Good day, and welcome to the Concise News roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today, Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019.
The immediate past Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello, Edward David Onoja, has been sworn in as the Deputy Governor of Kogi State. Concise News understands that Onoja is also running with Bello in his re-election race for the highest office in the north-central state.
The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Monday, ordered the temporary forfeiture of two properties belonging to ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki to the Federal Government. Concise News understands that the properties belonging to the former Kwara State Governor are located in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.
Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that the court which granted a temporary forfeiture order on his houses in Ikoyi was misled. A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos had, on Monday, ordered the temporary forfeiture of two properties of Saraki in the Ikoyi area of Lagos state following an ex-parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has varied the bail of N100m granted to the convener of the Revolution Now protests, Omoyele Sowore. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had on October 4 granted bail to Sowore to the tune of N100 million and two sureties in like sum.
Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Isa Pantami, has ordered the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to halt the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) transaction charge imposed by MTN Nigeria. MTN Nigeria had over the weekend sent messages to its subscribers in the country that it would be charging N4.00 per USSD used for banking service.
The police in Rivers State, southern Nigeria, on Monday arraigned suspected serial killer Gracious David West before the Rivers State High Court. West was arrested along East-West Road en route to Uyo from Port Harcourt on 19 September. The police said that the 26-year-old suspected killer, who hails from Buguma in Rivers, has since made useful statements to them.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reiterated his claim that President Muhammadu Buhari administration had technically defeated Boko Haram. The minister stated this when he paid a working visit to the new corporate headquarters of The Sun Newspapers in Lagos.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the fresh Kogi West Senatorial election involving Dino Melaye of the PDP and Smart Adeyemi of the APC, is to hold on Nov. 16. According to a statement signed by INEC’s Chairman of its Information and Voter Committee, Festus Okoye, the senate election would hold simultaneously with the Kogi governorship election.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is ready for battle with the federal government over the imposition of the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS) on its members. President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that workers on the IPPIS would not get their salaries.
Familiar names Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are once again headlining the 30-man shortlist for 2019 Ballon d’Or, with Virgil van Dijk joining the duo as top favourites in the contest for the crown of best player in the world. Having already grabbed FIFA’s The Best award in September, Barcelona captain Messi is in the hunt for his sixth Ballon d’Or, which he last won in 2015, and will be hoping to add it to his collection.