The main headlines of the mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, February 14, 2019, are focused on the alleged link between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and foreign poll observers.
Nigerian Newpaper, The Nation, reports that there is anxiety in political circles over the composition of some of the international observer missions deployed in the country for the general elections. The presidential election is slated for Saturday.
The newspaper said the popular thinking is that former president Obasanjo may have been influential to the composition and emergence of some of the chairmen of some of the observer groups.
The ex-president, who is backing former vice president Atiku Abubakar, is suspected to have sold an agenda to these observers, based on a perception of what a source described as a “willy-nilly” regime change.
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The Guardian reports that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) yesterday ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the director general, Department of State Services (DSS), to arrest and produce the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, in court within 48 hours.
The chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, issued the bench warrant against Onnoghen for being absent from court where he was to face arraignment, against earlier warning.
The Punch is also reporting the CCT ordering Onnoghen's arrest.
But Onnoghen hurriedly headed for the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Wednesday and asked the court to stop his arrest as ordered by the CCT.
Vanguard reports that the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, fixed February 25, to hear an appeal Onnnoghen lodged against his trial.
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The development came on a day the National Judicial Council said it was satisfied that allegations against Onnoghen and the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, deserved to be investigated.
This Day reports that Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state on Wednesday cheated death, missing a hit by Boko Haram, which attacked his convoy on his way to Gamboru-Ngala for a political campaign.
The governor, who confirmed the incident last night, said his convoy ran into an ambush between Dikwa and Gamboru on Tuesday evening, saying he was only saved by God.
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