These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Thursday morning.
1. S’EAST GOVS TO NNAMDI KANU: Touch any of us, face the wrath of our people
South-east Governors’ Forum has dared leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to go ahead and carry out his threats to attack them and other leaders of the region that travel abroad. The governors said should the IPOB leader carry out the threats, they would make sure he is repatriated back to Nigeria to “face the wrath of our people.”
2. We will no longer field candidates with questionable certificates —Oshiomhole
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Wednesday, inaugurated the Governorship Screening Committee for APC aspirants for the August 29 Kogi and Bayelsa states primary elections. He said the party would guide against fielding candidates with questionable dates of birth, educational qualifications and various errors which the opposition party could latch on to snatch victory after losing at the polls.
3. Buhari’s choice of ‘corrupt’ ministers makes Nigerians more eager to see Atiku’s ‘stolen mandate’ retrieved —PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s new ministers as an assemblage of people that have been indicted for corruption and treasury looting. The PDP, in a statement, on Wednesday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, also indicted the President for parading a band of poor recycled foot-soldiers, adding that many of them had failed Nigerians in governance assignments in the past. They, however, noted that Nigerians should not lose hope but continue in the expressed determination to retrieve Atiku’s stolen presidential mandate in court.
4. Sowore’s #RevolutionNow suffers another setback as nine Northern groups back out
A planned protest for August 22 in some cities in the Northern part of the country as part of Omoyele Sowore’s #RevolutionNow protests have suffered a huge setback, as nine Northern groups that made up the Joint Northern Action Front, have pulled out. The groups announced their pull out in a joint press statement issued in Kaduna on Wednesday by the group’s Secretary, Tanko Mustapha.
5. I don’t know much about interior, Aregbesola confesses
The newly appointed Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday, confessed that he had little knowledge about the Ministry he was posted to by President Muhammadu Buhari. According to him, he does not know about the policies and operations of the Ministry beyond what he reads in newspapers.
6. My reappointment shows I’m trustworthy —Lai
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Lai Mohammed has said that he was reappointed and posted back to the information ministry because of the trust and confidence President Muhammadu had in him. Mohammed said this on Wednesday while addressing directors and senior officials of the ministry after his swearing-in by President Buhari, urging them to redouble their efforts and justify the confidence reposed in them by the president.
7. Employers, workers never had it as good as under my tenure —Ngige
Returning Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said employers and workers in Nigeria had their best period under his tenure. He also promised to resolve the lingering problem of the implementation of the new N30,000 national minimum wage.
8. Court empowers AMCON, UBA to take over Donald Duke’s Ikoyi property
Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Lagos, on Wednesday, ordered the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and United Bank for Africa (UBA) to take over Ikoyi, Lagos property of a former governor of Cross River State, Mr Donald Duke, over an alleged debt of N537,334,360.77. The court made the takeover order in a ruling by Justice Chuka Obiozor.
9. Policemen who killed suspected phone thieves in Lagos arrested
The Lagos State Police Command has announced the arrest of the four Policemen who shot dead two suspected phone thieves in the Igando area of the state. This was disclosed by the state Police spokesman, Bala Elkana, adding that they would face murder charges.
10. Gunmen burn several houses in fresh attack on Plateau community
Fresh tension has engulfed Vat village in Foron District of Barki Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State after gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked the village on Wednesday, burning several houses. The attack, according to reports, forced the Member of the House of Representatives: representing the area, Simon Mwadkwon, to call off his planned visit to the area.
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