Boko Haram’s Execution Of Aid Worker Unconfirmed – Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said it cannot confirm the execution of its aid worker Hauwa Liman by Boko Haram, despite Nigerian media reporting her killing.
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Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Tuesday, October 16th

Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Tuesday, October 16th.

EFCC Should Give Me Bed; I’m Prepared For Them – Fayose

Outgoing Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has urged the EFCC to make available his bed ahead of his visit to the commission's headquarters on Tuesday in Abuja.

Nigeria Responds To Boko Haram’s Execution Of Aid Worker

The Nigerian Government has said it did everything possible to stop Boko Haram from executing an aid worker Hauwa Lema.

Boko Haram Executes Aid Worker, Reveals Leah Sharibu’s Fate

A faction of the Boko Haram sect Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has executed Hauwa Leman, an aid worker.
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Rohr Expects Tougher Libya Clash In Sfax

Gernot Rohr has told his players to brace up for a difficult game as the Super Eagles take on Libya on Tuesday in a Group E 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Sfax, Tunisia. 

Nigerians React To Boko Haram’s ‘Execution’ Of Aid Worker

Nigerians have berated the President Muhammadu Buhari government over the execution of an aid worker Hauwa Leman by Boko Haram insurgents. 

Video Footage Of Obasanjo Condemning Atiku Surfaces (Video)

Video footage of former president Olusegun Obasanjo speaking ill of former vice and PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar

Another Clip Of Gov Ganduje Collecting Bribe Emerges (video+audio)

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has appeared in another video clip allegedly receiving a bribe from contractors.

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NEWS

NIS To Begin Issuance Of Nigerian Passport With 10-year Validity

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has said it would begin the issuance of the Nigerian passport with a validity of 10 years by December 2018.

FG Charges Adeleke Over Alleged Exam Malpractice

The Nigerian government has charged Senator Ademola Adeleke and four others before the Federal High Court, Abuja, for allegedly engaging in examination malpractices.

Fayose Makes Last Tweet As Ekiti State Governor

Outgoing Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has thanked the people of the state for giving him the chance to serve in that capacity. 

Saraki Condemns Execution Of Hauwa Leman By Boko Haram

The execution of Hauwa Leman by Boko Haram terror group is a condemnable act, the Senate President Bukola Saraki has said. 

Atiku Reacts To Execution Of Red Cross Aid Worker

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has expressed sadness over the execution of Hauwa Leman by Boko Haram.

Kano Assembly Begins Probe Into Ganduje’s Bribe-taking Videos

The Kano State House of Assembly has started an investigation into the bribe-taking videos of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Pat Utomi Reveals Why Nigeria Is Not Progressing

Former presidential candidate Pat Utomi has said Nigeria is not progressing because “the government in Nigeria is dominating and suffocating.”

Okorocha, Masari Hold Secret Meetings With President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari held closed-door meetings with Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Aminu Masari of Katsina states at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.
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2019 Election: Atiku Riding On Emotions Of Nigerians – Keyamo

President Muhammadu Buhari's campaign chief for 2019 elections, Festus Keyamo (SAN), says the candidate of the opposition PDP, Atiku Abubakar is taking advantage of the emotions of Nigerians.

Buhari Govt Has Zero Integrity – Atiku’s Spokesman

The spokesperson of the Atiku Campaign Organisation (ACO) Segun Sowunmi, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has zero integrity.

Subsidy Has Been Re-Introduced In 2019 Budget – Keyamo

Director of Strategic Communications of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 campaign organisation, Festus Keyamo (SAN), says the federal government has re-introduced “oil (subsidy) premium” in the 2019 budget proposal.

POLITICS

PDP Gives Saraki, Tambuwal, Dankwambo New Appointments 

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has appointed the nation's Senate President, Bukola Saraki as the Director General of Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential Campaign Council.

2019 Elections: APC Insists Will Field Candidates For Zamfara

The ruling APC has insisted it will field candidates for all elective positions in Zamfara state for 2019 general election, despite its disqualification by Nigeria's electoral body.

Buhari Has Ordered EFCC To Detain Fayose, PDP Alleges

The Presidency has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to detain outgoing Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged. 

Even Buhari’s Wife Does Not Support Him, Agbakoba Speaks On 2019

Former national president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Olisa Agbakoba, says President Muhammadu Buhari is history, noting that the president has lost the goodwill with which he rode to power in 2015.

Bishop Kukah Reveals Why He Met Obasanjo, Atiku

Dr. Matthew Kukah has said he was with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar to witness the reconciliation of the duo after a prolonged dispute.

Why Buhari Cannot Rig 2019 Election – Arewa Youths

The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) has said President Buhari will not have enough manpower in the police to rig the 2019 general election.

Afenifere, PANDEF, Ohanaeze May Back Atiku For 2019 Presidency

Afenifere, Ohanaeze N’digbo and the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) say they will support the most vocal presidential candidate willing to ensure the restructuring of Nigeria.

INEC Reveals Number Of Eligible Voters In Lagos

Lagos State chapter of INEC has disclosed that 6, 609,115 residents were eligible to vote in the 2019 General Elections in the state.
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APC Lawmakers To Decide Next Move After Appeal Panel Decision

Aggrieved APC House of Reps members who lost in the party primary election are to decide on their next move after the outcome of the party’s appeal panel.

NYSC Certificate: Shittu Sues APC Over Disqualification

The Minister of Communications has sued the APC for disqualifying him as a governorship aspirant for not presenting NYSC discharge certificate.

Oyedepo Reacts To Atiku Endorsement Reports

President of the Living Faith Church David Oyedepo has denied endorsing the Presidential candidate of the PDP Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 elections.

SPORTS

EFCC To Arraign Three NFF Officials For Diverting N3.4bn Fifa Fund

A FCT High Court has fixed October 18 for the arraignment of three NFF officials who were accused of perpetrating fraud to the tune of N3.4bn.

Nigeria Amputee Football Team Involved In Auto Crash

Members of the Nigeria Amputee Football Team were on Monday involved in an auto crash on their way to Abuja from Lagos.

Valletta FC Offer Usain Bolt Two-year Contract

Usain Bolt could be making his way to Europe after being offered a two-year professional football contract in Malta, reports said on Tuesday.

England Shock Spain In Nations League

England scored three first-half goals to win 3-2 in Spain for the first time in 31 years in the Uefa Nations League on Monday.

Libya Captain To Miss 2019 Afcon Cracker Against Nigeria

Libya goalkeeper Muhammad Nashnoush has been ruled out of the team's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game with Nigeria.

Eagles Land In Sfax For Libya Showdown

The Super Eagles have landed in Tunisia for Tuesday's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier game against Libya.

Griezmann Deserves 2018 Ballon d’Or – Modric

Real Madrid star Luka Modric has said Antoine Griezmann deserves to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or ahead of Kylian Mbappe.

Libya Coach Vows To Revenge Loss Against Eagles

The Libya interim coach Omar Al-Maryami has said his team would defeat the Super Eagles in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier on Tuesday. 
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Usain Bolt To Undergo Drug Test

Usain Bolt says he’s stunned after being handed a drug testing notice despite retiring from athletics and having no professional contract as he bids to launch a football career in Australia.

Ramos Insists Kane Has Technical Skill To Succeed In La Liga

Sergio Ramos believes Harry Kane has the skillset to thrive in La Liga, as he prepares to face the England striker with Spain.

Kompany Elected First Black Mayor In Belgium

The father of Man City captain and Belgian int'l defender Vincent Kompany, Pierre, became Belgium’s first black elected mayor on Monday after his party topped the poll in the Brussels suburb Ganshoren.

Entertainment

IK Ogbonna’s Wife Sonia Drops His Name

Marriage of Nollywood actor Ik Ogbonna seems to be in trouble as his wife, Sonia, has expunged the actor's last name from her social media accounts.

Nollywood Actress Halima Abubakar Claims Virgin

33-Year-old Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar, has openly revealed through her social media platform that she is a still virgin.

DJ Cuppy Hits Speed Darlington Hard

Billionaire daughter, Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola, popularly known as DJ Cuppy has replied Speed Darlington who addressed her in one of his Instagram post.

Shatta Wale Feat. Olamide, Releases ”Wonders” (Audio)

Ghanaian controversial dancehall act Shatta Wale teams up with indigenous rap king and YBNL boss, Olamide in this one titled ”Wonders”.

‘Waiting For The Perfect Scape Goat’ – Olamide

Nigerian rapper, Olamide has addressed the issue of record label owners who override their artistes due to breach of contract.

Bobrisky Mocks Toyin Lawani As Nina Reconciles with Miracle

Nigerian male barbie, Bobrisky, has taken to his IG page to shade his cum enemy, Toyin Lawani, after she unfollowed ex-BBNaija housemate, Nina.

Ariana Grande, Peter Davidson Break Up

US singer, Ariana Grande, 25 and Saturday Night live star, David Peterson, 24, have reportedly broken up after 5 months of dating.

Johnny Drille Reveals Why He Cried After His First Live Concert

Alternative musician signed to Mavin Records, Johnny Drille, who hosted his first live concert on Sunday, delivered stunning performance.
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Seun Kuti Kicks As Kanye West Compares Self With Fela

Seun, son of Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti has kicked hard on American rapper Kanye West after he said the spirit of Fela lives in him.

Why I Am In A Rift With Kanye West, Drake Speaks Out

Canadian Rapper, Drake has broken has come out of his silence to extensively address why he his in a rift with the American rapper, Kanye West.

Olamide Signs Young Rapper Picazo To YBNL

YBNL Boss, Olamide has recently signed a new rap sensation, Picazo whose freestyle video on Instagram went viral a few days ago.

BUSINESS

Nigeria’s Contributory Pension Assets Jump To N8.33tn

The assets under the Contributory Pension Scheme increased N100bn from N8.23tn in June to N8.33tn August 2018.

FG To Review Performance Of DisCos In 2019

The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) says it will embark on a final performance review of the electricity distribution companies (DisCos) by 2019.

Why We Chose To Save The Naira – Emefiele

The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele, says the Buhari-led administration chose to save the naira instead of building reserves in order not to create problems in the banking system.

Ekiti Debt Profile Rises From N117bn To N120bn Within 3 Months

Ekiti state debt profile which was N117 billion at the beginning of the year has risen to N120 billion.

NCAA Partially Lifts Ban On Aviation College

The NCAA has partially lifted the suspension on International Aviation College, Ilorin’s Approved Training Organisation certificate.

Buhari’s Minister Says Nigeria Can Still Borrow More

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, has said Nigeria was not running any debt risk, adding that the country can borrow more.

CBN Reveals Why Nigeria Needs Stable Exchange Rate

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said the country needs a stable exchange rate to halt depreciation of the Naira instead of building foreign reserve buffers.

Nigeria’s Crude Oil Production Jumps To 2.16mbpd

Nigeria crude oil production has climbed to 2.16 million barrels per day in September, the highest for the year 2018. 
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Nigeria May Experience Q3 Growth – Research Analyst

A research analyst at FXTM, a firm which specialises in forex trading, Lukman Otunuga, says Nigeria may experience growth in the third quarter of the year, despite “gloomy predictions” made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Finance Ministry Seeks IMF’s Help To Go After Oil Companies For Tax

Nigeria's minister of finance Zainab Ahmed, says that the federal government has asked the International Monetary Fund for help in getting taxes from large oil companies.

Naira Maintains N360 To Dollar At Parallel Market

Nigeria's currency, the naira, remained stable against the dollar at the parallel market in Lagos on Friday, exchanging at N360 to the dollar.

WORLD

Trump Sends U.S. Diplomat To Saudi Arabia Over Missing Journalist

US President Donald Trump said on Monday he is sending his top diplomat to Saudi Arabia over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

13 Dead As Heavy Storms, Flood Hit France

At least 13 people have died after heavy storms swamped parts of southwestern France, flooding rivers and cutting roads, officials said on Monday.

Air Hostess Tragically Falls Out Of Plane

Air India said that one of its flight attendants fell off a plane while trying to close its door on Monday, reportedly breaking her leg when she landed on the tarmac.

Mattis ‘Could Be’ Leaving As US Defense Chief – Trump

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis “could be” leaving, referring to him as “sort of a Democrat.”

Erdogan, Saudi King Discuss Case Of Missing Journalist

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman on Sunday discussed the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Missing Journalist: Saudi Vows Retaliation If Punished

The government of Saudi Arabia has warned that it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on the Kingdom over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

19 Dead As Migrant Vehicle Crashes In Turkey

Nineteen people, including children, died on Sunday when a vehicle carrying migrants reportedly plunged off the highway into a waterway in western Turkey,

Trump Threatens Saudi Arabia Over Journalist

The U.S President, Donald Trump, has threatened to deal severely with Saudi Arabia if it turns out that missing Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
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Turkey ‘Has Recording Proving Saudi Murder’ Of Journalist (Video)

Turkish officials have audio and video evidence that shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to the BBC.

Arms Theft Scandal Forces Portugal’s Defence Minister To Resign

Portugal’s Defence Minister Jose Alberto Azeredo Lopes resigned Friday over a scandal of the theft of rockets, grenades, and cartridges from a military arms depot.

UK Ministers Threaten To Resign Over May’s Brexit Concessions

Several British ministers are threatening to quit over concessions Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to make to the European Union on Brexit.

TECH

BMW, Northvolt, Umicore Team Up For Electric Car Batteries

German carmaker BMW has created a vehicle battery recycling venture with Belgian materials and recycling firm Umicore and Northvolt, which is building a battery factory in Sweden.

Rivals ARM, Intel Make Peace To Secure Internet Of Things

Rival semiconductor giants ARM and Intel have agreed to work together to manage networks of connected devices from both firms.

Bahrain Minister Backs Boycott Of Uber Over Khashoggi Case

Bahrain’s foreign minister called for a boycott of the ride-hailing company Uber Technologies after its chief executive officer said he will not attend a business conference in the kingdom’s ally Saudi Arabia.

NCC To Sanction Illegal Auto Tracking Solutions Providers

The Nigerian Communications Commission has frowned at illegal operation by automated vehicular tracking operators, threatening to sanction anyone operating without licenses.

Apple Plans To Sell Clear Case For iPhone XR

Apple has apparently leaked its intention to launch its very own iPhone XR accessory line, with the most shocking part of the expected lineup being impending release of its own clear plastic case.

Dana Airline Threatens To Downsize

Dana Air’s Communication Manager, Kingsley Ezenwa, said the airline might also be forced to downsize if the industrial action should continue for too long.

Hackers Accessed 29m Users’ Data, Says Facebook

Facebook said Friday that hackers accessed personal data of 29 million users in a breach at the world’s leading social network disclosed late last month.

WhatsApp Fixes Booby-trap Video Call Bug

Answering a booby-trapped video call via the WhatsApp messaging service could force the app to crash and close, a security expert has found.
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Facebook Blocks 251 Deceptive Accounts

Facebook on Thursday announced the shutting down of 251 accounts for breaking rules against spam and coordinated deceit, some of it by ad farms pretending to be forums for political debate.

Sony Confirms PlayStation 4 Successor Plan

Sony is developing a new video games console, the company's president Kenichiro Yoshida has confirmed.

Google Pixel 3 Phones Launch Amid Privacy Storm

Google has launched its latest Pixel 3 smartphones in the midst of an embarrassing data exposure scandal. The Pixel 3 handsets introduce new photography features...

HEALTH

Ebola Death Toll Hits 135 In DR Congo

At least 135 people have been killed by the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says the World Health Organization (WHO).

Don’t Use Breast Milk, Urine To Treat ‘Apollo’, Experts Warn

The Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) has warned against the use of breast milk, urine, acid and other unorthodox treatment when infected with conjunctivitis, popularly known as Apollo.

Researchers Closing In On First Lassa Fever Vaccine

Researcher are on the verge of finding the first ever Lassa fever vaccine, according to a journal published by Nature Communications.

Buhari Govt Promises More Health Investment In 2019

Nigeria's Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole has assured that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would invest more on health and education in 2019.

18 Nigerians Die Of Tuberculosis Hourly – NTBLCP

National Tuberculosis, Burulli Ulcer and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP), said no fewer than 18 people die hourly from Tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria.

Study Reveals How Parenting Causes Antisocial Behaviour In Children

A study has revealed the less parental warmth and more harshness in the home environment affect how aggressive children become and whether they lack empathy and a moral compass.

WHO Predicts Extent Of Ebola Outbreak In DR Congo

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo could last for another three to four months, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Too Much Sleep Bad For The Brain – Study

A new study has revealed that excessive and insufficient sleep are similarly detrimental to the brain’s functioning.
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Ondo Approves N1.5bn For Cancer Treatment Centre

The Ondo State Government said that it had approved N1.5 billion for the development of a cancer treatment centre in the state.

Toddlers With Asthma More Likely To Become Obese- Study

A study led by scientists from the University of Southern California (USC) has found that toddlers who have asthma are more likely to become obese children.

More People Die From Ebola Outbreak In DR Congo

The health ministry in DR Congo says the death toll from an Ebola outbreak in eastern part of the country has risen to 118, with three children among the recent victims.

OPINION

Implementing The ‘Change Begins With Me Campaign’

Nigerians welcome the Buhari-led 'change-begins-with-me' campaign, but corruption seems to persist because old habits are hard to break. Dele Bodunde discuses what must be done before Nigeria can reap dividends of 'change'.

Victorious Super Falcons Rewarded With Disgrace

That the Falcons had to take to the streets to protest and ask for their legitimate earnings spoke volumes of the decay and retardation that has recently befallen us as a Nation, writes Toyin Akiode.

About Chimamanda, Daddy Freeze, Tithes, Buhari And Lazy Youths

Columnists Nnkeka Okumazie explores the delicate connection between Chimamanda Adichie, Daddy Freeze, Tithes, Buhari and his lazy youths comment.

2019 Elections: Reuben Abati Writes On Atiku vs Buhari

Foremost Nigerian columnist and a former presidential media aide Reuben Abati has bared his mind on the chances of the top contenders for Nigeria's topmost office in 2019.