Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. There was jubilation across the country, yesterday, as President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 into law. The signing ceremony took place inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, at about 12:30 pm on Friday.
2. Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos High Court, in Ikeja, on Friday, sentenced Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, and his accomplices – Uche Amadi and Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu to life imprisonment. The court found Evans guilty of the kidnap of Mr Donatius Dunu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
3. The Russian President, Vladimir Putin has expressed his readiness to negotiate with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Putin said he is ready to send Russian delegations to the Belarusian capital of Minsk to talk with Ukraine.
4. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it will today, make public its position on the 2022 Electoral Amendment Bill signed into law yesterday by President Buhari. The commission made this known in a statement by National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in Abuja, on Friday.
5. The Federal Government, Friday, summoned the Ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine to Nigeria, Alexei Shebarshin and Kirdoda Valerii, respectively, over the evacuation of Nigerians stranded in both countries. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, met with the envoys separately behind closed-doors.
6. Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Friday, assured the government and people of Benue State that he would re-invest in the State, despite the recent burning of his over 2,000 hectares of mango plantation in January this year.
7. The Peoples Democratic Party has described the newly signed Electoral Act as a ‘death knell’ for the APC, saying the bill would end the party’s era of rigging and manipulations during elections. This is as the main opposition party also congratulated Nigerians, particularly Civil Society Organizations for fighting on its side in putting pressure on President Buhari to finally assent to the bill.
8. A German Catholic priest was sentenced to 12 years in prison by a Cologne court for sexually abusing children. The 70-year-old has also been ordered to pay damages to joint plaintiffs of €5,000 ($5,587), €10,000 and €35,000.
9. The National Leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says he has what it takes to be Nigeria’s next president. Tinubu, who said this when he visited the palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo in Osun State, on Friday, said he is not sick.
10. A fresh explosion has been recorded in Galadima-Kogo, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State. It was gathered that the bomb went off around 7pm on Friday.