Good day, and welcome to the Concise News roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today, Monday, October 21st, 2019.
President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Monday to attend a three-day Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia. The summit which holds October 23rd – 25th, will focus on exploring and expanding opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production.
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has opposed plans by MTN to charge subscribers for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) access to banking services from October 21. MTN, in an SMS message to its subscribers, had said the decision was on the request of banks and would take effect from Monday.
Police in Kaduna state, northwest Nigeria, have confirmed the abduction of an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Musa Rambo. Concise News understands that Rambo is the Police Area Commander for Suleja.
The Director of the African Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Abebe Selassie, appears to have backed the closure of Nigeria’s land borders to its neighbours because illegal trade “is not what you want to facilitate.” It was learned that Selassie made this known at a media briefing on the sidelines of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in Washington DC.
Seven terrorists have died after their vehicle stepped on Improvised Explosive Devices they planted for troops in Lamba’a forest along Jakana-Mainok road in Borno, according to the Nigerian Army. Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, said in a statement that eight other terrorists were crippled by the devices.
An Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Musa Rabo, who was abducted over the weekend has been rescued unhurt. A combined team of Police operatives from Kaduna, Niger and Zone 7 Command Headquarters Abuja, backed-up by members of the elite Special Forces of the NPF successfully rescued the officer on Sunday.
Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed has disclosed that the Federal Government has secured a $3bn loan from the World Bank. The Finance Minister stated the loan is to be used for reforming the nation’s power sector.
Kaduna State Government (KDSG) says it has shortlisted 5, 351 applicants who passed the recent Computer Based Test, for further screening and interview. This was made known in a statement by Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication on Sunday in Kaduna.
The management of Kano Zoological Gardens says the lion that escaped from its cage on Saturday night “has been sedated.” The Managing Director of Kano Zoological Garden, Alhaji Usman Gwadabe, confirmed on Sunday morning that a team of experts had sedated the escaped lion with the help of police officers.
An under-par Liverpool rescued a point from Manchester United with Adam Lallana’s late equaliser as they drew 1-1 at Old Trafford on Super Sunday in a game littered with more VAR drama. Following a frantic opening lacking in clear-cut chances, the game exploded late in the first half with two crucial VAR calls.