Trending headlines in Nigerian Newspapers Today Tuesday, 26th March, 2019 – This is the summary of top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Tuesday, March 26 2019.
1) Buhari moves to prevent National Assembly hijack
All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders yesterday moved to prevent the “hijack” of the new National Assembly leadership. They met with would-be lawmakers.
President Muhammadu Buhari dined with serving APC senators and senators-elect at the New Banquet Hall of the State House.
The meeting came on the heels of a similar parley between APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and House of Representatives members-elect at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.
2) Literary icon Gabriel Okara dies at 97
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday mourned literary icon Gabriel Imomotimi Gbaingbain Okara, who passed on few weeks to his 98th birthday.
A source close to the family said the celebrated poet and novelist died yesterday in his sleep at his residence at Okaka Estate, Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
3) Offa robbery: Court refuses post-mortem of dead suspect
Kwara State High Court, Ilorin, yesterday refused the exhumation of the body of the principal suspect in the April 5, 2018 Offa robbery, Michael Adikwu, for post-mortem.
But the court granted the prayer of the defence asking for an independent examination of the alleged gunshot injuries sustained by the first, second and third accused.
The accused, Ayoade Akinnibosun (first accused person), Ibikunle Ogunleye (second accused person), Adeola Abraham (third accused person), Salaudeen Azeez (fourth accused person) and Niyi Ogundiran (fifth accused person) were in court.
4) Rivers AAC governorship candidate alleges threat to life
Barely one week to the April 2 collation of results of the March 9 governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers State, the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Biokpomabo Awara is complaining that his life is in danger. His running mate, Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh, resigned yesterday morning and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Yeeh, 67, an Ogoni, was yesterday afternoon received in the Government House, Port Harcourt, by Governor Nyesom Wike and other PDP leaders.
5) Two feared injured as another building collapses
Two persons were yesterday feared injured as another three-storey building collapsed on Lagos Island.
The incident, which occurred at 50, Kakawa Street, has brought to four the number of buildings that had collapsed in the area since the March 13 disaster.
It was gathered that the latest collapsed building had been marked for demolition for a long time, but officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA) did nothing to pull it down, until it caved in yesterday afternoon.
6) Tide against commercial motorcyclists, tricyclists
With the arrest of no fewer than 115 commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders, last week, the Lagos State Government may have reaffirmed its commitment to restricting their activities to last-mile shuttles, ADEYINKA ADERIBIGBE writes
Alhassan Ahmed, a salesman, was running out of time for a business meeting in Ota, Ogun State.
7) N1.3trn public funds stolen in four years, says Magu
A WHOPPING N1.3 trillion public funds were stolen by 32 entities (human and corporate) between 2011 and 2015, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu has said.
Magu made the revelation yesterday in his keynote remarks at the opening of the 2019 First Batch Conversion Training Programme to Procurement Cadre for Federal Parastatal and Agencies.
8) You are jittery, PDP tells APC, Buhari
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop their “unnecessary fabrications, smear campaign” and prepare to face the opposition’s legal team at the Presidential Election Tribunal.
Responding to a petition by the spokesman for the President’s campaign, Mr. Festus Keyamo, the PDP said Buhari is overweighed by the burden of “illegitimacy”, following overwhelming evidence before the tribunal that he “stole” the presidential mandate.
9) Why I defected to PDP, by AAC governorship running mate
AFRICAN Action Congress (AAC) governorship running mate in Rivers State GAKPO Bomba Yeeh has explained why he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Announcing his withdrawal from the yet-to-be concluded governorship election, Chief Yeeh said he decided to dump the AAC to join hands with Governor Nyesom Wike to move Rivers State forward.
Wike, the PDP governorship candidate has the AAC candidate, Biokpomabo Awarato, to contend with for him to retain his seat.
10) Kagame, Disu urge alliance for Africa’s digitalisation
Globacom’s Executive Vice Chairman Mrs Bella Disu and Rwandan President Paul Kagame have said the digitalisation of Africa is the solution to the continent’s regional integration and economic growth.
They spoke during a meeting held on the sideline of the 2019 edition of Africa CEO Forum, which kicked off in Kigali, Rwanda yesterday.
They agreed that the deployment of digital technology will help to fast track the continent’s march towards economic prosperity, and that Globacom, the digital solution provider, would be of immense support in driving the digitalisation of the continent, especially through the Glo 1 international submarine cable.