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Good morning, Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top Newspaper Headlines in Nigeria for today Thursday, 13th August 2020

1. Federal Government Reacts To ‘Sacking Of UNILAG VC’

The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE), says it has not been briefed on the purported removal of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

Naija News understands that reports had emerged earlier, saying that the UNLIAG VC has been sacked from office by Governing Council of the university.

However, reacting to the purported sacking of the UNILAG VC, the Federal Ministry of Education in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Ben Goong, in Abuja, said while the ministry awaits proper briefing from the university authorities, it must be reaffirmed that the council has the power to hire and fire.

2. Customs Arrest 2 Lebanese Smuggling $890,000 Out Of Nigeria

Officers of the Nigeria Customs, Rivers State command, on Wednesday arrested two Lebanese, Dina Jihad Khali and Chamseddine Waell Mohammed.

Khali and Mohammed were attempting to smuggle a total sum of $890,000 out of Nigeria through the Port Harcourt International Airport.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has commenced the investigation of two Lebanese.

The customs after their arrest handed them over to the Port Harcourt, Zonal office of the EFCC.

3. Blasphemy: Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau Condemns Kano Death Sentence

Leader of the dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau has condemned a ruling by an Upper Sharia Court in Kano State, which sentenced a young musician identified as Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, to death for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad, HumAngle reports.

Naija News reports that the Shari’a High Court in Hausawa Filin Hockey, Kano, sentenced Sharif-Aminu to death for releasing a song insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

The death sentence issued on Monday, August 10 has, however, sparked reactions and condemnations by concerned Nigerians who faulted the said Sharia Law that permits the punishment.

4. DSS Releases Obadiah After Six Hours Of Questioning

Former Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress in the 2019 presidential election, Obadiah Mailafia, has been released by the Department of State Services after six hours of questioning.

A lot of his supporters were outside the Jos office of the DSS while the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria was grilled.

Naija News had earlier reported that DSS invited Obadiah to appear at its office on Wednesday following his comment where he accused a northern governor of being a commander of Boko Haram.

5. We Have Been Cheated, Sanwo-Olu Cries Out Over Federal Appointments

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has cried out over what he described as poor representation of Lagosians in federal appointments.

Naija News understands that  Sanwo-Olu expressed his displeasure when he received the Honourable Commissioner representing Lagos State at the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Hon. Abdulwasiu Bawa-Allah, on Wednesday, at the State House, Marina.

He vowed that his administration would be making necessary moves to address the inadequacy, which, he said offended the spirit of fairness, equity, and federating balance.

6. FG Approves N8.49bn For COVID-19

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the sum of N8.49 billion for the purchase of 12 items for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Naija News reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) would purchase the items.

The memo for the procurement was presented by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on behalf of the center at the Council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The FEC meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

7. Boko Haram: El-Rufai Should Be Invited And Not Obadiah – Omokri Attacks DSS

The former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has condemned the Department of State Services, for inviting the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mailafia Obadiah, over his revelation on Boko Haram.

Recall that the former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress revealed that Boko Haram insurgents are planning to cause a civil war in Nigeria in 2022.

He further stated that the terrorist groups have their members in the southern part of Nigeria in preparation towards the 2020 plan.

8. PENGASSAN Begin Three-day Warning Strike

Members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) on Wednesday commenced a three-day warning strike.

Senior PENGASSAN members in the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and some of its agencies downed tools at the Abuja headquarters in protest against the non-payment of their salaries for the past three months.

PENGASSAN are also protesting against the Federal Government’s inclusion of its members in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information system (IPPIS).

9. Insecurity: Responsible Nigerians Should Be Allowed To Carry Weapons – Ortom

The Federal Government has been called on by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to grant license to responsible Nigerians to carry guns to deter criminals from attacking innocent and helpless Nigerians.

Ortom stated this during the virtual meeting convened by Centre for Values in Leadership, CVL, in collaboration with Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF on Tuesday.

The Benue State Governor further stated that the policy should be supported by a strict legal framework to prevent illegal possession of arms by the citizenry without exception.

10. Edo 2020: APC Clears Deputy Gov’ship Candidate of Certificate Forgery

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed reports that its Deputy Governorship candidate in the Edo election, Abudu Ganiyu Audu, gave false information to INEC.

The APC in a statement signed by Dr. Ehiogie WEST-Idahosa insisted that Ganiyu Audu is duly qualified to seek election as Deputy Governor.

He described the report circulating on mainstream and social media as a malicious and false narrative.

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

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