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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Saturday morning, March 14, 2020

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

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

1. Buhari’s presumed attacker clears the air, says my mission was to meet the President

Mohammed Jamil Gundari, the young man who allegedly staged a lone attack on President Muhammadu Buhari in Argungu, Kebbi State, Thursday has revealed what actually transpired during his brief encounter with the nation’s number one citizen. Gundari told journalists on Friday his mission was to meet with the President and commend him for the good work he has been rendering to the nation over the years. Read more

2. Uzodinma swears in Imo first female chief judge

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, on Friday sworn in Justice Ijeoma Agugua as the state’s acting chief judge. Justice Agugua is Imo State’s first female chief judge. In his address at the event held in Owerri, the state capital, the governor reiterated the resolve of his administration to make the state judiciary one of the best in the country and encourage its autonomy. Read more

3. COVID-19: Why Nigeria does not need to impose travel ban —Health Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire on Friday gave reasons why Nigeria has not declared a travel ban on any country following the declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO) classifying the outbreak of Coronavirus as a pandemic. Read more

4. CORONAVIRUS: Ogun govt discharges 40 quarantined contacts

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, said on Friday the state government had discharged 40 persons that reportedly had contact with the coronavirus index case. Coker, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Abeokuta, said since the first case was confirmed, the state had activated a multi-sectoral emergency operation centre to access daily interventions and analyse situations. Read more

5. 78 companies collected money from Dasuki without executing contracts – Witness

Kazeem Yusuf, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) witness in the ongoing trial of a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), alleged on Friday that at least 78 companies collected various sums of money from the Office of the former National Security Adviser (ONSA) without executing any contracts. Read more

Read also: 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Friday morning, March 13, 2020

6. Ekiti varsity retains Sanusi as Chancellor

The Ekiti State Government on Friday retained the dethroned Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, as the Chancellor of the state owned Ekiti State University, (EKSU). The government’s position was disclosed in a letter the university authorities sent to the deposed monarch. The Kano State government had on Monday dethroned Sanusi as Emir of the ancient city for allegedly disrespecting governor Abdullahi Ganduje and other constituted authorities in the state. Read more

7. Osinbajo’s escort rider dies in auto crash

Insp. Ali Gomina, a police escort rider attached to the convoy of Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo died in an auto crash on Friday. Gomina, 45, was involved in an accident on the road leading to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, during official duty. Read more

8. ALLEGED $2.1M FRAUD: Court dismisses ex-NHIS chief’s no-case submission

Justice Ayokunle Faji of the Federal High Court, Lagos, on Friday dismissed the no-case submission filed by a former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Femi Thomas. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned the ex-NHIS alongside one Kabiru Sidi, a Bureau De Change operator, for alleged $2.2million fraud. Read more

9. Nigerian troops kill notorious terrorist leader, Bakura, others

The Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has confirmed the killing of a notorious terrorist identified as Mallam Bakura, a former ISWAP leader who later teamed up with elusive Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. Colonel Timothy Antigha, Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, revealed this on Friday in a statement where he further informed that Bakura was exterminated on Thursday during a devastating joint air and artillery interdiction at his hideout by the Force. Read more

10. Court orders Evans to defend self in criminal trial

Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on Friday told alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike aka Evans, that he would have to defend himself in his criminal trial if he comes to court without legal representation. The judge noted during Friday’s proceeding that Evans had changed his defence counsel four times during trial, an action which has slowed the pace of proceedings. Read more

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