Nigerian newspapers Review: 10 things you need to know this Saturday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

  1. The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has disclosed that his administration would commence payment of N35, 000 minimum wage from November. The decision was taken after series of meetings and discussions between the Lagos State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNC), Lagos State Government, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Friday. Disclosing this, Comrade Rasaq Adio Falade, State Chairman of JNC, said necessary terms of settlement and agreement were reached at the meeting.

  2. The report has confirmed that some gunmen on Friday attacked the hotel where the Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde, lodged in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital. The report claims that Makinde who is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Kogi state Campaign Council was in the hotel ahead of today’s election in the State. Eyewitnesses confirmed that the gunmen arrived at the Suitorial Hotels, Lokoja, along the Stadium Road, where the Governor and some members of the PDP Campaign Council were lodged at about 12.50 p.m., shooting sporadically, but were resisted by security operatives and residents of the area.

  3. President Muhammadu Buhari Friday returned to Nigeria after his foreign trip. Buhari returned ahead of time as he was scheduled to be back on 17th November 2019. The President had been in London since Nov. 2 on a private visit, after a trip to Saudi Arabia. Presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, confirmed Buhari’s arrival Friday night.

  4. The Supreme Court, on Friday, explained why it declined to nullify President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election. It said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, could not prove their case against the outcome of the February 23 presidential election. The apex court held that the appellants relied on results they obtained from a website that has a dubious origin, to insist that they won the presidential contest.

  5. The Department of State Services, DSS, has reacted to public outcry by Nigerians about the detention of some notable persons undergoing trials at the courts. In a statement on Friday, DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, explained t Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and Omoyele Sowore were in its facility because they are better protected and taken care of. The DSS said that the detainees equally prefer to remain in its custody because they are granted access to many things.

  6. A Police Inspector posted from the Mobile Police formation in Asaba, Delta State, has been confirmed dead, owing to gunshot injuries suffered from the mayhem at the aborted rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nembe, Bayelsa State. The body of the Police Inspector, whose name was not disclosed, has since been deposited at the Nembe General Hospital. Another of his colleagues, Mr. Ododomu was luckier as he survived the attack with gunshot wounds on his leg. Two other policemen who were at the aborted PDP rally, are said to be critically injured and are battling to survive.

  7. The National Examinations Council (NECO) has dismissed no fewer than 70 staff for alleged certificate forgery. The approval for the sack of the affected staff was made at NECO’s 17th extra-ordinary meeting of the Governing Board after vetting a report by a verification committee set up by the management. The decision was part of a statement signed by the Head of Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani in Minna. The exam body said that the dismissal of the staff was as a result of a report submitted by a committee constituted to verify the certificates of staff by the management of NECO.

  8. The West African Examination Council (WAEC) on Friday, released the results of candidates that sat for the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Nigeria. The Examination body withheld the results of 9,457 candidates. WAEC’s Head of National Office in Nigeria, Olu Adenipekun, announced the release of the results on Friday at a media conference in Lagos. According to him, a total of 94, 884 candidates sat for the examination, out of which, 33, 304 (representing 35.10%) obtained credits and above in at least five mandatory subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

  9. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, reacted to the Supreme Court details of ruling to further explain why he was declared the winner of the 2019 presidential election. Buhari, who welcomed the “elucidation of the Supreme Court ruling on the PDP petition,” stressed that the onus of proof must necessarily fall on those that challenge votes. In a statement by his Media Aide, Garba Shehu, Buhari said allegations must be substantiated if they are to hold, and that such required producing credible witnesses that verify key claims. He said the case failed that test.

  10. The Police Command in Kaduna state has confirmed the death of four persons allegedly killed by cattle rustlers at Marbar Agban in Kagoro Chiefdom in Kaura Local Government Area. The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo confirmed the incident on Friday in Kaduna. He said the victims; Hosea Ayuba, Ado Adamu, Abagu Danladi and Kusa Danladi of Marabar Agban, Kagoro were killed while three of their cattle were carted away.

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