10 things you need to know this Friday morning - Nigerian Newspapers
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers
1. The Supreme Court has nullified the election of Bayelsa Governor-elect, David Lyon and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
The apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili on Thursday directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the All Progressives Congress’ candidates who were earlier declared winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
2. Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has faulted the Supreme Court ruling that sacked David Lyon as Bayelsa Governor-elect, saying that nobody would be sworn-in today as governor in the state.
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in spite of that, Oshiomhole while addressing a press conference in Abuja maintained that no other candidate other than Lyon got the required number of votes.
3. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to steer clear of Bayelsa state.
PDP claimed that Oshiomhole was plotting to trigger violence in the state, over Thursday’s judgment of the Supreme Court that sacked the APC governor-elect, David Lyon.
4. The Imo State House of Assembly has banned any form of protest in the state, saying protests have become dangerous events and are exposing people of the state to danger.
The lawmakers also issued a strong warning to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, asking the opposition party to stop crying wolf over the ruling of the Supreme Court that sacked Emeka Ihedioha as the governor.
5. The Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed the killing of 7 people and 5 other people injured by unknown gunmen when they attacked Maro village market, a border community between Kajuru and Kachia Local Government Areas both in Kaduna State.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Jalige in a statement issued in Kaduna said, the Command had received a sad information from DPO Kachia that on 12th February, 2020 at about 1915hrs that some unknown gunmen in military uniform invaded, Maro Village a border community between Kajuru and Kachia local government areas all of Kaduna state.
6. The Senate, on Thursday, following an audit query from the office of the Auditor General of the Federation, summoned the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, to explain details of an ecological fund totalling N596bn.
The Chairman, Senate Public Accounts Committee, Senator Mathew Urhoghide, said the AGF and the heads of the two agencies were expected to explain how N596bn in the Ecological Fund Account since 1999 till 2015 was managed.
7. The trial of the Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, on amended charges of treasonable felony, was again stalled at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday.
The defendants, who were earlier on Thursday rearraigned on amended two counts pleaded not guilty to the charges as they earlier did in September last year when the original seven counts were read to them.
8. Four persons were feared dead on Thursday following a clash between security agents and protesters, mostly tipper drivers, over the death of a man identified as Frederick, aka Original.
The protest, which started in the morning, escalated later in the day when the protesters were joined by residents of Azagba community, who reportedly set bonfires on the Benin-Auchi road.
9. The South-West regional security operation, code-named Operation Amotekun, has been adopted by governors of all the states in the South-West. It has also received the endorsement of the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, at the South-West Security Meeting on Community Policing convened at the instance of the IGP.
At the end of the meeting, the IG and the representatives of each state okayed the Framework of South-West Regional Security Network (otherwise known as Operation Amotekun), but the initiative will not be run as a regional security operation as initially suggested, it will be state-led effort, the IG said.
10. The immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has sued his successor, Governor Seyi Makinde over the revocation of his landed property at Agodi Government Reservation Area (GRA), Ibadan.
The Ex-governor is also claiming the sum of N15 million from the defendants being cost of the action, including the expenses incurred to file each of the cases, and his attorney’s professional fees.
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