The Newspapers: Things You Need to Know This Monday

18th September 2017
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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, during the weekend set a mosque ablaze in Enugu State.

The ugly incident, which occurred at Ogrute, the capital of Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State, has thrown the residents into confusion as many Hausa residents in the area are in panic mode.

2. President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday departed Abuja to New York for 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Buhari will​ join other world leaders at the welcoming reception to be hosted by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and also hold a bilateral meeting with the UN scribe.

3. Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has slammed the people insulting those who have condemned the alleged slaughter of Igbos in the South-East.

In a series of tweets on Sunday night, Fani-Kayode called on the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, to consider what the President of the European Union said about the “barbaric killing of the Igbos”.

4. Five travellers have again been abducted in Oba-Akoko, Akoko South-West Local Government Area of Ondo state.

It was gathered that the victims, travelling from Lagos to Abuja in a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) were abducted by gunmen when they got to Ondo state.

5. Ace lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, has called on former President Olusegun Obasanjo to apologise to Nigerians over the deployment of the military to invade communities under his administration.

Falana, who slammed Obasanjo for asking President Muhammadu Buhari to negotiate with the embattled leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, said the administration led by the former President clamped down on agitators.

6. The 2018 Appropriation Bill will be submitted to the National Assembly in October, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, has said.

Enang said the Federal Government was committed to meeting the deadline so as to take the country back to the annual budget cycle of January to December.

7. The Federal Government has said politically-disgruntled individuals and treasury looters are sponsoring secession agitators, the Indigenous People of Biafra, to destabilise the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, noted that the group served no other purpose than to achieve such inglorious aim.

8. Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have visited two mansions in Dubai allegedly belonging to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The properties, located at E146 Emirates Hill and J5 Emirates Hill, are said to be worth 74,000,000 dirham (N7.1bn).

9. The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has condemned what it termed “overwhelming use of extreme brute and unmoderated military force by Nigerian Army “in the ongoing Operation Python Dance II exercise in the South East.

HURIWA said there was no legal reason for the deployment of the Military in the first instance given that “there was no extenuating circumstances such as any imminent threats to the national security nor was there any threat to the territorial integrity of Nigeria as prescribed by sections 5(4); 217 and 218 of the Constitution of Nigeria.”

10. The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) has claimed that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is planning to escape Nigeria through the Cameroonian borders.

AYCF said it had intelligence reports, that Kanu was on his way to the Cameroon borders, from where he could easily flee from the country.

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