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Nigerian Newspapers: Top 10 Latest News Headlines Today, Saturday, 20th July 2019

1. CAN drags Buhari, says he should curb insecurity

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday supported the open letter written by former president Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as timely.

The CAN said the president should examine the contents of the letter and stop the growing insecurity he said, the letter said.

Responding to questions at a press conference in Abuja, the president of the CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, warned Buhari that he would have to treat the letter with a sense of responsibility and responsibility.

He said: “I think that this letter has just come up. But CAN is interested that the letter be treated with all sense of responsibility and accountability as a country because of the issues raised in it. I think the aim of the writer is to call the attention of the nation to things that are capable of putting fire on the nation.

“We think that every Nigerian has the right as a part of the society to call the attention of leaders to order.”

Citing the security situation in Taraba State, the Christian leader said the CAN Vice President, Rev. Caleb Ahima, could not travel out of his parish without military protection, noting that the state was under seige.

2. ‘$60b yearly outflow undermines Africa’s stability’

The African secret service community was invited to close the doors to illicit financial flows (IFF).

President Muhammadu Buhari, who yesterday gave the council in Abuja, attributed increasing security challenges to the sponsorship of those who benefit from illegal financial activities.

Buhari spoke at the opening of the XVI Conference of the African Intelligence and Security Services Committee (CISSA) in Abuja.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser for Media and Advertising, Femi Adesina, the President said that development and stability on the African continent have been weakened by illicit outflows, which are estimated at around 60 billion dollars a year.

He said: “Frankly, we may never know the true extent of the damage. Estimates, however, suggest that African countries lose over $60 billion annually due to illicit financial outflows, a staggering amount for a continent in dire need of development finance.

“Corroborating this figure, a United Nations Report on ‘Illicit Financial Flows and the Problem of Net Resource Transfers from Africa: 1980-2009,’ observed that during the period 1980 to 2009 between $1.2 trillion and $1.4 trillion was taken out of Africa. This figure is half of the current Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of all the countries of Africa.’’

President Buhari described the theme for the conference: “Illicit Financial Outflows from Africa and its impact on National Security and Development,’’ as timely, urging stakeholders from the intelligence community of the 52 African countries to create a template of risk factors and actionable strategies and give priority to examining the links between crime and instability on our continent.

3. NNPC to supply 10 per cent of India’s crude oil

Despite competing demands for crude oil from other countries, Nigeria’s National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) reiterated its commitment yesterday to keep the supply of 10% of India’s crude oil demand. .

The CEO of the Corporation Group (GMD), Mele Kyari, renewed the commitment when he received the High Commissioner of India in Nigeria, Abhay Thakur, said a statement by the NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu.

GMD said that Nigeria, through the company, will continue to support India’s energy security, adding that the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the energy area between Nigeria and India will be completed to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. two countries

According to the statement, Kyari stated that the NNPC wanted to increase energy cooperation with India and that it was time to move from talking to walking.

He described India as a very important market and that the NNPC would ensure that the current volume of supply of crude to the Asian country “is secured for the collective interest of both countries.

“We are ready to have a robust engagement with the Indian trade team to provide a win-win energy scenario between us. Every trade opportunity that is available will be fully explored,” Kyari posited.

4. Fish out bad eggs among Fulani, Ooni to Buhari

Ife Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, invited the federal government on Thursday to reduce security in the south-west amid increasing attacks by pastors on communities in the geopolitical zone recently.

He noted that while not all of Fulani’s shepherds were involved in the attacks, the Yoruba monarchs and their subjects wanted the federal government, in collaboration with local communities, to bring out the “bad eggs” among the shepherds.

The Ooni stated that the escalation of security challenges in the country has led some people and groups to play war drums.

However, he clarified that the southwest was not ready to go to war with any part of the country.

The supreme governor revealed that the Yoruba’s desire was to improve the security of lives and property, a responsibility which, he said, was not impossible for the federal government to assume.

Ooni, who spoke with correspondents of the House of Representatives of the House of Representatives of the House of Representatives of the House of Representatives in the Presidential Village of Abuja, said he arrived at the House of Representatives of the Royal Fathers of the Southwest to defend security.

His visit came only a week after the late Mrs. Funke Olakunri, daughter of Afenifere leader Pa Reuben Fasoranti, was killed by alleged shepherds on the Kajola-Ore highway in Ondo State.

About if he thought the Fulani were stigmatized, the supreme ruler of Yoruba said: “Well, it is not a question of stigmatization; it is about separating the wheat from the straw.

5. Arrested suspects not yet linked to Olakunrin’s murder — Police

The command of the Ondo State Police said he had not yet connected any of the suspects in his custody with the murder of Mrs. , daughter of the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti.

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Olakunrin, 58, was killed last Friday by armed men who attacked his vehicle in a place near the city of Kajola, on the Ore-Sagamu highway.

However, the police public relations officer for state command Ondo, Femi Joseph, told one of our correspondents that the commandos had invited some people to question him.

Joseph said, “We have commenced investigations into the killing of Mrs Olakunrin. In the course of combing the area in search of suspects, we have picked some people for interrogation.

“For now, we have not been able to link anybody with her death but we have some people with us that we are questioning.

“In the incident of this nature, we can apply Judges Rule No 1, which permits the police to invite any person for questioning maybe we can get information that can lead to the arrest of the real suspects.

“If in the course of doing this in the case of Mrs Olakunrin and we have caused inconveniences or injuries to anybody or group of people, we apologise.

“It was not true that we arrested villagers or artisans indiscriminately. Our men will not do that. If at the end of the investigation we discovered that the people we picked are not involved, we will let them go.”

The PPRO said the command had drafted men to all parts of the 18 local governments to rid the state of criminals.

Specifically, Joseph said the command had drafted men to roads in the state including Akure-Ado Ekiti, Owo -Ikare, Ore-Ijebu Ode, Owo-Ikare, Ikare-Isua roads.

However, the Oodua Peoples Congress on Thursday issued a 21-day ultimatum to the police and other security agencies to fish out the killers of Mrs Olakunrin.

 6. Atiku’s ‘expert witness’ to testify on server at Presidential tribunal

The People’s Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, called David Njoga’s ‘expert’ on Friday, witnessing his 59th signer to testify before the demands of the President of the Republic Electoral Court on issues related to the use or not the server and the electronics. Transmission of the results during the presidential poll on 23 February 2019.

Atiku and his party are challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive All Congress in the poll.

Before summoning the witness, the signatories presented themselves through their lawyer, the boss Chris Uche (SAN), to present some documents related to the witness’s testimony.

Some of the documents presented were entitled “Report of the experts of the INEC information system as revealed by the complainant’s website”, admitted as Annex P87; and ‘Download from the website,’.

The certificate of conformity that accompanies the documents was also admitted as attachment P89.

7. Atiku, PDP begs tribunal for more time to conclude case

The People’s Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, requested more time on Friday from the petition for the five-man presidential election in Abuja to conclude their case.

Friday is the last of the ten days that are assigned to present your case.

With their request, they are challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the elections of February 23, 2019.

The petitioners, who only on Thursday received many documents from the Independent National Electoral Commission to present an exhibition, suggested that they could not conclude their case on Friday through their lawyer, Chief Chris Uche (SAN).

The documents received from the INEC increased from 55 boxes at the time when the court closed the proceedings Thursday at 75 on Friday morning.

8. Kidnappers demand 70million naira ransom to release Siasia’s mother

The kidnappers of the former Super Eagles trainer, Beauty Ogere, ask for the rescue of N70m to free the old woman from her custody.

Reportedly, former Super Eagles trainer Samson Siasia spoke with her mother, beauty and two others abducted from her family home in the Odoni community in the Sagbama local government area of Bayelsa state.

The report explained that the kidnappers would talk to Siasia about a foreign number to declare their request.

9. Bernard Arnault unseats Bill Gates to become world’s second richest man

Bill Gates was fired as the world’s second richest man, losing the position of Bernard Arnault, president and CEO of LVMH.

Arnault is in second place in Bloomberg’s billionaire ranking and Jeff Bezos still holds first place.

Arnault and his family are the majority owners of Christian Dior and LVMH, parents of brands such as Louis Vuitton, Celine, Fendi, Moët, Hennessy, Dom Pérignon and others.

Since the stock price of LVMH has skyrocketed in 2019, it also has the value of Arnault. According to Bloomberg estimates, it now reaches $ 107.6 billion, over $ 200 million more than Gates.

The report also states that Gates would have been classified as the richest person, even ahead of Bezos had it not been for his philanthropic gifts to give Arnault more space to climb.

The French businessman entered the luxury sector in 1984 when he bought Boussac, a textile empire in the midst of the bankruptcy that was the owner of Dior.

10. BREAKING: Buhari, Gen. Olonisakin meet behind closed doors

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin in the presidential village, abuja.

The secretary of the Federation government, chief Mustapha, participated in the meeting that took place behind closed doors.

Latest Nigeria News understands that the meeting could be linked to the killing of five Nigerian soldiers in an ambush along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway on Wednesday.