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Nigerian Newspapers (Sunday, 14 April, 2019 Edition)

Former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed

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

1.Senator Bala Muhammed, the Bauchi State Governor-elect, has expressed confidence that the petition of Governor Muhammed Abubakar and the ruling All Progressives Congress to challenge his victory would fail at the tribunal.

He further revealed that he had engaged about 65 lawyers which include 5 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) to defend his mandate.

“We are also going to have our lawyers, about five Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), 10 other senior lawyers and about 50 Bauchi indigenous lawyers of conscience.

“They will see to it that the petition at tribunal is dead on arrival because of the endorsement of people of conscience from Bauchi State,” Muhammed said.

2. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in his reply to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over his citizenship as a Nigerian said that he would not dignify APC with a response.

“The position of the APC is so pedestrian and shows such straw-clutching desperation on their part, that I shall not dignify it with an answer. Our lawyers would, of course, do the needful in court,” he said through his aide, Paul Ibe.

Naija Buzz had reported that APC had in its reply against Atiku’s petition at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal alleged that the former Vice President is a Cameroonian citizen and not a Nigerian.

3. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its reply to the petition filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, says that the alleged INEC server figures are false.

According to INEC, there were no results in INEC server because the poll were not transmitted or collated electronically. Therefore, INEC had no server where such electronically transmitted results could have been obtained.

INEC had declared the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, the winner of the election with 15,191,847 votes, while Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes.

Atiku however alleged that data from INEC’s server shows that he got a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari who got 16,741,430 votes.

Read the detailed report on Naija Buzz

4. The Nigerian Armed Forces and the Nigeria Police Force will reportedly launch a special joint operation to combat bandits and other criminal elements terrorising Nigerians.

The Defence Headquarters revealed that the armed forces and the police authorities had identified gaps in their efforts and consequently agreed to tackle the issue together.

“The leadership of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, under Gen Abayomi Olonisakin, the Chief of the Defence Staff, and the police have met and the meeting was to identify gaps in the operations and how to address those issues.

“There is a special joint operation coming up and all is already set for it. I cannot give you details of the operation. But it will take care of the banditry in the North-West region and other criminalities,” Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, DHQ spokesman, said.

5. The founder of Chams Plc, Demola Aladekomo, in an interview with Punch’s Joy Marcus, revealed that the Federal Government of Nigeria got his firm into an N11billion National Identity Card projects debt.

He revealed that his company won a project during the President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, which was the last project he (OBJ) signed before leaving office in 2007. OBJ had promised that in 2009, the project would be ready.

Based on the promise of the president, he went on to raised about N11billion to do the National ID card project from the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Eventually, the Nigerian Government refused to comply with the agreement. He noted that the FG stole his technical partners, his designs, his intellectual property and staff and then started implementing the project themselves.

He specifically noted that it was the Director General of the National Identity Management Commission that did the damage to his company, adding that it was a massive turbulence because the company became bankrupt.

6. Popular celebrity, Helen Paul, had few days ago revealed that she was a product of rape.

Helen made this shocking revelation while celebrating a doctorate degree in Theatre Arts she recently got from the University of Lagos.

Helen who dedicated her degree to her mum revealed on social media that she was regarded as a bastard in her family because she was a product of rape.

She however noted that despite what her father did, she had never held any grudge against him.

“I am on good terms with my father. Is there anyone who doesn’t have a cordial relationship with his or her father? That can only happen if you are a terrible child. Regardless of what your father might have done to you in the past, your father remains your father. If I said I was not affected by it while growing up, that wouldn’t be honest. It could affect anyone but I used my situation to my advantage. It inspired me to always do more and be the best, instead of being depressed,” she added.

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