Nigerian Newspaper headlines 27th Nov 2020
Friday, 27th November 2020
1. President Buhari Approves Salary Increment For Police
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved salary increment for officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Naija News reports that the approved salary increment made by the President cuts across all ranks of the force, Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, disclosed this on Thursday during his visit to the Ogun State Police Command.
2. EndSARS Protesters Wanted To Destabilize Buhari Govt – IGP Adamu
Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), has accused EndSARS protesters of plotting to destabilize the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
He made the claim during his visit to the Ondo State Police Command to assess the extent of damage done following the hijacking of the EndSARS protest by hoodlums.
3. 2023: APC Mocks Atiku, Says He Intends To Buy PDP Presidential Ticket
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has mocked former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who it claims is strategizing in Dubai to become the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). (Nigerian Newspaper)
The APC in the statement on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena however declared that Nigerians won’t vote for him as “Nigerians are wiser.”
4. FG Using Huge Loans To Buy Substandard Chinese Railway Locomotives – Sani
Shehu Sani, the former Senator who represented Kaduna Central in the National Assembly has condemned the recent breakdown of the Kaduna-Abuja railway.
The railway line was reported to have broken down between November 18 and November 20, exposing passengers on the journey to grave danger.
After the development, Senator Sani on Thursday, November 26 took to his Twitter account to lament the huge loans the federal government of Nigeria took to put the railway in place and for it to be breaking down at such an early stage. (Nigerian Newspaper)
5. Buhari Must Listen To Nigerians Or Else – Wike
Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers state, says there will be unrest in the country if President Muhammadu Buhari fails to implement some of the demands of Nigerians.
Wike made the remarks on Thursday when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme.
6. Gowon Speaks On Stealing Half Of Central Bank As President Of Nigeria (Nigerian Newspaper)
Former Nigerian Head of State General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd) has reacted to allegations by a British lawmaker that he stole half of the Central Bank of Nigeria while in office.
In his reaction on Wednesday, the former Nigerian leader described the submission by the British Parliamentarian, Tom Tugendhat as rubbish, noting that he served Nigeria meritoriously and never stole anything with the records clearly available for all to see.
7. Widow Of Vendor Killed By Gbajabiamila’s Aide Disowns Family Over N500m Demand
Josephine Okereke, the wife of the newspaper vendor who was shot by a security aide attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disowned her husband’s family for demanding the sum of N500m as compensation. (Nigerian Newspaper)
The woman disclosed this while speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.
8. Boko Haram: Report Ranks Nigeria As 3rd Most Terrorized Country In The World
Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a fresh (2020) report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).
The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.
According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review.
9. EFCC Asks Interpol For Help In Arresting Maina, P&ID Officials
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that it would be seeking the help of the International Police Organisation to arrest a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Naija News reports that Justice Abang Okon of the Federal High Court in Abuja had issued an arrest warrant against Maina and his son Faisal for jumping bail.
10. Kidnappers Kill Ondo First Class Monarch
A first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Oluifon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, has been killed by suspected kidnappers. (Nigerian Newspaper)
Naija News understands that the Ondo First Class Monarch was said to have been shot at about 5:50 pm near Elegbeka village along the Benin-Akure highway while returning to his community after a meeting in Akure, the Ondo State capital
BREAKING: Tension in Imo as gunmen engage police in shootout
There is palpable fear in Imo State on Tuesday as gunmen engaged police in a gun duel as they attempted to burn Orji Divisional Police Headquarters situated on Owerri-Okigwe Road in Owerri under reconstruction.
Security operatives made up of soldiers, policemen and Air Force engaged the hoodlums in shootout which resulted to casualties on the side of the hoodlums
The situation caused panic in the area that forced two banks in the area to hurriedly close.
Customers and passersby took to their heels as vehicles diverted while motorists scampered for safety after running out of their vehicles. The situation caused serious gridlock around the city
Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that the gunmen, numbering over 20 attacked the police station after blocking the expressway with their vehicles.
Reacting, the police spokesman, SP Bala Elkanah said the police were able to repel the hoodlums before they could destroy the police station.
Some hoodlums in their number launched an offensive on the reconstruction site of Orji Divisional Headquarters which was earlier burnt by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest in 2020. A philanthropist contracted the reconstruction project.
The hoodlums, who believed that the re-establishment of a functional police station may prevent them from carrying out their nefarious acts in Orji and environs, decided to invade the construction site.
Before the arrival of reinforcement team, the hoodlums melted into the neighbouring townships area but abandoned their operational vehicles. The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc personally led an enforcement team to the scene.
The whole area was cordoned and five suspects, namely Chigaemezu Sabastine ‘m’ 26 years old, Casmir Ibe ‘m’ 36years old, John Chinonso ‘m’ 24years old, Chukwudi Okoro ‘m’ 28years and Alozie Daberechi ‘m’ 25years old were arrested. No life was lost. Three vehicles were recovered.
He said, mop up operation is ongoing to arrest more suspects and recover their firearms.
It was not ascertained whether there was any casualty on the said of the security agents, but the police Spokesperson in the state, Bala Elkana, said that ” we are repelling them. The war is ongoing. There is heavy security operatives detachment deployed to the scene. We have taken the way to them. We are wining. There is high number of casualties on the side of the hoodlums.”
It would be recalled that the same police Divisional headquarters was in 2020 burnt during the nationwide #ENDSARS protest.
Primate Ayodele exposes three PDP govs allegedly planning to decamp to APC
The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has revealed three state governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, planning to decamp to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Primate Ayodele revealed that the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Muhammed Matawalle, Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and their Abia State counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu are planning to defect from PDP to APC.
In a statement on Tuesday, the clergyman noted that Matawalle has made up his mind already, while Ugwuanyi and Ikpeazu are still contemplating defecting from PDP to APC.
He warned that if the PDP’s reconciliation committee fails to work things out, they will eventually decamp to the APC.
‘’The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Muhammed Matawalle has made up his mind to leave the PDP. He is 99 percent out, If the party does not manage its situation well, the Governor of Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu will follow suit.
“They are currently contemplating and planning a strategy to leave the party, they are 40% out.’’
This is coming after the popular prophet made a prophecy days back that he foresees that PDP will lose more governors soon after the Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade decamped last week.
Primate Ayodele made it known that six top members that include governors, senators and honourable will leave the party if the party leaders do not work things out.
BREAKING: Suspected Suicide Bomber Blows Self Up In Ebonyi
A yet-to-be identified middle-aged man suspected to be a suicide bomber blew up himself in Afikpo local government area of Ebonyi State.
The incident happened at about 11.30am on Tuesday opposite the campus 2 of Amaizu/Amangbala primary school in Afikpo LGA of the state.
A resident of the area, who spoke to LEADERSHIP on condition of anonymity, said that on hearing the sound of the explosion, residents of the area scampered for safety.
He said that the yet-to-be identified man was carrying explosive, which exploded on his body killing him instantly.
He noted that after few minutes, the residents reconvened at the scene of the incident only to discover the suspected suicide bomber laying dead in the pool of his own blood.
The resident, who pointed out that the incident happened close to the Eke Market in Afikpo, which happens to be the biggest market in the area, said that there was tension and panic in the community following the incident.
According to the source, the suspected bomber was earlier seen wandering within the area, adding that “He first came into a beer parlour and when the people inquired who he was, he left.”
He was said to have moved to the school side and when the gateman asked him to go back, he made effort to remove his clothes when the explosive went off.
Efforts to get the reactions of the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Loverth Odah and the State Commissioner for Internal Security, Boarder Peace and Conflict Resolutions, Chief Stanley Emegha, proved abortive as several calls put across to them were not answered.