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Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Sunday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Department of State Services (DSS) has debunked reports that its personnel attached to the President killed the intruder that tried to break the security cordon on President Muhammadu Buhari at Argungu, Kebbi State. DSS denial was contained in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya. It said the suspect, one Mohammed Jammil Guddare, made a futile attempt to have an unauthorized handshake with the President. The DSS said Guddare was arrested by security operatives for thorough investigation.

2. The Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NACTA) has lamented the condition of aviation equipment and facilities across the country. The body urged the government to provide more funds for the completion of critical aviation safety projects nationwide. National President of NACTA, Mr Abayomi Agoro said on Saturday that funds were needed to speed up advancing runway lighting system. He also called for improvement of power supply system to meet up Cat III Instrument Landing System (ILS) operations, among others.

3. FIFA has recommended that all international football matches scheduled between March and April be postponed, due to the spread of the new coronavirus. In a statement on Friday, the world football governing body also said clubs would be allowed to refuse to send their players to national teams within that time frame. FIFA also confirmed it was working on rescheduling qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup in both Asia and South America.

4. Dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi has declared that he doesn’t wish to return to the state as a monarch. Sanusi in a trending video, expressed confidence that he would get justice if he decides to challenge his removal. The footage was recorded on Friday at Awe in Nasarawa State after the court ruling that freed him from detention.

5. Tanko Salihu Yakasai, Special Adviser on Media to Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has condemned the cartoon depicting the state as a cage. A cartoonist, Mustapha Bulama, on Saturday, posted an image which showed a character of Ganduje in a cage while pointing at that of the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II. Sanusi walking away told Ganduje to ‘’stay there.’’ Yakasai has described the drawing as a mockery and an insult to the people of Kano. He said Kano was not a cage and that the state with “a thousand-year-old history and has produced great leaders and scholars” was attacked.

6. At least seven mourners were feared killed and scores injured in a fresh attack by suspected armed herdsmen on Chongu, Tse Ayev and Tyohembe communities of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State. Report has it that the herdsmen invaded Chongu community in Mbawa council ward, where mourners had gathered for a wake-keep on Friday night, killing four of the victims and injuring several others.

7. Suspected cult members reportedly killed three people and dumped their corpses close to the main gate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, in the early hours of Friday. Report said the assailants set ablaze the corpses of their victims. The report claims the killing may be a reprisal to the killing of a final year student of the Benue State University, Makurdi.

8. The United States Government has said it has evidence that Nigerian security agents, including the Department of State Services, DSS and the Nigerian Army, harassed and intimidated voters, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission and observers during the 2019 general elections, creating the impression that security agencies worked for the success of the current government. This was according to the 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in Nigeria released by the US Department of State.

9. United States President, Donald Trump has tested negative for the deadly coronavirus. Trump who recently held a meeting with Brazilian officials who tested positive to the virus, was tested for the virus on Saturday. But a statement from the White House said Trump’s result came out negative.

10.The Nigerian government on Saturday sealed Haufei Restaurant & Mall for what some citizens have called racism. The restaurant is located in highbrow Victoria Island, Lagos. The owners had been reported to authorities for denying Nigerians their services. The Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), in a Twitter post, said the staff of the restaurant confirmed that they do not sell to Nigerians based on policy by the management.

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