These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Tuesday morning.
1. Atiku confident Tribunal will sack President Buhari
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general elections, Atiku Abubakar, and his party have said they presented incontrovertible evidence to prove that their presidential mandate was stolen. They, therefore, called on the presidential election tribunal to sack President Muhammadu Buhari when it finally delivers its judgement on their petition.
2. Speaker Gbajabiamila appoints Ganduje’s daughter as aide
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has appointed Fatima, daughter of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, as his Special Assistant on non-Governmental and Civil Society Organisations. This was revealed on Instagram by Fatima’s husband, Idris, son of the immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
3. Tribunal sacks Orji Kalu
The National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia State, has nullified the election of Orji Uzor Kalu as the Senator representing Abia North senatorial district. The tribunal also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a supplementary election within 90 days in eight wards in Arochukwu Local Government Area and several polling units in Ohafia and Isuikwuato LGAs where votes were cancelled during the senatorial election in Abia North.
4. Don’t criminalize any ethnic group, Sultan appeals to Nigerians
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, on Monday, said criminality is a human trait and should never be about any particular ethnic group. The Sultan, who appealed to Nigerians not to criminalize any ethnic group, stated this while delivering a keynote address at the 2019 Ulefunta public lecture in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
5. ASUU TO BUHARI: Your govt promised to declare state of emergency on education; two years after, we’re still waiting
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Monday implored the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on education to fix the problems in the sector. This call was made by the National President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, while briefing newsmen at the National Executive Council meeting of the union, on Monday, at the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta.
6. Defence Headquarters denies detaining children as suspected terrorists
The Defence Headquarters has denied detaining children as suspected terrorists in any of its military detention facilities in the Northeastern part of the country. The denial was conveyed in a statement on Monday by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, who said that a group known as Human Rights Watch was set to release a report accusing the Armed Forces of arbitrarily detaining children in its detention facilities in the North East.
7. Obaseki orders aides not to respond to Oshiomhole’s attacks against him
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has warned members of his cabinet and supporters against responding to comments made against him or his administration by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. Obaseki was reacting to comments by Oshiomhole in the national dailies faulting his role in the crisis rocking the state House of Assembly.
8. Any gathering by IMN Shi’ites will be treated as an act of terrorism —IGP
As members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) continue with plans for their annual procession, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed Commissioners of Police in all the States and the FCT, to stop the gathering. Despite being proscribed by the federal government, the Shiites had announced that they would proceed on their yearly Ashura procession on September 10 in Abuja and other cities in the North.
9. Okorocha wins at tribunal, says judiciary ‘aroma of Nigeria’s democracy’
Former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has described the state’s election tribunal as the ‘aroma and backbone’ of Nigeria’s democracy. A statement by the Senator’s Special Adviser on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, quoted him as making the comment after the National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal affirmed him as the winner of Imo West senatorial district election.
10. Police arrest Ebonyi APC Financial Secretary, 19 others for cultism
The Enugu State Police command has arrested the Financial Secretary of the Ebonyi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Okenwa Uka and 19 others for belonging to a cult. The suspects were paraded on Monday by the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdulrahman, after arrest for allegedly belonging to a suspected cult group, Norsemen Vikings Confraternity.
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