These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Tuesday morning, September 17, 2019.
1. Buhari appoints Soludo, Rewane, others into his newly constituted Economic Advisory Council
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday constituted an Economic Advisory Council (EAC). This follows the dissolution of the Economic Management Team which was headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. A statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina said the following dignitaries were appointed as members: Prof. Doyin Salami – Chairman, Dr. Mohammed Sagagi – Vice-Chairman, Prof. Ode Ojowu, Dr. Shehu Yahaya, Dr. Iyabo Masha, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, Bismark Rewane, and Dr. Mohammed Adaya Salisu – Secretary.
2. XENOPHOBIA: South Africa tenders formal apology to Nigeria
The South African Government has said that the violent attacks by its citizens against Nigerians and other foreigners in the country did not represent what South Africa stood for as a constitutional democracy. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Special Envoy to Nigeria, Jeff Radebe, on Monday, conveyed a formal apology to Nigerians and the Nigerian Government over the recent xenophobic attacks.
3. Nigerian govt gives foreigners deadline to get registered or be deported
The Federal Government of Nigeria has handed unregistered foreigners a deadline, to get their papers sorted out or face deportation to their countries of origin. The deadline was issued through the Nigeria Immigration Service which said it will soon start to deport foreigners living in Nigeria without proper permit. According to Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Baba-Dede, who was addressing border communities at Maigatari local government in Jigawa State on Monday, the deportation of foreigners living illegally in the country will begin from the 12th of January, 2020.
4. ZAMFARA: Former Emir, Marafa emerges PDP Deputy Chairman
The Zamfara state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed the former Emir of Bakura, Hassan Marafa as its Deputy Chairman. The new deputy chairman emerged on Monday during the party’s state congress held in Gusau and supervised by a former Niger governor, Babangida Aliyu.
5. OYO: APC’s Adelabu suffers another defeat as tribunal upholds Makinde’s election
Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, with its governorship candidate in the last election, Adebayo Adelabu, suffered another defeat on Monday as the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan upheld the victory of Gov. Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Adebayo Adelabu had filed a petition against Makinde on the outcome of the March 9 governorship election in the state.
6. In line with court ruling, APC postpones planned congresses in Rivers
Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended its planned ward, local government and state congresses scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 in the state. This is in compliance with a court order barring it for proceeding with the congresses pending the hearing and determination of a suit filed by Ibrahim Umah and 22 other Rivers APC members loyal to Sen. Magnus Abe’s faction.
7. ECOWAS Parliament urges Nigerian govt to reopen borders
The ECOWAS Parliament has appealed to the Nigerian government to find a permanent solution to the challenge of smuggling, rather than the continued closure of its borders. In a statement at the opening of the 2nd Extra Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Liberia, the speaker of the parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo, appealed to the Nigerian government to reopen its borders.
8. FUOYE KILLING: NANS threatens to place curse on Fayemi’s family over worsening condition of paralysed student
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to place a curse on the family of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State over the worsening condition of a student who sustained injuries during a protest that led to the death of two students of the Federal University of Oye Ekiti last week. NANS said the student in question identified as Azeez Elijah can no longer lift his legs and hands, calling on Nigerians to pray for him to turn the corner very soon.
9. Only ‘compound fools’ will dump PDP for APC —Melaye
The senator representing Kogi West senatorial district in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has denied rumours that he was planning to defect from his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Melaye, on his official twitter handle @dino-melaye, stated that APC would be defeated in Kogi State, adding that only “compound fools” and people with a degree in stupidity would leave PDP for APC.
10. Millions worth of goods lost as fire razes 15 shops in Edo
Several millions worth of goods were lost in Benin-City on Monday when fire razed no fewer than 15 shops located along Lagos Street, opposite the Oba Market, Benin-City, Edo State. It was gathered that the inferno started from one of the shops as a result of a suspected high voltage. One of the victims, Mrs. Tawa Shittu lamented that goods owned by her two daughters-in-law were burnt in the inferno.