These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Thursday morning, October 17, 2019.
1. Buhari signs 5 bills passed by 8th National Assembly into law
Five bills passed by the 8th National Assembly have been signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, his Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly (House of Representatives) Umar Yakubu said on Wednesday. Yakubu announced this on Wednesday at a news conference in Abuja, adding that the Acts were to ensure good governance in the country.
2. Two days after domestic strife was exposed Buhari appoints six new aides for Aisha
Two days after the spat between the First Lady, Aisha Buhari and Fatima, the daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cousin, Mamman Daura, came to the public domain, the President, on Wednesday, approved the appointment of six new aides for his wife. The appointment which takes immediate effect was announced in a statement issued on Wednesday by the First Lady’s Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna. The newly appointed aides are – Dr. Mairo Almakura (Special Assistant, African First Ladies Peace Mission); Muhammed Albishir (Special Assistant, Organisation of African First Ladies for Development); Wole Aboderin (Special Assistant, Non-Governmental Organisations) and Mr. Aliyu Abdullahi (Special Assistant on Media and Publicity). Others are – Zainab Kazeem (Special Assistant, Domestic and Social Events) and Funke Adesiyan (Personal Assistant, Domestic and Social Events).
3. Nigeria needs more prayers—Lawan
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said on Wednesday that Nigerians need to pray more for the country to overcome its numerous challenges. Lawan stated this while receiving a delegation of the Christian Legislators’ Fellowship of the National Assembly in Abuja. The delegation led by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, invited Lawan to the 10th National Prayer Breakfast slated for October 31 at the International Conference Center, Abuja. The Senate president said the prayer breakfast was timely and urged all to first seek the face of God for answered prayers ahead of the programme.
4. GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION: Bayelsans are doubting INEC’s impartiality – Dickson
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Wednesday, said Balyelsans were doubting the impartiality of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the forthcoming November 16 governorship election in the state. Dickson’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, in a statement on Wednesday, said Dickson made the comment while speaking on political developments in the state in a live media chat in Yenagoa
5. Six houses, shops razed in Onitsha tanker exposion
At least six buildings and shops were on Wednesday razed by fire at Upper Iweka, on Onitsha/Awka Road in Onitsha, after a 33,000-litre diesel tanker fell and caught fire. The truck had reportedly lost control and exploded after ramming into some buildings in the Upper Iweka axis of the commercial city.
6. ‘Operation Python Dance’ now ‘Atilogwu Udo’. Will it change anything?
The Nigerian Army has rechristened its South East security operation expected to commence on November 1, from Operation Python Dance or Egwu Eke to Atilogwu Udo. This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, in a statement in Abuja. He said the exercise’s new name would not affect the other components which were to tackle “kidnappings, armed robbery, inter-cult and communal clashes in the region.”
7. Protesting workers disrupt activities at KEDC over unpaid salaries, unremitted pension
As the protest embarked upon by workers of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC) entered the second day, on Wednesday, the workers have vowed not to back down until their outstanding salaries and unremitted deducted pensions are paid. According to reports, a meeting called to resolve the crisis between the management of the distribution company and union officials failed. The workers, led by officials of the National Union of Electricity Employees, barricaded the main entrance to the corporate head office of the company in Kaduna.
8. ICPC claims recovery of 200 properties from corrupt individuals
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has said that it recovered over 200 properties from suspected corrupt individuals in the past eight months. Chairman of the commission, Bolaji Owasanoye, said the seized properties included plazas, bungalows and mansions. He also said that the commission was on the verge of recovering an additional 100 properties.
9. Nasarawa polytechnic expels 66 over exam malpractice, misconduct
At least 66 students of the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, have been expelled from the institution over their alleged involvement in examination malpractice and other forms of misconduct. The Polytechnic Rector, Abdullahi Hassan, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Lafia, the state capital. According to him, the measure was meant to promote discipline and improve the quality and standard of education in the polytechnic.
10. Knee injury confirmed for Uzoho as club Omonia wish goalie well
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho will be away from the game for a long time as he has been diagnosed of a serious knee injury. The Nigeria’s number one shot-stopper was carried off the pitch during the Super Eagles friendly game against Brazil on Sunday. Uzoho put up a brilliant performance against the five-time world champions, but could not finish the game as he was replaced by debutant Maduka Okoye midway through the second half. “Francis Uzoho has been diagnosed with a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and external meniscus,” his club, Omonia Nicosia said in a statement.
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