Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Friday, July 13th.
State Police Bill Passes First Reading
The Senate on Thursday passed, after first reading, a Bill seeking the amendment to the 1999 Constitution to allow for the creation of State and Community Police. The federal lawmakers in the upper house had, on 3 July, agreed that Nigeria needed to create State Police to end the incessant killings in parts of the country. The Bill’s first passage followed a move by Deputy Majority Leader, Sen. Bala Na’Allah, that the Bill be read.
R-APC Sues Oshiomhole, INEC, 51 Others
The Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) has sued the APC, its national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission. The aggrieved members of the ruling party also sued 51 other members of the APC elected as national officers of the party. Chairman of the group Buba Galadima and Kassim Afegbua filed the suit on behalf of other members of the R-APC on Thursday at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Policemen Withdraw From Ekiti Govt House
Armed police operatives have withdrawn from the entrances to Ekiti Government House, known as Ayoba Villa, in Ado Ekiti, two days to the governorship election in Ekiti state. Concise News also gathered that policemen have also withdrawn from the Kolapo Olusola Campaign Office on Fajuyi Road, Ado Ekiti. The riot policemen, it was learned, had, on Tuesday, blocked the entrances when President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in the state for the mega rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday.
Reps Condemn Police ‘Attack’ On Fayose, Demand Apology To Nigerians
The House of Representatives on Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the police to apologise to Nigerians for allegedly assaulting Governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Fayose. Lawmakers in the lower house made this call after adopting a motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance by Hon. Yussuf Tajudeen (PDP-Kogi) at the plenary on Thursday. The house said the alleged incident was an “unwarranted attack and assault’’ on the governor and people of Ekiti.
PDP Leadership Storms National Assembly Over Attack On Fayose
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have stormed the National Assembly to protest against the alleged attack on Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State by security operatives. The protesters were led by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara; former Minister of Health, Prof. ABC Nwosu; a former National Woman Leader, Josephine Anenih; and former Majority Leader of the Senate, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, among others.
Buhari Commissions Abuja Rail, Says APC Govt Delivering On Promises
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said his administration had proved it was committed to fulfilling its promises to Nigerians. The President made this remark during his inauguration of the Abuja Light Rail System. Buhari said, “Today, what we have in the Federal Capital Territory is another evidence that we are a government that delivers on its promises.”
British Govt Reveals Expectations For 2019 Election
British High Commissioner to Nigeria Paul Arkwright has said the British government is concerned with a free and fair election in Nigeria in 2019. Arkwright noted this during a meeting with Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state. He called for a peaceful election in Ekiti State on Saturday.
FAAC Suspends Meetings Indefinitely
Members of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) have agreed to suspend meetings indefinitely until an effective revenue collection process is implemented. Chairman of the Commissioners of Finance Forum, Mahmood Yunusa, made this known on Thursday after the monthly meeting ended in another deadlock, the third successive time in one month. According to Yunusa, the Committee was tired of battling with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over oil revenue collections.
Security Operatives Involved In Partisan Politics – Sen. Misau
Senator Isa Misau (APC-Bauchi Central) has accused security operatives in Nigeria of engaging in partisan politics. He made this known while speaking on the gruesome killing of about 40 defenceless people of Sokoto by armed bandits last Monday at Dogon-yero district in Raba area of the state. Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Thursday, Misau alleged that insecurity is attempting to overran the country.
Eagles Star Joins Turkish Giants
Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru has joined Turkish side Galatasaray on a one-year loan from Premiership outfit Everton. Concise News had reported that the Nigerian was on his way to the Turkish side and the team on Thursday confirmed the signing of the Nigerian. Everton will get €800,000 loan fee, with Onyekuru having €1.2m and a €10K win bonus.
Ex-Actor To Referee World Cup Final
Fifa have appointed Argentine Nestor Pitana as the referee for the World Cup final between France and Croatia. Pitani is a former actor, who handled the opening game of the tournament between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia. He was also in charge of the quarter-final game between France and Uruguay. The 43-year-old’s also handled Sweden’s 3-0 group-stage win over Mexico. Two more Argentines, Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti, will work with Pitana as assistant referees.
That’s the roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines this morning. More Nigerian newspapers headlines are available on Concise News website. See you again tomorrow.