These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Thursday morning.
1. El-Zakzaky demanded ‘a five-star hotel’, Nigerian govt reacts to India drama
The Federal Government has said the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was violating the bail conditions granted him and his wife by the Federal High Court, Kaduna. Reacting to an audio message in which El-Zakzaky complained about the increased security presence around him in Medanta Hospital Indian hospital, FG said El-Zakzaky was “becoming uncontrollable,” as he rejected the hospital which he chose, but instead, wanted to be taken to a five-star hotel.
2. El-Zakzaky’s protest in India bears fruit
The management of Medanta Hospital in New Delhi, India, has granted the demands of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, to allow the doctors he initially had an appointment with to attend to him. El-Zakzaky had earlier on Wednesday, in a viral audio message, requested to be returned to a Nigerian hospital as the condition at the Indian hospital he was taken to was worse than that of Nigeria.
3. You can’t intimidate me, Gov. Zulum dares Boko Haram
The Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday, boasted that he cannot be intimidated by threats from Boko Haram insurgents and their attacks on resettled communities in the state. The governor stated this during the inauguration of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Agro-Ranger squad, adding that his administration remained committed to ending insurgency and restoring peace to the state.
4. Obono-Obla’s sack letter ready, may be prosecuted
There are indications that the suspended Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla may be in for more troubles, as competent presidency sources say his sack letter has been delivered to the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice. According to the sources, the Presidency may also be willing to take further steps by asking the University of Jos to withdraw Obono-Obla’s law certificate and the Nigerian Law School to also bar him from practicing law over allegations that he falsified the West African Examination Council, WAEC, result he used in gaining admission to the University of Jos.
5. GHOST WORKERS: Ihedioha introduces biometric capturing in Imo civil service
Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has revealed that he introduced biometric capturing of civil servants to end the issue of ghost workers in the state. He added that the biometric exercise would ease the pains of pensioners in accessing their pensions after years of retirement.
6. Adoke explains why Magu is after him, fingers Osinbajo
A former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, SAN, has explained that the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, may be working against him as puppet of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. Adoke made the explanation in his book titled Burden of Service: Reminiscences of Nigeria’s Former Attorney-General.
7. Dickson, Alaibe square up again over Bayelsa PDP ticket
The race for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Bayelsa State has continued to generate controversies between the state governor, Seriake Dickson and a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Timi Alaibe. Governor Dickson, in a statement on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, accused Alaibe of blackmailing him to gain political advantage for the party’s ticket.
8. BAYELSA GUBER: PDP youths warn Dickson, chair, say anointed candidate may ruin party
South-South youth chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed fears that the issue of anointed candidate may deny the party chances of retaining the governorship seat in Bayelsa State. They, therefore, warned the state governor, Seriake Dickson, and the party’s state chairman, Cleopas Moses, not to ruin the party by openly preferring one aspirant above the others.
9. CAN demands restructuring of security structure
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kano State on Wednesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to consider restructuring the security formation of the country. The chairman of the local CAN chapter, Rev Samuel Adeyemo, said the President must change the current security structure in the country if he wants to win the war against numerous security challenges in the land.
10. Nigerian govt demands punishment for Chinese security agents who killed pastor
The Nigerian government has condemned the killing of an Anambra State-born cleric by Chinese security operatives. Reacting to the death of the cleric identified as Joseph Nwajueze, the Federal Government through the Chairman, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has called for a probe into his death.
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