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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Sunday, 17th October, 2021

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Good morning Nigeria, welcome to NgGossips.com roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday, 17th October 2021.

The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, lately came under intense criticisms after recommending that members of the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) should be deployed to the military to join the fight against security challenges ravaging the country. Many of those who tackled or slammed the Ekiti governor for this suggestion may not know that the speaker is an expert in his own right, which makes his recommendation not entirely bunkum as many have dismissed it.

Fayemi’s intervention must have been informed by his academic background. The Ekiti governor has a doctorate degree in War Studies from King’s College, University of London, England, specializing in civil-military relations. To this extent, it can be conceded that Fayemi was not foraying into a subject that is beyond his handle. Moreso, he is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). As such, he should have an appreciable understanding of Nigeria’s pervasive insecurity.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has grilled a former Kano Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

NgGossips.com reports that the questioning was in connection with an alleged mismanagement of N10billion pension cash.

Some individuals had accused Kwankwaso of using the pension remittances to allegedly fund a housing project for some cronies.

According to a source, the EFCC invited the former Governor following a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The Ezeani II of Mmaku Kingdom, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State has stated that for fighting for the unity of Nigeria as a young military officer, President Muhammadu Buhari would always be welcome in any part of the country, particularly the South-east.

NgGossips.com reports that the Nigerian Civil War was fought from 6 July 1967 to 15 January 1970 as a means of keeping Nigeria a united country.

The monarch, who spoke at the Presidential Villa while on a courtesy visit to Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said apart from the war of unity fought by the young Buhari, the President has equally done many things for the South-east.

Veteran Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu has told President Muhammadu Buhari to end all vestiges of injustice and inequality in the Nigerian system so that agitations and frequent attacks by unknown gunmen in the South-east can stop.

NgGossips.com reports that Agu, who was recently released from the Department of State Services (DSS) custody after being arrested by the army at the Onitsha head bridge, has now said the quota system in place in the country would lead to nowhere.

“Have you heard about quota system? Is quota system good that someone from the South with a high score would not gain university admission while a candidate from the North with a lower score would gain admission ahead of me?”

The national leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended the ongoing State Congress in Oyo State.

NgGossips.com reports that the order was given by the Governor of Yobe State and Chairman, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni.

It was gathered that the suspension was due to the forging of documents meant for the exercise and other irregularities.

A former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central in the Senate, Senator Shehu Sani, has called for the addition of zoning in Nigeria’s constitution.

He stated that this is necessary to prevent one part of the country from dominating another part.

The former Lawmaker told Channels Television on Friday that it was necessary to adhere to the principles of fairness and equity.

The National Economic Council has warned against October 20 #EndSARS anniversary protest by aggrieved Nigerian citizens.

The council has advised those interested in taking part in the protest to look out for other lawful alternatives to express their grievances and suspend the planned anniversary, noting that the protest might again be hijacked by hoodlums.

NgGossips.com understands that NEC gave the advisory in a statement released on Friday, October 15.

Recounting various actions and inactions already taken by federal and state governments in addressing the gruesome killings of citizens and harassments that led to the 2020 protests, NEC opined that staging another protest might heighten the current security situation in the country.

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Police Service Commission (PSC) have resumed the process of the intake of 10,000 constables into the force.

The development was confirmed to newsmen in a statement released on Saturday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, NgGossips.com reports.

The PPRO noted that the force portal [www.policerecruitment.gov.ng] will be opened for access from Monday, 18th October to Tuesday, 26th October 2021.

Mba urged candidates to check their recruitment status on the portal, email and phone numbers they submitted during registration for notifications.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has offered three National Working Committee seats to the Northeastern region of the country.

The development, NgGossips.com understands is coming in less than 72 hours after the emergence of former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu as the consensus candidate for the position of the National Chairman of the opposition party for the North Central zone.

The new principal officers were appointed on Friday, October 15 purposely to oversee the activities of the party.

Confirming the appointment in a statement made available to newsmen a few moments ago, the Media Secretary, PDP Zonal Headquarter, Northeast, Bauchi, Alhaji Musa Sunusi, said the appointed persons will take charge of Northeast.

The self-acclaimed disciple of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, Simon Ekpa, has claimed that plans have been concluded to hand over power to former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar.

Ekpa who has been in the news since the arrest and detention of the IPOB leader said the plan would be carried out in February 2022.

Atiku who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections was defeated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on NgGossips.com. See you again tomorrow.

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Christian Union, CAN To File Fresh Charges Against Nigerian Government Over Controversial Act

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The Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) says it will file a fresh suit against the Nigerian Government to prevent the implementation of certain provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020. 

The Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2020.

Also, the leadership of CAN has called for mass prayers as they take the government up in a new legal battle.

CAN had filed the suit following its last year’s rejection of the CAMA 2020, especially as it applies to the regulatory roles the law gave the registrar of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and a supervising minister over churches.

The judge, Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment, dismissed the suit over the failure of the plaintiff to comply with the law in the name used in filing the originating summons.

“Therefore, this application lacks merit and ought to be dismissed and I hereby make an order dismissing same,” he ruled.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while the incorporated trustees of the CAN is the plaintiff in the suit, the CAC and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment are the 1st and 2nd defendants, respectively.

The plaintiff, in an originating summons, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/244/2021, had prayed the court to determine “whether Section 839, subsections (1), (7) (a) and (10) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020, is inconsistent with Sections 4(8), 6(6)(b) and 40 of the Nigerian constitution which guarantees the plaintiff’s right to freedom of association and the right to seek redress in court”.

It also urged the court to determine whether the provisions of Section 854 of the CAMA are inconsistent with section 39 of the Nigerian constitution which guarantees the right to freedom of expression.

However, during the proceedings, CAN brought an application, praying for an order to amend the originating summons and accompanying processes by replacing the word, “INCORPORATED” with “REGISTERED” in the name of the plaintiff in the suit such that it would read, “The Registered Trustees of the Christian Association of Nigeria.”

The application was filed on the grounds that the name expressed in its certificate of incorporation is the “Registered Trustees of the Christian Association of Nigeria” and not “Incorporated Trustees of Christian Association of Nigeria.”

Justice Inyang Ekwo stated that suing in the wrong name contrary to a statutory provision is statutory non-compliance and is not a mere misnomer to be corrected by the Court, as the court cannot re-write statutory provisions. Consequently, the suit was struck out.

But on Sunday, CAN’s General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, said the organisation would not like to join issues with the Court by going on appeal, because “it would further delay the case.”

Accordingly, he said the religious body has decided to take the option of refiling the case.

“Our lawyers are currently preparing to institute a fresh suit using the proper name of the Plaintiff (CAN) as it is on the Certificate of Incorporation. This is the truth of the matter now. 

“What happened in the court was just a temporary setback and by the grace of God, we have overcome it. Our prayers are for the unborn generations and nothing will discourage us from pursuing this case to the logical conclusion,” Daramola stated.

Amongst other reliefs, CAN would be asking the Court to determine “whether Section 839, subsections (1), (7) (a) and (10) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020, is inconsistent with Sections 4(8), 6(6)(b) and 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which guarantees the plaintiff’s right to freedom of association and the right to seek redress in court.

 “Whether the provision of Section 854 of the CAMA is inconsistent with Section 39 of the CFRN which guarantees the right to freedom of expression.”

It would also be seeking: “An order striking down Sections 839(1), (7) (a) & (10), 842(1) and (2), 843, 851 and 854 of the CAMA for being unconstitutional.

“A declaration that Section 17(2) (a) & (d) of the CAMA demand an impossible and impracticable action; thus, void.

“An Order striking down Section 17 (2) (a) & (d) of the CAMA for being impracticable and unknown to Law.”

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Parents bury children found dead in vehicle, amidst tears

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The parents of the eight children that were found dead in a Lexus SUV at Adelayo Street, Jah-Micheal Agunaje area of Badagry, have buried them amidst tears.

The eight children were found dead in a vehicle parked in front of the owner’s compound on Saturday evening.

The children were buried according to Islamic rites on Sunday morning, without an autopsy conducted on them.

Mark Akande, the founder of Society for Youth Advancement and Creativity Initiative (SHACo), who visited the scene on Sunday, gathered that the incident happened around 5p.m. on Saturday and the children were buried after attempts to conduct autopsy on them failed.

The parents reportedly took the children to the General Hospital at Badagry, and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), where they were told to bring N100, 000 each for the hospital to conduct autopsy on the children.

“The parents decided not to take them for autopsy at LUTH. They said it is against Islamic laws to spend money on the dead,” Mr Akande said.

The police spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, earlier confirmed that the children reportedly entered a parked vehicle while playing around and died from suffocation.

One of the elders in the neighbourhood, who declined giving his name, said the children were supposed to be at Islamic lessons at the time of the incident, and no one suspected that they had entered a parked vehicle.

Afsat Isiaka, a mother who lost three children to the incident, was found in a mourning state amidst sympathisers in her compound, which was close to where the incident happened.

“I know no wetin happen, my second sef go find the children, the woman sef stay inside compound and call me say make I come, na so I find the children inside car, all of children don die, ” she said in pidgin English.

She said the children were foaming in the mouth by the time they were brought down from the vehicle.

Her children, Abdulwahab Isiaka, Yakub Isiaka, and Zainab Isiaka were 11, 5 and 3 years old respectively.

Ibrahim Jubril, a father to two of the deceased children, was also found surrounded by sympathisers in his compound.

Father of two deceased children, Ibrahim Jubril
Father of two deceased children, Ibrahim Jubril

Mr Jubril said they had already recovered the bodies of the children before he got to the scene.

“They said they wan carry them to hospital and me I be Muslim. We carried then to General Hospital, that same yesterday, police gave us paper, they say they want to transfer us to Ikeja, LUTH. They said each person is N100, 000 to check, that is N800, 000 for eight of them,” he said.

He said he has written a statement at the police station with respect to the incident.

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Mr Jubril’s immediate brother also lost two children to the incident, while one of the eight children is the grandson of the owner of the vehicle, PREMIUM TIMES gathered.

The woman in whose car the children were found dead is currently in custody of the Area K Police Command in Badagry, Lagos.

Mr Ajisebutu, the police spokesperson, said the police is investigating the matter and would carry the public along on the report.

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Shock for Scott Morrison as poll puts Labor ahead 53 to 47 and Anthony Albanese more popular

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Shock poll shows Australians now prefer Anthony Albanese’s Labor to win government in 2022 – with Albo now more popular than the PM

  • The Morrison Liberal government is behind in the latest poll ahead of election 
  • Voters preferred Labor to the Coalition by a margin of 53 to 47 per cent  
  • Anthony Albanese is also gaining increased support for PM according to poll  

The latest Newspoll shows voters favour Labor to win the next federal election.

It also shows Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has enjoyed a lead in net approval over Prime Minister Scott Morrison for the first time since March last year.

The poll conducted for The Australian shows 47 per cent of voters believe Labor will form the next government following an election expected in March or May.

Just 37 per cent expect the Coalition to be returned for a fourth term.

Labor leads the two-party preferred race over the Coalition, 53 to 47 per cent, on a primary vote of 38 per cent.

Scott Morrison (pictured at the Bathurst 1000 on the weekend) has experienced a drop in net approval while Anthony Albanese has seen a gain 

The Coalition primary vote fell a point to 36 per cent while the Greens also lost a point to finish the year on 10 per cent.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation improved a point to 3 per cent with other minor parties also gaining a point to 13 per cent.

Scott Morrison dropped a point as the preferred prime ­minister to 45 per cent and Opposition Leader Anthony ­Albanese lost two points to 34 per cent while 19 per cent were uncommitted.

The poll showed 44 per cent of those polled were satisfied with Mr Morrison’s performance while 52 per cent were dissatisfied – a net negative ­approval rating of minus eight.

Mr Albanese’s approval rating lifted two points to 39 per cent while those dissatisfied fell three points to 45 per cent – a net negative approval rating of minus six.

This is the first time Mr Albanese has enjoyed a lead in net approval since March last year.

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