These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Sunday morning, October 13, 2019.
1. PDP TO SAGAY: At your age, be bold enough to tell Buhari corruption resides in his presidency
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay should at his age and status, be bold enough to tell President Buhari that corruption resides in the Presidential Villa. The opposition party also advised Sagay to tell Buhari that a “president who surrounds himself with corrupt persons as ministers, special advisers and confidants cannot fight corruption.”
2. Fayemi gives reasons for not paying salary arrears, emoluments
The Ekiti State Government has said that the huge debt it inherited from the previous administration inhibited it from paying emoluments and salary arrears owed workers within one year. State Commissioner for Information and Value Orientation, Muyiwa Olumilua, made this known in Ado Ekiti on Saturday at a news conference to announce activities to mark the first anniversary of the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration in the state.
3. Social workers want laws to end sex demands for admission, employment
Following the recent sex for grades scandal involving lecturers of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the Nigeria Association of Social Workers (NASoW) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to enact anti-sexual harassment policies. The body said the bill would help reduce demands for sex in return for grades, admissions, employment and promotions in higher institutions, ministries and agencies across the country.
4. INEC may hold Kogi West senatorial election on November 16
The supremacy battle between the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State is far from over after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) hinted it would conduct the Kogi West Senatorial election on November 16. In what appeared to be a fresh twist of fate, the Appeal Court, on Friday, affirmed the ruling of the National and State Assemblies Election Petitions Tribunal which had earlier nullified the February 23 senatorial election won by Senator Dino Melaye. The court also ordered INEC to conduct a fresh election within 90 days.
5. Gov Akeredolu orders immediate closure of Ondo public schools
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has directed the immediate closure of schools situated within flood-prone areas across the state. In a statement on Saturday, Donald Ojogo, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, said the directive followed flash floods which affected most flood-prone areas in the state, especially the riverside communities.
6. Capital expenditure to take 72.24 percent of Kaduna govt’s proposed 2020 budget
The Kaduna State Government has proposed a N245.4 billion budget for the 2020 fiscal year. During a town hall meeting held on Saturday at Gen. Hassan Katsina House in Kaduna, the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said the budget had a provision of N177.29 billion for capital expenditure and N68.11 billion as recurrent expenditure. The figure represents 27.76 per cent as recurrent and 72.24 percent as capital expenditure.
7. Army captures 10 high-ranking Boko Haram terrorists in Borno
The Nigerian Army Saturday revealed that it had captured 10 suspected Boko Haram leaders while they were trying to escape troops at Bitta, Gwoza LGA of Borno State. Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja. He disclosed that a successful sting operation conducted on Oct. 9 by troops of the 26 Task Force Brigade led to the arrest of the suspects.
8. EFCC fails in bid to stop Atiku’s son-in-law from medical trip abroad, but…
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday failed in its efforts to stop Atiku Abubakar’s son-in-law, Abdullahi Babalele, from embarking on a medical trip abroad. The anti-graft agency is prosecuting Babalele for allegedly laundering $140,000 in the build-up to the last general elections.
9. Four die in Lagos building collapse
Four people have been reportedly killed in a collapsed building in Magodo area of Lagos State. The incident occurred during the heavy downpour in several parts of the state.
10. Army kills 39 bandits in Zamfara
At least 39 armed bandits were killed by soldiers in two different operations in Zamfara this week. The Spokesman of the Operation Hadarin Daji, Capt. Oni Orisan, who disclosed this on Saturday, said the operations were carried out in Bakura and the Anka axis of the state. According to him, 19 of the bandits were killed in an encounter with the army in the bushes of Anka while the 20 were killed in Bakura.
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