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


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

1. The Court of Appeal Friday cleared the coast for the federal government to extradite a serving Senator, Prince Buruji Kashamu to the United States of America (USA) to face trial in a drug related offence. The appellate court in a landmark judgement on Friday, voided and set aside all orders made by a federal high court between 2014 and 2017 which restrained the government from proceeding with the extradition.

2. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Friday received former Borno State Governor and its leader, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff to its fold. Sheriff, who was received by his political godson and once arch-rival, the state Governor, Kashim Shettima, at a stakeholders meeting in Government House, Maiduguri, on Friday said he has forgiven everybody.

3. The Nigeria police on Friday declared wanted four of the armed robbers who participated in the bloody bank robbery incidents in Offa on 4 April, also revealing their images to the public. The force also put a bounty of N5m for anyone with the information that could lead to their arrest.

4. At least, seven people were killed while seven others were injured when suspected bombers attacked an outskirts of Maiduguri on Thursday night. It was gathered that four female bombers attacked two communities – Mainari Shuwa and Kanuri in Jere local government area of the state, killing 3 civilians including themselves.

5. Asari Dokubo, former militant leader, has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari will deal with Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the same way he is allegedly treating Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye. Dokubo in a video said that the former Lagos State governor will suffer “worst” fate from the Buhari-led government, despite his support.

6. Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister, on Friday warned Nigerians against voting President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term, warning via a tweet that if Buhari returns as President in 2019, Nigeria will be “soaked in blood.”

7. Following the role played by the three Senators representing Kaduna State at the National Assembly (NASS) on the rejection of the $350 million world bank loan for Kaduna state, Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Friday rained causes on the senators and prayed God to punish them. The governor described the senators as enemies of the state’s progress.

8. President Muhammadu Buhari, has departed Abuja for his countryhome in Daura, Katsina State. He left Abuja Friday afternoon around 3pm amid tight security to participate in the ongoing ward congress in the State.

9. Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State on Friday declared that he has no anointed candidate for the September 22, 2018 gubernatorial election in the state. Aregbesola reiterated his stance to superintend a credible process and ensure internal democracy in the conduct of the party’s primary to produce the party’s flagbearer.

10. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied that its voter register was used for the Feb. 10 Kano State local government election which has been shrouded in controversy of underage voting. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this on Friday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the Commission’s Investigation Committee report on the alleged participation of underage persons in the election.


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