Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. A Federal High Court in Abuja, Wednesday declared the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as acts of terrorism. This follows an application filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, asking the court to proscribe the group.
2. South East lawmakers of both chambers of the National Assembly have rejected the branding of Biafra agitators (IPOB) as a terrorists organization. In a statement issued and signed by the caucus Chairman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Hon. Chukwuka Onyema, they noted that the development if allowed, would have dare consequences on innocent and law abiding citizens of the South East. They insisted that the activities of the group does not have the semblance of terrorism.
3. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the November 18th date for the governorship poll in Anambra remains sacrosanct. The commission said it would not allow any change in the date as any postponement would distort plans already made by the commission and may come with a huge cost implication. The Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nwachukwu Orji stated this on Wednesday,
4. The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) on Wednesday declared a nationwide indefinite strike. Chairman of the Union, Mr. Biobelemoye Josiah, who made the disclosure during a media briefing in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, said the strike will become effective on Thursday, September 21. Josiah said the Union had issued another seven-day ultimatum on Thursday, September 14, 2017, to again draw the attention of the government to their demands but nothing meaningful was achieved with the ultimatum.
5. Former Niger Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubo, has opined that President Muhammadu Buhari is worse than former German dictator, Adolf Hitler. Dokubo, while reacting to the deployment of soldiers to the South East and alleged invasion of the residence of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu in a video he shared on his Facebook page, described the action as tyrannical and dictatorial.
6. Nigeria has signed the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty. The country joins other countries that signed the treaty to ban nuclear weapons amid tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, signed the treaty on behalf of Nigeria on Wednesday at the UN headquarters on the sidelines of the High-level UN General Assembly. Onyeama told newsmen that Nigeria was in support of weapons-free world.
7. Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Itse Sagay, has described the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a failure. Sagay, who made the declaration also maintained that the leadership style of the party is “lily-livered” and weak and already collapsing.
8. The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Wednesday, struck out a charge that indicted the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke over the illegal diversion of about $1.6billion from proceeds of sales of petroleum products belonging to the Federal Government. The court ruled that the former Minister’s name was not listed as one of the defendants, hence the charge be struck out.
9. Senior Pastor of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide (OFM), Apostle Johnson Suleman, has prophesied that unless Nigerians pray for the country, the 2019 election will not hold. The cleric, in a chat with journalists in his church, prophesied the leaders too should pray and be honest with the people they are serving, otherwise, elections may not hold in Nigeria in 2019.
10. Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on Wednesday warned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Army to be cautious in its activities, following the declaration of Operations Python Dance and Crocodile Smile in some parts of the country. He urged the Federal Government and the military authorities to focus more on dealing with activities of herdsmen.