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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Tuesday morning, December 3, 2019

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

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

1. Buhari relishes ‘gains’ of border closure, says no date for reopening yet

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria’s domestic fuel consumption had dropped by more than 30 per cent, following the closure of land borders. He also noted that two months into the closure of Nigeria’s land border to curb smuggling activities, especially rice, that the administration would bet on the same measure to rekindle the agriculture sector. He said the government’s directive would save the country billions of naira on import bills. Read more

2. Education is Nigeria’s salvation —Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday he became an orphan at a young age. The President also said his nine years in boarding school and a stint in the Nigerian Army helped to shape his life tremendously. According to him, Nigeria’s socio-economic and political salvation would come from education. Read more

3. Buhari still committed to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty ―Minister

The Nigerian government has reaffirmed its commitment to the success of the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP). Addressing the delay in payment of two months stipend given to beneficiaries of its social intervention programme, N-Power, the government said it was engaging the NSIP Cluster Heads for clarifications. Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, made this known on Monday during a press briefing in Abuja. Read more

4. PDP asks INEC to legalise e-voting

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make electronic voting legal in the country. The PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, made the call at a crucial meeting between the PDP National Working Committee and INEC leadership in Abuja. Read more

5. No sane person will support death sentence for hate speech – Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo (SAN), said on Monday that no reasonable person would support a death penalty for hate speech. He, however, said that one cannot come online to say something totally untrue and capable of putting other lives in danger without some kind of penal consequences. Keyamo was responding to opposition that had continued to mount against two controversial bills currently before the Senate – the hate speech and the social media bills. Read more

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6. Court orders forfeiture of Saraki’s houses

A Federal High Court in Lagos Monday ordered the forfeiture of two houses belonging to former Senate President, Bukola Saraki. The houses are located at plots 10 and 11 Abdulkadir Road, Government Reservation Area (GRA), Ilorin, Kwara State. Justice Rilwan Aikawa gave the order following an application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Read more

7. KOGI: Bello sacks political appointees

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, Monday sacked some political office holders in the state, including his Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants. In a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Arike Ayoade, the sacked appointees were directed to hand over to the most senior civil servant in their ministry, department and agency (MDA). Read more

8. Two police officers allegedly killed by IPOB members in Anambra

The Nigerian Police has announced that two of its officers were on Monday killed by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Anambra State. This is coming even as the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu accused the Nigerian security agents of trying to assassinate his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor. Kanu claimed that his lawyer’s home was invaded by security agents and two members of his group were killed in the process. Read more

9. El-Zakzaky’s continued detention an invitation to anarchy – Shi’ites

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) on Monday blasted the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for the continued detention of its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife despite a valid Federal High Court order for their release three years ago. The current administration, according to the IMN, will go down in history for contempt over its failure to release its leader. Read more

10. ILLEGAL FUEL DEALS: Court grants ex—Navy captain N10m bail

Navy Captain Dada Labinjo who was kept in the naval underground cell for more than one year was granted a N10 million bail by Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court, Lagos, on Monday. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned the defendant and few others, including his wife, on a two-count charge of dealing in petroleum products without lawful authority. The wife, Bola, was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy. Read more


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