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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Wednesday morning, October 30, 2019

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

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

1. Border closure to create 2m jobs in textile industry – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said one of the objectives of the current closure of land borders in the country was to protect and nurture the textile and garment industry in the country. According to the President, the closure would guarantee the creation of 2 million jobs in the textile and garment industry. Read more

2. PDP to APC: Your cooked-up stories cannot alter course of justice

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop making false accusations against the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The party said the APC would not escape justice at the Supreme Court, given the weight of evidence supposedly proving that Atiku won the February 23 presidential election. Read more

3. IMN calls for justice against Airmen who killed two in Sokoto

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has demanded for the prosecution of the Nigerian Air Force personnel involved in the killing of two residents of the Mabera area of Sokoto State. The President of IMN’s Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa, made the call in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the group also known as Shi’ites, were not happy with the development. Read more

4. IPPIS is binding on all government employees, ASUU no exception —Finance minister

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has stated that her instruction to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on migration to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) was based on a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari. Ahmed said the president directed every staff of government agencies to be on IPPIS, noting that her job was to comply with the directive. Read more

5. Ambode secures court summon of Lagos Assembly speaker, same day he’s to face panel

Former Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has obtained a court order asking Lagos Speaker Mudashiru Obasa and members of the committee probing him to appear before it on Wednesday. Justice Y.A. Adesanya of the High Court Ikeja, summoned them to appear before him at 9am on Wednesday over the ongoing probe of 820 buses procured by the Ambode administration. Read more

Read also: 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Tuesday morning, October 29, 2019

6. We inherited so much decay in Plateau – Gov. Lalong

The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, said on Tuesday that several uncompleted projects initiated by his predecessors almost ruined his first term in office. Lalong, who disclosed this at a memorial church service held at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Shendam local government area of the state in honour of his late uncle, Miskoom Stephen Sule Nanbiet, , said he dealt with so much decay on the assumption of office. Read more

7. It’s time for reality check. Governors groan over repayment terms of bail out loans from Nigerian govt

Nigerian governors have reportedly requested a further extension of the 30-year plan for the monthly repayment of the Federal Government’s budget support facility. Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, while briefing newsmen on Tuesday, revealed that the state governors were not satisfied with the revised N162m monthly repayment. Ahmed who was speaking after the National Economic Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the ministry reported to NEC on the status of the National Budget Support Loan Facility to States. Read more

8. Correctional Service arrests 25 out of 122 fleeing inmates

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) on Tuesday said 25 of the 122 inmates who escaped from the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Koton Karfe, Kogi State, have been arrested. The fleeing inmates escaped when a section of the centre was overrun by flood following a downpour in the town on Monday. However, the NCS said 97 of them were still missing. Read more

9. Witness at Fani-Kayode’s N4.6bn money laundering trial reveals how ministry paid N800m without contract

An investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Shehu Shuaibu, has revealed how N800 million was paid from the Ministry of External Affairs into the account of a company, Joint Trust Dimensions Limited without any evidence of contract. Shuaibu made this known when he appeared as a prosecution witness on Tuesday at the resumed trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, and some others facing N4.6 billion money laundering charge. Read more

10. 34 containers of rice seized by Customs in Lagos

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said it seized 34 containers of rice smuggled through the Tin Can Island port in Lagos, some of which have expired. The Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali (RTD), disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday. According to Ali, one of the rice containers was concealed by its importers as spare parts, while 11 containers of unregistered pharmaceutical products, two containers of used tyres, one container of used clothing and four containers of refined vegetable oil in retail packs were also seized. Read more

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