Nigerian Newspapers: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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

$5.9bn rail: S’East alleges exclusion, Senate summons Amaechi

Leader of the South-East caucus in the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has protested against the alleged exclusion of the eastern rail line from the ongoing rail projects by the Federal Government.

Abaribe, in his motion at the plenary on Tuesday, alleged that the South-East would not benefit from the projects for which the government was obtaining a loan of $5.851bn from China Exim Bank.


Ambode Bans VIOs from Lagos Roads Permanently

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday asked Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) to stay permanently off all roads across the state and challenged them to come up with technology to monitor and track vehicle registration and Ministry of Transportation (MOT) certifications.


Obasanjo urges soldiers in Cote d’Ivoire to end mutiny

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged soldiers in Cote d’Ivoire to end their mutiny and return to the barrack.

Mr. Obasanjo, in a statement issued on Tuesday evening, also asked the Ivorian government to “speedily” attend to the soldiers’ complaints.


People approaching soldiers for political reasons – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has warned soldiers to steer clear of politics, adding that he received information that some individuals had been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons.

Buratai warned that men and officers caught in meetings with politicians would be penalised.


Makarfi-led PDP Asks State Chapters to Use Alternative Parties for Coming Polls

The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee (NCC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked state chapters of the party to adopt alternative political parties for their candidates in the upcoming elections, pending the ruling of the Supreme Court on the leadership crisis rocking the party.


Nigerian University staff unions at ‘war’ over Vice Chancellor’s suspension

A drama ensued at Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, on Tuesday as two staff unions held counter rallies in support of, or against the embattled vice-chancellor of the institution, Olusola Oyewole.

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, have taken different positions on the suspension of the Vice-Chancellor by the Federal Government.


How we uncovered money bags in Justice Ngwuta’s house –Witness

An operative of the Department of State Services, John Utazi, on Tuesday, told a Federal High Court in Abuja how his team conducted the search of the Abuja residence of a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, on October 7, 2016.

Utazi, a DSS’ Staff Officer, who testified as the fifth prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of the Justice of the apex court, said bags, filled with local and foreign currencies, were uncovered during the search of the judge’s house.


Wunmi Mosaku Wins BAFTA TV Award for Movie on Damilola Taylor’s Killing

Nigerian-born British actress, Wunmi Mosaku, has won the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the TV drama ‘Damilola, Our Loved Boy’, seeing off competition from Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley), Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax).

The story of Damilola Taylor, a Nigerian boy, who was killed in Peckham, London, in 2000, and the final conviction of his murderers, was widely reported in the Nigerian and British press.


Borno shelves closure of IDP camps due to Boko Haram operations

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Tuesday said continuing attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in areas around Sambisa forest have stalled the proposed closure of camps and return of internally displaced persons, IDPs, to their liberated communities by the end of this month.

The governor had last year declared that the end of May 2017 has been fixed as deadline for the closure of all IDP camps around the state.


Command to arraign Lagos DPO who killed apprentice

The Lagos State Police Command says it is rounding off plans to prosecute the Divisonal Police Officer, Ijeshatedo Police Station, CSP Mohammed Yakubu, who allegedly shot dead a tailor apprentice, Jamiu Ayoade.

The command stated that investigations into the case would be concluded this week, adding that Yakubu would be arraigned thereafter.



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