Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Thursday, May 24th

Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines today Thursday, May 24th.
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Immunity Shielding Gov. Wike From Arrest – FG

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has said Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State would have been arrested if not for immunity enjoyed by governors.

Bauchi Deputy Governor Resigns

The Bauchi state Deputy Governor, Nuhu Gidado, has resigned his appointment.

$16bn Power Fund: SERAP Asks Buhari To Refer OBJ, Jonathan To EFCC, ICPC

SERAP has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to refer the allegations of mismanagement of $16 billion power projects to the EFCC and the ICPC for further investigation.

Only Lazy People Complain Of Hunger Under Buhari – Customs Boss

Customs boss Hameed Ali has alleged that those complaining of hunger in the country are lazy as President Muhammadu Buhari's government has done excellently well. 

Buhari Directs Fund Release For Ogoni Clean Up

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and oil companies to quickly release fund for the clean-up of Ogoni community.

Court Bars Trump From Blocking Twitter Critics

US President Donald Trump may not "block" Twitter users from viewing his online profile due to their political beliefs, a judge in New York has ruled.

Spare Parts Dealer Allegedly Butchers Fiancee Over Suspected Infidelity

Reports about a spare parts dealer Isaiah Chukwu, who reportedly butchered his fiancee over suspected infidelity, has gone viral on social media.

Again, Police Arrest Over 40 IPOB Members In Abia

The Abia State Police Command has arrested over 40 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Aba area of the state.
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NEWS

FG Won’t Fold Hands, Watch Nigerians Butchered – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has assured that the Federal Government will not watch Nigerians being killed without doing anything. 

Troops Allegedly Rape, Starve Boko Haram Victims – Amnesty International

Amnesty International has accused Nigerian army of raping thousands of women and girls who escaped from Boko Haram insurgents, and allegedly killing many people who refused to be moved from territories rescued from the insurgents.

Buhari Can’t Be Compared To Obasanjo – Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has stated that ex-President Obasanjo and President Buhari should not be compared.

Cleaner Returns $6,000 Found In Airport Toilet

Charity Bassey, a cleaner at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos state, has returned $6,000 to security officials at the terminal.

EFCC Drags Rivers SSG To Court For Laundering N750m

EFCC has disclosed that it had arraigned the Secretary to the Rivers State Government (SSG), Kenneth Kobani.

Lives Of Nigerians Don’t Matter To Buhari, Omokri Says

Former Presidential New Media aide Reno Omokri has claimed that the lives of Nigerians don't matter to President Buhari.

EFCC Set To Arraign Ize-Iyamu, 4 Others

EFCC has disclosed that it will arraign a former PDP governorship candidate in Edo, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, an ex-deputy governor of the state, Lucky Imasuen, and three others on Thursday.

Buhari Applauds Nigeria’s Rising Role In World Craft Council

Pres. Muhammadu Buhari has applauded Nigeria’s emerging role in the World Craft Council, saying the talents, skills and high quality artistic creations of Nigerians are attracting more global attention.
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Again, Herdsmen Kill Residents Returning From Mass Burial In Benue

Herdsmen hit Benue State again on Tuesday killing people returning from mass burial.

Offa Bank Robbery Suspect Disowned By Community

Oro Community in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State has described as false media reports suggesting that one of the Offa robbery suspects is a native of the community.

Reps Reacts To Buhari’s Comment On National Assembly

Spokesperson of the House of Reps, Abdulrazak Namdas, has said President Buhari can’t question the role of the National Assembly in Nigeria.

POLITICS

Anambra APC Chieftain Says State Congress Did Not Hold

Donatus Okonkwo, a chieftain of the APC has claimed that the party state congress slated for last Saturday was hijacked and didn’t hold.

Obasanjo Appointed Crack Heads Into His Cabinet – Keyamo

Festus Keyamo (SAN) has said the greatest mistake that ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo made was the appointment of some crackhead into his cabinet.

APC National Convention Committee Picks New Date

The National Convention Committee of All Progressives Congress (APC) has picked June 23 for the party’s convention in place of June 2 earlier scheduled.

Ondo Assembly Reinstates Sacked Deputy Speaker

The Ondo State House of Assembly has reversed the impeachment of Deputy Speaker of the House, Iroju Ogundeji, 24 hours after his removal.

Ekiti Election: MURIC Backs Fayemi, Attacks Fayose

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has thrown its weight behind the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2018 election in Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi.

Soyinka Says Nigeria Needs Urgent Re-configuration

There is urgent need to re-configure the country to suit every section, according to Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka.

I Have Nothing Personal Against Amaechi – Gov. Wike

Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike has said he has nothing personal against his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, despite series of confrontations between them.

Bisi Akande Reacts To APC Crisis

Chieftain of the  All Progressives Congress Bisi Akande has said that the party's parallel congresses will affect it during the 2019 general elections. 
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FFK Reveals Obasanjo’s Biggest Mistake About Buhari

Former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani Kayode has said ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo's greatest mistake was not prosecuting President Muhammadu Buhari.

PDP Says Buhari Knows Little About Nigeria

The PDP has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that roads were not rehabilitated after he left the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund as unfortunate.

Parties Fault Ohanaeze’s Single Tenure For Presidency Proposal

The Labour Party has said the Ohanaeze Ndigbo's proposal for a six-year single term for president and governors will not work in Nigeria.

SPORTS

Rooney Arrives Washington To Complete DC United Move

Wayne Rooney has arrived in Washington for talks and a medical ahead of a proposed move to DC United, according to Sky Sports News.

Crespo To Watch Champions League Final In Nigeria

Former Argentina striker Hernan Crespo is set to arrive in Nigeria this weekend for the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.

Gazidis Says Managing Arsenal Most Attractive Role In Football

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Wednesday claimed that the Gunners’ job is the “most attractive” in world football.

Iniesta To Join Japanese Side Vissel Kobe

Andres Iniesta tweeted Wednesday he was going to his “new home” with his “friend” Hiroshi Mikitani, owner of Japan’s Vissel Kobe, implying he would now be playing there after leaving Barcelona.

How Spartak Moscow Sacked Unai Emery, Aiden McGeady Reveals

Sunderland player Aiden McGeady has revealed how new Arsenal Manager, Unai Emery was sacked by Spartak Moscow.

West Ham Promise Pellegrini Big Transfer Fund

West Ham on Wednesday pledged to provide new boss Manuel Pellegrini with major funds to rebuild as they bid to avoid another Premier League relegation scrap.

Tornadoes To Pay Late Isah’s Salary Till Season End

Nigeria Premier League side Niger Tornadoes have pledged to pay the salary of late defender Hussaini Isah till the end of the season.

Napoli Names Ancelotti New Manager

Former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been appointed coach of Italian club Napoli on a three-year deal.
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Emery Urges Iwobi, Others To Get Set For ‘New Arsenal’

Newly appointed Arsenal manager Unai Emery has charged players of the north London club to be ready to raise the Gunners to the zenith of English football.

Rivaldo Backs Neymar To Join Madrid Or English Club

Brazil World Cup winner Rivaldo, has said that Neymar should move to Real Madrid or an English club to help his Ballon d’Or chances.

Pogba Goes Spiritual Ahead World Cup

Manchester United star Paul Pogba is in the holy city of Mecca as he posted video of himself standing in front of the Kaaba, a black cube which Muslims turn for their daily prayers.

Entertainment

Will Smith Partners Other Artistes To Record W/Cup Anthem

Hollywood actor and rapper Will Smith has teamed up with fellow artistes Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi for the official World Cup song for Russia 2018.

Wizkid Begs Fans To Help Davido Win BET Awards

Top Nigerian singer Wizkid has canvassed support from fans to help fellow singer Davido win the BET best international act awards.

Cee-C Speaks On Emergence As ‘Most Bitter Woman In Nigeria’

First runner-up of Big Brother Naija 2018, Cee-C, has revealed how shocked she was learning she was the most bitter woman in Nigeria.

Linda Ikeji Talks About Man Of Her Dreams

Celebrity blogger Linda Ikeji has opened up on the man of dreams while discussing the importance of celibacy.

Mr Eazi Features Giggs On ‘London Town’

Nigerian singer Mr Eazi has released a brand new song entitled, "London Town" featuring Nathaniel Thompson better known as Giggs.

Anto Makes Acting Debut In Comedy Drama ‘Official Couple’, Taunts Lolu Fans

Former housemate of Big Brother Naija 2018 Anto has debuted her acting career in a comedy drama titled Official Couple.

Actor Jim Iyke Signs Multi-million Naira Deal

Popular Nigerian actor Jim Iyke has signed a multi-million naira ambassadorial deal with Wear It All Men's Luxury clothing store in Lagos.
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Yemi Alade Teams Up With Westsyde Crew For ‘Kpirim’ Dance Video

Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade has released the dance video of her hit song, "Kpirim" off her highly-rated "Black Magic" album.
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Avicii’s Family Ask Media For Privacy

The family of late Swedish top disc jockey and singer DJ Avicii has told the media to grant them privacy regarding his funeral arrangements.

I Dress Like A Female To Entertain – Bobrisky

Controversial male crossdresser Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky has opened up on why he often dresses like a lady.

Linda Ikeji Recalls How She Got Kemi Olunloyo Out Of Prison

Celebrity blogger Linda Ikeji has revealed that she was instrumental to the release of a journalist and blogger Kemi Olunloyo from the Port Harcourt prison in 2017.

Popular

I Was Tied Up, Waiting To Be Butchered – Dino Melaye

Embattled Senator Dino Melaye has narrated how he was tied up and "hurled into a dark solitary confinement waiting for the butchers knife" during his arrest by security agents. 

Guardiola Reacts To Emery’s Appointment At Arsenal

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has described newly-named Arsenal gaffer Unai Emery as a "top manager."

Croatia Name Deadly W/Cup Squad For Nigeria, Others

One of the countries Nigeria would meet at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia Croatia have named their final squad of 23 players for the tournament.

Wizkid Begs Fans To Help Davido Win BET Awards

Top Nigerian singer Wizkid has canvassed support from fans to help fellow singer Davido win the BET best international act awards.

BUSINESS

NASS Yet To Transmit Appropriation Bill To Buhari – Udoma

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, has disclosed that the National Assembly was yet to transmit the 2018 Appropriation Bill to President Buhari for assent.

AfDB Says Nigeria’s Industrial Production Has Fallen By 41%

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said that Nigeria’s industrial value dropped by 41 per cent between 2012 and this year.

NNPC To Start Retail Of Petrol In West Africa

The NNPC Wednesday in Abuja said it would resume retailing of petroleum products across markets in the Economic Community of West African States in the next two years.

Framework For China Currency Swap Out Next Week – CBN

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) boss Godwin Emefiele has said the framework for the $2.5 billion currency swap agreement with the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC) will be out next week. 

Chinese Bank To Bankroll East West Road Construction

Nigeria has finalized plans with the Chinese NEXIM Bank for the funding of the East West road dualisation project. 

Tanker Drivers Call Off Strike

Tanker drivers in Rivers State have called off their one week strike as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) intervened in their disagreement with security agents. 

Nigerian Crude Oil Cargoes Battle For Buyers

Nigerian crude oil cargoes are battling to get buyers for the product as they are being weighed down by an overflow of unsold June loading cargoes.

Osinbajo Says FG Has Invested $10bn In Infrastructure

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government has invested close to 10 billion dollars in infrastructure development in the last three years.
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South Korea, AfDB Sign Energy Deal Worth $600m

The Government of South Korea and the African Development Bank on Tuesday signed a Letter of Intent to launch the Korea-Africa Energy Investment Facility.

Oil Surges Towards $100 On Mounting Supply Concerns

Brent crude oil rose above 80 dollars a barrel on Tuesday, supported by concern that falling Venezuelan crude output and a potential drop in Iranian exports could further tighten global supply.

TCN Reveals When Nigeria Will Overcome Epileptic Power

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said the country will continue to suffer epileptic power for the next 10 years. 

WORLD

Pulitzer-Winning American Author Philip Roth Dies At 85

Philip Roth, a pulitzer-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, has died.

Jared Kushner’s Full Security Clearance Restored

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner recently regained a full security clearance, more than a month after it was downgraded following new rules issued by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Elephant Tramples Farmer To Death In Tanzania

An elephant has trampled to death a 35-year-old farmer Zuberi Maocha in Southern Tanzania’s District of Tunduru, according to local leaders.

Maduro Expels US Diplomats, Rejects Sanctions

Venezuela ordered the expulsion of the top two US diplomats in the country on Tuesday, after Washington tightened sanctions over President Nicolas Maduro's re-election.

Malaysia Slashes Salaries Of Ministers

Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has slashed salaries of ministers by 10 percent and also cut public spending.

Stacey Abrams Set To Become First Black Female American Governor After Winning Primaries

A former Georgia lawmaker and author has taken a major step towards becoming the first ever African-American female governor of a US state.

France Says US Sanctions On Iran Endangers Region

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says that the United States risks further destabilising the Middle East after Washington warned Iran faced the “strongest sanctions in history”.

Erdogan Congratulates Maduro After Controversial Poll Win

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has congratulated his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on winning a new term in office.
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Trump Says Meeting With Kim Jong-Un Not Certain

U.S. President Donald Trump said the much anticipated meeting between him and North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un at Singapore on June 12, is not yet certain.

Zuma’s Son Fined $5,000 For Hate Speech

Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, on Tuesday agreed to pay $5,000 while he also apologised for an insulting letter.

Why North Korea Summit May Not Hold – Trump

There is a "very substantial chance" a historic summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un may not hold, Trump...

HEALTH

Group Drags JOHESU To Court For Failing To Suspend Strike

The incorporated trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International has commence contempt suit against top officials of the JOHESU for allegedly disobeying an order of the court.

Nigeria Demands Special Category For Immunization Coverage

The wife of Nigeria's senate president, Mrs Toyin Saraki has requested for increased support from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to Nigeria in the area of immunization coverage.

Johesu Strike: Federal Medical Center Employs Adhoc Staff To Replace Striking Staff

Federal Medical Centre Jabi, Abuja, has employed ad hoc staff to augment the gaps created by the ongoing nationwide JOHESU strike.

Three Congolese Ebola Patients Escape Quarantine, Two Later Found Dead

Three Ebola patients under quarantine in Mbandaka, a city in Congo, have reportedly escaped from the camp with two later found dead, Concise News has reliably gathered.

Study Reveals How Malaria Turned Deadly

Researchers from Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge have discovered the secrets of how malaria became a human-killer.

Emzor Founder Urges Nigerians To Fight Drug Abuse

The Founder/Group Managing Director of Emzor Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Stella Okoli, has called on all Nigerians to work together in combating the rising problem of drug abuse among youths.

Hot Bodies Speed Up Immune System Against Infections, Tumors – New Study

New research suggests that the hotter the human body temperature, the more it speeds up a key defense system that fights against tumors, wounds and infections.

FG, JOHESU Negotiations Collapse

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) had boycotted a meeting with the Federal Government over the ongoing strike action by its members.
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Health Workers Deny Accident Report

No member of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) was involved in an auto crash over the weekend in Benin, the Edo state capital, the body said on Monday.

Ebola Death Toll Hits 26 In DR Congo As Vaccinations Begin

The death toll in an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo rose to 26 on Monday after a person died in the northwest city of Mbandaka, the government said.

Pay Attention To Your Health, NGO Tells Nigerians

Nigerians have been urged by the Sarah Adebisi Sosan Foundation (SASF), to pay more attention to their health by having regular checkups and following medical advice.

TECH

Apple, Xiaomi Lead Surging Smart Wearable Market in Q1

Apple and Xiaomi lead the smart wearable market in Q1 of 2018 with 3.8 million and 3.7 million shipments respectively, according to Canalys data.

Hackers Discover Over A Dozen Flaws In BMW Cars

BMW's car computer systems have been found to contain 14 separate flaws, according to a study by a Chinese cyber-security lab.

Student Bags 10 days Imprisonment For Phone Theft

A 22-year-old student, Ahmadu Suleiman was on Wednesday sentenced to 10 days imprisonment by Sokoto Chief Magistrates’ Court for stealing a cell phone valued at N10,000.

NIPOST Introduces Banking&Insurance, Four Other Revolutionary Services

Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, on Tuesday, said that Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) had introduced five revolutionary services to improve the lives of the citizens of Nigeria.

NCC Hands N54.7M Research Grants To 8 Universities

Eight winners of the 2016 and 2017 research proposals from Nigerian universities for development of the telecommunication industry have been presented grants worth N54,755,846 million by the NCC.

Google Search Reveals Names Of Rape Victims

Google's auto-complete and related search functions are revealing the identity of rape victims who have been granted anonymity.

Ambode’s Wife Raises Alarm Over Cyber Impersonator

The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Bolanle Ambode, has raised the alarm over a yet-to-be identified person, who has been impersonating her on the Internet for alleged fraudulent purposes.

Zuckerberg Apologises To EU Parliament Over Facebook Data Breach

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to the European Parliament on Tuesday and said the social media giant is taking steps to prevent a repeat of a massive breach of users’ personal data.
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Russia To Secure World Cup Stadiums With Drones

Russia will reportedly deploy jamming devices used in Syria and the war in Ukraine to defend World Cup stadiums against a drone attack.

Cyber Hacker Paraded For Defrauding Car Dealer Of N28m

A 28-year-old hacker, Michael Williams, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defrauding a car dealer, Abiogun Adewale, of N28m.

AI A New Weapon In Cancer Fight, Says Theresa May

The diagnosis of cancer and other diseases in the UK can be transformed by using artificial intelligence, according to Prime Minister Theresa May.

OPINION

Who Will Save Some Nigerians From Intellectual Laziness? By Femi Adesina

Presidential media aide Femi Adesina laments intellectual laziness among a cross section of Nigerians who often misinterprets President Buhari's statements.

2019: Let Others Simply Run Away By Femi Adesina

Now that President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated his intention to run, dwarfs trying to wear a giant's shoes should simply run away.

BBNaija 2018: Possible Future Of Romantic Pairs

Just-concluded Big Brother Naija show did not only come with lots of intriguing moment as anticipated, it also attracted viewers with lots of romance. But what next with the romantic partners after all the razzmatazz? Let's try and forecast...

Learn, Unlearn And Relearn

I was speaking with a 47-year-old man whom I've known for more than twenty years. He was more of an existing man now, rather than a living one.