Nigerian Newspapers: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Good morning Nigerians, we have aggregated today’s major headlines from top Nigerian Newspapers for you here on naija-news.com; Newspapers reviewed include: Punch, Vanguard, Premiumtimes, The Nations, National Mirror, Dailypost, Tribune, The Sun etc.

Nigeria’s debt burden to hit N19.3tn by December

Analysts have cautioned the government against plunging the nation into another debt trap, even as there are plans to raise funds from external sources to finance critical infrastructure, IFEANYI ONUBA writes

If the federal and state governments continue to rely heavily on debt instruments for the financing of the country’s infrastructure needs, then, Nigeria’s total debt burden will be hitting the N19tn mark by the end of this year.

-Punch

Nigerian Army Declares War against Bandits in Southern Kaduna

Nigerian Army wednesday launched an  operation  tagged: ‘Operation Harbin  Kunama II’ to tackle the menace of herdsmen in the southern part of Kaduna State.

Hundreds of people have been killed in the past five years by herdsmen while property estimated at billions of naira were destroyed.

The federal government, had in December last year, deployed troops and the police to the area to stop the mayhem, but the killings have continued with the recent one that claimed 12 lives in Asso village last Saturday.

-Thisday

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan, Emefiele, Magu, others to be questioned by presidential panel probing N13 billion Ikoyi money

A former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; and anti-corruption chief, Ibrahim Magu are amongst some high-profile personalities that are expected to be questioned by a presidential panel investigating the mysteries surrounding the over N13 billion recovered from an apartment in Lagos last Wednesday, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

-Premiumtimes

Meningitis killed 745 in 8,057 cases, says FG

The Federal Government, on Wednesday, said 745 persons had died in 8,057 suspected cases of Cerebrospinal Meningitis across the country since the outbreak of the disease.

The government also expressed its commitment to continuing to intensify efforts to stop the deaths and further spread of the disease in the worst-hit states of Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi and Niger.

-Punch

Buhari Resets Anti-Corruption War, Suspends SGF, NIA Boss

President Muhammadu Buhari wednesday took a stagy step to manage the damaging image problems created for his anti-corruption crusade by suspending the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke.

The two senior officials of the government are to be investigated by a three-man committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over allegations of corruption and breach of law and security procedures.

-Thisday

Osinbajo meets suspended SGF Lawal, NIA Director General evades journalists

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has met with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, barely an hour after the announcement of Mr. Lawal’s suspension from office.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the closed-door meeting is connected with the work of the Presidential Committee set up to investigate allegations of misconduct against the SGF.

-Premiumtimes

INEC begins continuous voter registration April 27

The Indepedent National Electoral Commission has taken a decision to commence the nationwide continuous voters registration exercise on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

The commission is expected to commence the exercise with only three Resident Electoral  Commissioners as the Senate has not confirmed the list of 27 RECs forwarded to it for confirmation by the Presidency.

-Punch

Fayose: Why I Can’t Release Those Imprisoned for Alleged Political Murders

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said his government has found it difficult to release some Ekiti indigenes being detained for politically-motivated killings because the issues have to do with strict compliance with the rule of law.

The governor also described prison facilities in Nigerian as dilapidated, calling on the federal government to effect serious overhauling in the interest of the inmates. He urged the federal government to as a matter of urgency, upgrade all facilities in the prisons across the country.

-Thisday

Osinbajo Backs ACF’s Plan for National Security Summit

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed support for the proposed security summit  by the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), saying organising a security summit of that magnitude this time in the nation’s history will be a welcome development.

Osinbajo made this remark while receiving a delegation of ACF led by the group’s Vice Chairman, Alhaji Musa Liman Kwande, which presented him with ACF publication in the State House.

-Thisday

Presidency announces plans to strengthen whistle blower policy

The Presidency has commenced efforts to strengthen the mechanism of the Whistle blower policy following breakthroughs in the war against corruption and unaccounted wealth, an official has said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed this development to State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja.

-Premiumtimes

 

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