These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Monday morning.
1. Oshiomhole’s life under threat —APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has confirmed reports of an attack on the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole by political thugs. Some youths had stormed Oshiomhole’s residence in Benin on Sunday chanting songs, ‘Oshiomhole Ole (Thief) Oshiomhole Ole (thief) but were dispersed by anti-riot policemen.
2. ‘You will only govern Sambisa Forest’ beyond 2023, Afenifere replies northern elders
The Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Sunday carpeted the Chairman of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Anglo Abdullahi, for claiming that the North would rule Nigeria for long. Abdullahi in his statement had claimed that the North would hold onto power for the next 100 years. The NEF Chairman also declared that the Northern region would only support candidates from the North for the 2023 presidency.
3. You’ll be provoking the South-East if you reintroduce toll gates, Igbo group tells FG
The South East Revival Group (SERG) has condemned the plan by the Nigerian government to re-introduce toll gates to federal roads across the country. SERG said that the government would be provoking the southeast if the region was included in what it described as a “shameful” and “unthinkable” venture.
4. Boko Haram leader Shekau replies Borno governor after peace offer
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has been reported to have turned down the advice to embrace peace, stating that the war was just beginning. The new message from the sect was in response to a call by Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, to the sect’s leaders and members to turn away from their violent ways, embrace peace and return to normal life.
5. PDP warns of alleged moves by govt to gag media, curtail freedom of speech
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected supposed moves by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government to “gag the media, subjugate Nigerians and curtail their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression.” It said should the “dictatorial pathway,” which the Buhari Presidency seeks to impose be allowed, that it would herald the gradual emasculation of freedom of expression, repression of free press, infringements on the rights of citizens and foisting of siege mentality on the people.
6. LG FINANCIAL AUTONOMY: Nigerian Constitution does not recognize LGs as a tier of government – Fayemi
The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, on Sunday said the Nigerian Constitution does not recognize local governments in the country as the third tier of government. Insisting that only the federal and state governments are recognised, the NGF chairman said the guidelines by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) on the financial autonomy for local government were issued by an agency oblivious of the provisions of the constitution.
7. Only diabolic governors would resort to stealing public funds, Gov Sule says
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State is of the opinion that only diabolic governors would resort to stealing public funds. The governor who stated this on Saturday in Lafia, also held that there is no justification for a governor of a state to do such because they are well catered for in the scheme of things.
8. After God is Jonathan, Bauchi governor declares
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has praised the qualities of former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan. The state governor who made the comments on Sunday in Abuja during a meeting of the Reconciliation Committee and Campaign Councils for Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections scheduled for November 16, also stated that after God is Jonathan. According to him, the former president was a great man and not an ethnic bigot.
9. NJC absolves tribunal judge accused of taking bribe by Smart Adeyemi
The National Judicial Council (NJC) has thrown out a petition against Justice Akon Ikpeme, of allegations of collecting bribe to deliver judgement in favour of Senator Dino Melaye in 2015. This was disclosed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mba Ukweni, when he spoke to journalists in Calabar, the Cross River State capital on Sunday.
10. 119 Nigerians on death row in Malaysia for drug trafficking – Report
A report by Amnesty International has revealed that 119 Nigerians are among a total of 1,281 persons currently on death sentence in Malaysia. The Nigerians, according to the report titled “Fatally Flawed: Why Malaysia must abolish the death sentence”, are on death row for drug trafficking. According to Malaysian laws, 33 offences are punished with death sentence.
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