These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Monday morning.
1. ZAMFARA: Yari challenges anyone who knows he stole to expose him
The immediate past Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, Sunday threw a challenge at whoever knows he stole money belonging to the state to expose him. Yari made the challenge at his residence in Talata-Mafara, when the state All Progressives Congress (members) members visited him after his return from Saudi Arabia.
2. IGP’s latest order against us needless, we’re no threat to Nigeria —IMN
Reacting to the fresh order by the Inspector-General of Police, Members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) have vowed to continue with their protest to demand for the release of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky. IGP Mohammed Adamu, at the weekend, ordered all Police formations nationwide to commence the immediate arrest of all identified leaders of the outlawed IMN and dismantle their structures across the states.
3. Nigeria Immigration Service claims arrest of several ‘wanted suspects’ with border closure
The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, on Sunday justified the decision of joint security agencies to close Nigerian borders. He said several “wanted criminal suspects” had been arrested following the exercise that started recently.
4. Nigerian govt closes Lagos-Ibadan highway
Motorists have been advised by the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement (TRACE) Corps to make use of alternative routes in view of the closure of inbound Lagos traffic along the Lagos-Ibadan Highway. The closure is as a result of the reconstruction and rehabilitation work on the 600km stretch of the corridor to be carried out from Berger (New Garage Bus Stop) to Ogun River (Kara Bridge).
5. RANKING NIGERIAN GOVERNORS, AUGUST, 2019: Top 5, Bottom 5
Ripples Nigeria, in a special report, presents a ranking of Nigerian governors, highlighting the top 5 and bottom 5, in terms of their performance in the month of August. The governors ranked at the top five include: Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, Professor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos while the bottom 5 include: Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State, Nyesome Wike of Rivers State, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Bello Masari of Katsina State and Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State.
6. CORRECTIONAL SERVICE: Group tasks Buhari, Aregbesola over Jafaru Ahmed’s Illegal stay in office
A group, Good Governance Initiatives, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, to take immediate steps in relieving the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Correctional Service, formerly known as the Nigeria Prison Service, Jafaru Ahmed of his post and appoint a new heldsman for the service. According to the group, relieving Ahmed of his current office has become a matter of national importance as he has continued in office despite attaining the mandatory constitutional age of retirement since July this year.
7. BUSINESS REVIEW: Why Ghana, not Nigeria, is largest yam exporter in West Africa
Ripples Nigeria, in this special report, examines why Ghana, instead of Nigeria, is the largest yam exporter in West Africa.
The report reveals that going by the report from Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, Ghana accounts for over 94 percent of total yam exports in West Africa. This many experts found as shocking because Ghana’s yam farmers, put together, cannot produce enough yam to near the margin as the leading producer of the commodity.
The report notes that the new Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono, must begin to find answers to issues like why Nigeria – despite being the largest producer of yam – is displaced by Ghana, to sit as the largest yam exporter country.
However, the report identified lack of good storage facilities, transportation system hiccups, dearth of machinery and large dependency on human limited strength as the challenges that made Ghana overtake Nigeria as the largest exporter of yam in West Africa.
8. Northern coalition accuses Southerners of taking over jobs in the North, vows to reclaim them
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has accused Southerners of taking over jobs traditionally meant for Northerners, vowing to reclaim them. The coalition also alleged that it was the reason why scores of young men from Jigawa had to move to Lagos last week in search of greener pastures, only to be arrested by law enforcement agents.
9. TARABA: 14 killed in Sunday morning attack
At least 14 people have reportedly been killed in Takum, Taraba State, on Sunday morning after an invasion of the community by gun wielding militia men believed to have come from Benue State. A report by PREMIUM TIMES quoted residents to have said that the attackers were from Benue State, suggesting it was part of the lingering Tiv-Junkun violence.
10. NAF jets kill scores of Boko Haram fighters in Borno
Scores of Boko Haram insurgents were killed on Saturday after the Nigerian Air Force Air, (NAF), Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole attacked their hideout in air strikes at Yuwe “C” in Borno State. This was disclosed by the spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, on Sunday.
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