These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Saturday morning, October 19, 2019.
1. Impeached Kogi Deputy Governor reportedly under house arrest
Few hours after his impeachment, the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba has reportedly been put under house arrest. According to the former deputy governor, fully armed security men in their numbers stormed his residence in Lokoja preventing him from going out or allowing anyone to come in.
2. ONDO: PDP asks ‘missing’ Gov Akeredolu to come clean on his health status
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded to know the true health status of the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. The opposition party in a statement issued on Friday stated that the people of Ondo State deserved to know if the governor could still carry out his constitutionally required functions without impediment.
3. INSECURITY: Katsina governor calls for military action against unrepentant bandits
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina has implored the military to prove its might by intervening and dealing decisively with bandits who have been disrupting peace in the state. Masari made the call on Friday when he received a delegation of military top officers who were on a courtesy visit to the governor at the General Muhammadu Buhari Government House, Katsina. He noted that they had initially engaged peace and dialogue with the recalcitrant Nigerians to see how best peace could be restored without firing of bullets.
4. ONITSHA FIRE OUTBREAK: Secondus calls for review of emergency agencies’ techniques
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus has described as unfortunate, the fire outbreak at the popular Ochanja market in Onitsha, Anambra State. There was a fire outbreak on Wednesday as a petrol laden tanker had lost control and exploded after ramming into buildings in the Upper Iweka axis of the city. The PDP chairman who regretted the incident that led to the destruction of many residential and commercial buildings, called for a review of the technique employed by the country’s emergency agencies.
5. Yobe governor declares ‘we need’ NAF Base in Damaturu to flush out Boko Haram insurgents
Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, on Thursday called for the establishment of a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Damaturu, the state capital. Buni made the call when he hosted the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Damaturu. The governor, who described the NAF as one of the strategic components in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency, said the establishment of NAF Base in the state would help to flush out Boko Haram militants from their hideouts.
6. We’ll monitor Enugu airport rehabilitation, we won’t tolerate substandard work —Ohanaeze
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide Friday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the approval of N10 billion special intervention fund to upgrade the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. President Buhari had on Thursday approved the release of the fund for the airport which had been shut down since August, after meeting with Southeast governors and leaders from the zone. Ohanaeze youths said they were independently monitoring the airport and would not tolerate any substandard project.
7. Obiano sets up panel to investigate Onitsha tanker explosion
Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, on Friday set up a panel to determine the cause of Wednesday’s fuel tanker explosion in Onitsha. Several people, including a mother and her child were killed while properties worth several millions of Naira were destroyed in the incident.
8. Senator to Aregbesola: Feed prison inmates well
The Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial district, Chukwuka Utazi, on Friday, decried the poor treatment of prison inmates in Nigeria. He said prison inmates in Nigeria have the right to be well fed and urged the Ministry of Interior to ensure that they are fed well. Utazi spoke when the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, appeared before the Committee to defend his ministry’s 2020 budget.
9. RIVERS: APC protesters urge Oshiomhole to expel Magnus Abe from party
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has been asked to commence processes for the dismissal of Senator Magnus Abe from the party. Some aggrieved APC members in the state, made the request when they stormed the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Thursday. The protesters, who temporarily disrupted activities at the party’s headquarters, told newsmen that it had got to a point they would no longer ignore the crisis rocking the Rivers State chapter of the APC.
10. ‘Otedola is like an Angel’ – Chukwu hails billionaire for footing medical bill
Former Nigeria international, Christian Chukwu has expressed his gratitude to business mogul, Femi Otedola, for footing his medical bills. The ex-Super Eagles coach, who fell very ill in May and was flown to the United Kingdom, referred to Otedola, who gave $50,000 for the medical expenses, as an Angel that was sent into his life.