NAIJ.com brings to you the main headlines of Tuesday, June 20, from mainstream newspapers in Nigeria.
The Punch reports that the coalition of northern groups, including the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum has written to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to facilitate the process of allowing Igbo to leave Nigeria.
One of the leaders of the coalition and National President, AYCF, Alhaji Shettima Yerima, confirmed this on the telephone on Monday.
In the open letter, signed by five of the leaders of the groups, the coalition urged the Acting President to ease the exit of the Igbo from Nigeria so that they could have their dream country, Biafra.
This, they said, should not be through violent means but in a peaceful manner through a referendum.
Vanguard reports that the federal government will soon release the first capital budget allocation of N 350 billion, Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has disclosed.
Speaking at the 2017 Budget Breakdown in Abuja, yesterday, she said the Cash Management Committee, CMC, was to meet to put finishing touches to the list of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to receive the first allocations.
Giving details of the budget, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, said: “2017 Budget envisages a total FGN revenue of N5.08 trillion, exceeding executive proposal by 2.9 per cent and 2016 projection by 31.9 per cent. The projected revenue receipt from oil is N2.122 trillion and non-oil is N2.96 trillion.”
He said the contribution of oil revenues would be 41.7 per cent, compared to 19 per cent in 2016, driven mainly by Joint Venture cost reduction, higher production and price, exchange rate and additional oil-related revenues, while 11 per cent of projected revenue would be expected from recoveries of looted/misappropriated funds and fines.
The Nation reports that a mortgage firm has returned to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the N500 million said to be part of the Paris Club refund kept with it by a governor.
The EFCC is probing the London-Paris Club refund following allegations that some governors are misapplying the cash.
The Federal Government agreed to the refund to enable the governors pay workers’ salaries and pensions.
Besides, the EFCC has gone to a Federal High Court in Abuja to seek the forfeiture of $3million said to be held for another governor by three persons and two companies.
The Guardian reports that twelve persons were killed after five bombers detonated their strapped Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) in Kofa community along Bama Road at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Kofa community is a herding and farming village in Borno State.
The state Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, confirmed the killings as the World Refugee Day was celebrated yesterday.Chukwu disclosed the killings in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Victor Isuku yesterday in Maiduguri.
Despite the claim by the government that it has suppressed the insurgents, they are still beating security strategies to kill innocent citizens in the country.
The statement reads: “Yesterday, Sunday, about 2030hrs, five female bombers detonated IEDs strapped to their bodies in Kofa community. The attacked village is about eight kilometres from Maiduguri metropolis.”
ThisDay reports that about 15 riot policemen drafted to the farm of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae, at the weekend escaped death by a whisker, when suspected herdsmen allegedly opened fire on them in the farm.
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News of the incident came just as the federal government announced Monday that it would deploy 3,000 specially trained agro rangers across the country to checkmate the menace of herdsmen whose activities had impacted negatively on farm produce in recent years.
It was gathered that the herdsmen numbering about 10, stormed Falae’s farm located at Kajola in Igbatoro area of Akure North Local Government of Ondo State and destroyed it.
The destruction of the farm prompted Falae to invite the police, only for the herdsmen to attack the policemen deployed by the state Commissioner of Police Hilda Harrison.
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