Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Sunday, August 19th.
INEC Suspends Rivers Bye-election
The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the bye-election for the Port Harcourt Constituency lll State Assembly seat held on Saturday. The bye-election was conducted to fill the vacancy left by former state Assemblyman, Victor Ihunwo, now Chairman, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area. Obo Effanga, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers, who announced the suspension in a terse statement, cited widespread violence as reasons for the suspension.
Buhari Returns To Nigeria From The UK (Video)
President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria after his latest vacation in the United Kingdom. President Buhari arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, on Saturday, a tweet by Bashir Ahmed, the Personal Assistant on New Media to the President revealed. Concise News recalls that Buhari had on August 3 commenced another round of vacation from Friday during which he remained in London, United Kingdom, throughout.
Buhari Notifies National Assembly Of His Resumption
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a letter to the National Assembly, informing the lawmakers of his resumption as President upon the completion of his 10-working-day leave. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Saturday.
Former UN Chief Kofi Annan Dies At 80
A former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Atta Annan, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, has reportedly passed away. Concise News gathered that the UN Chief died at aged 80 on Saturday morning, August 18 in Switzerland, where he was receiving medical care after an illness. The late Annan recently visited South Africa and was in Geneva until Saturday morning when he passed on.
Buhari Mourns Death Of Former UN Chief Kofi Annan
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday mourned the passing away of former United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Kofi Annan. In a statement on Saturday, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed that Buhari had called President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana from London.
Buhari Vows To Jail Looters Who Caused Nigeria’s Economic Problems
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to jail more of those who brought the nation into its present economic situation. The President said this on Saturday at the Aso Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. He made the vow in an interview shortly after he returned to the country from his 10-day vacation in London.
Osinbajo Signs Three Bills Into Law
Three Bills transmitted by the National Assembly have been signed into law by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, made the announcement in a statement on Saturday. The Acts are the Federal Capital Territory Civil Service Commission (Establishment) Act, 2018; the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (Establishment) Act, 2018; and the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology (Science) Jos (Establishment) Act, 2018.
Dogara Denies Having Rift With Saraki
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has dismissed reports alleging that he is at loggerheads with Senate President Bukola Saraki. The speaker denied the reports in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Turaki Hassan.
Annan Dedicated His Life To Global Peace, Says Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described late Kofi Annan as a global statesman, who dedicated his life to equity, justice and other virtues that promote world peace. Obasanjo in a statement issued in Abeokuta, on Saturday, in reaction to the death of Annan, said he received the news with sadness and shock.
Dino Melaye Mocks Akpabio In New Song (Video)
Lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye, has mocked former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio in a new song. In the song released in Akwa Ibom on Friday, the lawmaker stated that Governor Udom Emmanuel is better than former senate minority leader, Akpabio.
Chelsea Defeat Arsenal In Five-Goal Thriller
Chelsea recovered from the shock of blowing a two-goal lead against Arsenal as Marcos Alonso’s late strike sealed a 3-2 win on Saturday. Maurizio Sarri’s side raced into a 2-0 lead in the London derby before Arsenal drew level in a thrilling first half at Stamford Bridge.
Police Charge Suspect Of Westminster Attack With Attempted Murder
A man accused of crashing his car into the security barriers surrounding Britain’s Houses of Parliament was charged Saturday with attempted murder, police said. Salih Khater, a Sudanese-born British national living in Birmingham, central England, will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Monday, police said.
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.