Top Headlines from Today’s Nigerian Newspapers, Wednesday January 5, 2022
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Federation Justice Minister and Attorney General Abubakar Malami has revealed why the government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari has not officially declared the bandits terrorists.
Malami said on Tuesday that his office was in the process of announcing the court ruling that ordered the federal government to declare the bandits terrorists.
AGF, speaking on the NTA Good Morning Nigeria Show, said the process would be concluded within days.
Recall that Judge Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, on November 26, 2021, granted an ex parte request from the federal government for Yan Bindiga (Hausa word for armed men) and Yan Ta’adda (Hausa word for terrorists) to be declared terrorists.
Malami, in his statement on Tuesday, said the government acted swiftly in declaring IPOB and Boko Haram as terrorist groups because of the “threats to life and property they have caused in the nation.”
Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma did not release the names of specific people sponsoring insecurity and terrorism in the state on Tuesday.
Naija News recalls that ahead of the Imo State stakeholder meeting / lunch on Tuesday, the governor raised expectations when he revealed that he would take the opportunity to disclose the names people at the origin of the insecurity that ravages the state and also highlight his achievements in power. over the past two years.
He made this known on Sunday in a statement by the State Information and Strategy Commissioner, the Honorable Declan Emelumba.
However, the governor, during the stakeholder meeting held at Sam Mbakwe’s executive chamber in the government house in Owerri, flipped on his previous promise when he did not reveal any specific person responsible for insecurity in Imo.
Uzodinma said he observed that his pledge caused tension in the state and therefore would allow security officials to conclude their investigation and reveal those responsible for the attacks in Imo.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos was embarrassed on Tuesday by an anonymous police commissioner.
Naija News reports that the CSP openly defied the order of the Governor of Lagos State to vacate the Magodo Phase 2 Estate area of ââthe state.
Recall that security agents had besieged the estate in the company of alleged land grabbers and members of a family who had planned to execute a judgment of the Supreme Court.
This development caused unrest as locals called on Sanwo-Olu to intervene.
The governor of Lagos visited the estate on Tuesday and asked the chief security officer to vacate the premises because the case concerned individuals and the state government.
But to the surprise of those around him, the CSP told the governor that he and his colleagues were at the estate on the orders of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba; as well as the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, revealed on Tuesday what will prompt President Muhammadu Buhari to release the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Malami said President Buhari would examine the interests of more than 200 million Nigerians before he could comply with Kanu’s request for release.
The minister said so during an address on NTA’s Good Morning Nigeria Show.
It comes after a former aviation minister, Mbazulike Amaechi, led some Igbo leaders to visit the president for the unconditional release of the IPOB leader.
Buhari during the visit told them he would not want to interfere with the workings of justice, but said he would consider their request.
Malami, when asked on Tuesday at the Igbo leadership’s request, said Buhari would consider Nigerians’ best interests before making a decision.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has approved the appointment and redeployment of certain senior commanders, new branch heads, air commanding officers (AOCs), commanders of institutions of the three services and of the NAF as well as unit commanders.
A statement on Tuesday by NAF Public Relations and Information Director Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said the reshuffle was approved by Air Chief of Staff on Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.
While noting that postings and redeployments in the military are routine exercises intended to reinvigorate services for better performance, increased productivity, operational efficiency and effective service delivery, the statement urged officers to justify the confidence shown in them prior to appointment.
Naija News reports that all newly appointed and redeployed senior officers are expected to take up their new duties no later than Friday, January 7, 2022.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday approved the appointment of Dr Doyin Salami as chief economic adviser.
Naija News reports that Dr Salami was the chairman of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council, PEAC.
Salami received a doctorate in economics from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1989.
Aged 59, he is Managing Director and Head of Markets Practice at KAINOS Edge Consulting Limited, and an adjunct faculty member at Lagos Business School (LBS), Pan-Atlantic University, where he recently achieved the rank of Senior Fellow / Associate Professor.
Naija News reports that Buhari’s chief economic adviser is expected to address all issues relating to the national economy and present his views to the president.
The adviser should also closely follow national and international developments and trends and develop appropriate policy responses; develop and recommend to the President national economic policies to foster macroeconomic stability, promote growth, create jobs and eradicate poverty, among others.
Some inmates at Kosere Correctional Center in Ile Ife, Osun State attempted to escape on Tuesday but were pushed back by security officers.
Naija News learned that one of the inmates attacked a prison guard, while others pushed their way through the entrance to the penitentiary.
Speaking to The PUNCH, a security source revealed that four inmates were shot while trying to escape during the morning washroom.
At the time of this report, Osun State Corrections Comptroller Lanre Amoran had visited for an on-site assessment.
The Nigerian Senate said it was very lucky to have held plenary sessions for just 66 days in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Naija News reports that Red Chamber spokesman Senator Ajibola Basiru made the statement during an appearance on Channels Television on Tuesday.
Bashiru said the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Senate leadership to reduce the number of plenary sitting days from three to two days due to the increase in cases of the dreaded virus in the country.
He admitted that the Senate did not respect the 181 days stipulated in Article 63 of the 1999 constitution, but did not violate the law.
The senator argued that lawmakers did not violate any provision of the constitution because it was a matter of urgency.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has responded to rumors that former President Goodluck Jonathan is considering defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Reports emerged on Monday that Jonathan stepped up his decision to return to Aso Rock in 2023 after meeting with his supposed campaign coordinators.
It was learned that the former president had met the coordinators on December 27, 2021 at Aridolf Hotels and Spars in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.
Reacting to the news, PDP spokesman Debo Ologunagba said the opposition party is confident that the Nigerian leader will not join the ruling party.
Ologunagba stressed that the PDP leadership is reaching out to every party member to join the country’s rescue mission ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
He revealed that the PDP is unaware that Jonathan has entered into talks with the APC in a bid to join them and run for president.
Eight commissioners were sacked and eight others retained as Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State dissolved his cabinet.
This was made known in a statement released on Tuesday by state government secretary Professor Anthony Ijohor.
According to the statement, the governor advised the dismissed commissioners to pass the baton to the permanent secretaries of their respective ministries.
However, he expressed his deep gratitude to the outgoing Commissioners for their service to the State and wished them good luck in their future endeavors.
These are the main headlines of Nigerian newspapers today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you tomorrow.
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