Hello, Good afternoon, here is a recap of major news headlines for Today’s Newspaper in Nigeria, Thursday, February 17, 2022:
1. The embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, has claimed that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) are behind his travails. Kyari made this claim when he appeared before a probe panel led by Joseph Egbunike, a Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
2. The sit-at-home order by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, on Wednesday, grounded commercial activities in Onitsha, Nnewi, Awka, and other cities in the five South-East States. It was observed that major businesses, including banks, motor parks, filling stations, markets, schools and roadside shops were shut, due to the order.
3. Northern groups, comprising the Coalition of Northern Groups in Nigeria (CNG) and the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) have described as ‘unacceptable’ the attack on Northerners at the cattle market in Abia State, which claimed the lives of eight people on Tuesday.
4. The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has said that he is surprised by the decision of ASUU to embark on a one-month strike. He said this on Wednesday while fielding questions from State House reporters after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.
5. Many filling stations in Nigeria are still not dispensing Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, a development that worsened the nationwide PMS scarcity and paralysed activities across the country, on Wednesday, particularly in Abuja, Lagos, Rivers, Bayelsa, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Kano, Ogun States, among others.
6. The Lagos State Government has accepted 26 recommendations of the Toyin Ayinde-led panel that investigated the collapse of a 21-storey building in the Ikoyi area of the State. According to the recommendation, existing two 15-storey buildings still standing at the site of the collapse on Gerrard Road in Ikoyi should be demolished and the land forfeited to the State government.
7. An unidentified man has reportedly slumped and died at a hotel in Ada George in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State after alleged sex romp with his female partner. It was gathered that the incident occurred a few hours after the duo checked into the hotel in the wee hours of Wednesday.
8. Embattled DCP Abba Kyari and four others may spend more time in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, as the NDLEA has approached a Federal High Court in Abuja informing the court of its intention to detain the suspects beyond the stipulated 48 hours. It was learnt that the NDLEA has already begun a forensic analysis of the cocaine seized by Kyari.
9. Josephine Oboh-Macleod, the Secretary to BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) has been given the Conservatives and the Unionist Party ticket to run for the 2022 councillorship elections in Kirkintilloch North, East and Twacher.
10. No fewer than five Boko Haram informants, food and logistics suppliers were apprehended in Mandaragirau village of Biu Local Government Area of Borno State. This is even as the suspects were on Wednesday handed over to the authorities of Abogo Largema Military Cantonment, Biu in Borno State, for further action.