Nigeria: Press zooms on ECOWAS meeting over Gambia, killing of soldiers, others

APA-Abuja (Nigeria)

The meeting of some leaders of West African countries in Abuja on Gambia’s political impasse and Boko Haram’s killing of some soldiers dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Monday.

The Daily Trust reported that President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday host four other West African leaders to a meeting aimed at avoiding violence and preserving democracy in The Gambia.

The newspaper also reported that an Army captain and five soldiers were killed on Saturday evening in the attack launched by suspected Boko Haram militants on 27 Taskforce Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Buni Yadi, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The Guardian said foreign airlines were considering suspension of their services over government’s decision to close down Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja runway for six weeks due to planned construction work.

The Guardian learnt that the option by some of the major European and American carriers was in lieu of the plan to divert air traffic to Kaduna Airport considered as “very unsafe for foreigners”.

The Sun newspaper said that there was pandemonium on Sunday at the Unity Fountain, Abuja venue of the regular meeting point of the Bring Back Our Girls Group (BBOG), when policemen from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command tried to prevent the group from embarking on their protest march to mark the 1000th day of the kidnapped Chibok girls.

The Punch newspaper said that Fulani herdsmen on Saturday attacked Kwahine, Gidan dadi and Karalahi villages in the Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing four policemen and three villagers.

The Leadership newspaper reported that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commenced efforts to reduce product importation by boosting the capacity utilisation of the nation’s refineries to 60 percent by the end of 2017.

This Day newspaper said that suspected Fulani Herdsmen have invaded Kwayine Community in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing five persons, including three mobile policemen and two civilians. Several people were wounded, while the community was completely burnt down.

The Nation newspaper reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives have questioned two former Group Managing Directors (GMDs) and three former Executive Directors (EDs) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over their roles in the transfer of $153 million to some banks.


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