These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Monday morning.
1. PDP labels ex-Cross River REC, Briyia, an APC mole who helped rig 2019 polls for Buhari
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Professor Mahmood Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of using its staff, who are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to allegedly rig the 2019 election in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party argued that the manifestation of Frankland Briyia, the former Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), as an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Bayelsa State while still in office, was a direct confirmation that the “APC used its members to write figures for Buhari in the February Presidential election.”
2. EL-ZAKZAKY: IMN accuses Nigerian government of concocting asylum story to save face
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has accused the Federal Government of engaging in a campaign of calumny and concocting the story that its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, had wanted to seek asylum in India before his return to Nigeria last Friday. According to the group, the allegation was made by the government “to cover its own gross misconduct in a foreign land.”
3. EFCC to arraign woman for receiving N22.9bn from Dasuki
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has concluded plans to arraign one Mrs Isabella Oshodin today, Monday, for allegedly receiving the sum of N22.9 billion from former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki. Oshodin will be arraigned alongside a company, Bob Oshodin Organization Limited before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for fraud and money laundering.
4. Twist in Ekweremadu saga as Adeyanju alleges northerners sponsoring Kanu to stop Igbo presidency
Activist Deji Adeyanju has again alleged that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has collected money from Northerners to ensure that no Igbo candidate becomes president. Adeyanju, who also doubles as the convener of the Concerned Nigeria group, says the attack and public humiliation of Senator Ike Ekweremadu by IPOB members in Nurenberg, Germany is a pointer to his claim.
5. Missing boy found dead on a tree in Ogun
The decomposing body of a farm worker, Ismaila Mukaila, has been found on a tree by men of Ogun State Police Command. The Command revealed on Sunday that Ismaila, who was declared missing, was found dead in a sitting position on the tree.
6. Kanu announces N1m reward for info on Igbo leaders, places them on watchlist
Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has offered N1m reward for credible information on overseas travel itinerary of Igbo leaders, especially governors from the zone. Kanu revealed in a live broadcast on the group’s radio station, Radio Biafra, that a member of the group has made the money available for credible information anytime governors of the Southeast and other leaders from the zone are traveling.
7. Northern group joins #RevolutionNow protest
Detained Omoyele Sowore’s #RevolutionNow protest has added new converts into its fold, as the Joint Northern Action Front announced on Sunday that it will participate in the protest against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. The group also called on Northerners to join other activists across the country to protest the bad governance of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government.
8. BUSINESS REVIEW: Is Buhari’s CBN directive on Forex ban for food importation a positive one?
Ripples Nigeria, in a special report, notes that President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive asking the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), to ban Forex for food importation may be greeted with diverse implications, chief among which is a hike in consumer price if it happens that local farmers do not produce enough to meet demands.
9. Cultists attack Ogoni communities, kill three
Three persons have been reportedly killed by suspected cultists who attacked Opuoko and Lumene communities in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State on Sunday. The suspected cultists were also said to have attacked the houses of the council chairman and youth leader in the area during the invasion that happened around 6.30am.
10. Boy stolen in Ogun, sold in Anambra for N1m found after 2 years
The Ogun State Police Command has confirmed that a seven-year-old boy, Joshua Joseph, who was declared missing two years ago, has been found with his adopted mother, Blessing Ozor, in Anambra State. Ozor allegedly paid N1.05m for his ‘adoption’.