These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Wednesday morning, September 11, 2019.
1. We’re treating Boko Haram remnants as bandits —Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has again said that Boko Haram had been degraded, adding that the remnants of the sect in the North-East region of the country were bandits and would be treated as such. The President made this comment on Tuesday when he received Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at the State House, Abuja.
2. IMN Shi’ites claim 12 members were killed by police during their ‘peaceful procession’
After defying orders by security operatives not to embark on its procession, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has alleged that at least a dozen of Ashura mourners across the nation were killed during the “peaceful” mourning procession on Tuesday. In line with the Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice of July 26, the Police and the Department of State Services (DSS) had forbidden the Ashura procession, warning that it would be treated as an act of terrorism.
3. Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, ‘may disappear’ after President Buhari’s exit in 2023 —Former Gov Okorocha
Senator representing Imo West District, Rochas Okorocha, has expressed concerns that the All Progressives Congress (APC) may cease to exist when President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office in 2023. Okorocha who said he had never considered leaving the APC, noted that his next move would be determined by time.
4. IPOB leader Kanu writes EU Parliament, explains reason for agitations
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has stated again that the ill treatment dished out to him by past governments, especially that of President President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressive Congress (APC) is responsible for aggravated agitations of IPOB. Kanu who revealed that much in a paper he presented to the European Union, EU, Parliament on Tuesday, said that it has become the order of the day for the administration of Buhari to prioritize crushing assertions of Biafra identity.
5. BUSINESS REVIEW: How prevalence of fake consumer products is killing the Nigerian market
Ripples Nigeria, in this special report examines how the prevalence of fake consumer products is killing the Nigerian market. The report, notes that nearly six of ten computer accessories in a typical Nigeria retail store is a fake product as this is already confirmed by the American financial and business news portal, Business Insider, report which states that 20 out of 47 products, following a counterfeit testing investigation, turned out to be counterfeits of leading original products.
The report affirms that from common footwear stock to food, from clothing materials to utility accessories, and from medical pharmaceuticals to cosmetics to fake electronics, computer software, books, DVDs, household ware, infant toys, and even more despondently the nation’s currency, Nigerians, sometimes, cannot tell the difference between an original product and its counterfeit
As this menace has dominated major market space, shoppers become hostile, and prefer to patronize foreign stores. In the long run, retailers, malls, stores fold up. And there is a fear for investors to consider the Nigerian space. It does not end there; a genuine Nigerian product then suffers from this ill-branding.
6. Double defeat for Ajimobi as tribunal upholds Balogun’s election
The immediate past governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, on Tuesday lost his bid to contest the declaration of Kola Balogun as the winner of the February 23 senatorial election. The Oyo State Election Petition Tribunal, led by Justice Anthony Akpovi, dismissed the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on behalf of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to contest the declaration of Kola Balogun as the winner of the February 23 senatorial elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
7. Tribunal sacks Senate spokesperson, Adeyeye, declares PDP’s Olujimi winner
The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, Tuesday, upturned the victory of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Dayo Adeyeye. Recall that Adeyeye was declared the winner of the Ekiti South Senatorial District poll. In a unanimous ruling on Tuesday, the tribunal held that Olujinmi was the rightful winner of the senatorial district election.
8. SUICIDE WATCH: Youth must avoid get-rich-quick syndrome, Lagos Speaker cautions
Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has advised Nigerians to care for their neighbours as a way of curbing the increasing suicide rate across the country. He lamented that suicide, which used to be alien to Nigerians, had become a recurring incident mostly as a result of influences that could ordinarily be controlled.
9. Police confirm kidnapped Ondo Professor dead
A professor of mathematical science at the Ondo State University of Science and Technology who was abducted last week, Gideon Okedayo, has been confirmed dead. Chairman of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian University (SSANU) of the institution, Temidayo Temola, made this known to newsmen on Tuesday.
10. Super Eagles held to draw by Ukraine in Dnipro friendly
It was a game of two halves in Dnipro, Ukraine as Super Eagles were held to draw by their hosts in an international four-goal thriller. Two second-half goals denied Nigeria a deserving victory against Andriy Shevchenko’s team on Tuesday night.