Nigeria newspapers today Fri 17th, May headlines

  1. Boko Haram’s Continued Attack Linked to Leadership Failure- Foreign Counter Insurgency expert. – Daily Independent.

Nigerian soldiers are brave and physically capable and quite willing to fight. They are some of the best in the world. But their leadership has failed them, says South African and Chief Executive at Pilgrims Africa and Executive Outcomes.

Cobus Claassens whose private military organization was once hired by the Nigerian government to recover abducted Chibok school girls as well as fight Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East made this statement in an interview with RT, a Russian international television network.

He observed that the continued incidence of Boko Haram insurgency in the country is as a result of the failure of political leadership.

Read full story on Daily Independent

2. Kidnapping: 93 arrested with rocket launcher, 45 AK47 rifles- New Telegraph

Nigeria security operatives have arrested 93 suspected kidnappers and bandits in parts of the North. Weapons recovered during the mission include a rocket launcher and 45 AK47 assault rifles, 500 live ammunition and military uniforms, police said.

Among weapons recovered during the special operation were a rocket launcher and 45 AK47 assault rifles. The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba said the police have begun a comprehensive investigation to track and disrupt sources of arms supply, as well as apprehend and bring to deserved justice sponsors and collaborators of these heinous crimes.

Read the full story on New Telegraph

3. At last, National Assembly okays June 12 as Democracy Day-  The Guardian

The Senate on Thursday passed the amendment to the National Holiday Act to move Nigeria’s Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12.

The amendment is in concurrence with the House of Representatives’ approval earlier in December 2018.

The legislation is now billed for transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

June 12, is significant in Nigeria’s history as the acclaimed freest and fairest election to ever occur in the country’s democracy.

Read the full story on the Guardian

4. New Minimum wage to cost N1trn exposing FG’s ugly fiscal policy- Business Day

The implementation of the new minimum wage N30,000  is projected to cost 1 trillion naira but the nation’s economy may just not be ready for this weight.

Experts predict the biggest oil-producing country might be heading into a more perilous fiscal position if the new minimum wage of N30,000 is implemented except strict reforms is swiftly undertaken.

Read the full story on Business Day

5. EFCC to arraign Naira Marley for Yahoo Yahoo on Monday- The Nation

Naira Marley will be arraigned on Monday for alleged online fraud, the country’s anti-corruption unit EFCC says.

Naira Marley real name Azeez Fashola, ran afoul of the law after his open support for online crime popularly referred to Yahoo Yahoo in local parlance.

Following his arrest last Friday, security operatives said incriminating evidence was found in his possession.

Read the full story on the Nation

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