These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Saturday morning.
1. DSS vowed that I will not walk out of detention alive —Sowore
The co-convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore has disclosed that officials of the Department of State Services, DSS, vowed that he won’t walk out of detention alive, if he refused to compromise.
The embattled publisher revealed this on Friday while DSS operatives attempted to re-arrest him and his co-defendant Olawale Bakare in the courtroom of an Abuja Federal High Court. Read more
2. DSS COURT INVASION: ‘Rein in your wild dogs of disobedience’, Soyinka tells Buhari
Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has strongly condemned the invasion of the Abuja High Court by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to re-arrest the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. Soyinka in a statement on Friday titled, ‘Lessons from the African Wild Dog (Lycaeon Pictus)’, apologised for underestimating the shameful depths the DSS could go. Read more
3. SOWORE: DSS invasion of court confirms Nigeria sliding into frightening dictatorship — PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the invasion of court, by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday. The opposition party said “the furious invasion of the sanctity of the Federal High Court by the DSS further confirmed that Nigeria, under President Muhammadu Buhari Presidency, is finally sliding into a frightening dictatorship. The party was reacting to the incident where men of the DSS stormed the court to re-arrest Omoyele Sowore, the RevolutionNow convener. Read more
4. Few months after losing mother, Nnamdi Kanu loses father; IPOB blames army
Few months after the death of his mother, Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has also lost his father. Israel Okwu Kanu who was a traditional ruler of Afaraukwu Community in Umuahia, Abia State, was confirmed dead by the IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, in a statement on Friday. The circumstances surrounding the death of Israel Kanu, who is the father of Nnamdi Kanu were, however, not disclosed by the group. Read more
5. IPOB claims attack on Amaechi in Spain, tells why
The claim by the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, that he was attacked in Madrid, Spain, by some “misguided” Nigerians has been confirmed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The group said its members in Madrid beat up the minister in Spain on the order of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Amaechi had in a Twitter message on Friday said he was attacked by some “misguided” Nigerians in Madrid. He, however, said he was not hurt because the Spanish police prevented his attackers from hurting him. Read more
6. Amosun, 3,000 supporters defect to PDP
Akeem Amosun has decamped from the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Amosun, who was the House of Representatives candidate of ANN during the last general elections in Ogun State, led about 3,000 supporters to the PDP on Thursday in Abeokuta.
He said his supporters who believed in him followed him to the PDP because they also believed that the party will unseat the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general election. Read more
7. IPPIS: Nigerian govt registers 39,160 university workers. See breakdown by school
About 39,160 university workers in the country have been registered under the Intergrated Personnel Paryroll Information System (IPPIS) in 27 universities across the country, despite stiff opposition from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The Director, IPPIS at the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Olufehinti Olusegun gave the figure on Friday in Abuja. Read more
8. NASARAWA: Gov Sule, Al-Makura both deny rift over N18bn debt
The Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule and his predecessor, Sen. Umaru Al-Makura, have both jointly denied an ongoing rift over N18 billion inherited debt. The pair denied the rift and made clarifications at a joint press briefing in Abuja on Friday following a visit by Sule to Al-Makura. Read more
9. Nigerian govt detests protest, plans to arrest students ―NANS
The National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS), has alleged that there is a plan by the Department of State Security (DSS) to arrest Nigerian students whenever they engage in protests. NANS on Friday issued a warning to the service, saying, “we won’t take it softly if any of our students is kept behind bars for protesting as a result of this alarm.”
Spokesman for the association, Azeez Adeyemi, while addressing a press conference in Abeokuta said attention had been drawn to an alarm raised by the DSS through its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, over alleged plans by some unknown persons to instigate mass protest capable of causing anarchy and destabilising the country. Read more
10. Three policemen arrested over N3.5m theft from Bayelsa govt house
Three Police officers and four personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence (NSCDC) have been arrested for alleged theft of N3.5 million in Bayelsa. A statement issued on Friday by the spokesman of the state police command, Asinim Butswat, a Superintendent of Police, said the theft happened after the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa was burgled on Thursday. Butswat said that a maintenance officer on guard duty was also arrested and an investigation was ongoing. Read more
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