These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Sunday morning.
1. Why we attacked Ekweremadu —IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has given reasons for attacking the former Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, earlier on Saturday in Nuremberg, Germany. In a statement, the group said it was following the “long standing directive from our leader to hound all instigators of Operation Python Dance.”
2. I helped free Nnamdi Kanu, I forgive IPOB ‘for they know not what they do’, Ekweremadu speaks
Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Enweremadu, has confirmed a physical assault on him by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Nuremberg, Germany. The proscribed group had on Saturday shared a video on its Facebook page, Radio Biafra, showing its members attacking the senator who represents Enugu West.
3. ‘It’s un-Igbo’; Ohanaeze condemns attack on Ekweremadu in Germany by ‘IPOB miscreants’
The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has condemned an attack on the former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, by suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Germany, describing it as disgraceful and “un-Igbo”. The Ohanaeze leader, who made the condemnation on Saturday in a statement, also called on the German law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice.
4. Zoning must continue until there’s an Igbo President —Kalu
The senator representing Abia North, Orji Uzor Kalu, has said Northern political elites should not canvass an end to rotational presidency until the South-East zone had produced the President of Nigeria. He was reacting to the call by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, for an end to power shift in the country.
5. Some of our people are hiding under the guise of ‘Fulani rampage’ to kidnap and kill in the S’East —Ohanaeze
The Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has called on traditional rulers, town unions and vigilante groups in the Southeast to help fish out local kidnappers and killers and hand them over to security agencies. The apex Igbo socio-cultural group also lamented that a few miscreants in Igbo land have taken advantage of the current state of insecurity in the region, which it attributed to “Fulani rampage” to perpetrate criminal acts such as Kidnappings and killing of innocent citizens.
6. ARMY VS POLICE: Military cautions against reaching conclusions while investigations are still on
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has cautioned Nigerians against comments and actions that could pit the Nigeria Police against the Nigerian Army. Acting spokesman for the DHQ, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said the warning became necessary following public criticism that trailed the killing of three policemen and a civilian last week by soldiers on the Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba State.
7. ‘I was kept in a big house, well furnished’, El-Zakzaky describes his detention facility
The leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has described his detention facility in Abuja as a well furnished big house where he enjoyed considerable freedom. The Shi’ite leader made the description in a video where he is seen speaking with an unidentified Indian official.
8. ZONING: El-Rufai is being selfish – CNG
Reactions have continued to trail suggestions by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai that zoning of the presidency be abandoned for the 2013 election, as the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) on Saturday described the governor as being selfish. The Coordinator of the group, Mr Abdulazeez Suleiman, who insisted that zoning the presidency in 2023 was not a factor that could break the country, said el-Rufai was trying to be selfish by advocating that zoning be stopped.
9. ANAMBRA: Stakeholders set criteria for next governor
Stakeholders in Anambra State on Saturday said the person to succeed Governor Willie Obiano as the number citizen of the state must have lived in the state for not less than 10 years. The stakeholders, under the Greater Anambra Forum took the decision on at a meeting in Awka, the state capital, adding that it had become necessary to attach such condition so that the next governor would be able to feel the pulse of the people.
10. Attack on Ekweremadu, an eye-opener to every southern political leader —Fani-Kayode
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, by IPOB members as an eye-opener and clear signal to every political leader in southern Nigeria. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had on Saturday posted and shared a video on its Facebook page, Radio Biafra, which showed its members attacking Ekweremadu, when he visited Germany.
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