#BREAKING NEWS: Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today Saturday, 11th January, 2020
Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Friday received some “heavyweights PDP members“ from Southern Kaduna who moved to the APC. Among those who decamped to the ruling party were former Commissioners, former Federal and State legislators, former Local Government Council Chairmen and other PDP officials. They were led by Chief Tony Hassan, the Dokajen Jaba, who said they came to align with Gov El-Rufai and his deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe to move Kaduna State forward.
2. The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has reacted to a viral video of an officer caught on camera allegedly with POS machine and demanding ATM card from a member of the public. The force on Friday said investigation was ongoing into the trending video. The Inspector-General of Police assured Nigerians that he is committed to ensuring that any officer found guilty faces the wrath of the law.
3. The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Friday said a combined team of DPR, KEPA and other agencies have recovered mutilated bodies of three more victims of the Jan. 4 Kaduna gas explosion. The recovery of the three bodies brings to eight the number of victims killed by the gas explosion. The North-West Zonal Controller, DPR, Isa Tafida made the disclosure during a condolence visit to the family of the late Chairman of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Prof. Simon Mallam.
4. The traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu community in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State, and author of ‘The Bottled Leopard’, Professor Chukwuemeka Ike has died at the age of 89. The Anambra State commissioner for information, Mr C Don Adinuba confirmed this in a short message. Several sources also confirmed that the monarch, author and teacher passed away on Thursday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi.
5. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, on Friday said member countries believe that Iranian missiles downed the Ukrainian airliner that crashed on Wednesday. He told reporters that “It is important that we establish all the facts there. I call on Iran to fully participate and contribute to a transparent and thorough investigation.’’
6. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has categorically denied it will arraign Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar over alleged N75.3 billion fraud. A report had claimed that the Commission will arraign the former Vice President before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos. But EFCC acting spokesman, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja stated that EFCC wishes to state categorically that nothing of such took place.
7. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Friday, declared that Senator Shehu Sani has questions to answer in his alleged involvement in name-dropping and obtaining $25,000 from the ASD Motors boss, Alhaji Sani Dauda. It claimed that the alleged shady deal was to shield Dauda from investigations by the anti-graft agency. EFCC acting spokesman, Tony Orilade, in a statement, said the explanation became necessary following insinuations and phantom claims that the Commission is “prosecuting” Senator Shehu Sani, because he is a known critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
8. Iran has finally admitted that its military “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 onboard. This was contained in a statement on Saturday morning where it also blamed “human error” for the incident, adding that the military mistook Flight 752 for a “hostile target.” In a statement posted on social media, Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani wrote that the country deeply regrets this disastrous mistake which he tagged unforgivable.
9. The new security outfit in the South-West, Operation Amotekun, would recruit about 1,320 militiamen for the purpose. The announcement made by the collaborating states said the plan is to recruit militiamen from the Oodua Peoples Congress, Agbekoya, Vigilantes and hunters, in addition to other recruitments that would be handled by each state in collaboration with the security agencies.
10. The Federal Government has advised Bishop Matthew Kukah to use his revered office to work for religious harmony in Nigeria, rather than indulge in actions that are capable of dividing the country along religious lines. A statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, faulted a statement credited to Bishop Kukah, in which he compared the Federal Government with Boko Haram.