Good day, and welcome to the Concise News roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today, Sunday, October 20th, 2019.
The Kaduna Police Command has rescued 147 inmates from another illegal Islamic rehabilitation centre in the Rigasa community of Igabi area of the state. The police said they stormed the centre located at Kwanar Gurguwa in the early hours and took away the inmates to Mando camp. Governor Nasir El-Rufai was said to be present as security operatives stormed the illegal facility known as Malam Niga’s Rehabilitation.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigeria Police Force to clampdown on all illegal rehabilitation centres across Nigeria. The president gave the order after the Kaduna State Police Command raided a rehabilitation Centre at Rigasa community in Igabi area of the state. In a statement on Saturday by his Media Adviser, Garba Shehu, the president said his administration would not tolerate criminality and human rights abuse such as the enslavement of children in fake rehabilitation centres.
President Muhammadu Buhari has threatened any state government or communities that try to create unnecessary problem in the allocation of land for federal projects. Buhari said the federal government might be forced to re-allocate projects elsewhere to punish the state. The president’s warning was contained in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Garba Shehu, on Saturday.
The President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba has said the labour unions’ agreement with the Federal Government is a victory for workers. The government and the labour unions ended a three-day negotiation on the consequential adjustment for other categories of workers. Speaking following the agreement, Wabba said that it would be beneficial to Nigerian workers.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide Lauretta Onochie has said Nigeria should not be fixated on which region produces its leaders. Replying a tweet which mentioned people of Igbo extraction that Buhari has handed top appointments, Onochie said Nigerians should focus on having good leaders irrespective of their religion or ethnic background.
6. 2023: Igbo Deserve To Produce Buhari’s Successor – Jonathan Vatsa
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State Jonathan Vatsa has said the South East deserves to produce Nigeria’s next president. Vatsa said it was the right of the region to produce the next leader of the West African country after President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. He spoke on Friday in Minna, the Niger State capital, calling on Nigerians to support the quest for a Nigerian of Igbo extraction to succeed Buhari.
The proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has said that it is ready to dialogue with the Federal Government. Interim leader of the outlawed group, Yakubu Yahaya, made this known during a press conference in Katsina State on Saturday. Speaking further, he said the group was a peace-loving one and will not allow anybody to use it to destabilise the peace of Nigeria.
Seven persons have died and seven others injured in a ghastly auto accident involving the convoy of Governor Godwin Obaseki on Benin-Auchi Expressway. The accident occurred at Ehor town, when a Toyota Hilux van on the Governor’s advance team had a head-on collision with an Audi car. The convoy was said to be going to Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, for convocation ceremony of the university.
The Edo State Government has consoled the families of the seven victims of the accident involving the convoy of Governor Godwin Obaseki on Saturday. The accident occurred at Ehor town in Benin City, when a Toyota Hilux van on the Governor’s advance team had a head-on collision with an Audi car. A statement from the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, conveyed the state government’s condolences to the victims and their families.
Home-based Super Eagles on Saturday failed to qualify for the African Nations Championships (CHAN) as Nigeria lost to Togo 4-3 on aggregate at the Agege Stadium, Lagos. Nigeria secured a 2-0 win over the Hawks in the second leg of the qualifiers after Sikiru Alimi got the two goals for the hosts but not enough to see them through.