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Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the Concise News roundup of top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today, Friday, March 22nd, 2019.

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1. INEC Dismisses Court Orders, To Go Ahead With Polls In Adamawa, Bauchi

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will go ahead with the supplementary governorship elections in Adamawa and Bauchi states. An Abuja Federal High Court had issued an interlocutory injunction to INEC to suspend the process.

2. FG Closes Case Against Suspended CJN Onnoghen

The Federal Government on Thursday closed its case of false and non-declaration of charges preferred against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Although the prosecution led by Aliyu Umar (SAN) had proposed to call six witnesses to prove its case against the defendant, it closed its case after calling three of them.

3. Supplementary Elections: Nigerian Govt Closes Borders In Three States

The Nigerian government on Thursday ordered the closure of land borders in Sokoto, Benue and Adamawa ahead of the March 23 supplementary elections in the states. Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, said the borders would be closed from Friday noon to Sunday noon.

4. US Comments On Quality Of Nigeria’s 2019 Elections

The United States has expressed disappointment at the quality of Nigeria’s 2019 elections, reflecting on reports of low voter turnout, voter intimidation, vote buying, interference by security forces, and violence in some locations. It called on all stakeholders to work towards a free, fair, credible, transparent, and peaceful process, especially for those who would participate in Saturday’s supplementary polls in some states.

5. Banditry: NAF Deploys 1,300 Special Forces To Benue, Zamfara

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed over 1,300 Special Forces to Benue and Zamfara states following renewed attacks by bandits. Concise News understands that about 10 persons were killed in Benue recently by some suspected bandits.

6. Rivers Rerun: INEC Finally Picks Date

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the rerun in Rivers state for April 13th. Concise News reports that Festus Okoye, INEC commissioner for information and voter education, announces this at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday.

7. Benue Election: Ortom Reveals Why APC Is Desperate Ahead Polls

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is desperate ahead of Saturday’s supplementary election because they will lose, Concise News understands. Ortom made the allegation on Thursday in a statement where he wondered why the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)declared the March 9th governorship poll inconclusive.

8. Rivers Election: What Presidency Told INEC In Secret Meeting- PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the Buhari-led presidency, during a security meeting, told the the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to rig the Rivers State governorship election.Concise News learned that the PDP claimed that the presidency as planned plots to hijack the March 23 governorship supplementary elections in some state of the state.

9. What Ooni Of Ife Said During 2Baba’s Visit To Throne Of Oduduwa

The Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has played host to Nigeria’s music icon, 2Face Idibia and his wife Annie, at his palace. The Ooni of Ife’s official Instagram page posted a video of the visit of 2Face Idibia and his wife on Wednesday, where the first class king expressed his pleasure over the visit.

10. Nigeria Vs Seychelles Lineup, Time, Where To Watch Match

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are seeking to end their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification on a winning note as battle Seychelles on Friday. Nigeria have already qualified for the competition in Egypt but are using the game to also prepare for the tournament.

That’s the roundup of top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines this morning. More Nigerian newspapers headlines are available on Concise News website. See you again tomorrow.