Here Are The Major Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Tuesday, 25th December, 2018
1. Amnesty International claims 50 people have been killed in Zamfara attacks
Amnesty International has revealed that about 50 persons have lost their lives in three local government areas of the state within two weeks in the latest attack by bandits in Zamfara State.
The human rights organisation, via its Twitter account, said, “#Zamfara: Our findings show that at least 50 people have been killed in Birnin Magaji, Maradun and Tsafe LGAs in two weeks, as rampaging gunmen murder and maim rural communities.
2. CBN And MTN Settle $8.1bn Repatriation Order Out Of Court
The Central Bank of Nigeria and MTN Nigeria Communications Limited have reached an out of court agreement on the $8.1 alleged illegal repatriation of fund.
This follows the amicable resolution of issues relating to foreign exchange remittances by MTN Nigeria Communications Limited.
3. ASUU threatens not to honour further calls for negotiation with FG
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have threatened that it may not yield the call of the federal government to come to the negotiating table over the current strike by its members.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the President of the Union made this known on the sideline of a news conference on the update of the union’s struggle to salvage the country’s public universities from deterioration on Sunday in Lagos.
4. Court orders seizure of properties belonging to Jonathan’s campaign director
Dr. Ngozi Olojeme, Deputy Chairman, Finance Committee of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation in the 2015 election, might be losing her 46 properties as an Abuja based Federal High court ordered the temporary forfeiture of the properties.
The court order, a copy of which was seen by our correspondent, showed that the properties were located in several locations in Abuja, Delta, Enugu and Bayelsa States.
5. President Buhari condemns Zamfara killings
President Muhammadu Buhari has described as unfortunate the killings of innocent Nigerians in Birnin Magaji and Magami communities in Tsafe and Maradun local government areas of Zamfara, following attacks by suspected bandits.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, made the President reaction to killings known in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja.
6. Presidency receives report from NHIS investigative panel
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, on Monday, in Abuja received the report of the Presidential Independent Fact-Finding Panel on National Health Insurance Scheme.
A seven-member panel was inaugurated in November to investigate the conflict that engulfed the NHIS and led to the suspension of its Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf.
7. FG pays $5.4bn Paris club refund to state governors
A total amount of $5.4bn has so far been paid to states by the Federal Government for settlement of the Paris Club Refund.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, confirmed the release on Monday in Abuja.
8. President Buhari departs Abuja for Niger republic today
President Muhammadu Buhari is set to travel to Zinder, Niger Republic, on Tuesday.
The presidency, in a statement on Monday, explained that Buhari would use the one-day official trip to “participate in the programme of activities marking the 60th anniversary of the formal proclamation of the Republic of Niger.”
9. Friend of murdered Alex Badeh released by kidnappers
The Murderers of the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd) have released his abducted friend.
It was learnt that Badeh’s friend was released after his family paid a ransom running into millions of naira.
10. PDP rejects alleged plans to extend IGP Idris Ibrahim’s tenure
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised alarm over alleged plans by President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the tenure of Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Idris Ibrahim, by another six months.
National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, rejected the plan, describing it as an opportunity for the president to perpetrate his rigging plan for 2019.