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Nigerian Newspapers (Friday, 3rd May, 2019 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the National Food Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Friday morning????. Enjoy!

1.Musa Umar, the District Head of President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown, Daura, was on Wednesday kidnapped by some unknown gunmen.

The gunmen, just after the evening prayer, invaded Alhaji Umar’s residence in Daura around 7pm in a Peugeot 406 saloon car, shooting sporadically into the air, before abducting him.

2.Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in his petition on Tuesday said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lacks the power to withhold his certificate of return.

Okorocha in his petition titled; ‘Need to Avert Abuse of Office and Political Corruption by my Political Opponents with the Active Collaboration of INEC’s Leadership in Clear Violation of the Law,’ said that he was not happy that the electoral commission withheld his certificate of return even after he was declared winner of the Imo West Senatorial District Election.

INEC had refused issuing his Return Certificate to him because his declaration was allegedly made under duress.

The governor who addressed his petition to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, noted that the commission had not right by law to withhold his certificate of return.

3.The Nigeria Police has confirmed that over 150 gunmen on motorcycles rode into villages in Katsina State, President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state, killing over 15 persons, injuring many others and stealing cattle.

The incident happened on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning in Gobirawa and Sha Ka Wuce villages.

Gambo Isa, the spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, confirmed the ugly incident, adding that policemen were dispatched to the communities.

4.The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement today berated President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly abandoning his responsibilities.

It is completely unacceptable for President Buhari to “abandon his responsibilities as the Commander-In-Chief,” to pursue “unexplained private matters abroad,” while bandits, marauders and insurgents seize, maim, kidnap and kill in Nigeria,” Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP spokesman, said.

According to the PDP, Buhari must end his illegal private visit to the United Kingdom and immediately return home to address the deteriorating security challenges in Nigeria.

The Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, had few days ago stated that over 70% of the killings and kidnappings from January – April 2019 happened in Northern Nigeria.

5. Some gunmen on Wednesday invaded the Government Girls Secondary School, Moriki, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The bandits abducted 5 persons (two caterers and 3 of their children).

The Zamfara State Police Command confirmed the incident, saying that no schoolgirl was kidnapped.

“The bandits took a retreat to the bush. No pupil was abducted as earlier reported by some media. However, two caterers and three of their children were later discovered missing. The police are collaborating with the school authorities to establish the whereabouts of the missing persons,” Mohammed Shehu, the state Police spokesman, said.

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