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

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

1. President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to ignore those calling on him to return to the country or honourably resign. This call was made by some group of protesters in Abuja on Thursday who were in support of his continuous medical vacation. The group advised leader of the anti-Buhari protesters, Charles Oputa, otherwise known as Charlyboy to work on his moral character and stop intruding into governance.

2. Relatively, civil society organization under the platform of OurMumuDonDo has insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari must resume or resign from office if truly he is a man of integrity as he claims. They made the call on Thursday on the fourth day of their protest at the Unity Fountain in Abuja. The group accused aides of President Muhammadu Buhari of “holding him captive.”

3. Nigeria’s Senate president, Bukola Saraki has fired his Director of Protocol, Arthur Ndiwe, Head of Administration, Mrs Folasade Adigun and 96 others to scale down the number of his aides. With the mass sack, the Senate President’s assistants have now been reduced from over 300 to a little above 200.

4. In line with the Army policy of rotating overstayed troops in special operations, soldiers of 29 Battalion based in Port Harcourt, have been rotated and returned to their main unit amid cheers and jubilation from their families and colleagues. This was disclosed in a statement by Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 6 Division Nigerian Army.

5. The National Emergency Management Agency on Thursday received 128 stranded Nigerians who voluntarily returned to the country from Libya. NEMA said the returnees include 126 males and two females. Two females and four males had health issues among them.

6. Boko Haram insurgents have launched fresh attacks in Ghumbili community, in Madagali local government area of Adamawa state. This was confirmed by Adamawa State Emergency Management, Agency, ADSEMA, boss, Haruna Furo. He said the attack started from about 10.23pm on Wednesday until about 3am on Thursday morning, but that no life was lost. He said the insurgents burnt down several houses and looted belongings.

7. A picture trending online has revealed how a lady on military camouflage was forced to pull down her trousers and became half naked. A military officer, who was supervising the operation bent over the victim, who was afraid and appeared to be begging another officer whose face was not revealed in the picture. This has, however, generated negative comments against the military.

8. The Benue State government has warned Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over his constant claims that the state is part of Biafra territory. The state warned Kanu and his group to leave it out of its purported secessionist territory. State Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Lawrence Onoja (Jnr.), gave the warning to the protagonists of IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, at a news conference in Makurdi.

9. In education, Abia, Rivers, Edo, Imo and Bayelsa are the best performing states in the 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination. While Abia came out with 81.54 per cent, Rivers State scored 78.59 per cent. Edo State was third with 77.41 per cent while Imo State recorded 76.46 per cent. At 74.38 per cent and 71.83 per cent were Bayelsa and Anambra states who are in the fifth and sixth positions.

10. Three suspects have been remanded in prison by a Chief Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Thursday for alleged murder of a University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), lecturer, Dr. Eeba Lebari. The suspects are the deceased’s gateman, Christopher Kinanee, Lebari Robert Tambari, and Ibrahim Useni (deceased housemaid)

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