Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Tuesday 9th August 2022

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of some non-indigenous and policemen by unknown gunmen in the southeast.

Naija News reports that unknown gunmen last week killed eight Nigerians living in Orogwe, a suburban community in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.

In addition, four police officers were brutally killed after gunmen attacked a police station in Imo on Saturday.

In a statement signed by his spokesman Garba Shehu, President Buhari said his government would not accept the killing of non-indigenous people and security agents in the southeast.

The President pledged to take all possible steps to conduct a prompt investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.

President Buhari has urged community and religious leaders to speak out more forcefully against the killings in the region.

Former Plateau State Governor Senator Joshua Dariye has been released from prison, Naija News reports.

It was then that former Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame and two others were also released from Kuje Correctional Service in Abuja after several months in detention.

It is understood the former governors and others were released months after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari pardoned them.

It may be recalled that the duo was convicted by Judge Adebukola Banjoko of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in 2018 for fraud.

Nyame was sentenced to 12 years for embezzling N1.64 billion during his tenure as governor of Taraba, while Dariye was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for fraud of N1.126 billion.

However, the State Council, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, on April 14 approved the pardon of the convicts, a decision that sparked outcry.

Contacted, FCT spokesperson for the Nigerian Corrections Service, Chukwuedo Humphrey, confirmed their release to our correspondent in a telephone interview.

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike said anyone who undermines the political worth of Rivers State in the 2023 elections will receive a painful lesson.

Wike made the presentation on Monday during the commissioning of the Orochiri -Worukwo air bridge (Waterlines junction) in the state.

According to him, the people of the state will not vote for just anyone, but will give their votes to the person who will benefit them.

Gone are the days when people’s votes were seen as a “gift” without bringing anything beneficial to the people, he added.

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the green light to Seplat Energy Offshore Limited’s takeover of the entire capital of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (Exxon Mobil).

A statement released on the microblogging platform, Twitter, by the presidency on Monday confirmed the development, saying the Nigerian leader had authorized the takeover, exercising his power as minister of petroleum resources.

The statement noted that Buhari consented to the acquisition to attract foreign direct investment to the country.

He also ordered Exxon Mobil and Seplat to mitigate all environmental and abandonment liabilities.

A Nigerian police officer seen in a viral video beating a civilian with a cutlass has been relieved of his duties, Naija News reports.

Nigerians have expressed their anger and called for justice after the misguided officer, PC Liyomo Okoi was spotted in the music video which went viral on July 31, 2022.

Last week, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba expressed interest in the case and summoned Liyomo to his office in Abuja.

In a tweet on Friday, the force’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the IGP summoned Liyomo to Abuja on Thursday and condemned him for his actions.

Later on Monday, Adejobi confirmed that the force fired the offending officer for his gross misconduct.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has announced that Mazi Chika Edoziem will replace its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, pending his release.

Group spokeswoman Emma Powerful, in a statement on Monday, said Edoziem would hand over the leadership role to Kanu when he is released.

Kanu is currently being held at Department of State Services (DSS) facilities after he was arrested in Kenya and brought over from Nigeria.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) announced on Monday the postponement of the meeting of its caucus and the National Executive Committee (NEC).

Naija News reports that the meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

According to the postponement notice signed by the party’s National Secretary, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, the DPP cited “unforeseen circumstances” as the reason for the date change.

He wrote, “This is to inform all members of the National Caucus and the National Executive Committee of the PDP that the meetings of the two bodies previously scheduled for Wednesday August 10 and Thursday August 11, 2022, respectively, have been postponed.

“The postponement is due to unforeseen circumstances. A new date will be announced in due course.

“Any inconvenience is deeply regretted.”

Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has described as unpleasant a video showing members of the National Association of Seadogs (NAS), popularly known as the Pyrates Confraternity, mocking the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC ), Bola Tinubu.

Naija News reports that in a viral video, members of the Confraternity were seen twirling to a song that mocked the former Governor of Lagos State for a speech he gave in June in Abeokuta, Naija. State of Ogun.

Tinubu had during the controversial speech said that ‘Emi lo kan’, meaning ‘It’s my turn’ to gain power after President Muhammadu Buhari.

Reacting to the video, Soyinka, who was among the ‘magnificent seven’ who founded the Brotherhood of Pyrates at the University College of Ibadan, slammed the Pyrates for mocking Tinubu’s poor health.

The umbrella Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has attacked President Muhammadu Buhari for his recent comments on the killings in the Southeast.

Naija News reports that President Buhari last weekend condemned the killing of eight Nigerians and police officers by unidentified gunmen in Imo State.

The Nigerian leader urged community and religious leaders to speak out more forcefully against the killings in the South East region and uphold the nation’s cultural and religious heritage.

Reacting to the president’s comments in a statement on Monday, Ohanaeze criticized the president for painting the killings of Nigeriens and other nationalities with ethnic coloring.

The group, in the statement released by its spokesperson, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, said President Buhari’s comments are uncharitable and malicious in poisoning the minds of non-indigenous people against the Igbos.

Ohanaeze, however, condemned the security situation in the Southeast, blaming the Buhari administration for the killings and violence in the region.

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has closed down any possibility of joining the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

El-Rufai ruled out the possibility of dumping the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP in a reaction shared via his Twitter account on Monday.

Prior to this, the spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar 2023 presidential campaign organization, Daniel Bwala, had expressed optimism that El-Rufai would abandon the APC for the PDP ahead of the 2023 elections.

But the Kaduna State Governor quickly dismissed the idea, saying that even his corpse will not be found near the PDP.

He wrote: “Thanks @BwalaDaniel but no thanks. Never, not even my corpse will be found in the vicinity of your new political party. I’m still laughing!!! – @elrufai”

These are the headlines of Nigerian newspapers today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you tomorrow.

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