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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Thusday, 21th August, 2019

Good morning, Nigeria, welcome to GISTOK roundup of top Newspaper Headlines in Nigeria for today Thusday, 21th August, 2019.

1.Sanwo-Olu swear-in commissioners, special advisers on Tuesday

There were strict security and agitation measures when Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state swore Tuesday on commissioners and special advisers. This was because members of the press did not have the opportunity to enter the place.

The venue of the event, the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, was full of security agents, including police, DSS officials and gorillas, while people struggled to enter the auditorium, not even journalists could enter the hall.

He spoke at the weekend while receiving a body of senior retired officials under the auspices of the Association of Chiefs of Service and Permanent Secretaries of the Lagos Association (ALARHOSPS).

2.EFCC raids Akinwunmi Ambode’s residence

According to reports, the operations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) raided the Epe residence of former Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday.

EFCC spokesman Tony Orilade, who confirmed this to GISTOK, denied they were in Ambode’s residence in a raid, explaining that they are only there for an investigation.

“It is not true, and we are not attacking. The investigation is ongoing regarding the request we have, that is why we are here,” he said.

3.Buhari to assign portfolios to ministers-designate on Wednesday

President Muhammadu Buhari will assign portfolios to the new members of his cabinet on Wednesday. This was confirmed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Advertising, Femi Adesina, today in Abuja.

Buhari and the appointed ministers engaged in a two-day retreat, which ended on Tuesday.

READ ALSO: Shehu Sani reacts when IPOB members attack Ekweremadu in Germany

The second and final day of the retreat began with a presentation on the Processes and Procedures of the Cabinet, by the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha.

4.INEC issues warning to Cross River REC over governorship ambition

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the procedure where the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross River, Mr. Frankland Briyai, surrendered to join divided legislative issues, is unsatisfactory.

READ ALSO: Election Tribunal: Court dismisses petitions against three Oyo federal lawmakers

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, talked at the end of the week, during the opening of a National Strategy Meeting on Capturing Disaggregated Data of Persons with Disabilities.

5.Buhari send fresh order to military

President Buhari in Katsina State on Saturday , accused the military of being more spontaneous in restoring  country peace , particularly states troubled by bandits, ordering them “not to spare bandits’’ that have been attacked, mutilating and extorting innocent citizens.

READ ALSO: Abia: Gov. Ikpeazu speaks on delay to release list of Commissioner-nominees

Addressing  160 soldiers and 15 officers of the 17th Army Brigade and Nigerian Air Force 213 Operational that Base in Katsina, under the “Operation Hadarin Daji’’, at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Airport, President Buhari, said:

6.BREAKING: Atiku send Strong message to IBB

The presidential up-and-comer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 races, Atiku Abubakar, has commended the ethics of former military Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. Atiku, in an exceptional salutary birthday message, featured the country building jobs played by IBB, who turned 78 on August 17.

READ ALSO: Nigerians react as another £211m seized from bank account in Channel Islands

In an announcement marked by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, the previous VP said that all through the office, IBB held himself with monstrous beauty and comportment. “General Babangida, as a youthful official, battled for the solidarity and lasting quality of our homeland.

6.Southeast PDP Chairman condemns attack on Ekweremadu

The National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), southeast zone, Chief Austin Umahi, has denounced the assault on Senator Ike Ekweremadu by associated individuals with the restricted Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Nurnberg Germany.

Umahi owned this known in an expression marked and sent to DAILY POST at the end of the week in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State.

He glared at the activity of the gathering against Ekweremadu whom he said has been on the front line of the battle against the minimization of Ndi-Igbo in the Nigerian Federation.

7.Sen. Abaribe attacks IPOB members – Ekweremadu helped secure Nnamdi Kanu’s bail

Senate minority leader Enyinnaya Abaribe on Saturday condemned the attack against former Senate Vice President Ike Ekweremadu by members of the indigenous peoples of Biafra, IPOB, in Nuremberg, Germany.

Ekweremadu was to give an opening address at the Second Annual Igbo Festival and Cultural Convention organized by Ndi-Igbo Germany in that city when a mafia, which identified itself as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), invaded the place to attack it.

READ ALSO: Ekweremadu congratulates Abaribe, other minority officers

In a statement signed personally by the minority leader of the Senate on Sunday, Abaribe said that Ekweremadu does not deserve such shameful treatment by IPOB members while deploying means to rescue Nnamdi Kanu.

8.Omo-Agege Talk on ex-Deputy Senate President attack

Senate Vice President Senator Ovie Omo-Agege condemned the attack on his predecessor, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, describing him as an affront to Igbo and Nigeria.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by its Special Adviser on Media and Advertising, Mr. Yomi Odunuga, the DSP said the attack was not “just an export of irrationality, but an aggressive international affront against the image of Igbos and Nigeria “.

READ ALSO: Fasoranti’s daughter: Bola Tinubu under fire over anti-Igbo comment

nigerian latest news reported that Ekweremadu was attacked on Saturday by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Nuremberg, Germany.

9.Buhari reacts to the Financial Times article to condemn the matter to CBN

The Presidency has depicted as false the Financial Times report recommending that Nigeria has put limitations on importation of rural items into the nation. Buhari had requested the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) not to discharge outside trade for nourishment importation.

The article with the feature: “Muhammadu Buhari flashes daunt over approach on sustenance imports,” was distributed on Aug. 15, charging that the Buhari organization has set ban or limitations on nourishment imports.

Nonetheless, Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a letter routed to the Editor of the Financial Times and made accessible to reporters in Abuja on Sunday, expelled the substance of the article, depicting it as inaccurate.

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