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    Press focuses on Senate’s meeting with security chiefs over killings

    APA-Abuja (Nigeria)

    The meeting of the Senate with Nigerian security chiefs over the incessant killings across the country dominates the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Thursday.

    The Vanguard’s headline has it that security chiefs on Wednesday requested for special funding, outside appropriation, to enable them tackle the security challenges in Nigeria.

    The Guardian said the Senate rose from a closed-door meeting with the nation’s security chiefs and heads of paramilitary agencies, directing them to submit special funding requests within two weeks.

    The Leadership newspaper said that following the spate of killings, kidnappings and the proliferation of dangerous firearms in the country, the Senate has directed the heads of security agencies to submit a special funding budget to tackle the menace.

    This is just as the Senate said it would fast-track the passage of outstanding Bills or Protocols in order to strengthen the security architecture of the country.

    The Punch newspaper reported that some bandits in separate operations reportedly abducted at least 31 persons at Kwanan-Dutse and Labi villages in the Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State between Tuesday and Wednesday.

    This Day newspaper said civil society organisations, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to refer the allegations of mismanagement of $16 billion meant for power projects between 1999 and 2007 to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for further investigation.

    The Sun newspaper said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has assured the Tiv farmers in Nasarawa State and other parts of the country that the incessant killings by herdsmen will soon be a thing of the past.

    The Nation newspaper reported that with the controversy stirred by allegations and counter allegations over the alleged $16 billion investment in the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) still raging, another report has shown the identities of 27 companies that benefited from the project.

    The Tribune said a week after the National Assembly passed the 2018 Appropriation Bill, it is yet to be passed to the president for his assent.


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