NO GOING BACK ON BUHARI’S IMPEACHMENT –AGGRIEVED LAWMAKERS – PUNCH PG. 2
The opposition lawmakers in the National Assembly have said there is no going back on their resolve to impeach the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), if he fails to address the insecurity in the country within six weeks. The lawmakers in separate interviews with The PUNCH on Sunday, dismissed a report that they had backed down on the plan to remove the President after the expiration of the six-week ultimatum handed down on July 27. The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, had come under ferocious assaults by terrorists who launched separate attacks on troops and the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre.
BUHARI: MY GOVT GUARANTEES MEDIA FREEDOM, CIVIL RIGHTS – THIS DAY PG. 11
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that his administration guarantees media freedom and freedom of expression in the country. This was just as he also promised total support for three major international events scheduled to hold in Nigeria in October and November this year, saying they are opportunities to showcase the nation’s rich heritage in culture, arts, tourism and entertainment as well as advancements on media freedom. Nigeria would be hosting the 2022 UNESCO Global Media, Information Literacy (MIL) Week in Abuja, in October; the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry in Lagos, as well as the 2nd Global Association of Literary Festivals Conference in Abeokuta by November.
90-YEAR-OLD HELD OVER DRUG SUPPLY TO BANDITS – NATION PG. 3, PUNCH PG.4, DAILY SUN PG.4, DAILY SUN PG. 17, THISDAY PG. 58
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday said it operatives arrested a 90-year-old retired soldier for allegedly supplying illicit drugs to bandits in Sokoto. The suspect, Usman Adamu, was arrested on Wednesday at Mailalle, Sabon Birni Local Government Area (LGA) with 5.1kg of cannabis sativa, NDLEA’s spokesman Femi Babafemi said in a statement yesterday afternoon. Babafemi also said a pastor, Anietie Okon Effiong, was arrested with three drums of crystal methamphetamine locally called Mkpuru Mmiri, believed to have been imported from India.
GROUPS CALL FOR RELEASE OF LAGOS-BASED LAWYER AT IKOT EKPENE PRISON – DAILY SUN PG.28
A non-governmental organisation, ‘Nude Nigeria-The Best Man’, Next-of Kins-to late Primary School teachers and some concerned youths of Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have appealed to the Chief Judge (GJ), Ekaette Obot, to release Inibehe Effiong from prison. The groups made the appeal to the CJ while addressing newsmen during a joint sensitisation rally and peaceful protest at the weekend in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Some of the protesters, mostly youths, carried placards with various inscriptions. Inibehe Effiong, human rights activist and Lagos-based lawyer, but a native of Itu council of Akwa Ibom State, was sentenced to one year imprisonment on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 by the chief judge for alleged contempt.
US, BAGUDU’S BROTHER NEAR DEAL ON KEBBI GOVERNOR’S MONEY LAUNDERING CASE – THIS DAY PG. 1 AND 5
The United States is nearing an agreement with the brother of Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, to resolve a court case over more than $140 million that it said was laundered by the governor. Bloomberg disclosed that the Justice Department had been trying to seize four investment portfolios held in trust for Bagudu and his family since 2013. The US alleged that Bagudu, 60, was part of a network controlled by former dictator Sani Abacha that misappropriated billions of dollars from state coffers in the 1990s.
BOKO HARAMISM AND PROPOSED BAN ON OKADA TRANSPORTATION: THE OPTION OF ENCIRCLEMENT STRATEGY – THIS DAY PG. 18
Boko Haramism is currently the most critical challenge with which the government of President Muhammad Buhari (PMB) is faced. Boko Haramism is manifested in various forms: insurgency to oust a secular Nigeria and impose a new Sharia order; armed banditry to terrorise; kidnapping to raise funds for Boko Haram’s political agenda; Fulani herdsmen and farmers conflict to displace local farmers from their ancestral land; forceful acquisition of titled land by government for Fulani herdsmen to ensure a home for more Fulani coming from West and Central Africa; and conscious PMB policies that openly sustain all the foregoing.