The headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Tuesday, May 15, are focused on the attack on Air Force helipad in Bayelsa state by gunmen, Wole Soyinka's comment on corruption, the Senate's resolve to obey court order on Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, amongst others.
The Guardian reports that Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helipad in Igbodene, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, was attacked by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Sunday, May 13. During the attack, an airman was killed and his rifle stolen.
According to the Guardian, the incident is a disturbing addition to a growing list of attacks by criminal elements in Bayelsa. In March, armed men invaded Ayama community in Ogbia local government area of the state, killing four persons. The following month, assassins shot dead Ebikimi Okoringa, a newly appointed aide, to the state governor, Seriake Dickson.
The Punch reports that Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, said that the war against corruption will never be won until corrupt Nigerian leaders start getting jailed for corrupt practices.
The Nobel laureate was said to have said this in Abuja on Monday at the 8th Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa.
Soyinka, who said that he recently visited the new head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which will be inaugurated this week, stated he asked the acting chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, to take him to the VIP section of the detention facility but was delighted to hear that there was no preferential treatment for suspects.
Vanguard on its part reported that former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, said that if succeeding regimes had checked corruption as his government did, Nigeria would not be swimming in corruption with the attendant socio-economic and developmental problems.
Speaking at the Eight Annual General Meeting and Conference for Heads of Anti-corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa, in Abuja, Gowon said jokingly that he “did not prepare for the future".
He said: “It was some of my staff who attended the OAU meeting with me (when he was overthrown) that contributed their estacode to let me have something to live on.”
This Day reports that the Senate has resolved not to stop the lawmaker representing Delta Central, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, from resuming on Tuesday, May 15.
The senator made this resolve after it was briefed by its lawyers on the judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja nullifying its suspension of Omo-Agege.
On Thursday, May 10, a Federal High Court in Abuja had nullified Omo-Agege's suspension by the Senate.
The Nation reports that another group of ex-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders, who were part of the coalition that formed the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014, on Monday, May 14 slammed those who claimed that the group was marginalised.
Last week, a group, led by Alhaji Kawu Baraje, submitted a letter to the APC leadership, in which it claimed that the Buhari administration and the party leadership had neglected its members, despite their contributions to the APC’s success in the 2015 elections.
In the letter, signed by former Osun state governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the APC leadership was given seven days to invite the group to a meeting on the issues raised. The ultimatum expires on Tuesday, May 15.
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