Newspapers Review




Ohaneze Ndigbo



Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 12 January, 2018.
Fri, 12 Jan 2018
An Islamic leader in the custody of Nigerian authorities might have died. The nation’s capital, Abuja, was tense for the most part of yesterday, while military armoured tanks and heavily armed policemen patrolled the streets of Kaduna in a show of force.

The Guardian reliably learnt the cleric might have passed away yesterday, with the authorities hurriedly putting security measures in place to forestall violence by his supporters and persons sympathetic to his cause.

A meeting of a paramilitary body in Kaduna, yesterday, was swiftly concluded with members warned to stay indoors and not travel back to their states for fear of a possible backlash following the rumoured death.Followers of the embattled cleric have for months called for his release. The authorities, however, appeared to have had other reasons for holding him, despite court orders granting him bail.

The army, allegedly holding the cleric in “protective custody”, was silent on his current fate. Calls and text messages to spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman Kukasheka, at 3:18 p.m. and 3:48 p.m., yesterday, to confirm the matter were not replied to before press time.Other security sources contacted for confirmation also kept sealed lips.

A call by The Guardian to the embassy of a notable Arab country with presumed links to the cleric did not yield any result, as the cultural envoy was said to have travelled overseas and was not in a position to comment.The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), meanwhile, has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the development.

Executive Director, Ibuchukwu Ezike, accused Buhari of impunity and disdain for the rule of law since assumption of office.This president may have just created another Boko Haram, Ezike said, adding that the administration’s incarceration of Nigerians without charge and in defiance of court orders is a threat to democracy and national stability.

Insisting the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) must be released for urgent medical care, the group, yesterday, warned the Federal Government not to use the rumoured death of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky as pretext to create a crisis.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Swedish Damallsvenskan outfit, Eskilstuna United, has announced that it has completed the signing of skillful Nigeria international, Ngozi Okobi.The 24-year-old Super Falcon star has penned a one-year deal that will keep her at United for the whole of the 2018 season. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Residents of Lagos and Abuja have begun heaving sighs of relief from the recent fuel scarcity, leaving people in Imo, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Kano and other parts of the country longing for similar respite. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
A Pressure group, the Osun West Peoples Assembly (OWEPA) has urged the senatorial district to be resolute and focused on its bid to produce the successor of Governor Rauf Aregbesola. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
More than 300 women in Kosofe local council of Lagos State have benefitted from the free cancer screening and mammogram organised by the council chairman, Afolabi Sofola in partnership with a non-governmental organisation, Cancer Awareness Nigeria. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Ikeja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has called on Federal government to wake up to its responsibility over the large scale of tragedies caused by Fulani Herdsmen, Boko Haram, fuel scarcity noting that the situation has constituted ground for impeachment of the government. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Centre for Value in Leadership (CVL) has urged the youths to be focused and create the right values to enable them contribute effectively to the development of the country. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The New Year is an excellent time to make resolutions for a healthier lifestyle ' but by the end of the first week of January, even the best intentions may start to pall. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Archbishop Emeritus Ayo Ladigbolu has said there was nothing wrong with his involvement in the installation of the national coordinator of the Oodua People's Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
An alliance was yesterday struck between Southwest and Southeast geo-political zones of the country with a declaration to remove all old animosities that had hindered the progress of the two zones and work together as one indivisible entity. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
For allegedly burning down a hotel and damaging the property, a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has remanded a 47-year-old Chinese woman, Zhen Zhen, in the Kirikiri Female Prison.