The newspaper review for Tuesday, April 17, leads with violence on Monday, April 16, as members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, clashed with the police in Abuja among other stories. Also reported in the papers is the federal government probe of 28 of its Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
Vanguard reports that the governor of Imo state, Chief Rochas Okorocha, on Monday, April 16, said that he will succeed President Muhammadu Buhari after his second term re-election
Rochas who disclosed this while hosting some political stakeholders at the state government house in Owerri, opined that, “Buhari will win again and again and after Buhari, the turn will come to south-east and it will be the turn of Okorocha”.
Speaking further he said: “Nwosu is the least of the political children I have trained but I don’t know any of them as much as I have known Nwosu."
The Punch reports that the federal government is currently investigating 28 of its Ministries, Departments and Agencies over allegations of contract inflation and conversion of government assets to personal use.
The probe is currently being done by the investigative section of the whistle-blower unit.
The director, special projects, Ministry of Finance, Mohammed Dikwa, confirmed these in a presentation at an evaluation workshop on the whistle-blower policy and asset tracing team organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption.
The purpose of the workshop was to initiate a discussion on how to improve the implementation of the policy in accordance with global best practices.
The Nation reports that a secondary school pupil was feared killed on Monday, April 16, in Abuja during a clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shiites, and the Police.
The clash occurred in Maitama during the Shiites protest of the continuous incarceration of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, however, claimed that 22 of its men were injured in the clash.
The command added that 115 Shiites were arrested and catapults, iron bars, stones and pink head bands recovered from them.
This Day reports that barely one week after President Muhammadu Buhari blamed the rise in attacks by suspected herdsmen on foreign militia once trained by Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, the United States military Monday expressed great concern over incessant attacks by foreign extremists in Nigeria and other West African countries.
Speaking at the African Land Forces Summit in Abuja, the Commanding General of the U.S. Army, Africa, Brig.-Gen. Eugene LeBoeuf, said insecurity and terrorism in Nigeria and other West African nations have been fuelled by the invasion of foreign extremists in the region.
LeBoeuf’s remarks came just as gunmen, masquerading as herders of cattle continued their rampage in the Middle Belt, killing four policemen in Benue state and many residents of Tiv extraction in neighbouring Nasarawa state in the last three days.
Suspected herdsmen disguised in military fatigues also met their waterloo Monday in Yogbo community in Guma local government area of Benue state when Nigerian troops prevented them from carrying out a reprisal against residents in the area.
The Guardian reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have rejected the claim by elder statesman and politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, that the 2015 general election was massively rigged in the north.
Yakassai disclosed the rigging to journalists when he led the newly formed Northern Leaders Stakeholders Assembly to former military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, at his Uphill Mansion in Minna, the Niger state capital at the weekend.
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He cited instances of manipulation in the elections. He said while the card readers were religiously used in the southern part of the country, they were not so deployed in the north.
“There are many ways of rigging election. What happened in 2015 where the majority of southerners resident in the north were scared away from their places of residence, where they had registered, to their place of origin and therefore could not have the opportunity to vote, was rigging.“
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