Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning

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

1. President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his full support and optimism that it will assist the nation give justice to peaceful protesters who lost their lives, security men who were murdered and property owners whose assets were vandalized and looted.

The President, who said he had all along avoided going into a debate about the Lekki Toll Gate incident until all the facts were established, appealed to the people all over the country to maintain peace and brotherhood as the machinery of the government and the wheel of justice turns against the perpetrators of murder, arson, stealing, rape, assault and malicious damage to public and private property.

2. The Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has defined the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as ‘State-Aided Robbery Squad’.

During his Sunday sermon, the cleric claimed that “although the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has been disbanded, the spirit of SARS continues to prowl unchecked.”

3. Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has issued an ultimatum to those who looted government and private property to return all items taken within 72 hours.

Oyetola said failure to abide by the directive will lead to the prosecution of anyone arrested for the act.

4. Senior pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa says he would have fired Nigeria’s Vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo from the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Giwa, who was addressing his members on the state of the nation, in Akure on Sunday, wondered why the leader of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye could not come out clean and fire the Vice president for failing the church and the entire nation.

5. The Kwara State government, on Sunday, relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on Ilorin metropolis.

A statement in Ilorin, by the spokesman of the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, said the decision was taken at the end of a State security council meeting held by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, with heads of the security agencies in the state.

6. The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State, has described as disturbing the manner government officials treat citizens in the face of hunger and untold hardship, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAN, however, condemned the vandalization and looting of public and private properties in Kaduna State by youths.

7. There were reports of sporadic shooting in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital as some suspected hoodlums invaded the warehouse of the Agricultural Development Project, (ADP) in the state capital to cart away agricultural palliatives meant for farmers in the state along Felele Okene, Abuja road.

The hoodlums were seen moving agricultural materials like, fertilizers, seedlings, rice, machines and many others which are expected to be distributed to farmers in the state.

8. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, also known as Shiites, says it has found it necessary to dispel the rumours currently making the rounds that the leader of the movement, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has passed away.

In a statement by its Spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, the sect said, “We believe the originators of the rumours and its circulation are government-sponsored mischief-makers trying to plunge the nation into further chaos.

9. The National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has updated the Kaduna State Government about the food items looted.

Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, in a statement on Sunday, said items carted away included expired prohibited and dangerous drugs.

10. No fewer than fifty-three villagers including the village head and chief Imam of Lingayado community, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State have reportedly been kidnapped by gunmen.

An eyewitness, Abdulahi Mohammed, an indigene, who said he escaped the attack explained that the village head, Alhaji Dalhatu Mohammed and 53 others were whisked away by the abductors.

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