Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Sunday morning

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May 11th, 2014
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Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. As conflicting reports continue to trail the abduction of Chibok girls, another report this morning says the girls have been moved out of West African to the Central African Republic. An online report by a French news medium, Jeune Afrique, on Friday, said some villagers saw about 50 young women who were led by some armed men in the North Central African Republic last week.

2. Breaking report this morning says IRS airlines unfortunately crashed in Niger Republic on Saturday evening. Report further says that the aircraft with registration number 5NSIK was returning from a C CHECK, but crashed at about 7.30pm. It has been confirmed that no one died in the crash as the two crew members on board survived.

3. Former Information Minister and DG, NAFDAC, Dora Akunyuli’s health is said to be deteriorating. Report says the Former Minister would be flown abroad Saturday evening as any delays could be dangerous. One of Dora’s close aide had disclosed the situation to newsmen on Saturday.

4. The Northern States Governors Forum, has charged the Federal Government and the International community to defeat Boko Haram within three months as that is the only way the economy of the region can be revived after it had suffered due to the ongoing insurgency in the region. The governors said this during a meeting with key investors in Abuja on Saturday at an Economic Investment Forum.

5. Some security experts have condemned the Nigeria Police for the N50m reward for information leading to the whereabouts of the Chibok girls, saying the offer was good but came rather too late.

6. The Executive Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, has said those in charge of different security bodies in the country, including the Inspector-General of Police and the Chief of Defence Staff, should resign instead of the suggestion by some persons that President Goodluck Jonathan should resign due to the failing security in the country. Mumuni told Punch in an interview.

7. Stressing on the importance of security towards national development during the flag off of Africa’s first marine university in Okerenkoko, Warri South West Local Government Area, Delta State, President Jonathan said no development can be achieved without peace and security, hence the need for the flag off of the project.

8.Two pupils of the same parents were allegedly killed on Saturday after a patrol vehicle belonging to the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, gave a tricycle, popularly known as ‘Keke NAPEP’ a hot chase, leading to a crash and the death of the two pupils. Report says the Keke NAPEP driver and another passenger are currently receiving treatment in the hospital. The accident occurred at 4.30pm along the busy Swali Market Road in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital.

9. A peaceful protest planned by youth and women from the 19 Northern states was yesterday frustrated by the Police in Kaduna state. A coalition of northern youth groups under the aegis of Northern Youths Consensus Movement had announced its intention to embark on the protest as from Saturday. However, the state government quickly ordered the police to stop all gatherings and rallies in the state for 2 days. The youth who insisted on embarking on the protest despite the order could not have access to the stadium which they were to use as venue, as policemen stormed the stadium and locked it up.

10. Former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has expressed his support for Jonathan’s decision to work with international bodies in the ongoing war against terrorism. In his reaction to questions posed to him by journalists at the grand launching party of the 80th birthday of Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, at the Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu Ode, Tinubu said the abduction of the helpless girls and the issue of terrorism should not be politicised, charging the government to do its best to bring back the girls and to stamp out terrorism.

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