These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Friday morning.
1. Buhari regrets murder of aid workers, issues warning to terrorists
President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a warning to bandits and terrorists across the country and beyond to immediately release all who had been taken hostage. Buhari said he was deeply saddened by the killing of another aid worker as revealed in a video by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of the Boko Haram sect.
2. APC reacts to reports of rift between Buhari, Osinbajo
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured Nigerians that there was no rift between President Muhamamdu Buhari and his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, while addressing a press conference at the party’s national headquarters on Thursday, denied claims of a faceoff between the duo, describing it as “mere gossip.” According to him, the party had more important issues of governance to address, than continue to respond to fallacies.
3. Why we haven’t released Sowore —DSS
The Department of State Services (DSS) has given reasons for the continued detention of the #RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore, after he had been granted bail. Spokesperson of the DSS, Peter Afunnaya said Sowore was still in custody because his legal team was yet to serve it with a copy of the court order granting him bail.
4. N90BN FOR POLLS ALLEGATION: Timi Frank dares Osinbajo
A former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank has dared Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to resign and sue him for libel, if he was certain the N90 billion fraud allegation against him was false. He also said that the Vice President should extend the same suit to recent allegations against him from all quarters.
5. BUHARI VS ATIKU: APC counters PDP at Supreme Court
There are indications that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Thursday moved to counter the testimonies of three witnesses who testified for the petitioners at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. The witnesses are Segun Sowunmi, a media aide to Atiku, David Njoga, a Kenyan, and Joseph Gbenga. It was learnt that the APC, through its counsel, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), wants the Supreme Court to expunge the evidence of the three Information Communication and Technology (ICT) experts who testified on the existence of a server allegedly used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to store the results of the February 23 presidential election.
6. PDP behind 2023 posters of our chieftains —APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has distanced itself from the recent 2023 campaign posters of some chieftains of the ruling party. The party accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of being the brains behind the campaign posters, saying the PDP circulated them to achieve a devilish aim.
7. Fresh move against Emir Sanusi surfaces as group accuses Ganduje of renewed plot
A Renaissance Coalition of Civil Society Group in Kano State Thursday said it had uncovered plans the Governor Ganduje-led administration was planning to demote the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, from Kano to Bichi Local Government. In a statement, the group’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Wayya, said: “It has come to the notice of the Renaissance Coalition that, Kano State Government has gotten a wind of a vile plan to swap the Emir of Kano Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, CON to Bichi, and in the event he resists, he shall be deposed.
8. Border closure was not to hurt anybody —Customs CG
Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, retired Col. Hameed Ali, has explained that the closure of the nation’s borders by Federal Government was not intended to hurt anyone. Rather, he said it was necessary to strengthen security within the country and protect Nigeria’s economic interests.
9. FAAN confirms rehabilitation work on Enugu Airport runway yet to start, one month after closure
One month after the Federal Government closed Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, rehabilitation work on its runway is yet to start. The government had on August 24, announced the closure of the airport to enable for the reconstruction of its runway. However, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Thursday in Lagos told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that work was yet to start at the airport.
10. Rohr names 23-man squad for Brazil friendly; Olayinka, Azeez invited
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has named a 23-man squad that will execute the international friendly against Brazil in Singapore. Slavia Prague’s forward Peter Olayinka was handed a debut call up by the coach, while Granada of Spain midfielder, Ramon Azeez, who last featured for Nigeria in 2014 was also invited. Glasgow Rangers of Scotland star, Joe Aribo, Anderson Esiti who plays for PAOK of Greece, Club Brugge’s Emmanuel Dennis and Fortuna Dusseldorf young goalkeeper Maduka Okoye; all got another call-up following last month’s friendly against Ukraine at the Dnipro Arena. Meanwhile, Kelechi Iheanacho, Leon Balogun, Bryan Idowu and Josh Maja were all dropped from the last squad against Ukraine.
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