Good day, and welcome to the Concise News roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today Saturday, November 9th, 2019.
Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) has said that it has received a court order releasing the convener of Revolution Now protest, Omoyele Sowore, but nobody has turned up at the Service’s office to take delivery of him. Spokesman for the DSS, Dr Peter Afunanya, confirmed this in a statement on Friday, noting that the court had been properly briefed.
The Presidency has finally opened up on the real reasons 35 aides attached to the office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, were disengaged during the week. Reports had claimed that over 30 aides attached to Osinbajo had been sacked with their names and portfolios published. And a statement signed by Garba Shehu, a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, and made available to the press on Friday, confirmed the sacking.
The pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, has claimed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has suffered from “serial assaults.” This news medium understands that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, had travelled to London on Monday to submit a new bill to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent.
The Nigerian Army says 16 members of Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) have surrendered in the North East. Col. Aminu IIliyas, the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, on Friday disclosed that several other terrorists were killed in the operations.
Nigeria main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the country’s Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to resign immediately and apologise to Nigerians. The party wants Fashola to step down because of his comments that the terrible state of roads in Africa’s most populous country was being exaggerated.
Member representing Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency, Tajudeen Adefisoye, has urged Nigeria’s Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola, to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads in the country. Adefisoye, in a statement issued on Friday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Oluyemi Fasipe, asked the minister to travel by road for six months and experience the ordeal ordinary Nigerians face everyday.
The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, does not require permission from the ‘cabal’ in Aso Rock Villa to return to Nigeria, Concise News reports. A statement from the group’s Media and Publicity Director, Emma Powerful, recently, claimed an unnamed ‘cabal’ at the Presidency was surprised by the recent diplomatic feats Kanu had allegedly recorded.
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) has stated that what it desires is Biafra, not Igbo Presidency, Concise News reports. Talks of the Nigerian presidency going to a Nigerian of Igbo extraction in 2023 have been rife, but according to the group’s leader, Uchenna Madu, its commitment is firmly on the actualisation and restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra through the principles of non-violence.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was on Friday freed after over 18 months in jail. Many supporters of the former president, held in a prison in the city of Curitiba on corruption charges, applauded him as he walked out of the jail.
Premier League champions Manchester City and the current league leaders, Liverpool clash on Sunday at Anfield. City, who have not won at Anfield since 2003, go into the match sitting six points adrift of the unbeaten Premier League leaders.