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Nigerian Newspapers: Top 10 Headlines Sat, Oct 17th, 2020

Nigerian Newspapers: Top 10 Headlines Sat, Oct 17th, 2020

Welcome to the AllNews roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today Saturday, October 17th, 2020.

1. INEC Appointment: APC Replies Critics, Says PDP Members Are Also Serving Commissioners

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has responded to critics of Lauretta Onochie's appointment as a commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to the ruling party, some members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were also serving as INEC commissioners. Read more here.

2. #EndSars: Why Falz, Joe Abah Pulled Out Of FG's Meeting On Police Brutality

Nigerian rapper and lawyer, Falz and Joe Abah, a former director-general, Bureau of Public Service Reforms have insisted on the 5 demands of the youths, as they withdraw themselves from a meeting scheduled to hold to address police brutality in the country.

Falz announced his withdrawal in a tweet, just a few hours before the commencement of the meeting coordinated by the Ministry of Youths and Sport. Read more here.

3. VIDEO: #EndSARS Protesters Hold Jummat Prayers On The Road

Muslim #EndSARS protesters in Lagos and Abuja on Friday held their Jummat prayers on protest ground.

Recall there is an ongoing #EndSARS protests across Nigeria, a call to ban the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a controversial unit of the police force which has been accused of torture, extortion, and extrajudicial killings. Read more here.

4. Biafra: Real Reason I Stopped Campaigning For Olisa Metuh, IPOB's Nnamdi Kanu Opens Up

Biafra political activist and leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has said that he stopped siding former National Publicity Secretary of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, because he fears he might - like Orji Uzor Kalu, the Governor of Abia State - start campaigning for One Nigeria, AllNews reports.

The proscribed IPOB seeks to restore an independent state of Biafra in the former Eastern Region of Nigeria through an independence referendum. Read more here.

4. N-Power: 'Pathetic To Exit Beneficiaries Emptyhandedly' - Foremost Youth Leader

A foremost youth leader in Kano State, Mustapha Kabir Soron Dinki has asserted that it is "pathetic" that the Nigerian government can exit N-Power beneficiaries without giving them any package nor transiting them into entrepreneurial programme, AllNews reports.

Recall that Batch A beneficiaries exited the N-Power programme on June 30 after four years in the famed scheme, while their Batch B counterparts officially made their exit on July 31st - after two years. Read more here.

5. Daddy Freeze Apologises For Things Said About RCCG's Adeboye In Past

Media mogul, Daddy Freeze has apologised to Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), for the things he said about him "that might have been misconstrued as rude."

Freeze, in a Facebook live session where he lauded Adeboye for supporting the #EndSars nationwide protest, said that the cleric's message was a wholesome one. Read more here.

6. NASS Begs #ENDSARS Protesters To End Protest

The Leadership of the National Assembly has urged the Nigerian youths to bring the #ENDSARS protest to an end.

Calling on the youths to end their agitations, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, explained that the youth needed to put an end to their protest to enable President Muhammadu Buhari to work on the implementation of their demands. Read more here.

7. COVID-19: Bars Will Remain Shut, Risk Of Reopening Still High - PTF

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, said “the risks of reopening nightclubs and bars are still high hence, their continued ban”.

The PTF National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said this during the PTF press briefing on Thursday in Abuja while reacting to questions on the continued closure of nightclubs and bars, while other activities have been reopened. Read more here.

8. (VIDEO) #EndSARS: MC Oluomo Clears Name From Attack On Alausa Protesters

The boss of the Lagos State Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo, has said that he had no hands in the attack of the protesters at Alausa by armed thugs.

He said that he was "surprised" that he was "linked" to the incident, adding that he and his union were in support of the protest's "objective". Read more here.

9. Twitter Investigating Shutdown

Twitter says that it is looking into the shutdown experienced by users of the microblogging platform.

There was an outage on Thursday evening, with rumours flying that the platform was biased over the decision to cut off the voices of critiques of the Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Read more here.

10. US Economist, Steve Hanke, Counters President Buhari's Inflation Rate Claim

United States economist, Steve Hanke, has countered President Muhammadu Buhari's inflation rate projection for next year. Hanke said Nigeria's inflation rate will actually be triple of what President Buhari disclosed while submitting and addressing the 2021 budget at the National Assembly last week.

President Buhari had presented NGN13 trillion as his administration's budget for next year. During his presentation, he said his administration is concerned about revenue generation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which he revealed will push Nigeria into a recession in 2020. Read more here.

That’s the roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines this morning. More Nigerian newspapers headlines are available on AllNews website.

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