Good day, and welcome to the Concise News roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today Monday, November 4th, 2019.
The Federal Government has extended the joint border operations code-named ‘Exercise Swift Response’ till next year as President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the exercise until January 31, 2020. This was revealed in a memo dated November 1, 2019, and signed by the Comptroller of Customs in charge of enforcement, Victor David Dimka.
The Nigeria Customs Service has said that the country’s borders will remain closed indefinitely until the government’s objectives for the closure are fully achieved. The Public Relations Officer of the service, Joseph Attah, made this known on Sunday in Abuja. Attah also said that the January 31, 2020 date, contained in a memo, is not a terminal date for the entire border closure exercise but just for this phase of the operation.
Organised labour has appealed to state Houses of Assembly to identify with workers by compelling governors to pay the new minimum wage. Emmanuel Ugboaja, General-Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), made the appeal while fielding questions from journalists on Sunday in Lagos. According to Ugboaja, any governor who refuses to pay the minimum wage should be impeached.
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has condemned critics of President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent trips. Reacting to Buhari’s recent trips to Japan, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, the governor said that the president should rather be commended for his efforts to boost Nigeria’s economy through the massive influx of foreign capital.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has told security agencies in the state to find the killers of Patrick Kumbul, Head of ICT Unit, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Harvest FM Makurdi, Concise News reports. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Benue, DSP Catherine Anene, had confirmed that Kumbul was killed on Saturday night along with his neighbour Wuester Shongo.
Nigeria’s major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed reports claiming that the party intends to retain its 2019 zoning formula for the 2023 presidential election. Nigeria’s major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed reports claiming that the party intends to retain its 2019 zoning formula for the 2023 presidential election, Concise News reports.
Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal of Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has ordered investigation into the issuance of the number plate with “Chip Whip”. The number plate, purportedly for a member of the Kano state House of Assembly, has been trending on social media for wrong spelling. And Oyeyemi has directed the Sector Commander of Kano State to investigate the origin of the number plate in the state.
Former First Lady of Kogi, Prof. Aisha Audu has called on the Federal Government to remove all illegal arms and ammunition in the state ahead of the November 16 governorship election. The candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) described the election as an examination in which the people would come out with the scorecard and not a war.
Forward Taiwo Awoniyi will miss Nigeria’s U23 Africa Cup of Nations opener against Cote d’Ivoire on 9 November as his German club, Mainz O5, have insisted he will only be released during the FIFA window. The tournament, which serves as qualifiers for the men’s football event at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, is not in the international calendar.
President of South Africa’s TS Galaxy FC, Tim Sukazi, celebrated with Nigerian champions Enyimba who knocked out his team from this year’s CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday. The Peoples Elephant humbled the South African side 2-1 at the Mbombela Stadium to record a 4-1 aggregate win as they had spanked Galaxy 2-0 in the first leg of their playoff.