Nigerian Daily Trust Newspaper

Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 19 November, 2020 Edition)

Senator Douye Diri, the Governor of Bayelsa State

Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you’re all still doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

Here’s our picks on today’s top stories on Daily Trust.

Bayelsa Gov’ship: Supreme Court Affirms Gov Diri’s Election

The Supreme Court has dismissed the six appeals challenging the election of Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State and his deputy, Lawrence Ewrudjakpo, in the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state. A seven-member panel of justices presided by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta on Wednesday held that the appeals lacked merit.

The dismissal followed the withdrawal of the appeals by the lawyers to Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), Accord Party (AP) candidate Ebizimo Diriyai; Alliance for Democracy (AD)’s Woniwei Owei-Tonge; and Liberation Movement (LM)‘s Vijay Opuama and two other candidates.

The political parties withdrew their appeals after the panel questioned whether they have the basis to appear before the apex court on grounds of exclusion considering the age of ANDP’s candidate, who was below the constitutionally prescribed 35 years when he contracted the election.

Killings, Abductions: Passengers Desert Abuja-Kaduna Road

Commercial drivers plying the Abuja – Kaduna highway on Wednesday lamented low patronage as passengers throng to railway stations because of uncertainty occasioned by kidnapping and banditry.

Daily Trust reports that there is a spate of kidnapping and banditry on the nearly 200 km highway in the last few days.

Abdulsalam Abubakar, a driver at Zuba garage who plies the Abuja-Kaduna highway said the low patronage started after series of kidnappings and banditry. He said the low patronage came at a time they were trying to come to terms with the persistent fuel price increase occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Police Accountability, Discipline Mechanism Weak – Gbajabiamila

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says the mechanisms that can make the police more disciplined and accountable are weak.

He said this in Abuja on Wednesday at the Legislative Agenda Public Policy Dialogue themed ‘Policing and Human Rights in Nigeria’.

“The Police cannot be effective when the mechanisms for accountability and discipline are too weak to identify, remove and prosecute rogue officers as a matter of course.

We’ll End Cervical Cancer By 2030 – FG

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, says the Federal Government’s sub-committee on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control is working to actualise the set objectives to meet the target of elimination by 2030.

He said this in Abuja on Wednesday at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency’s World Cervical Cancer Day and Lighting Event.

Executive Director, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib, said some women died of cancer at their prime.

Umahi’s Defection Driven By Principle – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the defection of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State to the APC.

Buhari, while reacting in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, described the action “as a bold move driven purely by principle rather than opportunistic motives.

“I am proud of Governor David Umahi for taking this bold decision in accordance with his conscience and principles rather than any external influence or coercion.

‘We Followed Rules Of Engagement’, Army Replies CNN Story On Lekki Shooting

The Nigerian Army has reacted to CNN’s story on the October 20 shooting by soldiers during the ENDSARS protest at Lekki tollgate in Lagos. While the CNN in its investigation, alleged that the Nigerian army used live bullets on protesters during its intervention in the protests, the military insisted its personnel acted professionally and “followed the rules of engagement”.

But reacting to the report, when he received members of the House of Representatives committee on Army at Army headquarters, Abuja, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai said the Nigerian Army is a professional Army who will never operate outside the rules of engagement.

According to him, “Let me assure you and all Nigerians that the Nigerian Army is a professional Army. We follow our rules of engagement. Nigerians should feel safe. We abide by rules of engagement and the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.”

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