These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Wednesday morning.
1. Edo APC sinks deeper in crisis as party suspends national chairman Oshiomhole, dismisses secretary
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has suspended the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, over his alleged role in the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party. This decision is the outcome of a vote of no confidence supposedly passed on Oshiomhole on Tuesday by the Chairmen of the APC in the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state. Edo APC also sacked its secretary, Lawrence Okah. A vote of no confidence was also reportedly passed on Okah and the leadership of Barr Anslem Ojezua.
2. CUPP alleges Appeal Court President Bulkachuwa planning to shuffle appeal panel in favour APC, Ganduje
Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has called on the Appeal Court President, Justice Z. A. Bulkachuwa, to allow the already constituted Kano State governorship appeal panel start their work in the Interest of Justice. The coalition decried the constitution of three different panels, alleging that Bulkachuwa was planning to disband the Kano State governorship Appeal Panel for the third time. Read more
3. Why Nigeria must cut down number of legislators —Okorocha
Lawmaker representing Imo East Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha, has again called for the reduction in the number of federal legislators in the country. He insisted that the nation must revert to a unicameral system of legislature in order to cut cost. While addressing a press conference after Tuesday’s plenary in Abuja, he said Nigerian leaders must make sacrifices in the interest of the nation. Okorocha said the nation can only get things right when all leaders were ready to make sacrifices, stating that each State should produce a Senator to make laws on behalf of the citizens of the state at the National Assembly. Read more
4. ALLEGED N2.1BN FRAUD: Dokpesi secures court’s approval for medical treatment abroad
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, granted the request by the Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, to seek medical treatment abroad. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had re-arraigned Dokpesi before Justice John Tsoho for allegedly receiving N2.1 billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in 2015. The judge, who granted the application filed by Dokpesi’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), also granted the application for adjournment. Read more
5. After pipeline explosions, Senate panel wants NNPC to refund ‘outrageous’ N382m spent on firefighting
The Senate on Tuesday ordered the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to refund the N382 million the Corporation expended on firefighting operations in Komkom, Rivers State. The upper legislative chamber described the amount as “outrageous.” The demand was sequel to a report submitted by the Senate ad-hoc Committee led by Abdullahi Gobir, senator representing Sokoto East. Read more
6. EDO PDP expels former governorship candidate, Ize-Iyamu
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state has announced the expulsion of its former governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, over his alleged refusal to address his rumoured defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Ize-Iyamu was expelled with immediate effect until he “acknowledges, accepts and addresses the issue of his decamping to APC.” His expulsion was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Chris Nehikhare. Read more
7. Buhari govt planning to establish totalitarian fascist state, Fani-Kayode reacts to social media bill
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the hate speech bill sponsored by Senator Sabi Abdullahi, as an attempt to silence opposition. He also accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of planning to establish a totalitarian fascist state in Nigeria. Senator Abdullahi who represents Niger North on Tuesday sponsored a private bill to tackle hate speeches and other social media related contents, considered antagonistic to the interest of the Nigerian society. Read more
8. Bayelsa APC rejects court judgment disqualifying its deputy governorship candidate
Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the judgment of the Federal High Court which disqualified its Deputy Governorship candidate, Biabarakuma Degi, was ‘dead on arrival ‘. The Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday disqualified APC’s Degi governorship election for allegedly providing false information in his CF0001 form submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) to contest the election. Read more
9. Gunmen abduct four immigration officials in Rivers
Four officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) were on Tuesday abducted by unknown gunmen in Onne, Rivers State. The officers, according to reports, were abducted on Bonny- Port Harcourt River in the early hours of Tuesday. The victims were travelling to Port Harcourt in a speed boat when the bandits struck and ferried them to an unknown destination. They had reportedly chartered a speed boat to take them to Port Harcourt and on their way the kidnappers attacked them around Onne River. Read more
10. NEW CONTRACT: Rohr not distracted, to hold talks with NFF by year-end
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has disclosed his intentions of holding a meeting with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to discuss his future with the team. There have been debates as to whether or not the 66-year-old Franco-German gaffer, whose contract with the Nigeria men’s national team will end in June 2020, should continue with the team. “I have to work, the contract is not a problem,” Rohr told a news conference in Akwa Ibom on Tuesday.
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