These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Thursday morning.
1. XENOPHOBIA: Air Peace to airlift Nigerians from South Africa —Foreign Affairs Ministry
The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday announced that the proprietor of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema, has provided an aircraft to evacuate Nigerians who wished to return home on account of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa. According to a statement by the spokesman of the ministry, Ferdinand Nwoye, the aircraft will be available for airlift operations from Friday.
2. XENOPHOBIA: 125 suspects arrested, three policemen injured, one vehicle burnt following retaliatory attacks —IGP
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said that 125 suspects have been arrested in connection with retaliatory attacks across the country over Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa. The IG, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba in Lagos on Wednesday, also disclosed that three Police officers were seriously injured, while a Police operational vehicle was set ablaze.
3. KATSINA: Bandits give Masari conditions for peace
Bandits in Katsina State on Wednesday met with the state Governor, Aminu Masari, insisting that they would not not accept any dialogue with government except their colleagues in prisons were released. Governor Masari met the bandits, who drawn from Sabuwa and Dandume, at Dankolo village in Sabuwa Local Government Area of the state.
4. NIGER DELTA: Akpabio reveals why NDDC has not been effective
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has revealed that the developmental agenda of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) had been hampered by a whopping N2 trillion debt, personal interest and undue interference. Harping on the need to redirect the affairs of the commission, the minister said the NDDC had not performed well in its main responsibility, which was the development of the Niger Delta region.
5. #XENOPHOBIAINSOUTHAFRICA: Nigeria pulls out of World Economic Forum in S’Africa, may recall ambassador
The Nigerian Government on Wednesday pulled out of the ongoing World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The action was in response to the fresh xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other non-indigenes by citizens of South Africa.
6. Okorocha, family to forfeit properties worth several billions —EFCC
The immediate past Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha is on the verge of losing properties worth several billions of naira alongside his wife and daughter, as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has obtained orders for the interim forfeiture of the assets. The Head, Enugu Zonal Office of the commission, Mr. Usman Imam, revealed this on Wednesday in Enugu while briefing newsmen on the activities of the commission in the last eight months.
7. XENOPHOBIA: The red line has been drawn against South Africa —Nigerian Govt
The Federal Government on Wednesday declared that a red line has been drawn between Nigeria and South Africa over the xenophobic attacks. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made this comment on Wednesday while addressing State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
8. Nigerian government plans multi-donor trust fund
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has revealed plans by the Federal Government to set up a multi-donor trust fund after arrangements for the Donor Coordination Unit (DCU) must have taken root in coming weeks. The trust fund, according to the minister, would ensure best value for all donor assisted activities in the country, while the DCU would be co-chaired by herself and the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba.
9. BAYELSA: David Lyon clinches APC governorship ticket
Chief David Lyon has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the November 16 Bayelsa State election. Lyon polled 42,138 votes to defeat five other aspirants in the primary election of the party conducted on Wednesday by the APC Bayelsa State Governorship Primary Election Committee chaired by Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni.
10. KOGI GUBER: Melaye, others lose out as Musa Wada emerges PDP flag bearer
Engr. Musa Wada has emerged winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in Kogi State. Chairman of the electoral committee for the Kogi primary election, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State, who declared the results on Wednesday, said Wada polled 748.