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Top Headlines From Nigerian Newspapers For Today, Wednesday, 20th March 2019



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Here Are The Major Headlines From Nigerian Newspapers For Wednesday, 20th March 2019

1. Buhari’s “prayer-warrior” kidnapped, N300m ransom demanded

Sheikh Ahmad Sulaiman, a famous Islamic scholar and fanatical supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, has been kidnapped, with the kidnappers demanding a ransom of N300 million before his release.

It was reported that the prominent reciter of the Holy Quran was returning to his base in Kano, after attending a religious function in Kebbi State when he was abducted.

2. Atiku, PDP file 5-ground petition against Buhari

Some details of the petition filed on Monday by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to challenge the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress, emerged on Tuesday.

The 141-page petition contained five grounds, one of which resuscitates the allegation that Buhari was not qualified to run for the office of the President on the grounds that he did not possess the constitutional minimum qualification of a school certificate.

3. Obasanjo breaks silence on Buhari’s victory

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has broken silence on the outcome of the just-concluded presidential election won by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Obasanjo said he refused to speak on the presidential election because the matter was already before court.

4. FG denies any plan to sell Lagos trade fair complex

The federal government has broken silence to speak on the selling of the popular trade fair international complex in Lagos.

While reacting to an online report suggesting that the federal government has concluded plans to sell the Lagos international trade fair, the federal government debunked such reports, stressing that the FG has no intention to sell the popular trade fair market.

5. How FG plans to fund N30,000 minimum wage – Senator Udoma

Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, has said that the Federal Government was considering increasing Value Added Tax, to enable it to fund the new national minimum wage.

Udoma stated this on Tuesday while appearing before the Senate Committee on Finance.

6. Why I ordered Onnoghen’s suspension – CCT Chairman

The chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, says he ordered the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen, former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), in line with the inherent powers and jurisdiction of the tribunal.

According to him, “it is left to the appellate court to determine whether or not the order was rightly or wrongly granted.”

7. Buhari meets service chiefs in Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with service chiefs ahead of Saturday’s rerun elections.

The meeting started at the President’s office in the State House around 11 am.

8. Senate approves new minimum wage

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday approved the sum of N30,000 as the new national minimum wage.

This is following the submission of the report of the ad-hoc committee on new minimum wage headed by Senator Francis Alimikhena (APC-Edo North).

9. Imo Election: INEC to take a decision on Gov. Okorocha soon

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will take a decision on what to do about the controversies surrounding Imo West Senatorial District.

About 37 candidates battled for the senatorial district, including Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State who emerged winner but the returning officer said the result was declared under duress.

10. Court stops INEC from collating and announcing Bauchi governorship election result

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from going ahead with the collation, concluding and the announcement of the result of the March 9 governorship election in Bauchi State.

The court, presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo on Tuesday granted an ex parte application filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the incumbent Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar to stop INEC from resuming, concluding or announcing the result of the Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State in respect of the election to the office of Governor of Bauchi State.

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