Nigerian Newspapers: Headlines that will interest you today, Friday

Good day, good citizens of Nigeria. Here are headlines from Nigerian Newspapers that may interest you today, Friday, January 21, 2022.

1. NEC: Fuel Subsidy Stays for Now, But May Be Removed Before Year End [ThisDay Newspaper]

The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday allayed fears of Nigerians about the possible removal of fuel subsidy early in 2022, saying the policy would remain for now.
It, however, did not rule out the possibility of the subsidy being removed before the end of this year.

These formed part of the resolutions of NEC at its maiden meeting in 2022 held at the Conference Hall of the State House, Abuja, with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presiding.

NEC which meets monthly is constitutionally empowered to advise the president on nation’s economic matters.

2. Insecurity: Nigeria at crossroads —Gen Abdulsalami [Vanguard Newspaper]

Former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar (retd) said that Nigeria was at crossroads, noting that unless government mustered the courage to unite her sundry ethnic nationalities, the country would continue to struggle to realize its potentials.

Abdulsalami spoke as the Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, recommended continuous dialogue as way out of the nation’s security and economic problems. continuous dialogue as a way of building national consensus.

3. INC, Yoruba group seek to join CNG’s suit on Biafran agitation [Punch Newspaper]

The demand for a referendum on the planned secession of Biafra from Nigeria gathered momentum on Thursday with the Yoruba and Efik ethnic nationalities filing an application to be part of the suit filed by the Coalition of Northern Groups.

The CNG had in June 2021 dragged the National Assembly and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to court to compel them to conduct a referendum to determine the fate of Biafra agitators.

4. Reps order probe of Malami, IGP over alleged attempt to destabilise Lagos [NewsWireNGR]

The House of Representatives has ordered its Committees on Justice, Public Petition and Police Affairs to probe the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, over their “attempt to destabilise the peace of Lagos State”.

This followed a motion raised by two Lagos lawmakers, Ademorin Kuye and Rotimi Agunsoye, during plenary on Wednesday. Read more.

5. How I escaped bomb near Kaduna’s Kawo bridge — Buhari [NewsWireNGR]

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday recounted how he escaped a bomb on Kawo bridge in Kaduna while travelling to Katsina in July 2014.

The president stated this during his visit to the state to inaugurate three road projects and newly constructed Kawo bridge executed by the el-Rufai administration.

Speaking during the inauguration, Buhari said; “there was an attempt to bomb me here…there was a market nearby.” Read more.

6. SEC proposes Bill to jail Ponzi schemes promoters 10 years [NewsWireNGR]

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed a bill to empower it to prosecute and jail promoters of Ponzi schemes for 10 years.

The Bill titled ‘A bill to repeal the Investment and Securities Act 2007 and to enact the Investments and Securities Act, 2021’ has passed the second reading on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Section 195 (1) of the Bill empowers SEC thus: “The Commission shall have the power to enter and seal up all prohibited schemes and shall obtain an Order of court to freeze and forfeit all assets of such schemes to the Federal Government of Nigeria.” Read more.

7. Here’s why Bola Ahmed Tinubu is apologising to Nigerians [NewsWireNGR]

A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has apologised for saying Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) can expire.

Mr Tinubu, who has signalled his intention to run for President in 2023, made the claim on Tuesday while speaking to a delegation of women from Lagos across the country.

However, an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has debunked the claim, noting that previously registered PVCs remain valid for voting in 2023. Read more.

8. Your ‘419 rice pyramid’ will not help Nigerians, Ortom slams Buhari [NewsWireNGR]

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has described the pyramid of rice unveiled by President Muhammadu Buhari as “419” and that it would not help Nigerians.

The governor made the remark while speaking after signing the state’s amended grazing bill into law at the Government House in Makurdi.

“All those 419 rice pyramid; is that what will help Nigeria? Do policies that will help us improve our economy. The first thing you will do is to chase away the marauding Fulani men who are your kinsmen to stop harassing us so that we can farm and produce enough rice for Nigeria.” Read more.

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