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

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

1. Governors of 18​ Northern States on Tuesday donated N360m to support Borno State in addressing problems associated with humanitarian needs and rebuilding of communities and livelihoods arising from the Boko Haram insurgency. Governors Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina, Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto and Bindo Umaru Jibrilla of Adamawa States conveyed the donations in cheques issued by Government of the Northern States with each donating twenty million.

2. The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Tuesday, debunked stories claiming there was an explosion at the Hajj /Cargo axis of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos. FAAN explained that fear was generated after an unattended bag,was blown up by the Police Bomb Disposal Unit, when nobody claimed ownership of it.

3. The Our muDonDo protesters suffered in the hands of the Nigeria Police on Tuesday at the Unity Fountain in Abuja following their protest against the non-return of President Muhammadu Buhari after he had stayed 90 days away from Nigeria. The group led by Charlyboy was allegedly tear-gassed and molested.

4. Lassa fever has made its way back into Nigeria, months after it was fought medically and subdued in many parts of the country. Report has it that two patients died of the ailment at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba on Tuesday. Consequently, many have been put under surveillance.

5. Despite protest that has greeted his non-return to the country after 90 days, the Nigerian Senate has officially endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari’s prolonged stay in the United Kingdom, saying he has lawmakers’ backing to take his time to recuperate.

This is contained in a statement by its spokesman, Dr. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, where it cautioned the alleged sponsors and participants in the protests by a coalition of civil society organizations under the aegis of #OurMumuDonDo, to stop heating up the polity with their demands.

6. The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB), has said they would take over the security in Anambra state, if the state security operatives fail to fish out those behind the killings at St Philip’s Catholic Church within seven days. MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, stated this in an ultimatum issued on Tuesday, while addressing its members at Ifite-Dunu, Dunukofia Local Government Area of the State.

7. The Federal Government on Tuesday at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos filed an application seeking to withdraw its suit against seven banks accused of violating the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy. The seven banks are Diamond Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), First Bank, Skye Bank, Fidelity Bank, Sterling Bank and the defunct Keystone Bank (now Heritage Bank)

8. A 23-year-old dismissed sergeant, Musa Musa, who was among the three policemen who allegedly stole and sold property in the house of former President Goodluck Jonathan was arraigned by the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Abuja, on Tuesday. Musa , alongside others who allegedly stole the property valued at N30m was granted N7m bail.

9. The Police Command in Anambra State, yesterday, invited the chairman of Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Mr Ikenna Ofodeme; President-General of Ozubulu Town Union and Chairman of Ebubechukwuzo Foundation owned by Aloysius Ikegwuonu, Mr Jovita Ofomata, over last Sunday’s shooting incident at St Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu. They were quizzed on the information they had about those suspected to be behind the incident.

10. There was confusion on Tuesday, at Ojokoro, along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, after an underground ritualists den was uncovered. The angry mob at the scene set two suspected ritualists ablaze, while two policemen, who attempted to protect one of the suspects from the mob, were injured in the process. The den was discovered by some sweepers who heard the cry of a female victim and raised the alarm.

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