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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Saturday morning, December 14, 2019



Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Saturday morning, December 14,  2019.

1. It is the turn of South West to produce next president, APC chieftain declares

The Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Osun State Chapter, Adegboyega Famodun, has declared that it is the turn of the South West to produce Nigeria’s next President. While responding to questions from newsmen on Friday during a News-Point programme of the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalist, Famodu said that he was not oblivious of the fact that the constitution of the party does not stipulate the rotation. He went further to insist that commonsense must be applied and that the South-West must be allowed to produce a successor to the incumbent president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

2. Okogie knocks Buhari, says Nigeria sliding back into military dictatorship

A retired Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Lagos, Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, on Friday lamented that the country is sliding back to military era dictatorship with the penchant of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for disobedience of court orders and disdain for the rule of law. Okogie, who frowned at the frequent disobedience to court orders by the Buhari administration, said this in a statement on Friday, titled ‘Corruption and Repression’. Read more

3. Obaseki not ready for settlement of crisis — Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, said on Friday Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, was not ready for amicable resolution of the crisis rocking the party in the state. Oshiomhole stated this while briefing journalists shortly after receiving Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu at his residence in Benin City, the state capital. The duo have been locked in a battle for control of the APC machinery in Edo State. Read more

4. EDO: APC circumvents govt order,  holds rally to receive Ize-Iyamu

National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, Friday received a former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu into the ruling party. Despite the ban on all political rallies, processions and demonstrations by the state government, Ize-Iyamu was welcomed by a large crowd of supporters in the state. Ize-Iyamu who defected to the APC officially in November was received by the former deputy governor of Edo State, Dr. Pius Odubu, who represented Comrade Oshiomhole, at his residence in the state capital. Read more

5. Falana reacts to AGF takeover of Sowore’s case

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has said that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) cannot take over Omoyele Sowore’s case because he filed the case. AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had earlier on Friday ordered the country’s secret police, Department of State Security (DSS) to hands off the trial of detained activist, Sowore. Malami said the trial would now be handled by his office. Read more

Read also: 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Friday morning, December 13, 2019

6. Don’t celebrate with people taking oath of office, sympathise with them, CJN Tanko says

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, on Friday said that oath taking is not something to be celebrated, but that those taking the oath deserve sympathy. He also told newly inaugurated Chief Judges (CJs) that God can only help them if they help themselves. The judges were Justice John Tsoho, inaugurated as Chief Judge of the Federal High Court and Benedict Kanyipp, as chief judge of the National Industrial Court, at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja. Read more

7. Again, Wike declares Rivers a Christian state

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has again declared that the state is a Christian state, and that God has delivered it from the mechanisation of deadly political forces who planned to destroy it. The governor made the declaration at the Commissioning and Dedication Service of the 14,000 seater capacity church building of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, South-South 1 Region at Rumuola, Port Harcourt on Friday. Read more

8. Akpabio withdrew from senatorial rerun to escape defeat —PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Akwa Ibom State chapter, said on Friday the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, withdrew from Essien Udim senatorial district rerun election for fear of possible defeat. Akpabio had written to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, about his decision to withdraw from the rerun election. The minister said he would not abandon a critical national assignment in pursuit of a rerun election. Read more

9. Court adjourns ruling on Kogi Dep Gov’s impeachment

The Lokoja High Court has adjourned the suit challenging the impeachment of Kogi Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, by the State House of Assembly. The court will on January 15, 2020 rule on a motion seeking to join the Clerk of the Assembly as a co-defendant, and for hearing of the originating summons. Achuba who had rejected his removal, which he said was an illegality, had filed the petition to challenge the impeachment. Read more

10. Ritualists in police net for killing, selling body parts of 30-yr-old lady

One native doctor, Segun Olaniyi has been arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, for allegedly killing his former girlfriend, Abosede Iyanda, and selling out her body parts to his customers. Also arrested are twelve accomplices arrested with Olaniyi who were said to have either participated in the killing, or bought parts of the victim’s body. The arrested accomplices are: Ayomide Adeleye, 25; Babalola Akanbi, 48; Adeifa Sogbeyinde 37, Rasaq Rasaq, 27; Sunday Akinyemi, 41; Adewole Oluwafemi, 38. Others are Mustapha Ajibola, 31; Mustapha Iliya, 30; Shilola Amodu, 38; Jamiu Abass, 25; Smooth Kazeem, 37 and 56-year-old Adesola Oduyemi. According to police sources, eight other suspects are still at large. Read more

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