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Nigerian Newspapers (Tuesday, 2 April, 2019 Edition)

Former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State

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

1.Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that the will of the people prevail as it resumes collation of the Rivers State election results.

INEC had fixed April 2 and April 5 for the collation of the results for the March 9 Governorship Election which was suspended by the commission due to disruption and violence in the state on March 9.

He further condemned the militarization of the election in Rivers State and other South-South states, saying that the remained the sour side of the 2019 general elections.

Obi added that Rivers State is a traditional PDP state and the performance of Governor Nyesom Wike, the PDP governorship candidate, since his emergence in 2015 has made it hard for any party to be able to defeat him.

2. Five Nigerian men were reportedly arrested in connection with an armed robbery incident at a money exchange house in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

The suspects in their 20s stole currencies worth over Dh2million during the robbery at the branch of the Al Ansari Exchange that lasted 7 minute on March 20.

UAE police revealed that money worth Dh2.3million was recovered from the suspects.

“Four of the suspects entered the exchange and attacked its employees, while the fifth was waiting for them in a car outside.

“The suspects also threatened the employees with sharp weapons before taking away cash. The whole operation lasted seven minutes,” Major General Saif Ziri Al Shamsi, the Commander-in-chief of the Sharjah Police, said.

3. The Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Monday opened his defence at the Code of Conduct Tribunal Abuja in his ongoing false and non assets declaration.

His first witness was his driver since 1999, 60 years old Lawal Busari.

Mrs. Theresa Nwafor, a Director at the Code of Conduct Bureau, will appear on Wednesday as Onnoghen’s second witness.

The first witness, Busari, who did not withhold how Onnoghen treated him well, said that the suspended CJN obtained his asset declaration form from the Asokoro office of the CCB in Abuja on July 28, 2010 and submitted it upon completion on November 4, 2010.

“I don’t know the name of the person who collected the forms from me, but I know she was a woman, who was light in complexion.

“She received my form and that of my lordship.

“I was not given any acknowledgment copy that day. I was asked to come for it when it was ready,” he said.

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A piece of paper with some jottings which the driver allegedly relied on to give his testimony was tendered as evidence by the prosecution and admitted by the tribunal as an exhibit.

4. Investors in the Nigerian Stock Market reportedly lost N158billion last month.

The market opened in March with a market capitalization of N11.830trillion but however closed with a market capitalization of N11.672trillion.

The top five gainers for the week were Eterna Plc, Red Star Express Plc, Ikeja Hotel Plc, C & I Leasing Plc and Associated Bus Company Plc, whose share prices gained 10.42 per cent,  10 per cent, 9.94 per cent, 9.90 per cent and 8.16 per cent, respectively. (as seen on Punch)

The top five losers were Fidelity Bank Plc, Dangote Flour Mills Plc, Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc and Academy Press Plc, which saw their respective share prices shed 13.08 per cent, 12.07 per cent, 9.09 per cent, 8.33 per cent and 8.33 per cent. (as seen on Punch)

5. Senate President Bukola Saraki has advised political parties to allow federal lawmakers choose their own leaders on the day of inauguration in order to achieve stability in the 9th Assembly.

“The point I am making is that we should not make too much noise on the process of electing presiding officers. What is important is for the members of the Senate to decide who is the best to lead them, so that they can have stability,” Saraki said.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) however in its response to Saraki told him and the Peoples Democratic Party to mind their business as the minority group in the National Assembly.

The position of the party remains that those positions that belong to the majority party belong to us. Members of the minority party should mind their own business. They should find a way of occupying the positions that belong to them. It is not in their place to start telling us what to do and what not to do,” Lanre Isa-Onilu, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, said.

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