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Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Friday, 14th May, 2021



Good morning Nigeria, welcome toTruetells Nigeria roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Friday, 14th May 2021

1. Buhari’s Son-In-Law Declared Wanted By ICPC For $65 Million Fraud

One of the sons-in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari, Gimba Yau Kumo has been declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Truetells Nigeria reports that Kumo who is married to Fatima Buhari was declared wanted by the anti-corruption agency in relation to the alleged misappropriation of funds under the national housing scheme.

Kumo, a former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria alongside two others – Mr. Tarry Rufus, and Mr. Bola Ogunsola were declared wanted by the ICPC in a statement published on the ICPC website on Thursday and signed by the spokesperson of the commission, Mrs Azuka C. Ogugua.

2. We Are Doing Our Best, Be More Understanding – Buhari Begs Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to show more understanding as he vowed that his administration will deal with bandits to ensure that they do not create havoc against food production.

Truetells Nigeria reports that he stated this while speaking to newsmen after observing the Eid prayer, marking the end of the month-long Ramadan fast.

He stated that the federal government and law enforcement agencies are working hard to regain confidence among Nigerians.

Speaking on the series of security meetings held in recent weeks, Buhari said part of the resolutions had been made public by the National Security Adviser and the others kept secret.

3. FG Gives Update On Prosecution Of 400 Boko Haram Sponsors, Financiers

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said that the federal government is ready to prosecute 400 alleged Boko Haram sponsors and financiers arrested in a nationwide operation.

In a statement issued on Thursday by his spokesman, Umar Gwandu, the minister said that criminal charges bordering on terrorism will be leveled against the suspects.

He noted that the government will soon re-activate special terrorism prosecution courts to try the suspects, adding that the Muhammdu Buhari-led government is committed to ending insecurity in the country.

4. Opposers Of Ban On Open Grazing Have Hidden Agenda – Ortom

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has accused opposers of the Southern Governors’ decision to ban open grazing of cattle of having a hidden agenda.

Ortom stated this at Holy Ghost Parish Hall in Makurdi while delivering his speech on the occasion of ‘Media Week and Communications Day 2021’, organized by the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi.

Recall that governors in 17 states of the southern part of Nigeria banned open grazing of cattle in the region.

The Peoples Democratic Party Governor in his statement claimed that the Southern Governors have chosen the right path to address insecurity.

The Benue State Governor further stated that Nigeria remains a great country with potentials and ordinarily should not business with poverty if the lives and property of its citizens are secured.

5. Police React To Death Rumour Of Iniubong Umoren’s Alleged Killer

The Akwa Ibom State police command has reacted and denied the rumour that Uduak Frank Akpan, the suspected killer of Iniubong Umoren, committed suicide in custody.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Andrew Amiengheme, made the disclosure while reacting to reports that the suspect purportedly took his life while in custody.

Amiegheme who described the rumour as mischievous wondered why some people would derive pleasure in peddling falsehood.

He added that the police would not be distracted with speculations, noting that the command would ensure the discreet investigation into the matter.

6. Don’t Remove Minimum Wage From Exclusive List, Oshiomhole Tells N/Assembly

Immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole, has asked the National Assembly to quell the plan to remove the minimum wage from exclusive legislative list to concurrent list.

In an interview with Vanguard on Thursday, Oshiomhole said it is an insult for the APC-dominated assembly to entertain a bill seeking to remove the minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list.

The former President of Nigeria Labour Congress also berated state governors that have refused to implement the N30,000 new National Minimum Wage.

According to Oshiomhole, states that cannot implement the minimum wage should not exist.

7. Leave Buhari Alone, Table Demands Before NASS – BMO Knocks Southern Governors

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has urged state governors from the 17 southern states to leave President Muhammadu Buhari alone and channel their grievances to the National Assembly.

Truetells Nigeria recalls that 17 Southern State Governors had two days back converged on Asaba, Delta State capital, where they made some resolutions and demands from the Federal government.

They demanded a ban on open grazing in the south and urged the president to convene a national dialogue summit, restructure the country.

Other demands included devolution of power, state police and new revenue allocation formula, among others which they believed would abate the cries of secession among different groups in the country.

Reacting in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO pointed out that the National Assembly is in the right position to implement their demands.

8. Army Speaks On Boko Haram Terrorists Sharing Ramadan Gift In Yobe, Borno

The Nigerian Army has denied reports that Boko Haram terrorists distributed Ramadan gifts and cash to residents of Yobe and Borno States respectively.

Reports have emerged that a faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group loyal to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) had distributed Ramadan welfare packages to some residents of Borno and Yobe States.

It is understood that the insurgents distributed food items including rice, beans, millet, maize, sugar, spaghetti as well as cash gifts to the residents.

The insurgents claim the gesture is to help the residents observe the Ramadan fast with ease.

Reacting in a statement the Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, described the reports as propaganda, coined to mislead the public.

He stated that observed that after critical analysis of the report by experts, it was discovered that there was no substance in the publication.

9. Biafra: Man Arrested By Nigerian Army Not Our Member – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu has dismissed reports that the Nigerian Army captured the second-in-command to killed Commander Ikonso.

In a statement by IPOB’s publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, the pro-Biafra group stated that the man had issues with his traditional ruler who later gave him up a member of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

IPOB described the purpoted arrest as “a blatant lie and a cheap propaganda to lay false claims to imaginary military prowess.”

The group declared that the said man was not an operative of ESN, adding that “Such a man is too old to be recruited into ESN let alone being Ikonso’s Second-in-Command.”

10. Restructuring: You Can’t Push 17 Southern Governors Aside – Akeredolu To Buhari

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the demands of the 17 southern governors of Nigeria.

Truetells Nigeria recalls that 17 Southern State Governors had two days back converged on Asaba, Delta State capital, where they made some resolutions and demands from the Federal government.

They demanded a ban on open grazing in the south and urged the president to convene a national dialogue summit, restructure the country, among others.

Speaking in an interview on ARISE TV, Akeredolu disclosed that some northern governors are in support of their position.

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