Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s our picks on today’s top stories in Naija. Enjoy!
1. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will today open its defence in the petition against it by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Atiku and the PDP had vehemently rejected the outcome of the February 23, 2019 poll and consequently approached the Justice Mohammed Garba-led Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
Atiku alleges that he won the election based on results he obtained from the server of INEC. The Electoral Umpire however denied the existence of any server. Here’s everything you need to know about Atiku’s case at the tribunal.
2. Ahead of the ruling on the bail application filed by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, the Nigeria Police has beefed up security around Kaduna metropolis.
Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court will today rule on the application filed by the Shiite leader through his lawyer Femi Falana, to allow him travel for medical treatment abroad.
His group, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, had two days been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the Federal Government following an order by Justice Nkeonye Maha of an Abuja Federal High Court.
3. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against returning Dr. Chris Ngige as the Minister of Labour and Productivity.
The NLC noted that Ngige lacks the capacity to lead workers and his return would create industrial crisis.
Peter Ozo-Eson, the Secretary of the NLC, told Punch that President Buhari must assign Ngige to another ministry. Read More
4. The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has reportedly turned down a proposed security meeting organised by former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).
The group which consists of the Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-political group; Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-political group; the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, and the Middle Belt Forum, rejected the meeting invitation because the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria was also invited too.
The Southern and Middle Belt leaders in a joint statement signed by Chief Edwin Clark, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, and Dr. Bitrus Pogu, in Abuja on Sunday noted that they will not come together in a meeting with those using illegal AK-47 to inflict terror on citizens all over the nation. Naija Buzz News has more details
5. On Saturday, members of the Boko Haram terrorist group killed 60 persons and injured 10 others at a gravesite in Borno State.
The 60 persons had gone to bury someone when the terrorists invaded the burial site and opened fire on them.
The incident happened around 11:40am on Saturday in a village called ‘Badu’, Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno. Read more