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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Tuesday, 20th April, 2021

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Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Tuesday, 20th April 2021

1. Osinbajo Briefs President Buhari After London Medical Trip

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on happenings within the past few days when he was in London for a medical check-up.

The meeting between the two leaders held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja, Naija News reports as confirmed by the senior special assistant (media and publicity) to the Vice President, Laolu Akande.

It will be recalled that President Buhari returned to Nigeria last week Thursday after a two-week medical trip to London, the United Kingdom.

The Nigerian leader arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 4.45 p.m.

A tweet on Monday by Akande revealed that Vice President Osinbajo and President Buhari held a meeting during which the President was briefed on a number of issues including FEC meetings that held in his absence and other issues of national importance.

2. No Going Back On Judicial Autonomy – Senate Tells State Governors

The Senate on Monday asked governors across the 36 states of Nigeria to save the nation’s democracy from collapsing by granting full Independence to the judicial arm of government.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, stated this while reacting to the protest staged at the National Assembly by the Nigerian Bar Association on the issue.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last year, signed into law, the Executive Order No 10 of 2020 cited as “the implementation of financial autonomy for state legislature and judiciary Order, 2020”.

The Order granted powers to the Accountant-General of the Federation to deduct from the allocations due to a state from the Federation Account, any sums appropriated for the legislature or judiciary of that state which the state fails to release to its legislature or judiciary as the case may be, and to pay the funds directly to the state’s legislature or judiciary concerned.

Speaking with journalists, Bamidele said judicial autonomy was non-negotiable and that state governors should emulate the Federal Government by granting independence to the arm of government.

3. INEC Blows Hot, Threatens To Blacklist Parties Over Violent Congresses

Political parties unable to conduct peaceful congresses and engage in violent fiascos that threaten lives and destroy property will be blacklisted.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made this known in a statement on Monday by its spokesman, Festus Okoye.

According to Okoye, the electoral body may not recognise the outcome of violent congresses if the trend continues in the country.

He added that INEC may also withdraw its staff from monitoring such violent political party meetings, with the resultant non-recognition of their outcomes.

He said the commission’s properties are being destroyed in the aftermath while the lives of participants and its staff are endangered.

4. There Is No Need For Amotekun In Lagos State Now – Gov Sanwo-Olu

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has revealed why the South-West security outfit better known as Operation Amotekun was not inaugurated in the state.

Appearing on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Sanwo-Olu said that operatives of Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps are currently doing the work of Amotekun corps in the state, hence no need for the local outfit.

The governor explained further that community policing, operatives of the LNSC are all active and engage in security patrol.

5. Military Has Been Intimidated In The Southeast, Ebubeagu Has No Support – EX-DSS Director Claims

A former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mike Ejiofor has submitted that the military and other security agencies have been intimidated in the southeast.

To back up his claim, he pointed out that that is why there is currently no single police or military checkpoint all the way from Onitsha to Umuahia and most other parts of the southeast.

Ejiofor added that the recently launched regional security outfit by the southeast governors, ‘Ebubeagu’ will fail because it has no support from the people and the governors failed to put structure in place before setting it up.

He made the claims on Monday when he appeared as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily programme.

As part of his submissions, the former DSS Director said it is vigilantes that are providing security in the region adding that the recently formed Eastern Security Network (ESN) by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is also illegal and hence can’t function in tackling insecurity in the area.

6. FG Didn’t Have Enough Money In March But This Is What We Did – Finance Minister

The federal government of Nigeria has shed more light on what transpired between the central and state governors as regards the allocation sharing for March 2021.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed disclosed that when it was discovered that there was a shortfall of N50 billion from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), the state governors wanted the federal government to borrow the shortfall from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

She however disclosed that the federal government rejected the idea of the state governors and insisted that they go manage what each of them got.

Ahmed also disclosed that the government usually takes money from reserve accounts but in March, there was no sufficient fund accrued in those accounts.

She made the revelations on Monday during an appearance on ‘Good Morning Nigeria show’, a Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) programme while reacting further to claims by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State that the government printed N60bn t augment the March FAAC distribution to states.

7. President Buhari Meets Acting IGP, Baba In Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with the acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

This will be the first meeting between the President and the Police Chief since his appointment was announced on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Naija News recalls the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, had made public the approval of the President for Baba to succeed Mohammed Adamu.

President Buhari was away in London, the United Kingdom when the announcement was made but the President returned to the country last week Thursday.

8. NNPC Says No Plan To Increase Petrol Price In May

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, on Monday, disclosed that the price of petrol will not be increased in May.
NNPC has maintained an ex-depot price of N148/litre since February despite the increase in the price of petrol, hence incurring a subsidy of over N120bn monthly.

Ex-depot price is the cost of petrol at depots, from where filling stations purchase the commodity before dispensing to final consumers.

Kyari in his statement further stated that Petroleum Tanker Drivers have suspended their proposed strike after the intervention of NNPC in the disagreement between the PTD and the National Association of Road Transport Owners.

9. Two Policemen Killed As Gunmen Attack Anambra Police Zonal Htqrs

Unknown gunmen have attacked the zonal headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in Ukpo, Anambra State.

It was gathered that the hoodlums attacked the police station in the early hours of Monday, killed no fewer than two policemen during the attack.

Naija News understands that the gunmen also razed some offices and scores of vehicles during the attack but were prevented from gaining entrance into the armory.

However, the deceased officers have been identified as Inspector Ishaku Aura and Uzoma Uwaebuka.

10. President Buhari Promises Help And Support For Niger Republic

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday promised the President of the Republic of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum of commitment to stabilize the region.

The Nigeria President stated this while receiving his Nigerien counterpart who visited him in Abuja on his first international visit.

Buhari in a statement released through his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said, “We will stabilize our region for the benefit of the two countries.”

The President said Nigerians and Nigeriens are people with similar culture, language and ways of life, “and we also share about 1,500 kilometres of land border, so we cannot ignore each other.”

Buhari who congratulated Bazoum on victory in the presidential election in his country, vowed that Nigeria would assist its close neighbour in diverse ways as required.

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

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'May Allah Rebuke His Blessings' – Pantami Curses Adeyanju

The convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju has been cursed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for asking the United States to place him on terrorism watchlist.

The activist in a letter titled, ‘Terrorist Watchlist – Isa Pantami’ and forwarded to the Secretary of State, United States Department of State noted that the minister who hold a high position in the country is not expected to be an alleged supporter of world’s extremist leaders like Mullah Omar and Osama Bin Laden, and if the allegation is true “he should not hold a sensitive position and be in charge of the database of Nigerians.”

The letter reads in part, “We write to intimate you of remarks attributed to Sheik Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Communications Minister in several media blogs in the country wherein he was quoted as saying he was always happy whenever unbelievers are killed by terrorist groups.

“It is also further alleged that he had in the past openly supported and endorsed global terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and the Talibans.

“Pantami is said to have praised Osama Bin Laden describing him as a hero and a better Muslim than himself. He has not renounced these views in the face of new revelations by the media. His views are extremist views and a threat to a multi-religious nation like Nigeria.”

However, some followers and supporters of the minister declared Adeyanju an ‘Enemy of Islam’.

In a post on Facebook, one Datti Assalafiy wrote, “The non-Muslim, Deji Adeyanju, hates Islam and Muslims, supports the abuse of Islam and Muslims on his social media.

“He is one of the enemies of Nigeria’s peace that has won a contract to spread the #ENDSARS crisis on social media which has cost Nigeria more than N3 trillion.

“He is the one who has now written a letter of complaint to the US Embassy in Abuja, requesting that the United States place Sheikh Dr Isa Ali Pantami on a list of people responsible for terrorist activities around the world, and that the embassy accepted his complaint.

“No matter the fate and destiny, there is nothing to associate with these pagans who hate us all the time and their parents.

“O Allah, show this pagan one of your verses, may Allah grant him a long life in hardship and humility to witness the glory of Malam Isa Ali Pantami and the Muslims in Nigeria. Amen Yaa Hayyu Yaa Qayyum.”

The Minister who commented on the post with his verified Facebook page wrote in Hausa, “Allah ya tsine masa alubarika” which means “May Allah rebuke his blessings.”

The minister comment which stirred over 350 replies was however deleted few minutes after.

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The Time For Diversification Is Now – Obaseki Speaks On Nigerian Economy

Court Rules On Case Seeking To Disqualify Obaseki As Edo Governor

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has warned that it is dangerous for states and the federal government to continue relying on oil revenue.

Obaseki who made the position known on Monday while addressing journalists added that the time to diversify the economy is now as revenue from oil is no longer sustainable.

The Governor went down history lane to recall that before oil was discovered in Nigeria, the regional governments all had other ways of making money but after oil was discovered, all the other revenue sources were abandoned.

He, therefore, urged that the time to revisit other resources and turn them into revenue-making streams so as to increase non-oil revenue is now.

“Before the Civil War, we had no crude oil: The regions relied on the resources that they had and the government was run based on taxation, which was derived from the regions and production, particularly agricultural production in the regions.

“In the last 40 years or so, crude oil came and replaced those economic activities and earnings. So, we now run a federation relying almost exclusively on crude oil.

“Solely relying on crude oil income is unsustainable; the time for diversification is now,” the Governor said in a series of tweets from his Twitter account.

Naija News recalls Obaseki has been in the news recently after he accused the federal government of printing N60 billion as part of the allocation for March.

Speaking at the Edo state transition committee stakeholders engagement, the governor said Nigeria is in huge financial trouble.

According to Obaseki, the economy is no longer what it used to be due to the rising debt profile is worrisome as dependence on crude oil is no longer sustainable.

But the federal government through the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, and the CBN has denied claims by the governor, but Obaseki insisted and urged the government to tell Nigerians the truth.

Meanwhile, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, on Monday, disclosed that the price of petrol will not be increased in May.

NNPC has maintained an ex-depot price of N148/litre since February despite the increase in the price of petrol, hence incurring a subsidy of over N120bn monthly.

Ex-depot price is the cost of petrol at depots, from where filling stations purchase the commodity before dispensing to final consumers.

Kyari in his statement further stated that Petroleum Tanker Drivers have suspended their proposed strike after the intervention of NNPC in the disagreement between the PTD and the National Association of Road Transport Owners.

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The Nigerian Army on Monday disclosed that the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on Sunday night inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram terrorists who attempted to invade Dikwa town in Borno State.

The development was confirmed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in a statement released in Abuja.

Yerima in the statement noted that the military officers who were stationed at Dikwa and Gulumba Gana, supported by the Air Component, engaged the terrorists who mounted on 12 gun trucks in their numbers.

The Army spokesman further stated that the attack happened while the locals were preparing to break their Ramadan fast for the day.

He added that the troops having contained the attack had to occupy the alternative Headquarters at Gulumba Gana to enable the Air Component engage any gun trucks and other technicals in the vicinity of the attack to prevent fratricide.

“The troops launched a counter-attack in the early hours of Monday, April 19 and successfully reoccupied their main headquarters in Dikwa.

“The retreating terrorists suffered heavy losses in both equipment and personnel including some of their key leaders from the superior fire power of own troops both from the air and ground forces.

“The troops are currently patrolling Dikwa town and environs to assess the level of damage inflicted on the terrorists,” he said

Yerima noted that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, commended the troops for their response and directed them to restrategise with a view to preventing further attacks in the area.

He assured that the Nigerian Army would remain committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment throughout the Northeast.

Meanwhile, some soldiers linked to the crack down on Boko Haram sponsors have revealed the identities of their civilian collaborators, according to sources.

The military officers were apprehended following an investigation into connections between Boko Haram insurgents and military officers that help the terrorists infiltrate into the army and sabotage efforts to end insurgency in Nigeria.

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Police Arrest Suspects Providing Medical Services To Bandits

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The Kaduna State Police Command has arrested two suspects providing medical assistance to bandits in Buruku, Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

Kaduna Government which disclosed this development, however, stated that three people were killed by gunmen in different locations in the state within the last 48 hours.

The  Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, in one of the attacks, bandits invaded Rafin Roro village in Kajuru local government area and killed one person.

“Eleven expended rounds of AK-47 ammunition were found at the location. Security patrols are proceeding with investigations in the general area.

“Similarly, one citizen was killed by bandits at a settlement near Maraban Jos, Igabi local government area.

“Similarly, one citizen was killed by bandits at a settlement near Maraban Jos, Igabi local government area.

“Bandits also killed one at the outskirts of Garu village, Igabi LGA, after rustling an unspecified number of cows belonging to two persons.”

Aruwan added security operatives engaged the bandits, and one of them was found roaming about in the bush while others escaped with bullet wounds.

The Commissioner noted that the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai expressed sadness as he prayed for the repose of the slain citizens, and sent condolences to their families.

The governor commended the Kaduna State Police Command for the arrests in Chikun LGA, and urged that thorough investigations be pursued to conclusion.”

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President Buhari Meets Acting IGP, Baba In Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with the acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

This will be the first meeting between the President and the Police Chief since his appointment was announced on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Naija News recalls the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, had made public the approval of the President for Baba to succeed Mohammed Adamu.

President Buhari was away in London, the United Kingdom when the announcement was made but the President returned to the country last week Thursday.

Below are some pictures from the meeting between the President and the acting IGP.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday promised the President of the Republic of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum of commitment to stabilize the region.

The Nigerian President stated this while receiving his Nigerien counterpart who visited him in Abuja on his first international visit.

Buhari in a statement released through his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said, “We will stabilize our region for the benefit of the two countries.”

The President said Nigerians and Nigeriens are people with similar culture, language and ways of life, “and we also share about 1,500 kilometres of land border, so we cannot ignore each other.”

Buhari who congratulated Bazoum on victory in the presidential election in his country, vowed that Nigeria would assist its close neighbour in diverse ways as required.

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NNPC Speaks On Increasing Petrol Price In May

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, on Monday, disclosed that the price of petrol will not be increased in May.

NNPC has maintained an ex-depot price of N148/litre since February despite the increase in the price of petrol, hence incurring a subsidy of over N120bn monthly.

Ex-depot price is the cost of petrol at depots, from where filling stations purchase the commodity before dispensing to final consumers.

Kyari in his statement further stated that Petroleum Tanker Drivers have suspended their proposed strike after the intervention of NNPC in the disagreement between the PTD and the National Association of Road Transport Owners.

The NNPC in a post on Twitter wrote, “Following GMD #NNPC Mallam @MKKyari’s intervention in the National Association of Road Transport Owners/Petroleum Tanker Drivers impasse, PTD has just announced the suspension of its planned strike until closure of discussion between both parties.”

“Also, the GMD announced that there would be no increase in the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit in the month of May 2021.”

In another development, the federal government of Nigeria has shed more light on what transpired between the central and state governors as regards the regards the allocation sharing for March 2021.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed disclosed that when it was discovered that there was a shortfall of N50 billion from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), the state governors wanted the federal government to borrow the shortfall from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

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Details Of Buhari Meeting With Nigerien President Emerge

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday promised the President of Republic of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum of commitment to stabilise the region.

The Nigeria President stated this while receiving his Nigerien counterpart who visited him in Abuja on his first international visit.

Buhari in a statement released through his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said, “We will stabilise our region for the benefit of the two countries.”

The President said Nigerians and Nigeriens are people with similar culture, language and ways of life, “and we also share about 1,500 kilometres of land border, so we cannot ignore each other.”

Buhari who congratulated Bazoum on victory in the presidential election in his country, vowed that Nigeria would assist its close neighbour in diverse ways as required.

You have been in the system for a long time. The only thing is that you had never been President. Now you are one,” he added.

President Buhari while speaking on the issue of insurgency said, “We will do all it takes to secure our two countries.”

He also commented the immediate past President, Mahamadou Issoufou, for what he called “his understanding and sacrifices” to help stabilize the region, urged the successor to maintain the institutions his predecessor had established.

President Bazoum, who said he was delighted to make Nigeria his first port of call, noted that the two countries have common interests, “and, therefore, a good relationship is very important.

“On security, he observed that the fact that some Nigerians flee to Niger during terrorist attacks “shows that we need to cooperate, and we will face our challenges together.”

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8 Repentant Militants, Kidnappers Become Pastors In OPM Church

Not less than eight repentant members of the Niger Delta militant and kidnappers undergoing rehabilitation in the Omega Power Ministries rehabilitation centre are now pastors in the church.

The General Overseer of the church, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, disclosed this during an interview with NAN on Monday.

Chinyere noted that the repentant militants and kidnappers changed after a divine encounter through evangelism organised for some of them in their various camps.

“I preached to them and many of them hearkened to salvation call and gave their lives to Jesus Christ.”

“Before I embarked on this move, I bought some estates to relocate them.”

“Initially when I preached to them, because I could not relocate them out of their place, it was easy for them to go back to their old ways.”

“So, I decided that the best way to approach them is to change their environment and that became the first step of their healing process,” he said.

The cleric noted that he moved them to the facility, got them baptized and began to teach them the words of God from complete liberation from crime.

“These kidnappers have wives and children, so what we did was to put their children in the free school operated by the church and at the same time established businesses for their wives.”

“We started teaching them different skills and by the grace of God, after they acquired the skills, some said they wanted to be pastors.”

“And, currently we have eight of them that are full-time pastors in OPM branches.”

“Others are into different skills like carpentry, pipeline welding, scaffolding, mechanic and so on,” Chinyere said.

Chinyere noted that about 10,000 youths have been rehabilitated and reintegrated into society under the OPM rehabilitation programme for youths especially for repentant militants and commercial sex workers.

The OPM General Overseer said that some of the repentant militants had been gainfully employed in different oil companies in the country, while some got jobs abroad.

“The Nigerian Police have been cooperating with us; some of these youths have been in crime for many years and they were not caught, but they came with their arms to surrender.”

“The police decided not to go after them since they surrendered willingly as long as they don’t go back to crime again; there is somebody that submitted three AK-47 rifles.”

“We took them to police headquarters in Rivers, located at Moscow Road and they took their biometrics, pictures and fingerprints as well as a record of guns submitted and the crimes they committed.”

“With this, the police have their full data in case they go back to crime. However, I know they won’t go back to crime.”

He further stated that the rehabilitation programme has recorded 95 per cent success as the repentant militants and kidnappers had not returned to crime since they surrendered.

Chinyere further said that efforts were on to ensure that children of the less privileged, who were not in school, get the desired education through the church’s 15 free schools located in Rivers, Bayelsa, Abia, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos states.

“My target is to have these rehabilitation centres in every state of the federation to help people who roam about because the school is free,” he said.

One of the repented militants from Emohua Local Government Area, Mr Justine Obodo, who spoke on behalf of others told NAN that they had been in the rehabilitation camp since 2019.

“I am from Egbeda in Emohua Local Government Area. We have been in the OPM rehabilitation centre since 2019, and as sons of Ikwere, we have changed from our bad lives.”

“We never knew we will be alive to see today and we are not greater than those that have died in battle with army, police and navy.”

“Today we are living by the grace of God because the bible said that whoever the son of God has set free, he is free indeed.”

“We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins for us to have repentance. The day we denounced, we came with our irons (guns) and submitted them.”

“Go to Ikwere land now, there is peace because we were the ones causing the problem there before, but today, we have changed.”

“We plead with our communities to give us a second chance. We need freedom and we will champion peace in our communities,” Obodo said.

He gave assurance that the rehabilitated militants would work with other stakeholders to persuade other militants and youths not to take to crime again in their communities.

“We have been eating three times a day and our wives now have businesses and our children have been enrolled in the OPM free schools.”

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I Impregnated My Mother-in-law – Nigerian Man Makes Shocking Revelation

An anonymous Nigerian man has taken to a popular Talk Show on Radio to narrate an ordeal he’s presently in.

According to the man, he had a one-time thing with his mother-in-law, which eventually led to the birth of his son, who’s now his brother-in-law. He added that he’s confused about what to do as his wife is quite amazing to him.

In his own words, he said

“When I met my current wife, actually, everything was fine. We were dating, and eventually, I prosed, she accepted. Prior to that, she had just introduced me to the family, and I got close to the mother, who surprisingly was quite young for her age. She had my wife when she was just 15yeears old. One thing led to another; she started visiting me frequently before I got married to my wife.”

“Initially, it started as a visit; she’d come, drop some foodstuffs at home for me. She would sometimes buy me drinks and all. Then one evening, I was hanging out with one of my supervisor at the office and ran into her at an entertainment spot with her two friends with her.”

“So they invited us to their table, everyone was chatting, and she introduced me as her son-in-law to be. That evening when we were going back home, her driver was taking too long to come, and we had sex and my mother- in-law was pregnant and gave birth to a son”.

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