These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Saturday morning.
1. Buhari expresses disappointment with the UN
President Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed disappointment with the United Nations report on violence in Nigeria for failing to address important aspects, such as intra-group violence. In a statement on Friday, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said that while failing to address salient issues might make it easier to blame the federal government, it would not help solve the problem of violence in Nigeria.
2. Border closure already yielding positive results —Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari Friday said the closure of Nigeria’s land borders had been yielding positive results for the economy. Some Nigerians have been lamenting since government commenced partial closure of the land borders a few weeks ago.
3. Hours to expiration of his 45-day detention, Nigerian govt slams Sowore with seven-count charge
Barely 24 hours to the expiration of his 45-day detention, the Federal Government has slammed a fresh seven-count charge against the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore. In the suit dated September 19 and filed at the federal high court in Abuja, the government accused Sowore of treason, money laundering and cyberstalking President Muhammadu Buhari.
4. PDP applauds tribunal for rulings on Govs Odom, Ishaku
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has applauded the members of the tribunals over rulings in suits challenging the victories of governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and Darius Ishaku of Taraba. The party thanked members of the tribunal that presided over the matters for their courage and patriotism in delivering justice in the interest of the people.
5. Suspected Port Harcourt serial killer blames ‘evil spirit’ for his actions
A suspected serial killer, Gracious David-West, 26, who has been linked to the murder of young ladies in hotels in parts of Rivers State has confessed to committing the crime. David-West who was arrested by the police on his way to Uyo from Rivers State, admitted to killing at least seven women in hotels in Lagos State, Owerri in Imo State and Port Harcourt in Rivers State.“I don’t know what pushes me to kill women. I think evil spirit is disturbing me,” he added.
6. 15 suspects arraigned over alleged attempt to kill Patience Jonathan
The Bayelsa State Police Command has arraigned 15 persons before the State High Court sitting in Yenagoa over an alleged plot to kill former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. The 15 suspects were also accused of robbing Patience Jonathan of valuables worth over N3 billion. A 17-count charge of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit felony with armed robbery, malicious injury to property, conspiracy to commit felony, stealing and burglary was filed against the suspects.
7. ALLEGED RAPE: Pastor Fatoyinbo demands N50m from Busola Dakolo
Senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, has asked the FCT High Court to dismiss the suit filed by photographer, Busola Dakolo, accusing him of raping her when she was 17 years old. In his preliminary objection, which he filed against the suit on Friday, Fatoyinbo told the court that the prayers contained in the case were “ungrantable.” The application which was filed through his lawyers, demanded an award of N50 million as damages and that the suit be dismissed on the grounds that it was incompetent and frivolous.
8. No going back on new charges for cash transactions —Emefiele
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said it would continue to implement the cashless policy in line with its mandate to ensure an efficient payment system. Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor, made this comment while briefing journalists shortly after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting on Friday.
9. Kwara tribunal dismisses PDP petition against Gov Abdulrazaq
The governorship election petition tribunal in Kwara State, on Friday, dismissed a petition by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking the nullification of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s election. Chairman of the tribunal sitting in Ilorin, Justice Bassey Effiong ruled that the PDP candidate, Razak Atunwa, failed to prove his allegations against Abdulrazaq of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
10. Tribunal dismisses APM petition against Ogun Speaker, Oluomo
The election petition tribunal sitting in Abeokuta has upheld the election of the Speaker of Ogun State House Assembly, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, as the lawmaker representing Ifo Constituency 1. A three-member panel of the tribunal, headed by Justice Adenike Coker, on Friday dismissed the suit by Wemimo Owolabi, of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) challenging the election of Oluomo.
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