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Nigerian Newspapers: Top 10 Latest News Headlines Today, Monday, 5th Aug 2019

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1. Northern groups state position on Sowore’s revolution protests, reveal ‘sponsors’

The coalition of the Nordic groups (CNG) on Sunday in Kaduna announced its position on Monday’s revolution, now scheduled to be protested by Omoyele Sowore, now detained.

Sowore, director of the Sahara Reporter and founder of the African Action Congress (AAC), was arrested Saturday by DSS agents.

Methane spokesman Malam Abdul-Azeez Sulaiman, in a statement released on Sunday in Kaduna, said the protest organizers were sponsored by foreigners as part of the destabilization plan against Nigeria.

“After carefully reviewing the calls, the CNG has inadvertently arrived at the following conclusions.

“That the ultimate aim of the proponents of the march who are at best couriers of a foreign destabilization plot, has not been clearly and satisfactorily defined, which renders the whole exercise suspect.

“The CNG remains unshakable in its understanding that every civil disagreement can be resolved through honest, sincere and open discussions without unnecessary recourse to actions liable to further inflame tensions without achieving lasting results.

“CNG is not disposed to participating in, supporting, encouraging or in anyway promoting actions that are potentially violent, sponsored by obscure organizations with suspicious motives.

“We have failed to see how the interest of, particularly the northern people, can be served by a movement led by those who have been directly or remotely connected to the decades-old agenda for the emasculation of the North.

2. ‘I speak for millions, victims of your misgovernance’ – Atiku fires back at Buhari

The presidential candidate of the People’s Party Democratic of 2019, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has declared that he will continue to speak for millions of Nigerian victims of the mismanagement of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Atiku spoke in response to the Presidency’s accusations of pursuing his selfish interest at the expense of Nigerians.

Buhari’s special media and advertising consultant, Femi Adesina, described Atiku’s rapid reaction to the secret burial charge of 1,000 Nigerian soldiers in unmarked graves by the Wall Street Journal as a ploy to influence the judicial decision in its current challenge to the election of the president “because he is blinded by unbridled ambition”.

Adesina, in a statement entitled “The incessant appeal to the emotion of Atiku: a move destined to fail”, stated that Atiku was simply appealing to emotion in an attempt to stimulate sentiment and influence the decision of the judiciary on his petition before to the presidential court of appeal.

Reacting, the former vice president accused Buhari of addressing specific issues of bad governance and the devastation his administration has caused to Nigerians.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, Paul Ibe, on Sunday, the former PDP presidential candidate reiterated his determination to continue to “defend and speak for millions of compatriots and women who have become victims of their disorientation and ignorance (by Buhari). ”

He invited the president to stop the campaign of intimidation and slander against the judiciary and the elements of the opposition.

The statement reads: “Like it is typical of General Buhari and his handlers, they didn’t make any comment about the scary statistics coming from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Perhaps, one reason they didn’t want to comment on the report is because it is factual – Nigerians in the past four years indeed live in multi-dimensional poverty.

3. DSS confirms the arrest of Sowore

The Department of State Services (DSS) confirmed on Sunday that its agents arrested Omoyele Sowore.

Latest Nigeria News reported that Sowore, the summoner of the planned Revolution Now protest against bad government, had been arrested from his apartment in the early hours of Saturday. The political activist raised the alarm in a tweet of anguish exactly […]

4. Wole Soyinka condemns the arrest of Omoyele Sowore, See what he says

Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate in the last election, was arrested on Saturday for calling for a revolution against bad government.

“Beyond the word ‘revolution, another much mis-used and misunderstood word, nothing that Sowore has uttered, written, or advocated suggests that he is embarking on, or urging the public to engage in a forceful overthrow of government,” Mr Soyinka said.

He compared the actions of the security agencies that arrested Mr Sowore to what happended during the tenure of the late dictator, Sani Abacha.

“We underwent identical cynical contrivances under the late, unlamented Sani Abacha, when he sent storm-troopers to disrupt a planning session for a similar across-nation march at Tai Solarin School, Ikenne,” Mr Soyinka wrote in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES.

Read the full statement below:

5. DSS move Omoyele Sowore from Lagos to Abuja

The Department of State Services , DSS, transferred the founder of the Sahara Reporter and democratic activist Omoyele Sowore to Abuja after his arrest in Lagos on Saturday.

Omoyele Sowore was arrested at his apartment in Lagos after the DSS allegedly invaded his home, bringing him to the custody area of his RevolutionNow revolution, scheduled for Monday, August 5th.

According to a report by SaharReporters,

“sources at the DSS said Sowore, who has been held incommunicado since Saturday when he was arrested and detained, is in a high-security detention facility of the service in Abuja.”

Sowore’s #RevolutionNow ‘Days of Rage’ protest is planned to challenge bad governance in Nigeria and to be held in most cities in the country

According to the Nigerian Police, the protest RevolutionNow is a treasonable felony. See statement released by the Police below.

The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a video circulating on the social media by the ‘Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria and others’, inciting Nigerians, home and abroad, to join a planned ‘revolution’ march against the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Monday, 5th August, 2019 with the sole aim of forcing a regime change in the country.

The Force wishes to state unequivocally that the call amounts to treasonable felony and acts of terrorism and will therefore not stand idly-by and watch any individual or group in the society cause anarchy in the land.

6. Pastor Fatoyinbo returns to preaching on the pulpit amid rape case

Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, senior pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA, returned again to preached in the pulpit.

Fatoyinbo attracted a large crowd on Sunday when members were seen screaming and cheerful as he took the stage for the first time since Busola Dakolo accused him of raping her.

Latest Nigeria News remembers that pastor Fatoyinbo, a few weeks ago, announced in a post on his Instagram page that he would come down from the pulpit after the saga of rape.

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He wrote: “The past few days have been very sobering on me I have taken time to seek spiritual counsel form Christian leaders around the world who feel very concerned about the ongoing report in the media.

7. Your administration has ruined Nigeria, Atiku tells Buhari

The People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate in the February 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, said Saturday that President Muhammadu Buhari‘s administration has ruined Nigeria

In a statement by his media consultant, Paul Ibe, Atiku said that Nigerians in the last four years have lived in multidimensional poverty.

He said the United Nations has awakened Nigerians to the perceived reality of how the Buhari-led administration managed the nation’s economy with a conviction that 98 million Nigerians live in multidimensional poverty.

He said it is not surprising that Buhari and his leaders did not comment on the terrifying statistics of the United Nations Development Program.

The statement read, “Perhaps, one reason why they didn’t want to comment on the report is because it is factual – Nigerians in the past four years indeed live in multi-dimensional poverty.

“Quite regrettably too, the administration has been groping in the dark since 2015, the reason majority of Nigerians decided not to reward their failures during the February 23 presidential poll consequently leading to the heist that characterised the conduct of that poll.”

He added, “The other plausible reason why they didn’t deem it fit to respond to the report is because Atiku had yet to make a remark on the report.

“If the only reason why the Buhari-led administration will react to the affliction it has brought on Nigerians is for Atiku to call the nation’s attention to how bad things have gone in the country under the leadership of Buhari, Atiku will more than always, be ready to stand and speak up for the millions of countrymen and women who have become victims of his (Buhari’s) misrule and grand cluelessness.”

8. Herdsmen abducted us to fund cost of bullets used in failed operation – victim

CHIRMELA Iroha, one of five people rescued by his Lagos-Benin highway kidnappers, said on Saturday that they were victims of desperate pastors to recover the cost of the bullets they spent on their fled objective.

Iroha, son of the late James Iroha (Gregory’s stage name) of the now rested New Masquerade and Chidioze Eluwa television series, Okoro Ohowukwe, Ndubuizi Owuabueze and Ibeleji Chidinma (woman) were captured in Ogbere by armed men Thursday Southeast Lakes

Contrary to previous reports, only one of the victims of the kidnapping is a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG): Ibeleji Chidinma.

The general supervisor of the church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, made it clear Friday night.

By the way, Chindinma was the first of the victims to be saved on Saturday.

Freedom came for the others a few hours later.

None of them was injured, even though they were left to die of hunger and thirst during the entire period of the abduction.

Moments after Ogun State Police Commissioner Bashir Makama informed reporters of the rescue mission, Iroha spoke to The Nation about his terrible experience at the hands of his torturers.

9. Organisers of ‘revolution march’ after being called treason, terrorism proves adamant

The Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), organizers of the proposed “Revolution march”, promised Saturday to go ahead with the plan, regardless of the arrest of the arrowhead of the march, Omoyele Sowore.

Sowore was arrested at his Lagos residence early Saturday by suspect personnel from the State Department of Services (DSS).

The organization did not own the arrest.

But police general inspector Mohammed Adamu said yesterday that the march, scheduled for tomorrow, wrote “infected crimes and acts of terrorism”.

He advised the organizers to close his plan.

But the group insisted on moving forward.

He condemned Sowore’s arrest and demanded his immediate release.

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar and Amnesty International (AI) joined other groups to regret the arrest.

NIM’s national advertising secretary Olusegun Obe said yesterday in a statement that the project was still ongoing.

He said: “Third Force Movement of Nigeria under the umbrella of the Nigeria Intervention Movement, wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the planned nationwide mass protests against bad political system and malgovernance (sic) in Nigeria tagged “#Revolution Now!” starting on Monday, August 5, 2019.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this historic nationwide revolutionary action initiated by Nigerian masses and youths is purely aimed at overthrowing the corrupt and warped political system being operated by the country as well as changing the oppressive ruling class in Nigeria.

“Therefore, we have directed all our members, allies and supporters in the Third Force Movement, especially of the Nigeria Intervention Movement, Alliance for Defence of Democracy and some revolutionary political parties to join and support the historic mass action for a new Nigeria as already endorsed by icons like Prof Wole Soyinka, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili among others

“It is for this reason that we condemn in unequivocal stance the subversive arrest and detention of one of the key facilitators of #Revolution Now!, Sowore Omoyele; the Leader of the Take-It-Back Movement, who was forcefully abducted in his home around 1.25 a.m. today, Saturday (yesterday) and whisked away to an unknown destination

“We hereby demand from the Nigerian Presidency and its witch-hunting Department of State Security apparatus, the immediate release of Omoyele Sowore, as his continued incarceration will not deter our forces and cadres from embarking on the planned mass action against the oppressors of Nigerians on Monday as earlier scheduled.”

10. OAU student commits suicide over poor academic performance

A student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Grace Dara Opeyemi, at the weekend committed suicide over poor academic performance.

The student in the Department of English Studies was said to have exercised the fear that she might not graduate alongside her mates for alleged poor performance in the university’s final year exams last semester.

According to her mate, who preferred anonymity, the deceased died after taking a dose of snipper on Friday.

“From a copy of the academic records on the university portal it showed that she had five outstanding courses and special electives as carry over and was unable to write the final exams with her mates in the last semester,” the source said.