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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Monday morning, December 9, 2019

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Monday morning.

1. DSS INVASION: Stop spreading falsehood, APC tells Atiku, PDP

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday berated the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, for its criticism of the Muhammadu Buhari administration and the Department of State Services (DSS) over Friday’s court invasion. In a statement Sunday night, Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, accused Atiku and the PDP of propagating concocted alternative facts and lies on the incident.

APC noted that the presidency had clarified that the DSS did not necessarily need the president’s permission in all cases to carry out its essential and constitutional responsibilities. Read more

2. DSS must stop lying, even their team leader apologized to Justice Ojukwu over the court invasion — Falana

The leader of the Department of State Services (DSS) team that invaded the Federal High Court, Abuja, Friday apologized to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on the incident, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, claims on Sunday.

Some operatives of the secret police had reportedly stormed the court in a commando-style on Friday and whisked the co-convener of the #RevolutionNow protest movement, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, back to custody. Read more

3. Amaechi’s attackers ignorant of Buhari’s giant strides—APC Chieftain

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chukwuemeka Eze, has tagged the attack on the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, in Spain, a violent violation of everything good about Nigeria’s march to development.

Amaechi who was in Madrid, Spain for an event on climate change, had revealed on Friday that some “misguided Nigerians” tried to physically assault him. He explained that Spanish policemen succeeded in stopping his attackers before they could hurt him. Read more

4. My husband’s life is in danger, Sowore’s wife cries out

Opeyemi, the wife of the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, has urged the United States government to intervene in her husband’s plight in the hands of the Nigerian secret police, saying his life was in danger. Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare were re-arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) within the premises of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Friday. The duo were re-arrested just 24 hours after they were released by the DSS on order of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu. Read more

5. Nigeria has become a global laughing stock – Cleric

Awaiting the Second Coming of Jesus Christ Gospel Church senior pastor, Adewale Giwa, on Sunday wondered if there was still a sitting president in Nigeria.

He said the country had become a global laughing stock and “needs total deliverance from the hands of the few people who are hell-bent on destroying it.” The cleric was reacting to the Department of State Service (DSS) denying the Friday invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to re-arrest the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore. Read more

Read also: 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Sunday morning, December 8, 2019

6. I won’t contest for any elective position again – Goje

A former Gombe State governor, Danjuma Goje, said on Sunday he would not contest for any elective position again. Goje, who is the chairman of Senate Committee on Maritime, stated this during his empowerment outreach at the Pantami Stadium in the state.

The ex-governor, however, said he was not resigning from politics. The senator expressed gratitude to God over his senatorial position and for his past political positions as governor, commissioner and minister. Read more

7. Kano elders want Ganduje to repeal Kano Emirate Law

A group of Kano elders on Sunday urged Kano State Governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, to repeal the law creating additional emirates in the state. The elders described the action of the governor as an attempt to rewrite and destroy the over 1000 years’ heritage of the ancient city.

The statement signed by the presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), Bashir Tofa, read in part: “The Advocates for United Kano is a non-partisan group of citizens from all professions and backgrounds, who are law-abiding and irrevocably committed to the peace and progress of our dear state.” Read more

8. Lagos Assembly opposes scrapping of fat pension for ex-governors, others

The Lagos State House of Assembly has said it would not repeal the state’s pensions law permitting former governors, including Bola Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola and other public office holders, to receive juicy pensions from state coffers.

During an interview on Sunday, the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Tunde Braimoh, disclosed that Lagos Assembly would not go the way of the Zamfara Assembly which recently repealed the pension law for its former governors. Read more

9. APC says security agents helped rig Adamawa council election, rejects outcome

The Adamawa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the local government council elections conducted in the state on Saturday as “a selection backed by law enforcement agents.” Although the results had not been officially announced by the Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC), APC rejected the outcome of the polls.

Unofficial results indicated the ruling Peoples Democratic Party had swept all 20 chairmanship seats from results collated so far by ADSIEC. APC alleged that it was not conducted in compliance with the provision of the Adamawa State electoral law. Read more

10. SEX TAPE: Why we expelled female student – Babcock VC

The Vice-Chancellor of the Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Prof. Ademola Tayo, has reacted to the expulsion of a female student in a sex video that went viral on the internet last month.

Prof. Tayo in a statement issued on Sunday said the institution took the decision in order to protect its image and its alumni, adding that if the decision had not been taken, “the public would think that anything goes in the institution.” Read more


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