieftains who calling for his resignation from realizing their ambition.

Naija News reports that Ayu stated this in Tiv dialect on Friday while addressing the crowd that welcomed him back to his country home, Gboko in Benue state.

Recall that Ortom alongside five other PDP governors has called for Ayu’s resignation after the party presidential primary election that produced Abubakar Atiku as the party’s standard-bearer.

According to Ortom and the camp of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, the presidential candidate and the National Chairman cannot come from the same region, hence the call for Ayu to step down.

However, the PDP crisis which has split the party in Benue is threatening the senatorial ambition of the governor with Ayu’s kinsmen in the Jemgbah axis accusing Ortom of teaming up with others to pull down their son from his exalted office.

Speaking with his supporters, Ayu said that he had the power to stop any candidate contesting on the party’s platform, particularly in the state, to avenge the calls for his resignation.

2023: Tinubu To Win, Peter Obi To Split Atiku’s Votes – Report

A leading global rating company in the world, Fitch has predicted that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will emerge winner of the 2023 general elections.

In a report by the global company, Fitch stated that earlier surveys tipping the presidential flagbearer of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi was ahead of his opponents, Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were mostly based on online responses.

While stating that Obi is unlikely to win next year’s election, the report maintained that Tinubu is the candidate most likely to win the presidential election as a split opposition vote will favour the ruling party’s candidate.

According to the report, since only 36.0% of Nigerians use the internet (World Bank, 2020), “we believe that these results are skewed towards urban, affluent voters who are most likely to support Obi. We also highlight that these polls suggest that a large share of voters remain undecided.

“Even if these surveys were accurate at a national level, Obi’s lack of support in Nigeria’s Muslim-majority North would make it difficult for him to win next year’s election. Indeed, the North is home to the majority of all voters and turnout in this part of the country tends to be relatively high, underscoring the importance of the Northern electorate.

“According to Nigeria’s 1999 constitution, a candidate can only be elected if they both receive the majority of overall votes and over 25.0% of votes in at least 24 of the country’s 36 states. Given that Obi’s Labour Party has limited infrastructure in the North, he will struggle to meet this second voting requirement.”

2023: Wike, Makinde, Others ‘Preferred’ Presidential Candidate Emerge

With the 2023 presidential elec­tion in sight, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are hoping to take over power which they lost in 2015.

PDP, in its effort to emerge winner in 2023, has commenced its campaign intending to capture the support of Nigerians in 2023.

However, some in-house issues in the party might hinder the main opposition party from emerging victorious in the forthcoming general elections.

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, and his allies in their call for justice in the PDP had called for the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.

The aggrieved Governors and other stakeholders had condemned northern dominance in key positions in the party.

The grievances of the Governors saw them pull out of the presidential campaign council of the PDP, insisting that Ayu must resign.

That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Saturday, 29th October, 2022

Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Friday, 28th October 2022

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Exclude Public Officials If Nigeria Can Afford Pay Hike

Aren’t political and public officeholders in Nigeria the luckiest? At a time when labour unions in other climes are agitating and demonstrating for wage indexation against rising inflation, Nigerian officials are poking the bear at home. South Africa’s Public Servants Association (PSA) has announced its intention to embark on strike by Wednesday after rejecting a 3 percent wage offer from the government. The government’s offer to public servants included a once-off cash payment of 1,000 rands ($55), but the unions say that does not materially improve their income. Most unions in the country’s largest labour federation COSATU have also rejected the government’s wage offer and are demanding a 10 percent increase.

Across Europe, workers and their trade unions have been pushing for wage increases that will compensate for the soaring energy bills and the rising cost of living. In Belgium, unions are fighting against employers and right-wing parties to avoid a suspension of the raise that upholds their purchasing power. In Luxembourg, unions have just managed to reverse a decision by Parliament to cancel indexation in 2022 and 2023. The main unions in Spain are demanding an increase in wages across the board in response to spiraling inflation that has made many people’s salaries to have fallen in real terms. The story is the same in Austria where metal industry workers are demanding 10.6 percent pay rise.

Months after the purchasing power of Tunisians got eroded amid rising prices, high unemployment and widespread poverty, Tunisia’s government and the country’s main labour union (UGTT) recently struck a pay deal that involves a five percent annual hike to public sector wages every year until 2025. The agreement between both parties came after arduous negotiations and a general strike that shut down the North African country in June. It is unconscionable that despite the wave of agitations by workers elsewhere for wages to match inflation and the rising cost of living, all the Nigerian authorities can think of is to increase the emoluments of the already gorged public officials.

Security Alert: Buhari Tells Nigerians Not To Panic

Following his return to Abuja from his six days visit to Seoul, the South Korean capital, President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerians not to panic over the security alert from the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK).

According to the President, the U.S. and U.K warnings to their citizens in Nigeria should not destabilise the country because the nation’s security operatives are on top of the situation.

Naija News reports that President Buhari, in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, urged Nigerians and the various security agencies to be vigilant and security conscious.

Recall that the US Department of State had on Sunday issued a travel advisory to warn its citizens to avoid travelling to some parts of Nigeria, especially the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), noting the possible terror attacks.

This has caused panic in most areas of the FCT and even Nigeria at large, as some businesses and activities have been hindered and closed.

Some individuals have even called for the suspension of campaigns by political parties all to avoid possible terror attacks on the lives of innocent Nigerians.

Appeal Court Suspends Judgement Ordering FG To Release Nnamdi Kanu

On Friday, the Appeal Court suspended the execution of its judgment that ordered President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to release the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

In its previous ruling, Naija News recalls that the appellate court had ordered the Federal Government to release the Biafra agitator.

The court in a unanimous decision by a three-man panel led by Justice Haruna Tsanami, granted the application Buhari’s government brought for a stay of execution of the judgment pending the hearing and determination of the appeal it lodged before the Supreme Court.

However, amid anxieties, the appellate court today ordered FG to, within seven days, transmit the record of the appeal and its verdict on the matter to the apex court to enable speedy determination of the case.

Recall that last Monday, the court had reserved its ruling on the application FG filed for the judgement that quashed the 15-count terrorism charge it preferred against Kanu not to be executed, pending the determination of an appeal it has lodged before the Supreme Court.

Investigations Reveal 15 Fake Prophecies By Popular Church Prophets

Nigerian investigative journalist Fisayo Soyombo and his colleagues have uncovered fake prophetic declarations by clerics of a Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) church in Lagos.

After seven months of receiving separate prophetic declarations about their lives, the journalists concluded that the prophecies were fake and deluding.

The Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) in a series of reports released online today said it embarked on an investigative mission in February 2022 and that C&S was its targetted church.

Naija News understands that FIJ revealed in its reports that fifteen prophecies were given by clerics of the Eternal Sacred Order of C&S in Pearse Street, Yaba, Lagos.

The investigative team had disguised itself as some persons seeking divine help and decided to approach the church branch in February 2022.

Describing his arrival at the church, the team leader, Soyombo, said, “It is unclear why the gatekeepers at ‘national headquarters of the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim on Pearse Street, Yaba, Lagos, are so unwelcoming when we arrive in the morning of the second day after the famous Valentine’s Day, but one of them parks us grudgingly, anyway. Madu Chiboka, the prophet we had been conversing with, tells us on the phone that a “senior prophet” would attend to us in a matter of minutes. The wait for him inside the church gifts me a few minutes to run my eyes through the auditorium.”

Sharing the view of the said Church, Soyombo said: “It is not the biggest church you’ll ever see. But I count deep brown pews studiously arranged in 13 rows and four columns, meaning that the ground floor can sit at least 312 congregants per time if six occupy a pew. There are three more pews at the rear but they are not arranged to fit into the rows; my hunch is that they’re reserved for in-service protocol officials.”

DSS Opens Up On Reported Joint Operation With American Troops In Abuja

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied viral reports that its operatives and some American soldiers carried out a raid against terrorists in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

The spokesperson of the DSS, Peter Afunanya who made the denial said what was widely reported in the media is false.

Afunanya, however, went ahead to confirm a sting operation in an Abuja estate by the DSS but denied the involvement of American or other foreign security forces.

According to him the DSS operation in Abuja was carried out in collaboration with other Nigerian security agencies.

PR Nigeria quoted Afunanya as saying: “I can categorically tell you that we did not carry out any joint operation with American Soldiers as being widely reported in the media.

“Though we carried out an operation in an Abuja Estate with sister agencies, no foreign troops were involved.”

Buhari Returns To Abuja After World Bio Summit In South Korea

President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Abuja on Friday morning after attending the first edition of the World Bio Summit in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

President Buhari, who arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 6am, was received by two governors, senior government officials, and security chiefs.

Among those at the airport to receive the President were the Governors of Katsina and Niger States; Aminu Bello Masari and Abubakar Sani Bello respectively; the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Musa Bello, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

Others were the Inspector-General of Police (IPG), Usman Alkali Baba; the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi and some other senior military and other security officials.

While in Seoul, President Buhari delivered a statement to the Summit, held a number of high-powered consultations and bilateral/diplomatic meetings with the South Korean President, Yoon Suk-yeol, the Speaker of the country’s National Assembly, Kim Jin-Pyo, and former United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon.

Ministry Of Finance Denies Knowledge Of New Naira Notes, Warns CBN Of Consequences

Barely 48 hours after Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele announced plans to redesign naira notes, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has revealed that she or her ministry knows nothing about the recent decision of the apex bank.

Naija News reports that Ahmed, who made this disclosure while responding to a question by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele of Ekiti Central at the 2023 budget defence session with the Senate Committee on Finance, cautioned the CBN of the repercussion of its action.

According to her, she and her Ministry were not aware of the policy or foretold about it, adding that she only heard about it from the media just like everyone.

She said “Distinguished Senators, we were not consulted at the Ministry of Finance by CBN on the planned Naira redesigning and cannot comment on it as regards merits or otherwise.

“However as a Nigerian privileged to be at the top of Nigeria’s fiscal management, the policy as rolled out at this time portends serious consequences on the value of the Naira to other foreign currencies.

“I will however appeal to this committee to invite the CBN Governor for required explanations as regards merits of the planned policy and rightness or otherwise of its implementation now.”

2023: INEC Says It Has No Power To Force Candidates To Attend Debates

The Chairman of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has revealed that it is out of the commission’s jurisdiction to mandate electoral candidates to partake in debates.

According to the INEC boss, even though the electoral body doesn’t have any power to force electoral candidates to attend debates, there are “unspoken consequences” for candidates who failed to attend.

Naija News reports that Yakubu, who said this at the quarterly consultative meeting with media executives in Abuja noted that debates are democratic rights and cannot be forced on any candidate.

Yakubu pointed out that even in advanced countries, electoral candidates are not compelled to partake in debates because it is a democratic dispensation.

He remarked that debate just like voting is a democratic right meant to better inform the voters, adding that he is aware some candidates always avoid debating to prevent making mistakes to discourage voters.

Appeal Court Reverses Umahi’s Sack Over Defection To PDP

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Friday reversed the March 8 judgment by a Federal High Court that sacked the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, and his deputy for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to a three-member panel of the appellate court in a judgment today, the nation’s Constitution did not provide any punishment for a Governor or Deputy Governor who defects from the party on which platform he/she got to the office.

Naija News reports that Justice Haruna Tsanami, of the appellate court on this premise noted that the only option the aggrieved political party can explore is to work with the impeachment option provided in the Constitution.

Justice Tsanami said that was the only way the PDP can deal with the governor and his deputy who defected from its platform.

It was however reported that the Appeal Court’s judgment in Abuja was in line with the judgment of the court’s Enugu division on the same matter.

2023: Real Reason Atiku Travelled To The USA Revealed

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar is in the United States for some high-level engagements.

He is in the United States along with some senior members of the PDP presidential campaign council, personal aides, and other members of the PDP, Naija News reports.

He arrived on Thursday, 27th October 2022.

Confirming the present location of Atiku and his mission in America, the media adviser to the former Vice President, Paul Ibe in a statement made available to our newsroom on Friday said Atiku is in the US for a working visit.

He added that the aim of the visit and engagements by Atiku is to set a framework for a more secure Nigeria and an economically stable country.

During his time, he would share his thoughts with the business communities, young Nigerians, and other professionals living in America as well as, Ibe confirmed.

The statement reads: “The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar on Thursday arrived in Washington DC, United States on a working visit.

The visit will afford the PDP presidential candidate the opportunity of high-level engagements aimed at setting the pace for building an economically stronger and more secure Nigeria.”

That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Wednesday 26th October 2022

Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Wednesday 26th October 2022

Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Wednesday, 26th October 2022

1. Nigeria Is Safer Than Ever Before – Lai Mohammed Rejects Terrorists Attack Warning By US, UK

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Tuesday declared that the security situation in Nigeria is not as bad as some people are painting it to be.
He advanced that the country is safer in recent times while both the government and military authorities are not resting in their attempts to make things better.

The Minister also knocked the embassies of the United States and the United Kingdom for issuing security warnings about possible terrorist attacks on Abuja, the nation’s federal capital territory.

He said such unguarded statements are capable of disrupting the peace and tranquility of Nigeria and urged foreign countries to always seek clarification on such important national issues.

He added that misinformation should be guided against at all levels as it can cause bigger problems.

Naija News reports Mohammed who spoke in Abuja at the ministerial panel of the ongoing UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Week also blamed local media and social media users in Nigeria for spreading the information without weighing the consequences or seeking clarification from the government.

2. INEC Picks Date For Imo, Bayelsa And Kogi Governorship Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled a date for the Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi governorship elections next year.
The electoral body, which picked November 11, 2023, for the conduct of the governorship elections, also approved the timetable at its weekly meeting on Tuesday.

The Commission fixed primary elections by parties for March 27 to April 17, 2023.

Naija News reports that INEC, who revealed this in a statement signed by its National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye said “this decision is in fulfilment of the requirement of Section 28(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 which mandates the Commission to publish the Notice of Election not later than 360 days before the date fixed for the elections.

The tenure of the incumbent Governor of Imo State ends on 14th January 2024 while those of Kogi and Beyelsa States end on 26th January 2024 and 13th February 2024 respectively.

Accordingly, the Commission has decided to conduct the three elections on Saturday 11th November 2023.

3. Details of Buhari’s Meeting With Ban Ki-Moon Emerges

The details of the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-Moon, have emerged

Naija News earlier reported that Buhari met with Ki-Moon in Seoul, the South Korean capital on the sidelines of the 2022 World Bio Summit on Tuesday.

The Summit, which has the theme: ‘The Future of Vaccine and Bio-Health’, is jointly been hosted by the South Korean Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

During the meeting with the Chairman of Ban Ki-Moon Foundation for Better Future, Buhari said Nigeria was already experiencing the negative fallout of climate change.

He stated the impact of climate change has led to flooding in different parts of the country, including encroaching desertification and drought in the Northern part of the nation.

In a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, President Buhari expressed happiness with the cooperation existing between Nigeria and the Republic of Korea, especially in the area of energy supply, citing gas exports to the Asian country.

The Nigerian leader asserted that education is one of the key investments in addressing unemployment and underdevelopment, adding that health challenges must be equally addressed.

4. Tinubu And His Family Have Become A Parasite To Lagos State, I Not My Son Is Seeking Presidency – Peter Obi Fires Keyamo

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has asked Nigerians to reject any presidential candidate that will turn governance into a family and friends business.

Speaking through the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation, the former Anambra State governor urged Nigerians not to vote for anyone who will rule the country by proxy.

Naija News reports that Peter Obi was reacting to the challenge thrown to him by the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, for his son to organize a campaign rally in his state like the APC flag bearer’s son, Seyi Tinubu, did for his father in Lagos.

Peter Obi’s campaign, in a statement on Tuesday, said the only thing that joins him and Tinubu is that they were once governors of states in Nigeria, “after that one became a parasite to the state government he served with his entire family while the other left government house and he and any members of his family never collected a dime from Anambra state.”

The campaign said: “Unlike Tinubu and his household, who have grown to be stupendously wealthy with no identifiable industry or means of making money outside the state government for over two decades, Obi is not like that.

5. Appeal Court Speaks On Transfering Judges Who Discharged Nnamdi Kanu Of Terrorism Charges

The Court of Appeal headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday cleared the air on the transfer of the judges responsible for discharging the terrorism charges levelled against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

The Appellate court noted that the transfer of its twenty-one justices to various divisions in the country has nothing to do with Kanu’s case.

According to the Court of Appeal, the judges were transferred due to a routine exercise aimed at reinvigorating the justice delivery of the Court.

The Chief Registrar of the Court, Umar Mohammed Bangari, in a statement denied the report that the three Justices who discharged Kanu from the suit filed against him by Federal Government on October 13 were transferred.

Bangari disclosed that only one Justice out of the three that handled Kanu’s case was transferred.

6. Court Nullifies All APC Primaries In Rivers State

The primaries conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State have been nullified by the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

One George Orlu and four others had filed a suit against Rivers APC, requesting nullification of the primaries of the party in Rivers for alleged exclusion in the process.

The presiding Judge, Justice E A Obile on Tuesday nullified the primaries following the exclusion of party members from the delegate list.

The judge ruled that the aggrieved members were wrongly excluded from the elections to participate in the party primaries.

Justice Obile stated that the primaries nullified and all those elected consequently not recognized as candidates for the coming elections.

7. Stop Taking Police Personnel To The Slaughterhouse In The Name Of VIP Protection – Retired AIG Warns

A retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Ambrose Aisabor has urged the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force to stop the attachment of its personnel to non-deserving persons in society.

This is as he lamented that many police operatives have lost their lives while acting as security guards for the so-called Very Important Persons (VIPs) in society.

According to Aisabor, those entitled to police security should be the presidency, the leadership of the National Assembly, Governors and their deputies, and most importantly the judiciary.

He said it is however unfortunate that the operatives are now deployed to the highest bidders in the society where many of them lose their lives during attacks.

The retired AIG urged the leadership of the Police Force to withdraw its personnel serving as VIP escorts so there can be sufficient manpower to tackle rising insecurity in many parts of the country.

He made the submission against the backdrop of the recent killing of policemen attached to the General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman.

8. Break Up: Obaseki Has Sold His Soul, He’s One Of Those Misleading Atiku – APC Hits Edo Governor

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council has described the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki as a traitor who sold his entire region in exchange for personal gains.

The APC in a statement on Tuesday by the Director of Public Affairs and Chief Spokesperson, Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo said it is rather unfortunate that Obaseki is the one making outrageous statements ahead of the 2023 elections.

Naija News reports that the statement from Keyamo is a direct reaction to an earlier submission by Obaseki that Nigeria would break up if the APC is allowed to return to power in 2023 through the candidacy of Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima.

However, Keyamo in response said the Edo Governor who couldn’t stand and fight for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone its presidential ticket to the south is now speaking against the ticket from the zone.

The APC campaign spokesperson added that Obaseki and the likes of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa not only sold their souls and their people in exchange for the Biblical pot of porridge to support the PDP ticket going to Atiku Abubakar but are also part of those wrongly pushing Atiku towards imploding the party and attempting to break up Nigeria for disrespecting the PDP zoning formula.

9. Confusion Among Loyalists As Mimiko Is Named Leader Of Ondo PDP Campaign Council

The former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko has been named leader of the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) State Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) committee in the state.

The 441-member committee has Ambassador Roland Omowa as its chairman, while Barr. Eyitayo Jegede was picked as the vice chairman.

However, Naija News reports that the development has caused confusion among Mimiko’s loyalists, as they said they don’t understand what the position of Leader of the campaign Council means.

A loyalist of the former Ondo state governor, who pleaded anonymity was quoted by The Nation to have said Mimiko hasn’t given them any directive on whether or not they should join the Atiku campaign train.

Recall that Mimiko has been part of the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike’s team, who are advocating for a PDP national chairman of southern extraction and therefore insisting on the removal of the party’s national chairman Iyorchia Ayu.

10. ASUU: NLC Calls On FG To Release Withheld Salaries Of Lecturers

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has urged the Federal Government to release the withheld salaries of the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Naija News reports the union made this known in a communique made available after NLC’s National Executive Council meeting held in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State.

In the communique, the NLC said, “NEC noted the collapse of effective collective bargaining machinery in the tertiary education sub-sector.”

This follows the federal government’s policy of no-work-no-pay policy against ASUU lecturers during the eight-month-old strike by the union.

The Labour Congress announced last week that it will be holding a NEC meeting in Kebbi state, of all the NLC-affiliated unions from the 36 states of the federation, union leaders and other stakeholders.

Those are the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Monday 24th October 2022

Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Monday 24th October 2022

Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Monday, 24th October 2022

1. US Govt Raises Fresh Alarm Over Possible Terrorist Attack In Abuja

The United States of America has issued a fresh warning about the possibility of a terrorist attack in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Naija News reports the advisory was issued in a statement on Sunday by the US Embassy in Abuja.

As a result of the development, the Embassy announced that it would offer reduced services until further notice and urged American citizens to avoid non-essential movements.

The statement added that possible targets by the terrorists may include government buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, athletic gatherings, transport terminals, law enforcement facilities, and international organizations.

The US Embassy went further to warn American citizens to avoid all non-essential travel or movement, stay alert, avoid crowds, review their personal security plans and keep their cell phones charged in case of emergency.

2. Thugs Attack Jandor’s Campaign Team In Badagry, Journalists Injured

Suspected thugs on Sunday attacked the campaign team of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor in Badagry Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Naija News learnt that Jandor’s team was attacked while returning from visitation to Ikoga Junction in the Badagry Local Government area.

The Governorship candidate of the PDP visited the local government to solicit the support of people in the community ahead of the 2023 races.

It was reported that several members of Jandor’s team sustain injuries, including journalists with one of them reportedly in critical condition.

The development was confirmed by the spokesperson for JandorFunke 2023 Campaign Council, Hakeem Amode.

According to Amode, the team members that sustained injuries are being treated at an undisclosed hospital.

He claimed that the thugs that attacked the campaign trail were sponsored by the ruling party.

3. Nnamdi Kanu: We Are Ready To Meet At The Supreme Court, IPOB Tells FG

As part of efforts by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to protest the release of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, the group says it is ready to face the Federal Government at the Supreme Court on Monday, October 24, 2022.

The group, which is advocating that the government should obey the judgment of the Court of Appeal of October 13, 2022, said no amount of threat or intimidation by the government would make it retreat from the Biafra Restoration project.

Naija News gathered that the group also called on International Communities and other civilized countries to caution the Nigerian Government and its security agents to leave Biafraland alone.

In a statement signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB warned the security agencies to discontinue its “evil agenda” of road and food blockade sabotage.

4. APC’s Tinubu Identifies His Two Major Contenders In 2023 Presidential Race

The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has identified only two candidates as his major contenders in the 2023 presidential race.

Naija News reports that after the deregistration of some political parties months ago, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), announced a total of 18 parties for the February 2023 election, with each fielding a candidate for the presidential seat.

However, Tinubu on Sunday through his Vice Presidential running mate, Kashim Shettima, acknowledged having only two contenders in the presidential race.

Though the ruling party’s candidate did not directly mention the names of the major contenders, his comments were a reference to recent actions and comments by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his counterpart in the Labour Party, Peter Obi.

Shettima said of the PDP candidate that “He (Tinubu) will not divide 50% of his time in Dubai and 50% in Nigeria.”

5. 2023: PDP, Atiku Will Defeat Peter Obi In Anambra – Okowa

Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Sunday, boasted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will sweep the polls in Anambra State in the coming 2023 general elections, Naija News reports.

Okowa who is a running mate to PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said the nation’s leading opposition party has won polls in a landslide in the state before and that the coming election will not be an exception.

Recall that Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, hails from Anambra State and the state is currently headed by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) led by Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo.

However, despite the opposition, Okowa said PDP will win over other parties in the state.

Okowa who was represented in Onitsha for the 20th Ofala festival of the traditional ruler of the ancient Kingdom, Obi Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, by the leader of the Presidential campaign council in Anambra State, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, told journalists that “PDP is fully prepared for the campaign.

6. Scores Killed As Security Operatives Raid ’IPOB Camps’ In Ebonyi

An unspecified number of criminals alleged to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been killed in Ebonyi State by a joint security operative consisting of the Nigerian Army, Department of State Security (DSS), and the Nigeria Police Force.

Reports obtained by Naija News on Sunday revealed that the alleged criminals were neutralized in recent raids by the security operatives who were going about combing some criminal hideouts in the state.

Confirming the development in a statement issued today, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chris Anyanwu, revealed that three IPOB suspects in the command’s custody leaked some information that aided the success of the recent raids.

According to the police spokesman, the operation, spearheaded by the Command’s Tactical teams and assisted by the Military and DSS in the State, was prompted by the reliable evidence gotten from the interrogation of Nnamdi Ngwuta Obaji aka State Commander No. 3 and another operative of the outlawed group, Felix Ogudu who were earlier arrested.

7. 2023: “I’m Not Competing For Race Or Wrestling” – Tinubu Reacts To Rumours Surrounding His Health

The presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has once again refuted claims that he is sick and suffering from a medical condition.

Naija News reports that there are claims that the former Governor of Lagos State is sick and has been traveling to London in the United Kingdom to see his doctors.

Speaking at a dinner organized in his honour by the Kano Business Community on Saturday, Tinubu said he is fit and agile to lead the most populous country in Africa.

The former governor maintained that he is strong, hale, and hearty, stressing that it often baffles him when the opposition parties continue to say that he is sick.

Tinubu asserted that he is running for the presidency which is a knowledge-driven job and not a relay race or World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestling.

8. I Would Not Be The Presidential Candidate Without APC Govs – Tinubu

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has acknowledged the influence of the governors elected on the party’s platform.

Tinubu, while speaking during series of meetings with Ullamas and some pastors on Sunday, said that without the party governors, he would not have become the APC flag bearer.

The former Lagos State Governor opined that the dedication of the APC stalwarts has given him more courage and determination in gunning for the exalted seat.

He said, “You firmly stood by me at the hours of needs during the Primary Contests of our Party and that made me the Candidate of the APC and that is a great source of pride because others are still battling their governors.”

Speaking further, Tinubu said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that during their 16 years at the helms of power spent $16 billion on power, stressing that the nation is still facing frequent outages coupled with transmission failures.

He subsequently urged the people not to vote for a candidate who spends 50% of his time in Dubai.

9. If Ayu Drops Dead Tomorrow, PDP Will Move On – Bode George Blows Hot Over PDP Crisis

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George has berated the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, for refusing to resign from his position despite the rift in the party.

Naija News recalls that Governor Nyesom Wike of River state and his Abia, Oyo, Enugu, and Benue states counterparts, Okezie Ikpeazu, Seyi Makinde, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and Samuel Ortom, respectively, insisted that Ayu must resign from office over the alleged imbalance in the PDP leadership.

The governors insisted Ayu had earlier promised to resign from his position if the presidential candidate emerges from the North.

The party consequently set up a BoT Reconciliation Committee headed by former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, to wade into the crisis between Wike and Ayu.

With Ayu showing no intent to honour his pledge, the Adolphus Wabara-led committee submitted a number of recommendations, one of which was that Ayu should commit to leaving his position after the 2023 elections.

Sharing his thoughts on the situation in an interview with Sunday Punch, George opined that Ayu should keep to his promise.

He wondered why the National Chairman was so bent on keeping his position adding that if he should die the PDP would still continue with its affairs.

10. Six Killed As ISWAP Invades Boko Haram Stronghold

Fighters of the Islamic State In West Africa Province (ISWAP) has at the weekend attacked the enclaves of the Boko Haram, during which six of them were reportedly killed.

Naija News reports that the attack is a continuation of their sustained inter-rivalry clash following the decision of the ISIS backed ISWAP faction to pull out of Boko Haram.

It was gathered that ISWAP had in a silent operation stormed the home of Boko Haram insurgents in Gajibo, a town 95km northeast of Maiduguri, Borno state capital, and slaughtered six whom they declared as “infidels”.

An Intelligence source told Zagazola Makama, a Counter-Insurgency expert and Security Analyst in Lake Chad, that the attackers also recovered five AK 47 riffles from the Boko Haram terrorists.

ISWAP had carried out many successful attacks against Boko Haram terrorists in its sustained feuds, which caused the group a huge casualty and loss of war assets.

The worsening inter-rivalry clashes, between jihadist groups, may lead them to irreversible self-destruction as the revolting ISWAP had vowed to battle more with members of its former main body than even with the Nigerian troops.

Those are the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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La Liga: Karim Benzema To Miss Sevilla Clash Due To A Thigh Injury

La Liga: Karim Benzema To Miss Sevilla Clash Due To A Thigh Injury

Ballon d’Or winner, Karim Benzema, will miss Real Madrid’s La Liga match against Sevilla on Saturday due to a thigh injury.

The 34-year-old, who was hailed as the best player in the world on Monday, and netted against Elche to keep the Los Blancos in the first place, will not be available when Carlo Ancelotti’s men welcome Sevilla to Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

[caption id="attachment_584047" align="aligncenter" width="2240"] Benzema with the Ballon D’or (PHOTO: @sportingnews)[/caption]

The club’s statement reads: “After the tests today on Karim Benzema by Real Madrid’s medical services, they detected muscular fatigue in the quadriceps of his left leg.”

Benzema has five goals in seven league appearances this season despite missing the majority of September due to a thigh strain in his right leg.

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