The Newspapers: Things You Need To Know This Friday

9th June 2017
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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was in Maiduguri yesterday for a one day official visit. His visit was few hours after Boko Haram terrorists invaded Maiduguri, leaving so many people dead. Osinbajo was received by the Borno State Governor, Hon. Kashim Shettima at the Maiduguri International Airport around 10:34am.

2. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim ‎Idris, has put all police chiefs operating in the Northern region on red alert following the eviction threat on the Igbos in the North by a coalition of Arewa youth groups. The police chiefs mobilized and charged for possible actions include: all AIGs and Commissioners of Police serving in the North.

3. The Lagos State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy on Thursday handed over an order to the Nigerian Prisons Service for the immediate release of 18 inmates serving life sentences at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison. The order was handed over to the Service through the State’s Comptroller of Prisons, Mr Olatunbosun Ladipo. The inmates included 15 male and 3 females serving life sentences for various offences.

4. Ex-leader of Niger Delta militants, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, has said that anyone in the South-south and South-East region of the country, who denies Biafra and its struggle, is only doing so for fear of death or being incarceration. Asari in a statement admitted he is Biafra and that whoever is asking if he is Biafra is asking if his name is Asari Dokubo.

5. With the bill establishing Federal Roads Authority passed into law on Thursday, by the Senate, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has been scraped and has passed into law the FRA. The senate also stepped down the controversial N5 levy on petrol.

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6. As the Super Eagles prepare to confront South Africa on Saturday in a Nations Cup qualifiers, winger, Ahmed Musa, has insisted that the ongoing Ramadan fasting, will not affect his performance if he is selected by Gernot Rohr for the game. He said it would not be the first time he would be playing while fasting.

7. Students drawn from various faculties of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, on Thursday, stormed the National Assembly, demanding that the federal government should takeover the funding and administration of the institution. The students also decried the prolonged industrial action, which had kept them in one level for almost 2 years, adding that leaving the school in the hands of Osun or Oyo state would practically spell doom for them.

8. A Coalition of Northern groups, tagged ‘Kaduna Declaration’ has insisted that the Federal Government of Nigeria should as a matter of urgency, initiate the process for a peaceful referendum to allow the Igbos go their way. The group chided Governor El-Rufai for ordering for their arrest, saying they are particularly disappointed by the ‘treacherous positions assumed by Nasir Ahmed El-rufai and Kashim Shettima who are in pursuit of their blind ambition for the vice presidency.

9. The Borno state Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, on Thursday disclosed that 3 Boko Haram suicide bombers were shot dead as security personnel battled to repel an invasion late Wednesday. Seventeen (17) persons were killed and 24 were people injured when Boko Haram insurgents staged a coordinated attack on Maiduguri. The Commissioner said one of the attackers, who was also armed with explosives around his body, was arrested alive.

10. Mr. Ossai Ovie, a special assistant to Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has stated that Delta State is not part of Biafra. He, therefore, asked the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to remove the state from the map the group reportedly created. Ovie told newsmen on Thursday in Asaba.

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