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Top Newspaper headlines of 24th November 2020

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Top Newspaper headlines of 24th November 2020

Tuesday, 24th November 2020

1. Jonathan Declares Position On 2023 Presidency After Visit By APC Governors
The camp of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has debunked rumours of plans by the former President to contest the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria. (Top Newspaper headlines)

The clarification was done amidst speculations that the former president is considering a return to power in 2023. The insinuation was further heightened after some governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) paid him a courtesy visit.

2. Court Orders Senator Ndume To Be Sent To Prison

Senator Ali Ndume, the lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial district has been ordered on Monday by a federal high court to be sent to prison.(Top Newspaper headlines)

The order follows his inability to produce Abdulrasheed Maina, the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, whom he stood as surety for in his corruption and money laundering trial.

The high court, sitting in Abuja was presided over by Justice Okon Abang and ordered Senator Ndume to be remanded in Kuje correctional centre.

3. Petrol/Electricity Hike: Strike Not In Our Agenda Now – NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and other labour unions on Monday stated that strike was not an option following talks with the federal government on petroleum price increase and electricity tariff hike.

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It was reports that labour leaders on Sunday evening walked out on a meeting with the federal government delegation.

4. Gowon Stole Half Of CBN And ‘Ran’ To UK – British Parliament Member

General Yakubu Gowon, a former Nigerian Head of State, has been accused of stealing half of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by a member of the United Kingdom parliament.

It was reports that the British parliament member made the allegation on Monday, November 23 during the House deliberation on the aftermath of the EndSARS protest, and possible sanctions to be meted on top Nigerians regarding the roles they played in the killing of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate.(Top Newspaper headlines)

5. “There’s Too Much Waste” – Peter Obi Blames Buhari For Another Recession In Nigeria

Former Anambra State Governor and 2019 Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Peter Obi has noted that Nigeria wastes too much resources on unnecessary things.

This he submitted as part of his reaction to the news that Nigeria’s economy has entered into another recession.

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He also blamed the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari noting that it failed to properly manage the funds borrowed during the last recession and has no concrete plans to manage the current recession.

6. Uche Mefor Resigns As IPOB Deputy Leader, Floats New Radio Station
Uche Mefor has resigned as the deputy leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu.

A source reports that apart from resigning as the IPOB deputy leader, Mefor has also floated a new radio station called: “Biafra Human Rights and Freedom Radio (BHFR)“.(Top Newspaper headlines)

7. ASUU Strike: I Have Three Children In Public Universities – Ngige
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Monday, restated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to end the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities strike.

The former Governor denied the report that the federal government is behind the delay in the ongoing negotiations with the union because their children school abroad.

8. Recession Will Only End In Nigeria If.. – Moghalu
Former presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, Kingsley Moghalu, on Monday, noted that only an intellectual and competent leader can transform the economy of Nigeria.

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Moghalu stated this while reacting to the report that the country is sliding into another recession.

He noted that the development is not a surprise and the outbreak of Coronavirus should not be an excuse for Nigeria to slide into another recession.

9. Finance Minister Reveals When Nigeria Will Exit Recession
Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, has revealed that Nigeria would emerge from recession in the fourth quarter of this year or by the first quarter of 2021.

Nigeria on Saturday, November 21, officially went into recession for the second time under President Muhammadu Buhari‘s administration, but this time, the worst since 1987.

10. FIFA Slams 5-Year Ban On CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad
Ahmad Ahmad, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has been handed a five-year ban by the world football governing body, FIFA.

The ban which was announced on Monday was handed down against Ahmad over allegations of corruption and abuse of office as CAF president(Top Newspaper headlines)

Source: Naija News

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Police Officer arrested with gang member during robbery operation

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Elekahia Police Division on sunday arrested a police sergeant Ibrahim Odege, and one other person involved in armed robbery at Elekahia Housing Estate.

State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Nmadi Omoni, disclosed this in a press statement. He said the two suspects were robbing people and falsefully taking their valuables from them.

Omoni said that the police early arrival to the scene led to the arrest of the two armed robbers, the police division identified one of the suspect Sergeant Ibrahim Odege attached to the Operations Department of the Rivers Police Command and one Sampson Inomoghe from Nembe in Bayelsa State, but resides at Rumuokwrushi in Obio/Akpor LGA.

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He said that the suspects took responsibilities for most of the robberies carried out in that axis. Omoni added that the state commissioner of police, Joseph G. Mukan, strongly condemned the act and ordered the immediate transfer of of the suspects and exhibits to the state Criminal Investigation Department for Investigation.

He appealed to the residents of the area to remain calm and be vigilant, also to work with the police to keep their area safe.

 

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Mercedes Benz With ‘Learner’ Sign Set Ablaze After Crushing 6 Children to Death in Edo

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Mercedes Benz With ‘Learner’ Sign Set Ablaze After Crushing 6 Children to Death in Edo State. The incident happened in Arue-Uromi, Esan-North East Local Government Area of the state.

According to Eye witnesses, the six children crushed by the Mercedes  were siblings, four girls and two boys, the driver (a learner) was trying to dodge a pothole and swerved to the spot where the kids were playing football.

This incident provoked the residents of the community,  they immediately blocked the road and set the Mercedes Benz ablaze.

This incident was confirmed by the Edo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Henry Benamaisia.

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I Didn’t Bribe Malami With $5m -Akpabio

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Senator Godswill Akpabio(Minister of Niger Delta Affairs), has denied the news making the rounds that he offered a bribe of $5 million to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to earn his appointment as a sole administrator for the  Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Akpabio said this on Sunday through his media aide Anietie Ekong. he insisted that he would take legal action against frontliners of the news to clear his name and that of AGF.

Ekong said “the attention of the minister of Niger Delta Affairs has been drawn to a piece of fake news, which claimed that Senator Akpabio paid $5 million bribe to Malami and others to secure the appointment of a Sole Administrator for NDDC.

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“We wish to state categorically that this is a piece of malicious concoction manufactured from the pit of hell by mischief-makers. It is a figment of the imagination of the author of the fake news. Akpabio denies the story in its entirety. The authors of the fake news should be ready to back up their claim or face the full wrath of the law.

“The story is a desperate attempt by some unscrupulous bloggers to impugn the integrity of Akpabio and Malami as the claim is not only spurious but utterly ridiculous.

“The fact is that in a suit number ABJ/CS/617/2020 filed by a Civil Society Organization, Forum for Accountability and Good Governance, at a Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Ahmed Mohammed had granted an order restraining the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC from performing the functions of the board and accessing the commission’s offices and files.”

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