The headlines this Tuesday, April 11, revolves around various issues in the nation such as the kidnap of two foreigners in Akwa Ibom, Governor Nasir El-Rufai releasing details of his salary and allowances and plans by United States President Donald Trump to assist the Nigerian government in its fight against terrorism.
The Punch reports that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state released details of his security vote, salary and allowances in acceptance of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yabubu Dogara’s challenge.
He also released details of the disbursements to the 23 local government areas in the state.
Dogara was reported to have challenged El-Rufai and other governors to publish their security votes.
The governor who said he had nothing to hide challenged members of the National Assembly to disclose details of their N115bn budgetary allocation, salaries and allowances.
The February pay slip of the governor indicates that his monthly pay was N470, 521.71 after deductions.
On the front page of This Day is the headline: "Trump to sell 12 attack planes to Nigeria for Boko Haram fight"
The administration of Donald Trump has pledged to sell high-tech aircraft to Nigeria to assist in the government’s fight against terrorism.
According to U.S. officials, Congress is expected to receive formal notification within weeks, setting in motion a deal with Nigeria that the Obama administration had planned to approve at the very end of Barack Obama’s presidency.
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One of the officials disclosed that the deal will see Nigeria purchase up to 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft with sophisticated targeting gear for nearly $600 million.
Vanguard has the headline: “Kidnappers storm hotel, abduct 2 foreigners, ex-Mobil staff in Akwa Ibom”
Gunmen kidnapped two expatriates and one Dr. Idongesit Udom, a retired ExxonMobil staff and Proprietor of Sure Foundation Polytechnic on Sunday in Akwa Ibom state.
The expatriates who work with a construction company located in Onna local government area, were kidnapped in a hotel in Eket while Udom was kidnapped while worshipping in a church.
The kidnappers were said to have shot into the air to scare people while they took the victim away in a light brown Sienna wagon.
The police spokesman in the state, Chukwu Okechukwu, said the police had commenced investigation on the incidents.
He added that the police had no information on the identities, workplace and nationalities of the expatriates.
Meanwhile, The Nation reports that the abductors of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Chief Olu Falae were sentenced to life imprisonment for kidnapping and armed robbery by the Ondo State High Court, sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Reacting to the verdict, Falae hailed the life sentence while calling on security operatives to go after other members of the kidnap gang still at large.
NAIJ.com recalls that Falae was abducted on September 21, 2015 by some herdsmen during his 77th birthday at his Ilado farm in Akure north local government area. He was released four day later after he paid a ransom of N5 million.
In other news, the headline on the front page of The Guardian reads: “Niger Delta indigenes to get oil blocks to douse tension”
The federal government is making plans to award marginal fields’ oil blocks abandoned by the oil majors as being not commercially viable to indigenes of the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
This is to douse tension in the region and reduce major incidents of restiveness to about 90 per cent by next year.
If the plan is implemented, the ownership structure of the nation’s petroleum assets will not only begin to change, but also empower the host region, which has for decades suffered economic deprivation and environmental degradation on account of these resources.
NAIJ.com took to the streets of Lagos to ask Nigerians how they would feel if Donald Trump bombed Boko Haram like Syria and below is what they had to say.