The headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Tuesday, September 26, 2017, are focused on the presidency keeping mute as a verbal warfare broke out between the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Professor Itse Sagay among other stories.
The Punch reports that the federal government has gazetted the order of the Federal High Court in Abuja which proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra and designated the group as a terrorist organisation.
The gazetting was part of the requirements imposed on the federal government by the court to finalise the proscription of the group.
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The acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, had, on September 20, issued the proscription order upon an ex parte application by the Attorney General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Justice Kafarati, who heard the AGF’s motion in chambers, had in addition to directing the federal government to gazette the order, ordered it to publish it in two national dailies.
With the gazetting, it is left for the federal government to publish the proscription order in two newspapers.
Vanguard reports that the presidency was, yesterday, mute as verbal warfare broke out between the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Professor Itse Sagay, one of the key aides directing President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.
In attacking Prof. Sagay, who the National Working Committee, NWC, of the APC described as a ‘rogue elephant’, the party also warned all appointees of President Buhari to show respect and decorum to the party which won the victory that made them occupy the offices they hold.
While some presidency sources kept mum on the issue, the Peoples Democratic Party, described the in-fighting in the APC as a manifestation of the lack of common ideology by its adherents who were only joined by a desperation to take power without having a programme for the country.
Former minister of special duties in the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Kabiru Taminu, said: “No comment, na dem dem.”
The assertion by the APC NWC was, however, countered by the party’s deputy national publicity secretary, Timi Frank, who said he agreed with Sagay in his claims that the party was weak, saying if it were not so, Sagay, an appointee of the government would not have had the guts to criticise the party and its agents in government.
The Nation reports that advocates of more power for states seem to be winning their age-long battle.
Their position is being vindicated at the various consultations on restructuring organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In the north, which an elder statesman yesterday said was not afraid of restructuring, some states supported the devolution of power, a rework of the revenue allocation formula and a united Nigeria.
It was all at the APC’s restructuring consultation in northwest (Sokoto), north central (Ilorin) and northeast (Bauchi).
Kwara, Kogi and Niger states were in Ilorin while Bauchi, Gombe and Yobe had their session in Bauchi.
The Guardian reports that the capacity of the federal government through the office of the Attorney General Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to successfully prosecute 1, 670 detained Boko Haram suspects is in doubt, says lawyers.
Such mass prosecution, they said, would add to the number of the already stressed court dockets and put serious pressure on the facilities as well as the required manpower to get the prosecution going.
The special adviser on media and publicity to the AGF, Salihu Isah, had in a statement announced government’s plans to commence the trials of the suspects, totaling 2,541, who are detained at Wawa Barracks in Kainji, Niger State and Maiduguri Prison in Borno State.
Isah had, however, stated that due to lack of evidence, a number of other suspects detained in Kainji would be released and made to go through a “de-radicalisation” programme.
Worried about the challenges the prosecutions may pose, former national secretary of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Mazi Afam Osigwe, said the trial would be difficult both for the AGF’s office and the courts.
ThisDay reports that President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria last night a week after he left the country for New York to participate in the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Buhari who left New York for London on Thursday, arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 7pm and was received by his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, among others.
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The president had left New York in the United States for London last Thursday for undisclosed reasons.
It was however, believed that he had gone to London for further medical check-up, having earlier spent 103 days in the country for treatment of an undisclosed ailment.
Buhari left Nigeria for New York on September 17. Ahead of his departure, his chief spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement, said Buhari would visit London enroute Nigeria without stating the reason.
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