Here is a summary of top Nigerian news headlines today, 20th April, 2018
1. Presidency defends Buhari’s statement on Nigerian Youths been lazy, uneducated
The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari did not refer to all Nigerian youths as lazy in a statement he made on Wednesday during the Commonwealth Business Forum in London.
Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said the President only made reference to “a lot of” Nigerian youths and not all of them.
2. Court stops Olisah Metuh from travelling abroad for treatment
The Abuja division of the Federal High Court on Thursday, denied a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) publicity secretary, Chief Olisah Metuh, permission to travel abroad for treatment.
This is despite obtaining a medical report from a UK-based hospital and his lawyers’ appeal that he was suffering from spinal cord injuries.
3. Nigerian youths should prepare for political leadership – Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged Nigerian youths to prepare adequately for the political leadership of the country in years to come.
Osinbajo said this while receiving a delegation of Not-Too-Young-To-Run Movement which visited him in Abuja.
4. Police return stolen mace to the Senate
The Nigerian Police has returned the recovered mace to the Senate.
The mace was brought to the Senate on Thursday at 12:06 p.m. to senators who received it with relief at the National Assembly.
5. Biafra protesters storm venue of Buhari’s meeting with Queen of England
Biafran protesters on Thursday, demonstrated at the Pall Mall Street, Westminster, about 650 metres from Buckingham Palace as President Muhammadu Buhari met British Prime minister Theresa May, Queen Elizabeth II, and other heads of state.
The protesters among other things, are requesting the immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) and a referendum on the state of Biafra.
6. Court freezes Fayose’s bank accounts
The Court of Appeal, sitting in Ado Ekiti has given judgement in favour of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), against the earlier judgment of Justice Taiwo. O Taiwo of Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti division.
The lead judge to the three-man appeal court panel, Honourable Justice J.S Ikeyegha, directed the freezing of the account of Gov. Ayodele Fayose forthwith.
7. Army invites Taraba local government chairman over killings
The Director of Military Intelligence has asked the Chairman of Takum Local Government Area in Taraba State, Shiba Tikari, to report for an “interview” on Friday, April 20.
The interview, according to a statement by the spokesperson of the Army, Texas Chukwu, on Thursday, is in connection with the security concerns after three suspects were arrested in Takum.
8. Armed robbers invade bank in Ekiti state
Armed robbers on Thursday raided a bank at Ifaki, in Ido-Osi Local Government Area of the Ekiti State.
This comes about two weeks after the Offa bank robbery which witnessed the killing of innocent civilians and police officers.
9. Hoodlums in Army camouflage set Benue community on fire
Some armed men wearing military camouflage, stormed a community in Benue State and set houses ablaze.
The attack on Naka, the seat of Gwer West Local Government Area, is rumoured to be a reprisal attack for the death of an army officer in the community.
10. OAU suspends sex for mark professor indefinitely
Prof. Richard Akindele, the Obafemi Awolowo University of Ile-Ife don enmeshed in a sex-for-marks scandal has been suspended by authorities of the university.
Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, the Vice Chancellor of OAU, in a statement on Thursday, confirmed the suspension.