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Nigerian Newspapers Review (Monday, 14 January, 2019 Edition)

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Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Monday morning🙂. Enjoy!

1.The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators on Sunday warned that it would being attack on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region if President Muhammadu Buhari failed to reverse the harassment of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen. They group expressed shock over the planned arraignment of the CJN in a bid to forcefully remove him and replace him with a northerner. “We hereby vehemently resist any attempt to remove the CJN from office. We, therefore, want to state categorically that if the Presidency failed to reverse its harassment against the CJN, we will have no other option but to mobilise all the Niger Delta fighters and commence serious actions that would shake the country and the whole world,” the group said.

2. Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the Director General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, during a rally in Bauchi on Saturday told Nigerians complaining about hunger that he himself is hungry too. He however accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the hunger in the land, saying that the opposition party stole money from the nation’s purse while in power. “I was speaking to my friend from the other divide and he said you are hungry, I said ‘yes, if they did not steal the money they stole, you would have had enough food. The money they stole is what is making me hungry. Tell them,  to bring the money,” he said.

3. Former Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari will lose the 2019 presidential election. According to Aliyu, critical stakeholders who contributed to the president’s electoral victory in 2015 had all deserted the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). “What happened in 2015 is what  some people would  call a Northern revolution. As far as am concerned, the APC has no chance in 2019 election because we in PDP  are not going to make that mistake again,” he said.

4. Mr. Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has condemned reports insinuating that the loan negotiations for the Mambila project had been stalled since 2017 because of an attempt to utilize $600million from the project for an alleged pet project. He said that there is no budgetary provision for the construction of the 3,050 megawatts hydropower project. “Nothing is further from the truth than the claim that the loan negotiations have stalled since 2017 because of an attempt to utilise $600m (equivalent of N219bn) from the 3,050MW hydropower project for a ‘pet project’ not hitherto considered by the Federal Executive Council. There is currently no budgetary provision or cash provision of $600m or the N219bn in any budget of the Federal Government for the Mambila project. Therefore you cannot attempt to divert what does not exist,” Fashola said.

5. The Nigeria Police has filed a charge against Senate Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, at the Federal High Court in Abuja over alleged illegal possession of weapons. The Police alleged that a pump-action gun was recovered from Mr. Melaye’s residence in July 2018. The Police also presented 8 witnesses, 6 policemen and 2 men who were painting his house when the policemen came to search his house in Kogi State.

6. South-South Governors after a closed-door meeting on Sunday over the arraignment of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen by the Code of Conduct Bureau for allegedly failing to declare his assets properly, asked the CJN to ignore his trial today. CJN Onnoghen is supposed to appear around 10am before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) at the Federal High Court in Jabi, Abuja. The governors who met at the guest house of Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State in Maitama, Abuja, however urged the CJN who is an indigene of Cross River State to ignore the CCT.

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