These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Sunday morning.
1. KOGI WEST POLL: Dino Melaye finally loses senatorial seat to Smart Adeyemi
Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has finally lost the Kogi West senatorial seat to Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Adeyemi reclaimed his position as Kogi West senator at the end of the Saturday, November 30 supplementary election in the senatorial district. At the end of the exercise, Olayinde Lawal, the returning officer of the election declared Adeyemi winner of the election. Read more
2. Killing to get political office is ‘civilian coup’ —Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has pleaded with politicians to put an end to killings for the sake of gaining political offices. Speaking against the backdrop of the violence that marred the elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States, Jonathan said that politicians were systematically replacing military coups with civilian coups. He made this statement on Saturday when he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science at the 17th convocation of Igbinedion University, Okada. Read more
3. Benin Republic has made Nigeria its dumping ground —Mohammed
For the umpteenth time, the Nigerian Government has explained why it closed the nation’s land borders. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who spoke on the issue during a programme on the Television Continental (TVC), accused the Republic of Benin of being recalcitrant in its importation of prohibited good and dumping of same into Nigeria’s market despite the partial closure of the borders. The minister said the number of seizures recorded by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) during the week had shown that neighboring countries were not in a hurry to comply with Nigeria’s directive on the issue. Read more
4. I’m in support of social media bill, President Buhari’s daughter, Zahra says
The daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, Zahra Indimi, has expressed support for the controversial social media regulation bill being referred to by many as anti-social media bill.
She stated this while lamenting how Nigerians always attack her on social media over her father’s actions. According to a report by The Interview, Zahra spoke during the first edition of “An Afternoon with Zahra”, an event organised in Abuja by her foundation, ZMB Homes and tagged #ConversationWithZahra. Read more
5. INSECURITY: Matawalle revokes all land titles, allocations on grazing reserves in Zamfara
The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has revoked all land titles and allocations on grazing reserves in the state from 1999 to date. This he said was to address the issues of insecurity arising from farmers/herders conflicts strongly believed to be connected with the allocation of farmlands along grazing reserves, cattle routes and forest reserves. Read more
6. Politics of bitterness has stunted development in Rivers —Abe
Magnus Abe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, has cited politics of bitterness and division as the greatest challenge troubling the state. He said it was adversely affecting the development of the state.
He said the situation was making it impossible for Rivers people to come together to fight for Rivers development. “The greatest challenge that Rivers State faces today is not all the things we have mentioned. It is the fact that hatred, bitterness have characterised our politics and have divided us in a way that we have never been divided before. Read more
7. EFCC grills Air Peace boss Onyema over $44.9m wire deals
A few days after the United States Department of Justice indicted the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, for money laundering and other allied crimes, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has quizzed the businessman over an alleged $44.9 million wire deals, The Nation reports. The newspaper also reports that the EFCC may watch-list a former Special Adviser/Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme Office and would be placed on INTERPOL red alert list. Read more
8. Witness tells court Maina opened secret account in sister’s name
The ongoing trial of former chairman, Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina has opened up more can of worms following a fresh revelation by Mairo Bashir, a business manager with United Bank for Africa, and first prosecution witness in the ongoing trial. Bashir told the Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday, which was presided over by Justice Okon Abang, that the defendant (Maina) operated a secret bank account in his sister’s name. Read more
9. ADAMAWA: 2 policemen killed as gunmen abduct 7 persons
Two policemen have been killed and seven other persons abducted in Mubi south local government area of Adamawa state. Ahmadu Dahiru, chairman of the local government, confirmed that the incident occurred along Mubi–Gyela road on Tuesday. Read more
10. YOBE: Army rescues 20 persons abducted by Boko Haram
Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 20 persons kidnapped on Thursday by insurgents during an attack on Babban Gida, the administrative headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State. A statement on Saturday by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, explained that the terrorists had sneaked into the peaceful community on board nine gun trucks to unleash terror on the innocent citizens. Read more
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