These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Friday morning.
1. Buhari promises to execute projects that’ll change the narrative for Nigerians
President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that his government will continue to implement policies and execute people-oriented projects that will change the narrative for Nigerians. He made the pledge on Thursday in Zaria, Kaduna State, while commissioning the Zaria Water Supply Expansion Project.
2. TIMI FRANK TO NIGERIANS: Brace up for more hardships, corruption masters are now Ministers
Former All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy national publicity secretary, Timi Frank, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of appointing “corruption masters” as ministers and called on Nigerians to be ready to face more hardship. He was reacting to the inauguration of 43 ministers on Wednesday by President Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
3. Omokri taunts Osinbajo, says while ministers report to Kyari, he reports to market women
Former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has taunted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive regarding who the new ministers should approach to arrange for meetings with him. Omokri said Ministers will report to Abba Kyari; Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to Boss Mustapha; Civil Servants to Head of Service, Oyo Ita, while Osinbajo “reports to market women”.
4. FG sets up committee to recover N614bn budget support fund from 35 states
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has revealed that the Federal Government has set up a committee to facilitate the recovery of N614 billion given to 35 states in the country as budget support. The minister revealed this on Thursday after a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
5. Return what you stole willingly, Imo PDP counsels Okorocha
Former governor Rochas Okorocha has been counselled to willingly return “all he had stolen” during his eight years at the helm of affairs in Imo State. The advice was handed down by the Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
6. Police dismisses four officers whose extrajudicial killing was caught on camera
The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday said it has dismissed four Policemen caught on camera extra-judicially killing two suspected robbers. The erring officers were also charged to court for prosecution.
7. KOGI: INEC’s integrity questioned as parties demand sack of REC
The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) and the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) have both jointly called for the redeployment of the current Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), in Kogi State, Professor James Apam. The two parties jointly issued a statement on Thursday in Lokoja, claiming that Apam was in the habit of covering up the nefarious activities of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.
8. OYO: Protests as Gov Makinde nominates 27-yr-old as commissioner
Two separate groups staged protests in front of the Oyo State House of Assembly complex, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan on Thursday. While one group was opposing the nomination of 27-year- old Oluwaseun Fakorede as a commissioner in the state, the other group was supporting his nomination as a commissioner.
9. New twist as Oyo-Ita returns to work after EFCC grilling
The Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has returned to work after questioning by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N3bn fraud. Following her absence from the two-day retreat for the newly inaugurated ministers, there had been speculations that she had resigned from her role, after so much pressure from the EFCC.
10. NNPC claiming Nigeria owes it N797 billion —NEITI
A report by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has revealed that the (Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation) NNPC, is claiming that Nigeria is oweing it N797 billion. According to the report, NNPC made the claim after NEITI confronted the state oil company with the fact that it failed to remit N77.92 billion, being under-remittance by the corporation to the Federation Account from domestic crude oil allocation in 2017.
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