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Major headlines in select Nigerian newspapers for today,December 3,2015

9 killed as pro-Biafra protests turn bloody-VANGUARD

THE three-week-long pro-Biafra protests turned bloody, yesterday, as the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) killed nine of the protesters and injured 18 in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra State.

Pro-Biafra protesters mount road blocks and bonfires at Onitsha Head Bridge in Anambra State, yesterday. Photos: Vincent Ujumadu.

Irked by the stubborn disposition of the pro- Biafra agitators, who blocked the Niger Bridge Head and refused to give way to motorists, the JTF comprising Army, Navy, Police and Civil Defence troops, yesterday  afternoon, opened fire at protesting members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and  Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, killing nine people and injuring 18. Five people were killed  at Niger Bridge Head while three were killed at Obodoukwu Road. A suya(barbecue meat) seller said to have been hit by a stray bullet died instantly. The protesters were having a peaceful procession across South East states and had vowed to continue their blockage of the bridge for three days until detained Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu is released.Read more here….

I got N2.1b from NSA’s office, Dokpesi admits-THE NATION

ONE of the key suspects in the $2billion “phoney” arms contracts has admitted receiving N2.1billion from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

Chief Raymond Dokpesi, founder of Daar Communication (Ray Power and AIT),  told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that the cash was payment for publicity.

A statement issued yesterday by the management of DAAR Communications Plc, owners of African Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power, said that after receiving a telephone call from the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Alhaji Ibrahim Magu, on Tuesday, Dokpesi voluntarily responded to the invitation by calling at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja.Read more here….

Residents Panic as Lion Escapes from Jos Wildlife Park-THISDAY

There was panic in the Jos/Bukuru metropolis on Wednesday afternoon following reports that a lion had escaped from the Jos wildlife park.
Residents around the park had to lock themselves indoors, while parents hurried to pick their wards from the school around the area.
Acting General Manager of the Plateau Tourism Cooperation, John Doy, told newsmen that the lion escaped in the morning when it was being fed.

He said the lion, which had been in captivity for a while, slipped through the gate of its cage when it was opened for routine feeding.

“It is believed that the animal is still within the premises of the park, and we are struggling to recapture it but we want members of the public to be vigilant,” he said.Read more here

Enough is enough, IGP tells MASSOB, IPOB-THE SUN

INSPECTOR General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, yesterday warned members of Movement for the Actu­alisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), not to provoke the will of the police and other security agencies with con­tinuous threat to public peace.

Arase said the warning became necessary follow­ing alleged increasing acts of brigandage by MASSOB and IPOB, which threatens national security and public peace in the South-East and conterminous states.

The IGP said the police would no longer fold its law enforcement arms to allow few misguided elements con­tinually force hardship on fel­low Nigerians in any part of the country.Read more here….

Marketers defy DSS, EFCC on fuel sale-THE GUARDIAN

DESPITE the engagement of the Department of State Services (DSS), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to end sharp practices and ensure that fuel is available, some major and independent marketers have continued to sell the product above the official pump and ex-depot prices, according to The Guardian’s investigation.

The Guardian found that the prevailing increase in the retail price of fuel across the country is as a result of the activities of some unscrupulous depot owners and major marketers who sell fuel to various retailers at prices higher than the official ex-depot price of N77.66k.Read more here……

 

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