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Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Friday, August 17th.

FG Denies Paying Ransom For Release Of Dapchi Girls

The Federal Government has denied that it paid any ransom to secure the release of the Dapchi girls. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Thursday, challenged anyone who has any evidence of payment to publish such.

United Nations Reveals Boko Haram Sponsors

The United Nations has revealed that some non-governmental organisations are sending funds to Boko Haram, a deadly terror group in Nigeria. The international body also identified generous contributions and extortion as some of the other means through which the group is being funded, according to a report from Kairat Umarov, the Chairperson of the UN Security Council Committee.

Saraki Denies Declaring For 2019 Presidency

Senate President Bukola Saraki has dismissed reports that he was plotting to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. Saraki had revealed that he was actively thinking about running for the position of President in the 2019.

Court Restrains Saraki From Declaring Akpabio’s Seat Vacant

An Abuja High Court has restrained Senate President Bukola Saraki from declaring vacant the seat of former Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio. Justice Othman Musa also ordered Saraki not to impede Senator Akpabio’s access to the Senate building or taking any action aimed at “overreaching his privileges and rights as a Senator pending the determination of the originating Summons of the applicant.”

PDP Slams Buhari Over Refusal To Sign Electoral Act Amendment Bill

The PDP has condemned President Buhari for refusing to sign the Electoral Act Amendment bill passed by the National Assembly to check manipulations in the 2019 elections. The Party claimed that Buhari is quavering because the draft law effectively checked all his machinations, which he intend to use in the elections.

US Embassy May Resume Abuja Consular Services After Eid Holidays

The US consular office in Abuja which suspended services indefinitely may resume after the Eid-el-Kabir holidays, the embassy has said. The embassy stated this in an updated information on its website accessed by the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

FG Moves To Decentralise Police Operations

The National Economic Council (NEC) has began moves that will lead to the decentralisation of the operations of the Nigeria Police Force as one of the ways to tackle insecurity. This was made known to State House correspondents by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, after NEC’s meeting.

23 New Parties Barred From Participating In Osun Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday barred the 23 newly registered political parties from participating in the September 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun State, as the deadline for submission of candidates has passed. This is just as INEC announced that all political parties could, on Saturday, begin holding party primaries in preparation for the 2019 general elections which will begin in February.

Spain Send Falconets Home

Nigeria’s Falconets have crashed out of the 2018 Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup after losing 2-1 to Spain in the quarter-finals on Thursday. Aitana Bonmati and Patri Guijarro gave La Rojita a 2-0 advantage over the West Africans in the first half of the encounter.

Legendary Soul Singer Aretha Franklin Passes On

Iconic American soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76, after several days in coma. Franklin, who has battled chronic health problems for several years, passed away on Thursday, August 16. The legendary singer, who spent over five decades in the entertainment industry, was popular for hits like “Respect” and “Natural Woman”.

That’s the roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines this morning. More Nigerian newspapers headlines are available on Concise News website. See you again tomorrow.