#BREAKING NEWS: Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today Monday, 13th January, 2020
Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers
1. The Joint Health Sector Unions(JOHESU), Ekiti chapter, on Sunday, shelved the strike already scheduled to commence by staff of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) on Monday over the sack of over 200 staff of the hospital.
The health union, which stated that the suspension was to display respect for Governor Kayode Fayemi, had last Thursday given three days extension to the management of the hospital to recall the sacked staff, which ended 12 midnight Sunday, or face total shut down of the health institution.
2. The military on Sunday said, four top commanders of the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP were killed in a battle.
A statement from Colonel Timothy Antigha Chief of Military Public Information in JTF said, one of the top commanders killed, Khalifa Umar, was a High-ValueTarget considering that he was also the Chief Judge of ISWAP.
3. A former governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmad Sani Yarima, has declared interest to contest for the presidency come 2023. Yarima, an All Progressives Congress (APC) member, who disclosed this during the weekend in Bauchi while speaking with newsmen shortly after he paid a condolence visit to a famous Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi over the death of his wife, said that various political groups from different parts of the country had approached him to contest for the presidency.
4. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has reportedly frozen the bank accounts of ex-lawmaker, Shehu Sani, according to his spokesman.
In a statement on Sunday, Suleiman Ahmed, Senior Special Adviser to Sani, said the EFCC was not being sincere over the investigation of his principal.
5. The All Progressives Congress in Ogun State has said that some chieftains of the Action Democratic Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party will defect to the APC on Tuesday (tomorrow).
A statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Tunde Oladunjoye, said Governor Dapo Abiodun would welcome the likes of the former deputy governor, Alhaja Salmat Badru; the governorship candidate of the ADC in the last governorship election, Gboyega Isiaka; and two-term member of the House of Representatives, Dave Salako.
6. Some bandits, on Friday, attacked some personnel of the Delta State Police Command, who were on a stop-and-search duty in Asaba.
The incident occurred around 9pm at the popular Abraka Market area of Asaba and left about three policemen with varying degrees of injury.
7. The police on Sunday strongly warned the South-West Stakeholders Security Group working with the Western Nigeria Security Outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun (leopard), against any breach of security.
The police commands in Ekiti, Ogun and Ondo, said they would not tolerate illegal possession of firearms by the members of the group, adding that anybody in possession of illegal weapons would be arrested.
8. Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has directed the State Examination Board to revert to the old registration fee of N4,500 for MOCK Senior School Certificate Examination.
Ortom through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, also directed that no candidate for the MOCK examination in the state should be asked to pay the new fees of N6,500.
9. A large number of Iranian students and seminaries have gathered in front of the British embassy in Tehran, the country’s capital, demanding for the expulsion of UK ambassador, Robert Macaire.
The Iranian students and seminaries, who gathered in front of the British embassy on Sunday chanted ‘death to Britain’, ‘we do not want British spy’, ‘the British nuclear deal should be annihilated’ and ‘the British embassy should be closed’.
10. Soldiers have been reportedly wounded as several rockets slammed into an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad where US troops are based.
Source quoted officials and military sources on Sunday evening, adding that at least four Iraqi airmen were wounded.