Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Wednesday morning


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

1. Several persons, including women and children, have been killed, while several others were injured after suspected herdsmen attacked Kadarko, a border town with Benue State.

It was gathered that the gunmen, who were armed with dangerous weapons, invaded the Tiv-dominated village around 8pm on Tuesday and started killing anybody on sight.

2. The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has denied the report that his principal pledged only one-term.

Adesina, said the president had declared in 2011 not to seek re-election and not in 2015.

3. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has ordered the establishment of standing court martial to try any officer who shows partisanship.

He warned GOCs, Brigade Commandeers and other officers interested in politics and romancing with politicians, “to resign before it is too late.”

4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, approved the appointment of chief executive officers of agencies in the Federal Ministries.

The Ministries include: Health, Information and Culture, Education, Power, Works, and Housing, and Resident Electoral Commissioners in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

5. President Muhammadu Buhari same Tuesday requested the Senate to confirm the appointments of 23 members of the National Population Commission (NPC).

Buhari also sought the Senate approval to appoint Mr Festus Okoye as the National Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission, and two non-judicial practitioners as members of Federal Judicial Service Commission.

5. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has revealed why people of the South East should support President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.

The SGF said supporting Buhari’s second term bid was the “shortest way” to Igbo presidency, adding that with Buhari’s declaration, the APC needs to open its doors to others knocking.

6. Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Tuesday said he had no plans of dumping his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, for an opposition party.

The governor described the rumour of him dumping APC as an act by his “political enemies” who feels he’s a stumbling block to their personal ambitions.

7. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday charged the Managing Director of Heritage Bank Plc, Ifiesimama Sekibo, and five others before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja for an alleged fraud of N1bn.

Sekibo was charged along with Dimire Dike, Wumi Adeniyi, Kolapo Daisi, Funmilayo Taiwo and Akeem Durotoye, over allegations bordering on conspiracy, stealing, obtaining money under false pretences and forgery

8. Multiple music award-winner, Innocent Idibia, otherwise known as 2baba has announced his entrant into politics.

Idibia said he was interested in affecting lives positively and would soon pick up the challenge of a political position.

9. The Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative, PCNI, has debunked reports making the rounds that its chairman, Lieut.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.) has resigned.

Head of Media and Communications of the Committee, Alkasim Abdulkadir, while faulting the report, pleaded with news organisations, journalists and social media users to always verify the source of stories before publishing.

10. Roma and Liverpool have qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League, after impressive wins on Tuesday night.

While the Serie A side thrashed the LaLiga leaders 3-0 on their home soil, Liverpool beat Manchester City 2-1 at The Etihad to qualify for the last four.


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