These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Friday morning.
1. We are waiting for defeated Atiku at Supreme Court, Oshiomhole mocks
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, on Thursday mocked the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, saying his party is waiting to inflict another defeat on him at the Supreme Court. Oshiomhole stated this while fielding questions from State House Correspondents on Thursday, adding that the APC is ready for the next round of legal battle with the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
2. TRIBUNAL JUDGMENT: PDP asks Lai if his degree was awarded to him after presenting affidavit and class picture.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to delay celebrating the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, adding such maybe short-lived. The opposition party gave the advice on Thursday in response to Mohammed’s comments at St Petersburg, Russia, asking the PDP and its presidential candidate in 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, to apologise to Nigerians for “willfully distracting the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari with a frivolous election petition.”
3. Why I have always entrusted Nigeria’s treasury to women —Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he decided to hand over the nation’s treasury to a woman so as to ensure effective management of limited resources available, and promote a stronger sense of inclusiveness. President Buhari was qouted to have said this on Thursday in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina.
4. BORDER CLOSURE: Customs acquire seagoing gunboats for marine operation
In its bid to further take the battle against smuggling a notch higher, the Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday commissioned two seagoing gunboats to boost its anti-smuggling capacity on waters. The commissioning of the gunboats is coming on the heels of reports that smugglers, who couldn’t bring in their goods through the land borders due to the joint security enforcement team had decided to bring them in by sea.
5. Northern governors adopt Nigerian government’s livestock transformation plan
The Northern States Governors’ Forum, comprising the governors of the 19 Northern states on Thursday adopted the National Livestock Transformation Plan of the Federal Government. The governors also called on their colleagues in other parts of the country to follow suit during their emergency meeting at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House in Kaduna.
6. I will recover all looted funds from Oyo treasury —Makinde
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State Thursday vowed to recover looted funds of the state. He wooed banks’ executives to assist the government in ensuring that all the looted funds in the state were recovered and used for the overall development of the state.
7. NCC receives directive to block all unregistered SIM cards
The Federal Government is set to block about nine million unregistered mobile telephone SIM cards in the country. Minister of Communication, Isa Patanmi, in a tweet, on Thursday, said he had directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to immediately block the unregistered SIM cards.
8. Nigeria holds record for highest number of missing people —Red Cross
No fewer than 22,000 Nigerians have been reported missing following Boko Haram-related attacks, with nearly 60 percent of them being minors at the time they went missing. This is according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In a statement on Thursday, ICRC said that the figure was the highest number of missing persons it had registered.
9. Nigerian employers warn against new VAT rate, say it’ll make nonsense of new Minimum Wage
The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has warned against the implementation of the 7.2 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) approved by the Federal Executive Council, saying it will make nonsense of the new Minimum Wage signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. The employers group gave the warning in a statement on Thursday, cautioning the Federal Government against the timing of the announced increase of VAT from 5% to 7.2 per cent.
10. Salisu Yusuf returns to Super Eagles coaching crew after one-year ban
Salisu Yusuf has been reinstated to the coaching crew of the Super Eagles after completing the one-year ban placed on him in September last year. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in a statement made available to Ripples Nigeria confirmed his return to the team on Thursday. Salisu, who serves as the assistant coach of the national football team, was slammed with the suspension on September 5, 2018 following his alleged involvement in a bribery incident.
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