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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Friday morning, November 15, 2019

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Friday morning, November 15,  2019.

1. Buhari harps on fairness, transparency in Kogi, Bayelsa elections

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for fairness and transparency during Saturday’s governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States. The President made the call in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Thursday. Read more

2. Empty seats force Senate to adjourn plenary

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday adjourned its plenary after discovering that many seats were empty in the chamber. A senator representing Benue South in the Red Chamber, Abba Moro, who was uncomfortable that only a few lawmakers were in the chamber had cited order 10 of the Senate standing rules to draw the attention of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, to the situationHe told the Senate President that lawmakers in the chamber were very few and not up to one -third of the 109 members required to form a quorum.  Read more

3. Desperation? El-Rufai kneels, begs Kogi voters to forgive Bello

In a move that suggests desperation, the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, on Thursday, knelt before the electorate in Kogi State, begging them to forgive Governor Yahaya Bello for whatever he had done wrong. Joining El-Rufai in kneeling to beg the people was the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, who knelt down next to El-Rufai. Read more

4. No amount of criticism will stop us from regulating social media —Nigerian Govt

The Nigerian government has maintained its stance on the regulation of social media, stating that it would not back down on the proposal. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said no amount of criticism could deter the government from going ahead with its planned sanitization of the media. Read more

5. Confirmed! Kidnapped Edo judge, Chioma Nwosu-Iheme released after 2 weeks

After spending two weeks in captivity, a kidnapped judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme has regained her freedom. Some gunmen had on October 30 killed her police orderly before whisking her to an unknown destination. Read more

Read also: 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Wednesday morning, November 13, 2019

6. BAYELSA: Disqualification of APC candidate victory for democracy —PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday mocked the All Progressives Congress (APC) after its governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, David Lyon, was ruled out of the election by a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, the state capital. The court’s ruling came barely 48 hours after Lyon’s running mate, Biobarakuma Degi Eremienyo, was also disqualified by the court for presenting false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Read more

7. BAYELSA: APC kicks, vows to appeal disqualification of guber candidate

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday rejected the judgment that sacked its governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, David Lyon. A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa on Thursday morning disqualified Lyon from taking part in Saturday’s governorship election in the state. The court gave the judgment in a suit filed by Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, an aspirant in the APC governorship primary held on September 4. Read more

8. BAYELSA GUBER: I’m still contesting, ignore PDP antics, APC candidate shrugs off disqualification

Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa, David Lyon, has declared that he would still participate in the November 16 election in the state. According to Lyon, the Court of Appeal has asked all parties to return to the status quo. Ripples Nigeria had earlier reported that a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa disqualified Lyon, and also held that the APC could not field candidates in Saturday’s governorship election. Read more

9. Snatch ballot box and ‘pay dearly for it,’ police warn trouble makers ahead of Bayelsa and Kogi elections

Ahead of Saturday’s governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States, the Nigerian Police Force said on Thursday that anyone caught snatching ballot box would not be spared. The Deputy Inspector- General of Police, Operation, AbdulMajeed Ali, gave the warning when he addressed a press conference on Thursday. Read more

10. Crew members unhurt as NAF helicopter crash-lands in Enugu

A helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Thursday crashed in the process of landing in Enugu State. This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Ibikunle Daramola. He said that details of the incident which occurred after a routine flight on Thursday were still sketchy. He, however, confirmed that there were no fatalities or injuries to any crew member or other persons. Read more


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