5th July Newspaper Headlines from Nigeria

  1. A faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) known as the Reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC) emerged on Wednesday in Abuja with Engr. Buba Galadima as Chairman. Speaking at a press conference, Galadima, who was flanked by Alhaji Abubakar Baraje and other newly appointed executives of rAPC, explained that efforts to have the ruling party listen to them fell on deaf ears. Baraje and the other members were of the former nPDP that joined the APC before that outster of Jonathan in 2015.
  2. Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has acknowledged reports of the breakaway of some high-ranking members of the Party, who were formerly identified as the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP). The National Spokesman of the APC, Bolaji Abdullahi, said the National Working Committee of the party will speak again on the next steps for the APC.
  3. Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has filed a fundamental human rights enforcement suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja on behalf of a journalist, Jones Abiri. Abiri has been held in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) for about two years without charge. The suit wants an order directing the DSS to pay to the journalist the sum of N200m in damages for the illegal violation of his fundamental rights and “an order directing the immediate release of the applicant (Abiri) from the custody of the respondent (DSS) forthwith.”
  4. Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe on Wednesday narrated his experiences in the hands of the Department of State Services (DSS) to the Senate, disclosing that DSS accused him of sponsoring IPOB, a proscribed organization. He also narrated how house was searched after he was picked up in Abuja.
  5. A Jos Federal High Court on Wednesday fixed July 10 to hear a new motion filed by the immediate past President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, challenging the ex parte order it granted Chris Giwa, current President of the Federation. Report has it that Pinnick approached the court for the relief after the Supreme Court judgment which ordered him to comply with the lower court’s order that compelled him to vacate the office for Giwa.
  6. Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has dissolved the entire State Executive Council. Tambuwal has also directed the former commissioners to hand government property to the permanent secretaries in their respective ministries, immediately. This was contained in a statement by the Director General, Media and Public Affairs in the Government House, Malam Abubakar Shekara.
  7. A Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo, Osun state capital has ordered the National Assembly to immediately commence impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari. The judge gave the order on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 based on the suit filed by two Nigerians, Kanmi Ajibola, a lawyer and Sulaiman Adeniyi, a human right activist, urging the court to enforce the National Assembly to impeach President Buhari.
  8. In what appears like an appeal to the rAPC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives (APC) has asked aggrieved members of the party to be patient with his leadership as he was doing everything possible to address their grievances. Oshiomhole spoke to newsmen after receiving the report of the party’s just concluded National Convention Appeal Panel Committee’s report on Wednesday in Abuja.
  9. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, said he was not aware of an order of mandamus granted by a court for the National Assembly to begin impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari. The Minister while answering questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said he would firstly look at the order and respond accordingly.
  10. No fewer than 200 foreigners were arrested by the Nigeria Immigration Service, Kogi State Command in Lokoja on Wednesday. The foreigners, believed to be from Niger Republic, said they were heading to Ekiti State. Report says their movement may not be unconnected to the Governorship election coming up next week Saturday.


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