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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Wednesday morning, December 11, 2019

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Wednesday morning.

1. SOWORE: UK wants Nigerian govt to respect rule of law

The United Kingdom has reacted to the continued detention of the convener of the RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, by the Nigerian Government. It encourages all political, state and non-state actors to uphold the ideals set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed 71 years ago, adding that “respect for the rule of law and free and responsible speech are fundamental for democracy.” The Department of State Security (DSS) operatives on Friday stormed a Federal High Court in Abuja to re-arrest Sowore, a development that was condemned by many. Read more

2. Crisis brews at FIRS as workers threaten strike over Fowler’s action

Tension is brewing at the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) as members of staff have kicked against the decision of the immediate past Chairman of the service, Mr. Babatunde Fowler to handover to the Coordinating Director, Domestic Taxes Group, Abiodun Aina in acting capacity. It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had announced a replacement for Fowler on Monday, necessitating his handover to Aina as acting chairman pending when President Buhari’s nominee will be confirmed by the Senate. Read more

3. KANO: Kingmakers ask court to stop Ganduje from deposing Sanusi

The battle to save the Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi II is far from over as Kingmakers in the emirate on Tuesday prayed a Kano State High Court to stop the state Governor, Abdulahi Ganduje from deposing him. This formed part of the prayers of the Kingmakers in a motion on notice before the court. They are also seeking an injunction to restrain Ganduje from inaugurating the state council of chiefs. Read more

4. Ex-Gov, now Sen Orji sponsors Bill on Freedom from hunger for Nigerians

A bill which seeks for freedom from hunger, right to adequate food of acceptable quality and the right of every child to basic nutrition, was on Tuesday considered by the Nigerian Senate. The bill also seeks to establish an Agency on food security, as well as stipulates provisions for Chairmanship, membership of the board, tenure of office, amongst others. The bill was considered by the lawmakers after Senator Theodore Orji (Abia Central), who sponsored it presented its lead debate. Read more

5. Reps begin fresh move to separate office of AGF from minister of justice

A bill to have the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) separated from that of the minister of justice, on Tuesday, passed second reading at the House of Representatives. The lawmakers said one of the essence of the move was to ensure that the AGF’s office was freed from political interference. This is not the first time the lawmakers are making the move. The 8th National Assembly had also made efforts to split the office as part of its Constitution review exercise. The state Houses of Assembly were yet to send in their votes to the 8th National Assembly before it wound down. Read more

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6. Human Rights commission to report abuses in Nigeria to International bodies

The Nigeria Human Rights Commission, alongside other stakeholders, have resolved to report cases of human rights abuses in the country to International monitoring bodies. This was part of decisions taken on Tuesday at the 2019 Human Rights Summit organised by the Abuja branch of the NBA. The summit was tagged, ‘The state of human rights in Nigeria’. The decision is contained in a communiqué jointly issued in Abuja by the NHRC and the stakeholders at the end of a three-day national human rights summit. Read more

7. Rivers council chief impeached over alleged financial impropriety

The Chairman of Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Paul Lawrence Paul, has been impeached for incompetence, misappropriation of funds and increasing insecurity in the area. He was impeached by seven members of the Andoni Legislative Assembly, including the Leader of the Assembly, Talick Dandison, who alleged that the chairman disregarded invitations by the House. Dandison said the poor implementation of the budget and other sundry allegations led to the removal of the council chairman. Read more

8. I am sorry for my past mistakes, Fayose begs PDP members in Ekiti

Former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday pleaded with the aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to drop the hatchet in the overall interest of the party. He also congratulated Senator Biodun Olujimi on her emergence as the lawmaker representing Ekiti South senatorial district, saying she remains the leader of PDP in the state. The former governor apologized to all the aggrieved members who he might have offended when he was governor of Ekiti and insisted the party must be repositioned ahead of future elections in the state. Read more

9. Group wants January 2020 date for TIN reviewed

The ActionAid Nigeria has said the January 2020 deadline for all Nigerians to produce their Tax Identification Number (TIN) to be able to operate their accounts may not be feasible. Calling on the Federal Government to review the date, the group said because of the high rate of unemployment in the country, it will be very difficult for unemployed Nigerians to generate TIN. The Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi made the call on Tuesday at the National Tax Summit organised by ActionAid Nigeria in collaboration with Tax Justice and Governance platform in Abuja. Read more

10. Gombe police parades kidnap, armed robbery suspects

The Gombe State Police Command on Tuesday paraded a 20-year-old man, Yusuf Umar from Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State, and 28-year-old Nasiru Hassam, of the Barunde Quarter, Gombe accused of kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and armed robbery. The police spokeswoman in the state, SP Mary Malum, while parading the suspects before journalists, said they were arrested after the police received and acted on credible intelligence. Read more

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