These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Tuesday morning.
1. JAPAN TRIP: Presidency asks Nigerians to disregard propaganda from ‘hate mongers’ IPOB
The Presidency has called on Nigerians to disregard claim by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that President Muhammadu Buhari did not travel to Japan. Buhari had on Tuesday left Nigeria for Japan in order to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) holding in the City of Yokohama, August 28-30, 2019.
2. Court vacates interim forfeiture order on Nwaoboshi’s properties
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday granted the prayers of the Senator representing Delta North at the National Assembly, Peter Nwaoboshi, as the order of interim forfeiture placed on some assets linked to him was lifted. Justice Taiwo Taiwo, who made the order on July 20, 2019, in his ruling on Monday, said he had no jurisdiction to issue the order.
3. Abba Kyari not behind probe of Head of Service, Oyo-Ita —EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has refuted claims that the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, ordered the probe of Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita. A statement by EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said that the ongoing investigation of a N3 billion fraud in the Office of the HoS was based on evidence and not on political considerations.
4. NLC demands immediate implementation of new minimum wage
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has demanded the immediate implementation of the new national minimum wage. NLC’s National Executive Council (NEC) accused the Federal Government of delaying the implementation of the new national minimum wage through protracted negotiation with workers on consequential adjustment.
5. KOGI GUBER: Crisis brewing as APC screening committee disqualifies 12 aspirants
The Screening Committee of the All Progressives Congress in Kogi State has cleared Governor Yahaya Bello and three other aspirants for the August 29 primary of the party. Only four of the 16 governorship aspirants were cleared by the committee to participate in the primary.
6. Rights group challenges police to account for whereabouts of 500 arrested herdsmen, kidnappers
The Nigeria Police Force has been challenged to account for the whereabouts of over 500 paraded suspected armed Fulani bandits, kidnappers and other armed hoodlums arrested in the Northern part of the country early this year. The challenge was made by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) which accused the police of only taking delight in parading suspects without actually prosecuting them.
7. News of mosque demolition concocted by mischief makers —Wike
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has described reports that the state government demolished a mosque as a concoction by mischief makers bent on causing disaffection in the state. The governor, who said there was no mosque built on the site in question, stated this when he visited the location of the alleged mosque demolition at Biambo street, off School Road, Rainbow Estate, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State, on Monday, in the company of reporters.
8. Reveal where Buhari is hiding in Japan, and see our true colour, IPOB dares Adesina
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Monday alleged that Nigerians have been fooled with the news and photographs being circulated that President Muhammadu Buhari was in Japan. The group, through its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, alleged that if Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President and the rest of Aso Rock is confident that Jubril-Buhari is in Japan, they should kindly tell us where he is residing and we assure them that within the next hour there will be seismic shock across the political world.
9. Gov Tambuwal speaks on how to tackle corruption to standstill
The governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has emphasised the need to depoliticize the fight against corruption in the country. Tambuwal who made the assertion on Monday, insisted that strengthening of institutions remains the best way to effectively fight corruption to a standstill.
10. Nigerian Government rakes in N311.94bn from VAT in three months
A total of N311.94 billion has been generated by the Federal Government between April and June 2019 through the Value Added Tax (VAT), statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) have shown. This is an improvement on the N289.04 generated by government in the first quarter of the year, January to March.