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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Senator Hope Uzodinma, after taking his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was sworn in as the governor of Imo State on Wednesday. The governor-elect and his deputy, Professor Placid Njoku, were sworn in by the Chief Justice of the state (Imo state), Justice Pascal Nnadi. The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Imo State Government House.

2. Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has rubbished the announcement by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami that ‘Operation Amotekun outfit launched last week by the Southwest governors is illegal. Soyinka said that the outfit has come to stay. He decried the decision of the Federal Government to outlaw the South-Western security outfit. The Nobel Laureate stated this while speaking on Wednesday during a press conference at his Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery, Freedom Park, Lagos.

3. The Former governor of Imo state, Emeka Ihedioha disagreed on Wednesday with the judgment of the Supreme Court which ousted him from office. Ihedioha in a statement he signed described the judgment as unjust, unfair and does not reflect the wishes of Imo people. He, however, said that as true democrats, Engr Gerald Irona and himself had no option but to respect the outcome of the judgement.

4. The call to arrest and prosecute the killers of late Oliver Inioma-Abbey, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, in Anambra State has taken another dimension as the Ijaw warlords under the aegis of Bonny Freedom Fighters have threatened to cripple the Nigerian oil industry if the Federal Government fails to fish out and bring to book the perpetrators. Spokesperson of Bonny Freedom Fighters, Charles Hart-Abbey a.k.a Last Don, in a statement, said relevant security authorities should hasten up efforts to fish out the perpetrators of the act or the group will react violently.

5. Gunmen have attacked the First Class Emir of Potiskum, Alhaji Umaru Bubaram, killing five of his aides along Kaduna-Zaria highway. The emir was said to be on a tour of traditional institutions across the North as part of preparations for the official commissioning of Potiskum Central Mosque scheduled for January 18, 2020, when the incident occurred. He was on his way to Zaria when he came under attack by the gunmen. ‎The incident happened around Fandatio village, not far from Maraban Jos, on Wednesday.

6. The Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission on Wednesday alleged that the agency awarded spurious contracts in the past three years to the tune of over N1tn without being backed by the commission’s budget. Acting Executive Director, Projects, and Chairman, Contracts Verification Committee, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, who briefed newsmen in Port Harcourt, explained that such contracts were wrongly tagged emergency contracts. He described some of the contracts awarded by the commission between 2016 and 2019 as not only spurious but criminal.

7. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) Wednesday arraigned the immediate past chairperson of Kwara State Scholarship Board, Hajia Fatimah Yusuf for alleged bursary fraud. Yusuf was arraigned with Fatai Lamidi and Stephen Ajewole. The trio were made to appear before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the State High Court, Ilorin. EFCC acting spokesman, Tony Orilade said this in a statement in Abuja.

8. Five aid workers abducted by ISWAP in December 2019 in Borno State were on Wednesday rescued by the DSS in conjunction with other strategic stakeholders/partners. The rescued aid workers include Jennifer Samuel Ukumbong of the Alliance for International Medical Action, ALIMA; Asabe Cletus Musa also of ALIMA; Adamu Auwal Arthur Ibojekwe China of Solidarity International; and George Danbaba Michael of International Organisation for Migration, IOM.

9. The new Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has, through the Director of his Campaign Organization, Chief Cosmas Iwu, ordered the immediate freezing of all Imo State Government accounts. The letter dated January 14, 2020, signed by Cosmas Iwu, addressed to the Regional Directors/Managers of all financial institutions operating in the state, was captioned “order of post no debit on the account of Imo State Government, effective immediately, January 14, 2020”.

10. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reconciled the new Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma and the Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha. Both men were at loggerheads for a long time, after they took opposing camps during the governorship poll. But on Wednesday, they shook hands before Uzodinma said in pidgin: “I don catch you na.” Oshiomhole then sang: “We are reconciling; we are reuniting; as victory comes our way, we put the past behind.”

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News: Tuesday Newspapers Highlights

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. Enugu State Police Command in the wake of the alleged attack on a staff of the Women Aid Collective, WACOL, has indicted the non-governmental organisation.

The panel in its report presented by Barr. Onuora Okeke, said investigation showed that no one was beaten up either at the WACOL office or at the Area Command.

2. Igbosere High Court in Lagos State on Monday convicted an oil marketer, Jideofor Akpa, and his company, International Maritime and Shipping Limited, over a fraud of N30m.

Justice Kudirat Jose, in a judgment on Monday, sentenced Akpa to a jail term of 10 years and also fined his company the sum of N10m.

3. The All Progressives Congress in Lagos State Chapter has said the resourcefulness, commitment and pedigree of the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, put in him in good stead to lead the country in 2023.

This was stated in Lagos on Monday during a press briefing to unveil the three newly-elected state executive members, Lanre Ogunyemi (Secretary), Mr Seye Oladejo (Publicity Secretary), and Mrs Abimbola Ladigbolu (Assistant Legal Adviser), saying the former governor was eminently qualified and had a right to aspire to be president in 2023.

This was stated in Lagos on Monday during a press briefing to unveil the three newly-elected state executive members, Lanre Ogunyemi (Secretary), Mr Seye Oladejo (Publicity Secretary), and Mrs Abimbola Ladigbolu (Assistant Legal Adviser), saying the former governor was eminently qualified and had a right to aspire to be president in 2023.

4. Two men of the Nigeria Customs Service attached to the Oron Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, reportedly died in an auto crash on Sunday while pursuing a bus suspected to be carrying smuggled rice.

Two other customs officers and the driver of the bus being chased were said to have sustained varying degrees of injury in the accident.

5. Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, on Monday, warned that Nigeria may face worse security problems.

Speaking at an international conference on state and security held at the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna, Aisha urged them to re-strategize and re-examine the security structure with a view to stem the rising cases of terrorism in Nigeria.

6. Five Northern groups have appealed to Ndigbo to boldly come out and save Nigeria from her present predicaments by vying for the 2023 Presidency.

The groups: Arewa Youth Coalition (AYC), Northern Youths Progressive Forum(NYPF), Northern Youths Initiative(NYI), Arewa Women Consultative Forum(AWCF), United Arewa Change for a Better Nigeria., which their position known in a joint statement, called on the Northern extraction to fully back an Igbo candidate to occupy Aso Rock in 2023 and opined that it would address the insecurity in the country, as well as the economic hardships afflicting the people of Nigeria.

7. The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Oyo State chapter, has called for the inclusion of its members in Amotekun.

Yaqub Bello, a former Chairman of MACBAN in the state, who spoke on Monday at a public hearing on the Oyo State Security Network Agency Bill, 2020, also known as Amotekun bill, that some of their members have been in Oyo State for over 40 years, cohabiting with the natives, married Yoruba women and have children.

8. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, asked Justice Abdullahi Mikhail of Niger State High Court, to relist the case involving former governor of Niger State, Muazu Babangida Aliyu, for money laundering and breach of trust.

The EFCC through its prosecution counsel, G.K Latona, filed an application, dated February 11, 2020, praying the court to grant an order, “relisting Suit No: NSHC/EFCC/2C/2017, Federal Republic of Nigeria vs. Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu & two others, whose charges were struck out on February 10, 2020.
9. Violent protests by grieving men, women and youths in Sagamu, Ogun State, on Monday, led to the death of at least two persons, while several others sustained varying degrees of injury.

The protest, which was staged against the death of a Remo Stars Football Club player, Kazeem Tiamiyu, aka Kaka, turned blood after cops opened fire on the protesters and killed two.

10. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is seeking the review of the judgement of the 2019 Presidential election petition tribunal that validated election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Specifically, the PDP said the judgements should be reviewed because the issue of certificate forgery and presentation of false information in aid of qualifications was clearly established against the APC and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

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The Chief Executive Officer of Blacksatino Media, Akinyemi Cynthia Anuoluwapo Aka Blacksatino
Blacksatino Media is a Creative place for everything from Blogging to Vlogging to Public Relations to Writing to Content Creation to Voice-Overs to Radio and Tv Production. A proficient Speaker, Writer, Trainer and PR Expert with an active career spanning over 6 Years.
Akinyemi Cynthia is a Hands-on Media Personality with extensive knowledge in Digital Marketing, Blogging, Communications, Social Media Management, Media Production, Sales, Marketing and Management.
Winner of 2018 Best Blog in Nigeria and Several award Nominations in Nigeria media industry including Exquisite magazine Lady of the Year Awards, MAYA Awards, Nigerian Broadcast Merit Awards, Women in Journalism amongst others, Blacksatino Blog Covers from Metro News to Entertainment news to Lifestyle to Celebrity Gist to Sport to Fashion to Comedy to Education and more.
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Senate to Consider Bill to Create State Police

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The Senate will debate a State Police Bill on Tuesday, 360vibez has learnt.

The bill, sponsored by a former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu), seeks to establish the Federal Police, State Police, National Police Service Commission, National Police Council, and State Police Service Commission for the states.

The bill, after deliberation, is expected to be sent to the Constitution Review Committee.

It was first introduced to the eighth Senate on June 12, 2018 but did not scale through. Mr Ekweremadu was the chairman of the constitution review committee at the time.

Details of the proposed legislation seen by this paper, shows that the bill will allow an independent state police for which the governors would be empowered to appoint commissioners of police in their states.

According to the bill, the existing federal police will be restructured and be responsible for the maintenance of public security, preservation of public order and security of persons and property throughout the federation to the extent provided for under the constitution or by an Act of the National Assembly.

The South-west recently set up a regional security outfit network, Amotekun, to address rising insecurity in the area. This set it on a collision course with the federal government, which accused it of illegality

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The bill further states that the State Police shall be organised and administered in accordance with such provisions as may be prescribed by a Law of the House of Assembly of a State subject to the framework and guidelines established by an Act of the National Assembly.

The commissioner of police:

*Shall be appointed by the governor of the state on the advice of the National Police Service Commission, subject to confirmation of such appointment by the House of Assembly of the State.

* Shall be in office for a period of five years only or until he attains a retirement age prescribed by law, whichever is earlier.

* Shall be given lawful directives with respect to the maintenance and securing of public safety and public order as he may consider necessary by the governor and the Commissioner of Police shall comply with those directives.

* Where the Commissioner of Police feels that any order given is unlawful or contradicts general policing standards or practice, he may request that the matter be referred to the State Police Service Commission for review.

* The decision of the State Police Service Commission shall be final and shall not be inquired into by any court.

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The document further reveals that an Act of the National Assembly may prescribe a bi-annual ‘certification review’ of the activities of State Police by the National Police Service Commission.

This, it said, is to ensure they meet up with approved national standards and guidelines of policing and their operations do not undermine national integrity, promote ethnic, tribal or sectional agenda or marginalise any segment of the society within the state

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