These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Wednesday morning.
1. Boko Haram insurgents sack Gubio military base, steal gun trucks, kill four soldiers
Emerging reports say Boko Haram insurgents, on Saturday attacked the 5 Brigade of the Nigerian Army stationed in Gubio, about 100 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, killing four soldiers in the process. A report by Premium Times said the insurgents attacked the 5 Brigade camp at about 6:00 p.m. Though the soldiers tried to defend the camp, the attack led to personnel and equipment losses.
2. Shi’ites allege Nigerian govt working with American agents to frustrate El-Zakzaky’s treatment
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has alleged that the Nigerian government is conniving with some “security operatives working for the US” to ensure that the IMN leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, would not be treated. Leader of the proscribed group, El-Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenat are currently at the Mendata Hospital in New Delhi, India where they are to undergo medical treatment.
3. KOGI: PDP accuses APC of plotting with security agencies to rig Bello back to power
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over an alleged plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure the re-election of Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, come November 16. In a statement on Tuesday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP accused the APC of partisan conspiracy designed to deploy some alleged compromised security operatives against opposition parties in Kogi State.
4. Gov. Ishaku speaks on sponsoring Tiv /Jukun crisis
Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku, has said he was working tirelessly with his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom, to end the ongoing crisis between the Tiv and Jukun in the border area of the states. Ripples Nigeria had earlier reported that the Tiv Youth Council (TYC) had alleged Governor Ishaku and the former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. TY Danjuma, were fuelling the Jukun/Tiv crisis.
5. South West PDP calls for probe of Ajimobi’s administration
The Southwest chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, to conduct a thorough audit of the administration of the immediate past governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi. The Party was speaking in reaction to a statement allegedly credited to the former governor that the issue of missing government vehicles was a “minor” one.
6. BUSINESS REVIEW: Is Lagos prepared for the consequences of a Dangote refinery?
Ripples Nigeria, in a special report, looks at the consequences of establishing the world’s largest single train oil refinery by Nigeria’s billionaire business man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, in Lagos State, come 2020. The report focusses on the problem posed by transportation in the state with about 20 million people and what the situation might be like when Dangote’s 650,000 barrel capacity refinery attracts more people into the state, coupled with the issue of global warming.
7. Why Gov Umahi wants us out of Southeast —IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned attempts by Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, to stop its activities in the state, alleging that he was doing so because he wanted to present himself as a running mate to Ahmed Bola Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election. The group was reacting to the ban the State government placed on the activities of the group on Monday, claiming that IPOB was a proscribed organisation.
8. Kogi gov debunks herdsmen attack in Lokoja motor park
Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday, debunked reports on social media that some herdsmen had infiltrated a motor park in Lokoja, the state capital. The governor said the reports were rumours orchestrated by the opposition to create panic in the state.
9. Universities, hospitals staff threaten industrial action over minimum wage, others
The Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions on Tuesday threatened to commence industrial actions. They said they will take action, if the Federal Government fails to implement the judgment of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria on Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions Salary Scale.
10. ‘Offer was too attractive for me to turn down’ – Iwobi on Everton move
Amid mixed reactions trailing his recent move from Arsenal to Everton, Alex Iwobi has revealed the real reason why he accepted the transfer. The Super Eagles forward says the offer the Blues made him was the reason he could no longer continue with the Gunners, stressing that the offer was too good for him to turn down.
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