Top Nigerian newspaper headlines for Friday, Dec.18.
1. APC ‘Identifies’ North-West Governor As Responsible For Banditry And Kidnapping In Nigeria
Nigeria’s ruling political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has revealed that a North-West Governor is behind the cases of banditry and kidnappings rampant in the country.
The party made the allegation in a statement on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Yekini Nabena which it claimed is based on an intelligence report.
2. Katsina State Govt Confirms Release Of Kidnapped Kankara Schoolboys
The Katsina State government has confirmed that the kidnapped students from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State have been released.
The development was confirmed on Thursday evening by the Secretary to the Katsina State Government, Mustapha Inuwa.
3. President Buhari Reacts To Release Of Kankara Schoolboys
President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the release of the students kidnapped from a Government Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State last week Friday.
Recall that the Katsina State government had confirmed the release of the schoolboys from their Boko Haram abductors. Reacting to the development in a statement by his official spokesperson, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari commended the efforts of all those involved in the rescue of the students.
4. Igbo Elders Condemn Nnamdi Kanu For Creating Security Outfit
The formation of a new security outfit in the South-East by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has been condemned by elders under the aegis of Conference of Igbo Elders for Peace and Development.
The elders in its statement called on Governors in the region and Ohanaeze Ndigbo to stand against the IPOB outfit.
5. Plateau: Simon Lalong Tests Positive For COVID-19
The Plateau Government has announced that Governor Simon Lalong has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
This was made known in a statement on Thursday by the Director of Press and Publicity to the governor, Dr. Makut Macham.
6. Former Lawmaker Arrested Over Links With Boko Haram Terrorists
Security operatives have arrested a former Cameroonian lawmaker, Blama Malla for alleged involvement in the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
It is understood that the former legislator was arrested based on the confessions of his nephew identified as Talba who was earlier picked up by security operatives while leading a herd of cattle to Nigeria which he claimed he bought at Meme.
7. PDP Reps To Drag AGF Malami To Court, Demand Buhari’s Impeachment
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has stated that it will drag the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, to court over the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The PDP Rep caucus said it will challenge the position of Malami that the national assembly lacks powers to invite Buhari to brief it on security matters.
8. Kankara: Gov. Masari Claims Boko Haram Didn’t Kidnap Students, Reveals Those Responsible
The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari has denied claims by the Boko Haram terrorist group that it is responsible for the kidnap of students from Government Science Secondary School in Kankara LGA, Katsina State.
The Governor on Wednesday disclosed that local bandits were responsible for the kidnap of the secondary school students.
9. Rice, Poultry, Other Items Remain Banned As FG Reopens Nigeria’s Land Borders
The federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the reopening of Nigeria’s land borders.
However, despite the reopening of the borders, some other products remain banned as confirmed by the Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, Zainab Ahmed.
10. Omah Lay, Tems, Return To Nigeria
The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Thursday announced that Nigerian singers, Omah Lay and Tems, have arrived in Nigeria. Dabiri-Erewa made this known in a post on Twitter on Thursday.