Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines 21th March 2019
Presidency spanks PDP for threatening to stop Buhari
Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are threatening to stop with a court’s order President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration until the determination of the petition challenging the President’s victory in the February 23 election.
The Presidency has dismissed the threat as “unserious” and dared the PDP to launch its legal battle.
Senators in rowdy session
Senators yesterday took partisan positions on the involvement of the military in the yet-to-be concluded general elections.
They were close to exchanging blows in the chamber over alleged militarisation of the process.
Another issue that pitted the lawmakers against one another was an alleged inconsistent application of electoral laws by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Three killed in robbers, police battle at Ojo
Three persons, including two suspected robbers, were killed on Tuesday when gunmen invaded a community in Ojo, Lagos.
The gunmen invaded Gafaru Street, Imude in Ojo on motorcycles and robbed residents. They shot those who resisted them.
Among those killed was Obina Efenkandu, 32, of 124, Gafaru Street, Imude.
Two other residents- Collins Ichu, 26, and Abdullah Niger, 40 – were injured.
Insurgency: NAF to take delivery of aircraft
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) plans to strengthen its arsenal for the fight against insurgency in the Northwest with the delivery of “Augusta 109’’ power helicopter from Italy.
Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar spoke at the “2019 First Quarter Chief of Air Staff Conference yesterday in Abuja.
Air Marshal Abubakar said that acquisition of the military helicopter was part of renewed efforts of the Federal Government to ensure security in the Northwest.
Fireworks in Fayose’s trial as judge, EFCC’s lawyer clash
There were fireworks at the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday as Justice Mojisola Olatoregun accused a prosecuting counsel Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) of being “incompetent” and “extremely rude”.
The judge accused Jacobs of engaging in jankara practice, but the Senior Advocate said he took “exception” to being described in such terms.
He said it was the first time he would be so described by any judge in all his years of legal practice.
Court seals Access Bank, Diamond Bank merger
The Federal High Court (FHC) has sanctioned the approved scheme of merger between Access Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc, the final seal that effectively brings the merger of the two commercial banks into effect.
Consequently, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday suspended trading on the shares of Diamond Bank Plc, which will be dissolved without being wound up and subsequently delisted from the Exchange.
Anxiety heightens ahead of makeup polls in states
The electoral umpire is to decide whether the polls will go on as scheduled on Saturday in Bauchi and Adamawa states. Two courts are billed to rule today on seperate suits filed in respect of the makeup elections in the two states.
But the coast seems clear for the elections in Sokoto, Kano and Plateau states.
Atiku queries Buhari’s qualification
HIGHLIGHTS of issues raised in the 141-page petition submitted at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar have been revealed.
A copy of the petition sighted in Abuja on Tuesday, revealed among others, that it was premised on five grounds, which particularly attacked the validity of the election and its outcome, as well as President Muhammadu Buhari’s qualification.
FEC okays N27.4b for states affected by flooding, conflicts
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved N27.4 billion for intervention in states ravaged by flooding and conflicts.
This was made known by Kebbi State Governor Atiku bagudu who doubles as Vice Chairman of the National Food Security Council.
He briefed State House reporters after about seven hours of deliberation at the weekly FEC meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.