Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know


Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, Monday said armed herdsmen perpetrating violence across the country were foreigners and not Nigerians. In his Eid-el-Kabir message on Monday, the Sultan challenged the nation’s security operatives to be proactive since the Nigeria herdsmen have been infiltrated by foreign terrorists.

2. Despite the warning to drivers to drive with caution this Sallah period, an accident which resulted from overspeeding occurred on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Monday, killing no fewer than five people, while 15 others injured. Report says the accidents which happened around 4pm, involved a Mazda bus, with number plate, KSF 477 XK, and a Mitsubishi space wagon car, with number plate, MUS 639 DK.

3. Former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala yesterday said there are other people that can manage the country’s economy successfully even with the current economic challenges. Noting that there could be solutions to the present economic decline in the country, Iweala said she would not be available to serve the present administration if overtures were made to her by President Muhammadu Buhari.

4. Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, may forfeit to the Federal Government, a N10bn hotel allegedly belonging to her if she if she is not able to explain the source of the funds allegedly traced to her accounts by the EFCC. The hotel, named Aridolf Resort Wellness and Spa in Yenagoa, was reportedly opened by Patience in April 2015, a month before her husband handed over power to the current President.

5. President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, lamented that he inherited nothing from past governments. The President, who was speaking in Daura, his home town said he inherited a government that had no savings, no security and no infrastructures. He, however, expressed optimism that things will get better with the reports reaching him.

6. The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, Monday, showcased his brand new Rolls Royce which he acquired for Sallah in the social media. The picture of the new white car has triggered various comments on the social media.

7. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has confiscated another asset of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke allegedly worth over N500million. Detectives have also been deployed in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital to further investigate the former Minister.

8. Reports have emerged of the plan to fire over 4,904 civil servants, who were recruited by the Federal Civil Service Commission under the leadership of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The report says the Federal Character Commission has queried the exercise that engaged the workers, hence the need to relieve them.

9. The Ogun State police have arrested two herbalists-Quadri and Adam, for allegedly stabbing a man, Wasiu Balogun, and his friend, Wale Aderinto, to death in the Agbado area of the state. According to a report, the herbalists, who are brothers, allegedly attacked Wasiu and his friend with knives for questioning them after they allegedly stripped Wasiu’s wife, Mutiat.

10. Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has dropped yet another bombshell as he had in a recent interview said athletes don’t need too much preparation to excel in competitions. Speaking yesterday on Brila FM, Dalung said the Paralympic athletes that are doing very well in Rio also had bad preparations like their able bodied athletes.


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