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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Thursday morning, November 14, 2019

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Thursday morning.

1. Osinbajo responds to journalist who claims he prayed for Buhari’s death

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has reacted to claims that he had prayed for the death of President Muhammadu Buhari. A certain columnist, Festus Adedayo had in an opinion article titled, ‘The Trials of Brother Osinbajo,’ claimed he received information that Osinbajo, a Senior Pastor with the RCCG, had in a gathering with members of the church, prayed for the death of the President when the latter was away on medical leave. Adedayo said a confidante of Buhari, who was at the gathering, informed the President of Osinbajo’s “sinister plan,” hence the breakdown in the relationship between Buhari and Osinbajo. But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity (Office of the Vice-President), Laolu Akande, denied the allegations. Read more

2. EDO APC CRISIS: 3 things Obaseki wants Oshiomhole to remember

As the crisis rocking the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) show no signs of abating, Governor Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday highlighted three things for his predecessor and National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole to remember. He outlined these at a meeting of the APC leaders in the state held in Benin City, the state capital. Read more

3. Fresh showdown imminent as Senate summons Customs boss

The Senate Wednesday summoned the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd), over the ban on fuel supply to communities close to the nation’s borders. The Senate mandated its Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff to summon the Customs chief in a bid to work out a viable economic framework/policy that could further mitigate the sufferings of the people and communities across the border areas. Read more

4. EDO APC CRISIS: I cannot be suspended by a ‘rogue organisation’ —Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has declared that the ‘rogue’ Edo Peoples Movement (EPM) has no power to suspend any member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, as they are not recognised by the constitution of the party. Following the suspension of the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, by a faction of the APC loyal to Obaseki, EPM had also announced the suspension of the governor, his deputy, Phillip Shuaibu and the Secretary to the State Government, Ogie Osarodion. Read more

5. BAYELSA GUBER: Radio staff killed, several others injured as PDP rally descends into chaos

A staff of a radio station was shot dead on Wednesday in Bayelsa State following exchange of gunfire between some supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) during a governorship rally organised by the ruling party in the state. Simon Onu, a staff of the Bayelsa State-owned radio broadcasting corporation, Radio Bayelsa and driver of an outside broadcasting van was hit by a stray bullet and died on the spot while trying to maneuver his vehicle from the venue of the rally in Ogbolomabiri community in Nembe LGA. Read more

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6. Don’t allow APC soil your hands with innocent blood —PDP to IGP

As the Kogi governorship election draws closer, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has made yet another allegation against the State Governor, Yahaya Bello, who is also contesting in the November 16 election. PDP claimed that Bello and his party the All Progressives Congress (APC) had directed CSP Usman Musa, who is to coordinate security during the election, to exert excessive force, intimidate and arrest voters, aid APC thugs to unleash violence and ensure that votes do not count. In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said the IGP should be ready to accept responsibility for any breakdown of law and order as well as “directly bear the guilt for any loss of life in any part of the state during the election, if he fails to withdraw the CSP Musa, who has since been transferred to Lagos state.” Read more

7. EDO APC CRISIS: APC NWC suspends pro-Obaseki state chapter chairman who led Oshiomhole’s ‘suspension’

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has upheld the suspension of its branch chairman in Edo, Anslem Ojezua. Ojezua was initially suspended on Tuesday by 11 of the 16 members of the Edo State Working Committee (SWC). He was suspended after he led leaders of the party in the state to announce the suspension of National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. Read more

8. Nigeria has witnessed ‘drastic reduction’ in kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, other crimes —Police

Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has warned his men against the use of brute force in the discharge of their duties. He advised them to deploy intellect, respect for extant laws, civility to citizens, knowledge, and sound professional judgement in their duties, which he said were requirements for modern policing. Adamu made this comment during the decoration of 13 newly promoted Assistant Inspector-Generals (AIG) of Police at the Force headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday. Read more

9. Kidnapped Immigration officials reportedly rescued by Nigerian Navy

The personnel of the Nigerian Navy and the maritime component of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta codenamed “Operation Delta Safe” on Wednesday rescued the four Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) officers abducted by gunmen in Onne, Rivers State, on Tuesday. The immigration officers were rescued on Wednesday morning during what was described as a surprise raid by the security agents on the criminals’ hideout. The NIS officers were abducted on Bonny- Port Harcourt River in the early hours of Tuesday. Read more

10. Flying start to AFCON 2021 race as Osimhen, Kalu fire Super Eagles past Benin

The Super Eagles of Nigeria secured a sensational victory against Benin Republic in the opening qualifying match of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Nigeria came from behind to beat their West African neighbours 2-1 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Wednesday evening. It is the first time since the qualifying series of the 2013 edition of the AFCON that Nigeria has started their qualifying campaign with a win. Read more


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