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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers, Monday morning, March 16, 2020

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

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

1. Buhari labels Lagos pipeline explosion a national tragedy

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday described Sunday’s pipeline explosion in Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos State as a national tragedy. The President in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, commiserated with the families of the victims. Read more

2. INEC to create more polling units ahead of 2023 elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) said on Sunday it would create more polling units across the country before the 2023 general elections. The Kwara State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Attahiru Garba Madami, disclosed this to journalists at Patigi constituency in Patigi local government area of the state. Read more

3. Tinubu accuses individuals with 2023 presidential ambition of orchestrating Oshiomhole’s suspension

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, said on Sunday the 2023 presidential ambition of some top politicians in the party is destroying the party like the coronavirus pandemic.The former Lagos State governor in a statement accused some individuals with desperation for power of orchestrating the suspension of the party National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. Read more

4. Oil producing states deserve more than 13% derivation- Okowa

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said on Sunday oil-producing states deserved more than 13 percent derivation from the Federation Account. He also urged the Federal Government to release the money already accruing to the states under the derivation principles. Read more

5. Amotekun to take-off end of March

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, said on Sunday the South West Security outfit codenamed Amotekun corps would become operational by the end of this month. The governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, added that recruitment of personnel would kick off later this week barring any last minute changes. Read more

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6. Malami denies involvement in Sanusi’s dethronement, banishment

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said on Sunday he was not in any way connected with the dethronement of Sanusi Lamido as Emir of Kano. In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, the AGF also distanced himself from the banishment of the deposed monarch to Nasarawa State. Read more

7. Junaid Mohammed supports Sanusi’s dethronement, says he’s reckless, ignorant of our culture

A Second Republic lawmaker from Kano State, Dr. Junaid Muhammad has said he was in total support of the dethronement of the Kano State Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II. He said that Sanusi ought not to have been crowned as an emir in the first place because he was “reckless and ignorant of the culture of Kano people.” Read more

8. KEBBI: DSS probes operatives for negligence after stranger breached security protocol to meet Buhari

The Department of State Services (DSS) said on Sunday it had started questioning its personnel for negligence after one Mohammed Guddare made a futile attempt to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari during the Argungun Fishing Festival in Kebbi State. The Public Relations Officer of the service, Dr. Peter Afunanya, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, said the service personnel would be sanctioned for negligence if they are indicted by the investigative panel. Read more

9. Nigerian govt claims it has no record of spending on $5bn recovered stolen funds

The Federal Government has said that it has no records of the exact amount of public funds stolen by a former military head of state, Sani Abacha and no records of the spending of about $5 billion recovered loot for the period between 1999 and 2015. Read more

10. Boko Haram fighters kill six soldiers in Borno

Boko Haram fighters reportedly killed six Nigerian soldiers in an ambush in Borno State, Sunday. Military officials told journalists the terrorists opened fire on an army convoy around the village of Mayanti, near the border with Cameroon, in an area plagued by insurgents’ attacks. Read more

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