Boko Haram Attack: 111 Yobe Schoolgirls Unaccounted For- Police And Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines

The police, on Wednesday, confirmed that 111 girls were still unaccounted for, following Boko Haram attack on Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, on Monday. This was disclosed by the state Commissioner of Police, Abdulmaliki Sumonu, while fielding questions from newsmen in Damaturu, the state capital.

THE PUNCH reveals 48 Schoolgirls Found, 46 Still Missing, Says Yobe Govt. Forty-eight of the missing 94 pupils of the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, have come out of hiding. The Yobe State Commissioner for Education, Mohammed Lamin, who stated this in Damaturu, added that the state government had organised search parties to look for the remaining 46 pupils.

Troops last night rescued Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi, Yobe State, pupils who were reportedly kidnapped by Boko Haram. According to THE NATION, the school was attacked on Monday night by the terrorists, who took away some of the girls. The state government put the figure of the girls that were missing at 50. A statement last night by Abdullahi Bego, Spokesman to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, said:  “The Yobe State Government hereby informs the public that some of the girls at Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) whose school was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists last Monday have been rescued by gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Army from the terrorists who abducted them.

Boko Haram Attack On Yobe School: Army Rescues Abducted Girls heads NEW TELEGRAPH. Some of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi in Yobe State have been rescued by the Nigerian Army. Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, Director General to Yobe State governor on Press Affairs, who disclosed this yesterday, admitted that some of the schoolgirls were actually abducted by Boko Haram on Monday.

The VANGUARD goes with a more dramatic headline reading; Boko Haram Invasion: 111 Yobe Schoolgirls Not Accounted For- Yobe Police Boss. NO less than 111 schoolgirls of the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State cannot be accounted for in the aftermath of an invasion by Boko Haram insurgents Tuesday night, according to the state Police Commissioner, Abdulmaliki Sunmonu. This is as President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday directed the military and other security agencies to take charge and control of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.

Boko Haram Attack: 111 Schoolgirls Still Missing is written boldly on DAILY SUN. Commissioner of Police in Yobe State, Abdulmaliki Sumonu, disclosed yesterday that 111 girls are still unaccounted for, in the aftermath of Monday’s attack by Boko Haram insurgents on Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi. Sumonu stated this when he spoke with newsmen in Damaturu. “815, out of the 926 students, were physically seen in the school, as at Tuesday. “There are reports that more girls have returned to the school after the head count. According to him, there were no abductions or deaths inside the school. “I asked the school’s principal if there were abductions or deaths in the school and she said ‘no.’ I am not unaware of the rumours going on; l want to appeal to the press and the society to please, cooperate with the security agencies in this situation,” he said. Boko Haram stormed the school on Monday evening and thereafter, 94 girls reportedly went missing. Locals initially said the girls and their teachers fled the attack. Boko Haram gained worldwide notoriety on April 14, 2014, when the insurgents stormed a girls’ secondary school in Chibok, Borno State and kidnapped 276 girls.

Moving to the Presidency, DAILY INDEPENDENT reveals 2019: Buhari Loyalists Under Fire At Senate. President Muhammadu Buhari’s detractors in the Senate have come for the jugular of their pro-Buhari colleagues for opposing the re-ordering of the election sequence which the parliament last week passed in a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010.

Senators Indict, Sack Election Sequence Dissenter, Adamu. According to THE GUARDIAN, the crisis in the Senate over the order of next year’s general elections took a new twist yesterday as the Northern Senators’ Forum announced the removal of its chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa). Former Sokoto State governor, Senator Aliu Wammako (Sokoto North), was immediately announced as a replacement. Adamu’s removal was hinged on an alleged mismanagement of N70 million handed to him by the forum’s former leadership under the seventh Senate.

Finally on BUSINESS DAY, Barclays Confirms Teleology As 9mobile Preferred Bidder. Barclays Africa has officially written to Teleology holding limited, informing the company that it is the preferred bidder for the 9mobile sale, BusinessDay has gathered. In the letter sent to Teleology holdings yesterday 21, February 2018 Barclays Africa, the financial adviser to the consortium of banks owed $1.2billion dollars by 9mobile (formerly Etisalat) said that they had reviewed allbids submitted and recommends Teleology as the preferred bidder.






Registered Voters: N’West, S’West Lead And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

The North-West geopolitical zone has the highest number of registered voters in the country with a total of 18,505,984 voters, according to statistics obtained by The PUNCH from the Independent National Electoral Commission. The South-West zone, which comprises Ekiti, Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Osun and Oyo states, comes second with a total number of 14,626,800 registered voters, while the South-East which has the lowest number of states has 8,293,093 registered voters.

The VANGUARD moves to disclose the thoughts of Osinbajo saying; Why We Can’t Deliver On Our Promises- Osinbajo. The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, blamed government’s inability to deliver on its promises on socio-political inequality, weak justice system, absence of rule of law and lack of state capacity to maintain law and order.
He also expressed frustrations at the inability of anti-graft agencies to secure convictions for the many suspects brought before the courts for corruption due to the manipulative tendencies of the elite class.
The SGF has said Buhari’ll Run In 2019. According to THE NATION, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari will continue in office in 2019. “We don’t have an alternative to President Buhari for now. He will continue. The politics of this nation is no more the politics of money or do-or-die … Anybody who wants to lead this nation must make sacrifices. Buhari has already transformed and changed the image of leadership and that of our leaders in this country both locally and internationally,” he said.

The Govt Admits Fraud In N1tr Social Investment Fund heads THE GUARDIAN this morning. The Federal Government, yesterday, admitted there had been fraud in its Social Investments Programme (SIP), prompting an investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The revelation followed the release of just 15 per cent of the N1 trillion budgeted for the initiative. The Special Adviser on SIP, Maryam Uwais, made the disclosure while briefing State House correspondents on the implementation of the scheme and her presentation at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

On the issue of Fuel Scarcity: NEC, NNPC To Interface On Correct Petrol Pricing. The National Economic Council (NEC) has directed its sub-committee on Forensic Audit on Revenue Accruing Revenue Agencies headed by Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state to interface with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to determine the correct pricing of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) considering the price obtainable in neighbouring countries. According to Nigerian Tribune, This followed a presentation NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD), Maikanti Baru, to the council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, Abuja on Thursday.

Finally on BUSINESS DAY, Quality Education: Private Equity Firms Targets Secondary Schools. Private equity firms are expanding their investments in secondary school education in Nigeria and across Africa to meet the rising demand for quality education by the country’s expanding middle-class parents. The sharp depreciation in the naira, which has led to a significant rise in the cost of educating children abroad, and the deplorable state of public funded educational institution that are located in the country but can provide international standard educational environment, facilities and teachers.





How 31 Suspects Put $11.4m In Jonathan’s Wife Account, $41,438 Blown In One-Day Shopping And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

Former First Lady of Nigeria Patience Jonathan blew thousands of dollars at highbrow stores. The cash came from $11,849,069.03, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said 31 individuals and companies paid into her two domiciliary accounts. The accounts, which are Skye Bank (2110001712) and First Bank (2022648664) had “questionable deposits” between 2013 and 2017. The Skye Bank account had about $7,452,319.32 lodged in it. Detectives found $4,036,750.00 in the second account with First Bank. The ex-First Lady allegedly spent the cash at TFS stores, Selfridges,  John Lewis, Kingsgate,  Sainsbury’s, Harrods, Marks and Spencer, Dolce and Gabbana, and Gina. According to THE NATION, she went on a shopping  spree in expensive outlets in the United States, Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, UAE, Italy and China. The highest shopping was  at Goyard Beijing  in Beijing CN on January 28, 2014 where Mrs. Jonathan shelled out $28,388.72.

Moving to security, ‘Governors, Senators Back Osinbajo’s Call For State Police’ heads THE PUNCH. This was at the closing of the two-day summit on national security organised by the Senate, state governors and the federal parliament have agreed to allow states to have their police. They backed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who stated at the opening of the event on Thursday that state police was “the way to go.”

Still on state police, Govs Back State Police is written boldly on NIGERIAN TRIBUNE. Governors of the 36 states of the country have risen in support of state police as an option to tackle the spate of insecurity in the country. Zamfara state governor Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari who spoke o behalf of the governors said the forum had agreed to back the issue of state police.

According To DAILY INDEPENDENT, Constitution Amendment: NASS To Revisit State Police takes the headline. Indications have emerged that the National Assembly may revisit some proposals rejected during the last voting on constitution amendment exercise with the establishment of state police as one of the major issues to be reconsidered. Signals towards this emerged on Monday after the conclusion of the security summit organised by the Senate to garner opinion of stakeholders on how best to tackle the resurging security threat across the country.

THE GUARDIAN reveals; Knocks For FG, Police As Benue Leaders, Panel Meet On Killings. According to the news Benue leaders yesterday expressed their disapproval of the Federal Government’s handling of killings by herdsmen in the state. The forum was a meeting between stakeholders in the state and the committee set up by the National Executive Council (NEC) to look into the matter. According to one of the speakers, President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated it is safer to be a cow in Nigeria than a human. Regretting that some persons in the corridors of power were benefitting from the crisis, Pastor Dave Ogbole told the forum: “He (Buhari) supported the law that prevents cattle rustling. But he is against the law that prevents killings and destruction of crops.

Still on security Buhari is quoted on the VANGUARD this morning saying; Our Security Solutions’ll Stand Test Of Time. PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said that his government has the grasp of the security challenges in the country and was determined to implement solutions that would stand the test of time. President Buhari and heads of security agencies held the routine weekly security meeting where heads of the security agencies brief him on the security situation in the country.

Herdsmen Overrun Varsity as Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University in Bokkos, Prof. Docknan Decent Sheni, has raised the alarmed over deathly grazing of cattle by Fulani herdsmen in the University premises. According to DAILY SUN, Prof. Sheni stated this yesterday during a press briefing at the University in Bokkos explaining that despite the arrest of Fulani herdsmen who carry out aggressive grazing in the university premises, the menace had continued unabated. “There are security challenges in the university because the institution has not been completely fenced, we have seen several strange persons within the university who constitute threat to lives and properties. “Our greatest challenge is the aggressive grazing carried out by herdsmen within the premises of the University. Lectures will be going on and cattle will be roaming around, up to the administrative block and this is not pleasant to the system.”

NEW TELEGRAM reads Herdsmen Poison UNILORIN Dam, Destroy Research Farms. Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, has accused herdsmen of poisoning the university’s dam with chemicals. He also said the herdsmen were destroying the multi-million naira research and training farms by making their cattle to illegally graze on the campus. The university therefore gave the herdsmen notice to quit its campus.

Abdulkareem handed down the notice at a special security meeting held at the institution last Thursday with leaders of the 11 Fulani settlements on the university land. But Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Usman Adamu, told the university management that the herdsmen destroying the institution’s farm land were not living in the community. According to him, there are other ethnic groups embarking on illegal activities like logging and are not differentiated from the Fulani. At the meeting, Abdulkareem told the Fulani settlers that “enough is enough”, stressing that the university could no longer condone the destructive activities of their grazing cattle on its land, “as this is becoming too costly for the institution to bear”.

BUSINESS DAY closes the curtains for newspaper headlines today revealing; Expectations High As Banks Set To Release 2017 Full-Year Results. Full-year financial results of Nigeria’s top banks are expected as early as next week to break the bearish sentiments that have taken over the market. A bullish run in 2017 had seen the market rising 42 percent to emerge the third best performing stock market in the world.







2019 Presidency, The Call For Restructuring Including Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today

The race for presidency in the forthcoming general elections next year took another dimension over the weekend with the call for restructuring coming from Ethnic Interest groups across the country providing another dimension to the politicking that has continued to garner full force.

The Punch leads with 2019 Presidency, Condition For Alliance, Southern Groups tell Northern Elders with the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere and the Ijaw Youth council saying that restructuring must be central to the plan by the North to form an alliance with zones in the South for presidency in 2019.

It takes another twist in The Nation with 2019: Governors Shun Obasanjo’s Coalition as the paper writes that Governors are yet to identify with the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) – former President Olusegun Obasnajo’s antidote to Nigeria’s leadership quandary.

And according to a PDP governor who spoke to newshounds, “Nobody wants to leave a known party for the unknown and risk his political career. CNM cannot fly in spite the fact that its ultimate target is to turn to a political party.”

Nigerian Tribune captions its version as 2019: Buhari Gets Conditions for S/West Votes as APC plans automatic ticket for him, NWC may get tenure extension. It was learnt that while the original idea to be presented by the leaders was a restructuring exercise, the need to side-step the controversies associated with the nomenclature led to the coinage of the word “devolution.”

Another one from the New Telegraph reads 2019 Presidency: APC, Govs, Ministers Oppose Amaechi as Buhari’s DG with the Minister saying Majority are working with me. The newspaper writes Major stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have kicked against the reappointment of the Minister of Transportation, Hon Rotimi Amaechi as the Director-General of the President’s Campaign Organization in the 2019 election.

Vanguard leads with Fuel Crisis: PDP, APC in verbal war over President’s role with the riders Buhari should quit as Minister of Petroleum – PDP, They don’t know the workings of the Presidency – APC, PIGB meaningless with President as minister – Group.

Daily Independent’s front page headline is captioned My Life Under Threat Over Anti-Grazing Law, says Ortom as Herdsmen Kill Four In Southern Kaduna, Kill Two Policemen In Benue while OPC Moves Against Herders In Ondo.

The Police Service Commission is raising an alarm that over 150,000 policemen are on unauthorised duty. Daily Sun reports the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro as expressing disappointment at the practise where persons who served as ministers for over 10 to 15 years still go about with police security.


Outrage Over Arrest and Release Of Innoson CEO Among Other Newspaper Headlines Today

There is a growing outrage over the arrest and eventual release on bail of Innocent Chukwuma, the Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Group by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

Vanguard reports – Innoson Boss Flown To Lagos In Shorts on a day waves of condemnation trailed his arrest, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, flew Chairman of Innoson Group of Companies, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, to Lagos in shorts, according to one of his aides.

Daily Sun captions it Innoson’s Arrest: Anger In Senate with the initial dust raised by the arrest of the Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Motors, Innocent Chukwuma, by the EFCC snowballed into an outrage as the nation’s upper legislative chamber and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) flayed the involvement of the anti-graft commission in civil matter.

The Guardian leads with the story Crisis Looms as Camerounian Migrants Invade Cross River saying that an humanitarian crisis may soon hit some communities in Boki Local Council of Cross River State with the illegal migration of over 8,000 Camerounians from the English-speaking (Anglo-phone) part of the country.

Moves to increase the scope of work of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway catches the attention of Punch as its lead story reads FG Considers Increasing Scope of Work To N300bn as members of the Federal Executive Council, on Wednesday, embarked on a marathon meeting that saw them approving contracts totaling about N960bn.

The unending crisis currently engulfing the Peoples Democratic Party PDP expressly captioned in the Nigerian Tribune as New PDP Faction Emerges, Opens Secretariat in Abuja. It says A group, which goes by the name “Fresh PDP”, on Wednesday, claimed that it had become the new leadership of the party, backing it up by opening a secretariat in Abuja.

Race for 2019 makes it way as the lead story of The Nation newspaper with the headline; El-Rufai to Atiku: Prove You Funded Buhari’s Campaign as Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai threw the challenge and stated why the former Vice President quit the All Progressives Congress  APC  –  there was no room for him to run for the President after Governors endorsed Buhari for a second term.

2019: Crisis Looms In PDP Over Vice Presidential Ticket And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

According to Independent, interest groups within the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) are set to engage each other in an open war for the control of the party as the race for 2019 presidential election get underway. A competent source within the party told INDEPENDENT at the weekend that some power brokers within the party who seemed united towards the convention held last weekend have since commenced underground moves to outwit one another in battle for the control of the party.

Meanwhile the The Nation reports that Nigeria plans to lend its neighbours a hand in the anti-Boko Haram war, with its headline reading; $1b Anti-Boko Haramm Battle Plan Sparks Row. The Federal Government requested for $1billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to bolster the military’s capacity to assist neighbouring countries, Defence Minister Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali said.

The Punch moves to the oil sector to report that Fuel Queues Reappear In Lagos, Persist In Abuja, Others. The lingering petrol scarcity in many parts of the country grew worse on Sunday in Lagos, Abuja, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states as many filing stations were shut. The closure of the filling stations followed threats by members of the Petrolum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria to embark on a nationwide strike from today (Monday).

Presidency, Nass May Clash Over $1bn ECA Approval tops the stories for Nigerian Tribune. According to their reports, a fresh crisis is now looming between the executive and the legislature over the planned $1 billion withdrawal from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to fight the Boko Haram war as both chambers of the National Assembly resumes plenary today. It was gathered on Sunday that plan had been concluded for a showdown in the House of Representatives with the Presidency over the deduction from the ECA which they claimed was illegal and unconstitutional.

The Vanguard newspaper has also revealed that UK Court Orders Return Of $85m Malabu Oil Loot. After many years of legal fireworks, the United Kingdom has given the final clearance for Nigeria to draw down a whopping $85 million seized from entities embroiled in the controversial Malabu Oil Scam. This was confirmed by the Attorney General of The Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, saying the money was not yet in the coffers of Nigeria but would soon be repatriated.

Daily Sun draws the curtain today on headlines, giving an exclusive interview as Governors, Others Felicitate With President at 75.




The Royal Rumble In Olubadan’s Palace Among Other Top Newspaper Headlines For Today 12/12/17

It appears the crisis with the Olubadan-In-Council is not nearing an end as the newly crowned 21 Obas are bent on removing the head of the council.

Daily Sun leads with the trending story Council of Obas threatens to depose Olubadan, gives monarch 21-day ultimatum. The story reads A fresh twist was yesterday introduced to the crisis rocking the recent review of 1959 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration as the Ibadan Council of Obas issued a notice of dethronement to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I.

The Punch has it that 21 New Ibadan Kings threaten to recommend Olubadan’s removal with the rider; give Oba Adetunji 21 days to be of good conduct. The Nigerian Tribune also writes Ibadan Obas Threaten To Remove Olubadan.

The Nation captions it as Olubadan gets 21-deadline as No-confidence vote threat. Another trending story on most dailies today is that of the #EndSARS protest held in Abuja, Awka, Port Harcourt and others across the country yesterday. As reported by The Nation, there were protests in some major cities yesterday for and against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the police anti-violent crimes fighting machine.

Vanguard and Nigerian Tribune lead with the same story written as EFCC lacks Powers to Prosecute Serving Judges – Appeal Court with the rider, Strikes out EFCC’s charge against Justice Nganjiwa; We”ll appeal EFCC. In the latter’s version, it goes this way; EFCC can’t prosecute serving judges, Appeal Court rules.

Buhari’s Strong Message For 2019 and Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today

“Those who ruled Nigeria without vision and looted the nation’s treasury are the same people boasting that they will displace the APC government and return to office. We will wait and see, if they think Nigerians are ignorant. They have the guts to reclaim office.”

These were President Buhari’s strong words for the opposition as the race for 2019 unofficially begins. Perhaps, the Nation Newspaper captures it all with Buhari: looters won’t return to power in 2019 with the President challenging those who want to contest against him in 2019 to an integrity test.

Daily Independent also leads with the same story but with the headline; 2019: My Popularity in the North Unshaken, Buhari Boasts. As the country begins to gear up for the general elections in 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the mammoth crowd that thronged the streets of Kano to welcome him on Wednesday was a clear message to the opposition that his popularity in the North remains unshaken.

The Nigerian Tribune reports the drama currently preceding the Elective National Convention of the PDP tomorrow. It leads with 24 Hours to National Convention: Petitions Against Aspirants Flood PDP Secretariat and according to the paper, most of the petitions sighted by newsmen on Thursday written to the national chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and the chairman, national convention committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the petitioners demanded for the outright disqualification of certain aspirants.

Daily Sun has its headline as PDP: Zero hour with the riders Support base for Secondus Widens, as South East cues in as Lobby for Adeniran intensifies, Ladoja, Dokpesi press on.

Vanguard has it boldly written on its front page; 2019 Presidency: Angry Atiku Shuns Press, Others After Talks With IBB with Journalists and supporters of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar were, yesterday, shocked after the politician came out from a meeting with former President Ibrahim Babangida with a long face reflective of a red card shown to his presidential ambition.

The Guardian also reports PDP saying IBB, Jonathan wade into South
West PDP discord.

Finally, the PUNCH leads with the voluntary retirement of embattled Judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola. Its lead story reads NJC: We recommended Justice Ademola’s sacking to Buhari……says Judge’s resignation, an afterthought.

Persisting Fuel Scarcity, PDP National Chairmanship, Southwest Integration and Other Newspaper Headlines Today

The annual ritual of persisting fuel scarcity in the year end is back again but with twists and turns from stakeholders across the country with the Federal Government giving a marching order to the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu to end the rising issue by weekend. Here are how some National Dailies captioned it today;

Starting with the Nigerian Tribune with the Headline, FEC to Kachikwu: End fuel scarcity this week with council ordering both the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and the Group
Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru to end fuel scarcity by this weekend.

The Guardian reports the story with the headline; FG blames fuel scarcity on external demand with the government blaming the situation on increased demand by nations in temperate regions.

Away from Fuel matters, The Independent has it that EFCC Plans to Pick Four Chair Aspirants at PDP Convention writing that the party is seriously worried that the planned arrest is being planned by the anti-graft agency to take place at Eagle Square on Saturday.

Daily Sun also has an headline on the PDP with the caption; PDP Chair: North dumps Southwest with the riders Uche Secondus is top runner as Ladoja looks good for deputy chairman, Makarfi, Okowa, others meet IBB in Minna.

Still on Politics, Vanguard leads with Why I’ll Win Again In 2019 – Buhari. Moved by the outpouring of affection from the people of Kano State at the beginning of a two-day official visit, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday vowed to overwhelm any opposition to his undeclared 2019 re-election prospects.

Finally from The Nation Newspaper comes a double banner headline of Southwest States United On Constitution Amendment as Governors Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti) met in Ibadan to ratify their common stance on all issues billed for amendment.

Looming Fuel Scarcity and Other Newspaper Headlines Today

Away from the #EndSARS and Atiku Issues, Nigerians woke up on Wednesday with the news of the looming fuel scarcity in the country as national dailies caption it in different ways.

The PUNCH captions it; Consumers Groan In Lagos, Abuja as fuel scarcity worsens with the rider, Senators to inspect filling stations, summon NNPC boss as reports have it that many of the private depots in Apapa, Lagos, where many marketers get petroleum products from for distribution to other states, did not have PMS while those who had were doing “skeletal loading.”

It is however cast on The NIGERIAN TRIBUNE with the story reading IPMAN blames NNPC, accuses it of favouring DAPPMA- As long queues resurfaced in the country on Tuesday, marketers have blamed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for the situation.
The GUARDIAN also reports the fuel scarcity story as Stop Panic Buying, NNPC tells Nigerians as queues persist with the NNPC urging fuel consumers across the country to desist from panic buying, assuring that it has enough stock to meet the needs of consumers.


Moving away from Fuel Issues, The NATION has it on its front page that PDP Governors Plan “Unity List” to stop IBB, Jonathan. Part of the story reads; To have a rancor free convention and install the national chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors will compile a “unity list” of candidates who delegates will vote for.

#EndSARS Campaign Prompting The Reorganization Of SARS, Atiku’s 2019 Presidential Bid And Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today

Of Course, the most trending topic on the lips of many Nigerians is #EndSARS which leads the trends on all social media platforms today. And with the campaign giving many countrymen the opportunity to share to the whole world their experience in the hands of the security unit, the police hierarchy had to take the bull by the horn.

Notably in all the Papers, The Punch, Vanguard, Daily Sun, Nigerian Tribune, New Telegraph, The Nation, The Guardian, Daily Independent among others, the story has different captions.

The Punch:

#EndSARS: IG reorganizes SARS, to probe operatives with the story:

Following calls on social media for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on account of its nefarious activities, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered immediate reorganization of the unit.

The Police boss in a statement on Monday by the Force spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, also ordered the investigation into all allegations and complaints against the operatives of the squad by the IGP X-Squad.

He noted that SARS had been doing well by curbing violent crimes, but expressed concern over calls for its disbandment, noting that the unit would be reorganized and repositioned for efficiency and effective service delivery to all Nigerians.

Moving now to Atiku, its no longer news that the Former Vice President is back in his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP. But there seems to be a twist to his ambition in becoming the nation’s number one citizen as members of the party are not giving face to his quest to run in 2019.

The Independent has the caption, “No Special Consideration For Abubakar Atiku-PDP, with the Guardian saying “PDP Rules Out Special Concession for Atiku, Others”, it leaves to the average political watcher that only time will tell.

Still on the review today, there is this interesting and cheerful news of a six year old boy, Ali Ahmadu captured on all national dailies. His story is heartwarming. The young Ali was about four years ago in a small village at Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State affected by the murderous invasions of the dreaded Boko Haram sect damaging his still forming vertebra column in the process.

After due medical advice, he was sent to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for a life changing surgery on his spinal cord which cost $63,000. His return to the country yesterday (Monday) sparked wild jubilations from everyone at the airport trying to catch a glimpse of the ever aesthetic young chap. Asked what would like to become, he said “I want to be a policeman.”

Finally, here is the news of Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha appointing his sister, Mrs Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha) as the Commissioner for Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment. The announcement has and is still generating huge reactions from the entire federation.