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    Press focuses on call for emergency rule in troubled states, commercial banks

    APA-Abuja (Nigeria)

    The call by some northern groups for declaration of emergency rule in some troubled states and the death of students in road accident dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday.

    The Guardian reported that following an emergency meeting on Tuesday, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Taraba, Kaduna, Benue and Zamfara States to curb the bloody clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

    It also demanded the suspension of political structures and the appointment of administrators to run the states’ affairs until security is restored.

    The Sun newspaper reported that Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) proposal for more powers to be able to revoke the licences of erring banks and also to inject funds into any ailing bank.

    The Punch newspaper said the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday denied the alleged diversion of $350m belonging to the Nigerian Electricity Bulk Trading Company domiciled in the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority.

    The Leadership newspaper zooms in on Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s revelations of Federal Government’s support to the 36 states of the federation with funds to enable the states meet the challenges of shortage of funds.

    The Vanguard newspaper said the Akure South Local Government Secretariat in Akure, the Ondo State capital, was on Tuesday sacked by over 30 rampaging herdsmen.

    The Daily Trust said the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has given a 24-hour ultimatum to officials of unauthorised government agencies to vacate the seaports or risk being arrested.

    This Day newspaper reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    The Nation newspaper said top security chiefs have warned that insecurity around the country should be brought down because it is capable of threatening the 2019 general elections.


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