The major headlines in mainstream newspapers today, Friday, April 12 are focused on the House of Reps summon for President Buhari over the insecurity in Zamfara, the president’s directive to security agencies concerning the situation in Zamfara, and the Supreme Court’s ruling on the APC’s petition concerning the elections in Rivers state.
We begin with Punch, which reports that on Thursday, April 12 the House of Representatives asked President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before it and address Nigerians on the spate of insecurity across the country.
The summon was part of the resolutions passed at the plenary when the lawmakers unanimously adopted a motion moved by the Hon Mark Gbillah, the lawmaker representing Gwer-East/Gwer-West federal constituency in Benue state.
The motion was entitled, ‘Resurgence of the incessant and annual massacre of innocent Nigerians across the country by alleged bandits and killer herdsmen, the gradual occupation of affected communities by these attackers and the lack of adequate rehabilitation and relief materials.’
According to the green chamber, failure by the president to explain the issues raised by the legislative house would confirm the opinion of Nigerians that his administration had failed in its responsibility to protect lives and property.
Vanguard reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday ordered security operatives to deal decisively with insecurity across the country.
The president particularly gave security operatives marching orders to deal ruthlessly with the bandits terrorizing Zamfara state and its environs, as well as kidnappers and other security challenges confronting the country.
The publication notes that the directive came on a day in which suspected armed Jukun youths and militant herdsmen killed 15 persons and burnt houses, cars and motorbikes in Vaase, Ukum local government area of Benue state.
The paper adds that the acting inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, also shed more light on why banditry thrives in Zamfara state and other areas of the north-west, resulting in several killings.
Mirroring the previous publication, The Nation also reports that President Buhari on Thursday, ordered security agencies to deal ruthlessly with bandits, kidnappers and other criminals.
The president reportedly gave the order at an extraordinary meeting at the State House, Abuja, where security strategies were reviewed.
At the end of the meeting which lasted for about two hours, State House reporters were briefed by the chief of defence staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin.
Olonisakin disclosed that the president said that no stone should be left un-turned towards securing every part of the country.
On to a different subject, The Guardian reports that the end of the road for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections in Rivers state came on Thursday as three separate appeals filed by the party and Tonye Cole, its factional governorship candidate in the state, were dismissed by the Supreme Court.
Both Cole and the APC had approached the apex court through their notices of appeal, praying it to make them participate in the 2019 general election.
The separate appeals were, however, dismissed by the court on the ground that the notices were incompetent in law.
With the apex court’s latest decisions, all court actions concerning Rivers state APC in relation to the 2019 general elections have finally been laid to rest.
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Rounding off the review, ThisDay also reports that the APC’s hope of bouncing back to political reckoning in Rivers state was sealed on Thursday as the Supreme Court dismissed its three appeals, which challenged the decision of the Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt,that nullified its primary elections for the 2019 general election.
On the strength of the high court and the Supreme Court’s judgments delivered earlier in 2019, INEC had excluded the APC from fielding candidates for the general election which held in the state on February 23 and March 9.
The apex court dismissed the appeal filed by the APC praying it to set aside its earlier judgment that upheld the decision of the lower courts, for lacking in merit.
In a unanimous ruling, a seven-member panel of justices of the Supreme Court led by the acting chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, held that the APC’s appeal was defective, incompetent and should be struck out.
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