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Nigerian Newspapers (Saturday, 27 April, 2019 Edition)

Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika

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

1.The Federal Government of Nigeria has reportedly barred aircraft from landing at a Lagos helipad located on the premises of the Lagos State Teaching Hospital in Ikeja.

Investigation by The Punch revealed that the order was issued by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, the aviation industry safety regulator.

Report has it that the helipad had not been used since it was inaugurated on August 12, 2016 by the Governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode.

2. Prof. Wole Soyinka, has recommended that Nigerians should convert the sense of rhythm of the former military Heads of State, Governors and administrators-turned politicians to Nigeria’s traditional rhythms.

The Nobel Laureate stated this on Thursday while speaking at the opening of the African Drum Festival 2019 held in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.

According to Soyinka, former military men must go through a test of all the national rhythms from North to the South before they could be allowed to stand for elections.

“We have to convert their sense of rhythm; let them go through the traditional rhythms and we must bring them in gently. Let them begin with the Atilogwu; from there to the Bata dance and we will take them through all the various Nigerian rhythms including the rhythms of the Efik and the Calabar; and they must wear the costumes.”

“When we immerse them in the real rhythms of their origin and tradition, I think that’s the only way we can convert them to civilians,” he said.

3. President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday donated $500,000, five Toyota Hilux, two trucks, 10 motorcycles and 350 units of electoral kits, to support the legislative election in Guinea Bissau.

The donated came following an urgent request made by the country to support its electoral process.

“President Buhari had in response to an urgent request for assistance by the government of Guinea Bissau graciously approved support  for  the country’s election process, including 350 units of electoral kits, 10 motorcycles, five (Toyota)  Hilux, two  light trucks and $500,000,” President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said.

4. Report has it that the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage bill signed recently by President Muhammadu Buhari into law may suffer setback as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), allegedly delays process.

Investigation by Punch revealed the AGF was yet to forward the new Minimum Wage Act to the National Salaries, Incomes and Wage Commission (NSIWC) so that it can prepare the memo for state governments.

5. Clinton Kalu, a native of Ndinwafor in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State revealed how he was arrested and imprisoned for 27 years for a crime he did not commit.  

“Twenty-seven years ago, some people were accused of stealing generating plant and fluorescent tubes.

“I was detained in Owerri Prison. I was at the tribunal for seven years because those behind my ordeal added armed robbery to the case. They believed I was a strong man and wanted to destroy me. They brought false witnesses to testify against me at the tribunal. I was later taken to a regular court where I was condemned to death.

I went to the Appeal Court to appeal the case but my lawyer messed up the case. Then I decided to proceed to the Supreme Court, where after 27 years in prison, I got victory. I was imprisoned for 27 years for committing no offence. On April 5 this year, I was discharged and acquitted,” he said.

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