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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Sunday, 20th January 2019



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Here Are The Major Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Sunday, 20th January 2019.

1. Atiku, Buhari Shun 2019 Presidential Debate

President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar have shunned the ongoing presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON). Naija News reports that the Presidential debate is taking place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, the same venue where the vice-presidential debate held on Friday, December 14, 2018.

2. Why I Shunned 2019 Presidential Debate – APC’s Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has attributed his absence at the 2019 presidential debate which held on Saturday to his “hectic schedule”. Naija News had reported on Saturday that Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shunned the presidential debate which was organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).

3. Why I Did Not Participate In The Presidential Debate – Atiku

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has explained the rationale behind his refusal to participate in the 2019 presidential debate. Alhaji Abubakar who was present at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel venue of the debate faulted his inability to participate in the debate on the absence of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

4. FG Set To Interrogate Atiku Over Role In Bank PHB’s Collapse

The Federal government is getting ready to invite the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar for interrogation over his role in the collapse of Bank PHB and other corruption allegation. The Punch reports that a top government source revealed that the government have not concluded on the security or anti-graft agency that will handle the case.

5. I Spent All The Money I Had To Make Amosun Governor- Osoba

The former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, says he spent all he had on the governorship bid of Ibikunle Amosun in 2011. Naija News reports that Amosun, who is the incumbent governor of the state, was elected on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) during his first term in office.

6. Nigerians In South Africa Cry Out Over Unlawful Torture That Led To The Death Of Celestine Nwokeocha

Nigerians living in South Africa have expressed displeasure with the alleged killing of a Nigerian, Celestine Nwokeocha, 36, by the South African Police. The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, while expressing the feeling of Nigerians to on the telephone from Pretoria, South Africa, earlier today berated the attitude of South African police officers to the young lad in the country. He said witnesses reported that Mr Nwokeocha was allegedly tortured and beaten to death in his house at Sasolburg area of Free State Province by the police on January 15.

7. Nigerians Advise Senator Dino Melaye After He Was Granted Bail

A storm of reactions by Nigerians has greeted the bail granted the senator representing Kogi west senatorial district in Kogi state, Dino Melaye. it will be recalled that Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West constituency, was granted bail by an FCT High court in Maitama, Abuja owing to his health conditions. Melaye who is facing trial for allegedly providing false information to the public regarding an assassination attempt against him was arraigned by the federal government through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation but could not appear in court on January 14 for his health condition.

8. Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu Explodes In January 19 Broadcast (Audio)

The leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has re-echoed his earlier stance that he and members of his secessionist group will boycott the general elections in Nigeria. Kanu, who made this comment on Saturday evening during a live broadcast or radio Biafra, reiterated that members of his group and all “Biafrans” will boycott next month’s general elections in “Biafraland” except their demands are met by the Federal Government.

9. No Plan To Order Arrest Of CJN, Frame Supreme Court Justices – Presidency

The Nigerian Presidency has downplayed claim by the Coalition of United Political Parties that it (presidency) intends to arrest the Chief Justice of the federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen. The Presidency described the claim as being “absolutely false” and “motivated to further the political interests of their sponsors”.

10. INEC Slams SDP Over Failure To Submit The Name Of Prof Jerry Gana As Its Presidential Candidate

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained why it removed the name of a former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, from the final list of presidential candidates published on Thursday. INEC National Commissioner, Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, who made this known at during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily said that his electoral umpire took the decision in line with a court judgement which ordered it not to recognise Mr Duke as the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in the general elections.


That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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