These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Friday morning.
1. Abuja Indigenes approach court, want inauguration of ministers stopped
Some Indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Thursday, approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, praying it to stop the inauguration of ministers-designate billed to hold on the 21 of August. The Indigenes are seeking the order of the court for the stoppage of the inauguration over the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to nominate any indigene of the FCT as minister.
2. El-Zakzaky speaks on return to Nigeria
Leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has reportedly returned to Nigeria, expressed hope that his return would be for the best. The IMN leader was in New Delhi, India to receive medical treatment.
3. How can Buhari consider ending forex for food import when Nigerians are committing suicide due to hunger? —PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of punishing Nigerians though the directive on food importation in the country. President Buhari had on Tuesday disclosed that he ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop providing foreign exchange for importation of food into the country.
4. Oba of Benin begs Buhari to listen to Nigerians
The Omo N’Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the cries of Nigerians. Oba Ewuare made this comment on Thursday while receiving the General Officer Commander, GOC, 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Anthony Omozoje, in his palace in Benin.
5. BUSINESS REVIEW: Why Nigerian govt must declare state of emergency in aviation sector
Ripples Nigeria, in a special report, takes a look at the aviation sector and why the Federal Government must take an urgent intervention in it. The report notes that Nigeria has the highest number of plane crashes for any country within West Africa or Africa all combined and there is an underlying fear that if proper measures are not put in place, and efficient reforms are not made in the sector, the country can only stand a risk of witnessing planes dropping from the sky.
6. Nigeria loses 79,000 barrels of oil as Delta communities shut down flow stations
Some communities in Delta State on Thursday shut down some oil stations around them in demonstration of their anger towards oil stations’ operations without consideration for the host communities. It was gathered that the development led to the loss of about 79,000 barrels of oil for the country.
7. ‘We only get one sachet of pure water, watery pap’, Keffi prison inmates attempt jailbreak
Over 50 prisoners, on Thursday morning, attempted to break out of the Keffi minimum security prison, Keffi local government area of Nasarawa state, over poor feeding and lack of facilities. The situation was brought under control by the prompt intervention of the police and prison officials.
8. Police arrest woman who locked 10-yr-old orphan in dog cage
A 24-year-old woman, Onyinye Mbadike of Trimnell Street, Surulere, Lagos has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for flogging and locking a 10-year old orphan in a dog cage.
9. 15-yr-old fakes own kidnap, demands N.5m ransom
The Plateau State Police Command on Thursday paraded a 15-year-old boy who allegedly staged his own kidnap and demanded a ransom of N500,000 from his father. The teenager, while being paraded in Jos, told reporters that he initiated the fake kidnap with his friends in order to enable him buy clothes and celebrate his graduation.
10. 11 kidnap suspects terrorising Plateau poly quarters arrested
The Plateau State Police Command has arrested 11 suspected kidnappers believed to have been behind attacks on the staff quarters of the state polytechnic, Heipang. The 11 suspected kidnappers were among 40 suspected criminals arrested by the State Police Command and paraded in Jos on Thursday.
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