Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning
Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:
1. President Goodluck Jonathan disclosed during yesterday’s media chat that he was consulting with relevant bodies on whether the state of emergency in the 3 northern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe could be extended. He stressed that the emergency rule will be extended if there is a need to do so.
2. Nigerian legal luminary, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa died yesterday afternoon at the age of 96. His death was announced in a statement issued by his son, charles Oputa (Charlyboy).
3. The Joint Health Sector Union, JHESU, has said it will embark on an indefinite strike if Federal Government fails to implement a mutual agreement on workers welfare and condition of service. The sector has given the federal government 15-day ultimatum to meet with their demands, else it will proceed on a nationwide strike. The strike will commence as from May 19, 2014.
4. Residents of Aminigboko and Owerewere communities in Abua-Odua Local Government Area of Rivers State have fled their communities due to the invasion of the communities by two rival cult groups who are currently challenging each other.
5. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has released the names of the abducted female students of Government Secondary School Chibok. A statement signed by the President/Founder of Old Time Revival Hour, Kaduna and immediate-past chairman of Northern States Christian and Elders Forum (NOCSEF), an affiliate of CAN, Evangelist Matthew Owojaiye charged all christians to pray to God to fight the battle against the insurgents as the security operatives alone cannot fight the war.
6. Ahead of the World Economic Forum scheduled to hold in Abuja this week, soldiers from the Presidential guard have taken over the departure and arrival of the Abuja Airport. Relatively, the IG of police, MD Abubakar has ordered massive security checks in Abuja ahead of the forum.
7. As controversy continues to trail the recent Boko Haram bombing of Nyanya, near Abuja, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked Jonathan to do the needful and stop shifting blames on the opposition as it’s his responsibility as the commander-in-Chief to protect Nigerians.
8. Boko Haram has been warned not to test the elastic limit of the military caution. This warning was handed down by the Senate President, David Mark at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Asaba, Delta State, during the funeral of late Lady Obi-Bridget Okpuno, mother of High Chief Uche Okpuno. He said that if the militants continue to hold on to the abducted schoolgirls of Chibok, the Army will have no choice but to go violent on them.
9. A lone suicide bomber who attempted to blow up a Police Station in Damaturu, Yobe state capital was on Sunday arrested as the bombed jammed and did not detonate when he rammed his car into the sand bag placed in front of the station to forestall possible attack by the insurgents.
10. Convener, Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has asked the Federal Government to take necessary action against neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic in order to secure the release of the abducted 200 pupils of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. Speaking during a service in his Latter Rain Assembly church on Sunday in Lagos, Bakare said that the government needed to take action against the countries since it has been widely reported that, the missing girls had been taken across the Nigerian border.
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