Headlines from mainstream Nigerian newspapers today, Friday, February 2, are focused on the alarm raised by Governor Darius Ishaku about a planned attack on Taraba in 10 days, the Federal High Court’s judgment upholding the Senate’s powers to confirm or reject a nominee for the position of EFCC chairman, Buhari’s message to youths concerning political aspirants and the financial implications of the federal government’s new cargo policy.
Punch reports that Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba has stated that there is a plan to attack the state in the next 10 days.
The governor made his comments on Thursday, February 1, during a condolence visit by members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), concerning the death of a member of the state House of Assembly, Hosea Ibi.
During the visit, the governor told the delegation which was led by Uche Secondus, PDP national chairman, that he had passed the information on to security agencies, but was not aware if they had taken any action on the matter.
He lamented over the fact that peace had become scarce in Taraba state.
Vanguard is also reporting about the security situation in Taraba state, as regards the alarm raised by the governor about an impending attack.
According to the publication, the alarm about the planned attack on the state in 10 days was also raised by lawmakers from the state in the House of Representatives.
The lawmakers have reportedly petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari to take action to stem the attack.
The publication further reports that Governor Ishaku stated that the security situation in Taraba was as bad as that of Benue; even as he noted that the state has had its share of herdsmen attacks and killings since the beginning of the year.
This Day is however focused on the Abuja Federal High Court’s judgment upholding the Senate’s powers to confirm or reject a nominee for the position of EFCC chairman.
According to the publication, the presiding judge, J.T Tsoho, quoting a section of the EFCC Act, ruled that the appointment of a chairman made by the president is dependent on confirmation by the Senate.
The verdict was subsequently hailed by the Senate as a vindication of its position; and in line with the judgment, the lawmakers called on President Muhammadu Buhari to substitute the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, with a credible candidate.
The Nation reports that youths have been urged by President Buhari, to be concerned about the character of those who aspire to lead the nation.
The president also advised the youths to offer themselves for national service.
He stated: “Being apolitical, ultimately, does you no good as political leaders make decisions that affect you in many ways.
“As such, you should be concerned about the character of those who aspire to lead you, just as I urge you to offer yourselves to serve where possible.”
The Guardian is focused on the financial implications of the federal government’s new cargo policy.
The publication reports that the new policy on cargo palletisation - a method of storing and transporting goods stacked on a pallet and shipped as a unit load - could rob the economy of over N500 billion yearly and send importers to the ports of neighboring countries.
Kemi Adoesun, minister of finance, had stated that the new policy would aid manual examination of consignment, “while the country awaits the acquisition and installation of functional scanners at the seaports and land borders.”
However, the new policy which went into effect on January 1, was condemned by importers and other stakeholders who stated that it would lead to increased costs.
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