Good Morning, welcome to Information Nigeria’s Newspaper headlines for today, 27th February 2020.
Here are the major headlines.
Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, has disbanded satellite offices created under the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) nationwide.
Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has commended the Inspector General of Police, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on the decision to disband the satellite offices of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the country.
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa says his state is no longer safe for kidnappers while accenting a bill which prescribed death penalty for anyone caught in the act of kidnapping within the state.
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has insisted that the raging Coronavirus is caused by corruption. Recall that the EFCC boss had earlier said he believed that the virus was caused by corruption at an event some days ago.
Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State, on Wednesday, asked Catholics to pray for the unemployed youth in the country. Obi, who was the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in the last election said the future of the unemployed youth is being jeopardized by “the situation in the land”.
Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of House of Representatives has lamented over the increasing cases of brutality and killing of civilians by police officers. The speaker expressed his fears in Abuja at a public hearing of the House Committee on Police Affairs, tagged “Repositioning the Nigerian Police for an Enhanced Service Delivery”.
The Director of Finance, Sokoto State Urban and Regional Planning Board, Ahmed Yahaya and two other staff of the Board have been charged to court by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for allegedly having sex in the office with a minor.
While the All Progressive Congress(APC) would still be battling with the harsh reality that it has lost Bayelsa state, the Apex court has slammed the party as well as lead counsel to its candidate, Chief Afe Babalola with a N30 million fine each for agreeing to apply for the review of Supreme court’s judgment on Bayelsa election.
The Supreme Court has rejected the applications by the All Progressives Congress and two others for a review of February 13, 2020 judgment on the Bayelsa State governorship election that resulted in the sacking of David Lyon.
Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson and incumbent Governor, Senator Douye Diri has reacted to the Supreme Court’s rejection of All Progressives Congress (APC) request to review its ruling on the 2019 Governorship election in Bayelsa State.
WTO: Trump Wrong For Rejecting Okonjo-Iweala – Fani-Kayode
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the move by the United States President, Donald Trump to block the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Director-General of World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Recall that Okonjo-Iweala on Wednesday won the popular vote by a wide margin, with the expectation of an announcement after a World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva.
She was reported to have won the support of 104 of all 164 member countries of the WTO, many of which were from Africa and Europe.
However, the US reportedly expressed its disappointment over the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala despite her widely gained support.
Reacting in a post on his Twitter page, Fani-Kayode warned that Trump’s opposition to Okonjo-Iweala would upset millions of his supporters in Nigeria and Africa.
..This extraordinary lady is by far the best candidate,her integrity is unimpeachable & her ability is unquestionable. Opposing her has upset millions of Trump-lovers in Nigeria & Africa &hundreds of thousands of Nigerian/Americans in the U.S. itself.
I hope he reconsiders.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) October 29, 2020
Nigeria’s Economy Too Fragile For Fresh Lockdown —Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that Nigeria’s economy is too fragile for fresh coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
The president stated this in a post on his Twitter handle @MBuhari on Thursday.
Buhari stated that compliance with COVID-19 protocols by all Nigerians is crucial to avert a second wave of the pandemic in the country.
This is coming following the recent increase in Coronavirus cases in many countries around the world.
“Looking at the trends in other countries, we must do all we can to avert a second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
“We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown.”
Looking at the trends in the other countries, we must do all we can to avert a second wave of Covid-19 in Nigeria. We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 29, 2020
Femi Adesina: #EndSARS Protests Fuelled Looting Of Warehouses
Femi Adesina, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity has alleged that some Nigerians involved in recent cases of looting experienced in some cities across the country didn’t do it because they were angry or hungry.
He alleged that they were simply taking advantage of the collapse of law and order caused by the #EndSARS protests.
He stated this on Thursday, 29th October when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.
He declared that poverty has nothing to do with the invasion of COVID-19 palliatives warehouses.
He said: “Criminality is criminality. Would it justify armed robbery because the man was poor? Would you justify armed robbery because the man didn’t have money?
“Just as you cannot justify armed robbery because a man was poor and took a gun to rob another person, you can’t also justify the lootings going on because it is pure criminality. My view is that it is not everybody that is hungry that engaged in that looting. This is the truth, it is greed and pure criminality.
“Criminality will always be criminality and anarchy promotes criminality. What has happened in the past two or three weeks led to what is happening now. If there was cohesion and tranquility in society, this would not have happened. Therefore, it is corollary to the near anarchic situation that came on the country because of the protest.
“If you did not have people burning police stations, killing policemen, burning private and public property, you won’t have this kind of looting. That means those same people will be in society and will find ways to eke out a living but because the situation was created for near-anarchy that is why you have this.
“So, I don’t agree that it is all about poverty. Yes in any country, you will have people that are poor, hungry…that is one of the reasons you have government to ensure that the number of the poor reduces progressively.
“So this crowd of people you see going to loot are not necessarily hungry or angry; they are taking advantage of the collapse of law and order that came as a result of the protest.”
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