Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. President Bola Tinubu, on Monday, hailed the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola. He described the late businessman who died in suspicious circumstances after his election was annulled by the late Gen Sani Abacha, as the symbol of democracy.
2. The Department of State Services has confiscated the passport of the suspended Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele. The service, it was also learnt, may search Emefiele’s home and office this week.
3. The Presidency on Sunday explained its decision to back a Christian as a Senate President. It explained that Nigeria could not afford to have a Muslim as a Senate President at this time having produced Muslims as President and the Vice-President. Vice-President Kashim Shettima said this at a dinner with lawmakers in Abuja.
4. Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has said the Department of State Services lacks constitutional power to investigate and prosecute the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele. Falana on Sunday, said Emefiele should be transferred to the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which, according to him, has the legal right to prosecute Emefiele.
5. Elder statesman and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, says he won’t comment much on the Bola Tinubu presidency until the conclusion of the election petitions tribunal where the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll is being challenged. Clark stated this in an interview with NAN in Abuja ahead of the 30th anniversary of the annulment of June 12 presidential election.
6. The Imo State chapter of the Labour Party has begun the process of reconciling all aggrieved chieftains of the party in the state. The reconciliation process, according to the newly inaugurated state chairman of the party, Calistus Ihejiagwa, was to ensure that the state governor, Hope Uzodimma, is defeated at the November 11 governorship election in the state.
7. The Joint Task – 10th Assembly, a coalition of members-elect of the 10th House of Representatives across party lines, has said two leading contenders, Aliyu Betara and Yusuf Gagdi, have stepped down for the All Progressives Congress, APC, consensus speakership candidate, Tajudeen Abbas.
8. Kano State government has resumed demolition of structures built on public places that were allegedly sold out by the immediate past administration of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. This is coming barely a few days after two former governors of the state – Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Ganduje – were involved in heated exchanges over the demolitions.
9. Former Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has accused the lawmaker, who branded the launch of Nigeria Air as fraud, of demanding five percent shares of the National Carrier Air from him. Speaking when he appeared on Arise TV on Sunday, Sirika said the lawmaker, Nnolim Nnaji, approached him and asked for five percent shares of the airline for “him and his people”.
10. A man identified simply as Okhiria has been arrested by the operatives of the Edo State Police Command for allegedly shooting his wife over an argument on June 3, at the Ekae community in the New Etete area, GRA, Benin. The suspect was said to have had an argument with his wife and went to pick up his gun and fired at her with the bullet hitting her left hand.