Major Headlines in Newspapers Today

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Some of the major headlines in select Nigerian newspapers for today,December 29,2015

Radio Biafra transmitters installed on MTN masts —FG,PUNCH

The Federal Government has said the transmitters for Radio Biafra, which has been accused of spreading secessionist agenda and campaigning for the carving out of a Biafra Republic from Nigeria, were found to be installed on MTN masts in Enugu and Anambra states.

According to the Federal Government, the installation of the transmitters on the telecommunications company’s masts was to ensure wider coverage for the radio.

The headquarters of the radio station is “presumably in London.”

This is contained in the government’s case summary of the fresh six counts of treason and other ancillary offences instituted against the founder of Radio Biafra and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and two others, before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

One of the two other defendants in the six counts filed by the Federal Government is a field maintenance engineer, David Nwawuisi, charged with the responsibility of maintaining the MTN masts in Enugu State.Read more here

 

How Biafra Radio chief Kanu was arrested, by DSS-THE NATION

The Department of State Services (DSS) has given details of how its men apprehended the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

The DSS said but for the tenacity of its men, Kanu, who lodged in a Lagos hotel under a fictitious name, would have escaped arrest.

It explained how arms and ammunition were recovered at the Ubulusiuzor, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State home of one of Kanu’s associates, Benjamin Madubugwu.

The information was contained in some documents filed with a fresh six-count charge against Kanu, Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.Read more here

How banks, currency hawkers collude to weaken the naira-THE GUARDIAN

WHILE the efforts by the Federal Government to strengthen the naira continue, indications have emerged that the Bureaux De Change (BDCs) may not have been the only source of leakages creating the weakness of the currency against its foreign counterparts.

The Guardian investigation revealed there is an estimated one million street hawkers of foreign currencies, who constitute what is popularly known as ‘black market’ and are enriching themselves with the illegal business which they operate with the foreign currencies, the sources of which are unverifiable.

The deposit money banks have also been fingered in the shady deals that have predisposed the local unit to ridicule- officially labeled ‘round-tripping’, but now taking the form of alleged connivance with the street hawkers of currencies.Read more here

Over 70 feared killed in Borno, Adamawa multiple blasts-DAILY TRUST

More than 70 people were feared killed in multiple bomb attacks believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram militants and their agents in Adamawa and Borno States between late Sunday and early yesterday.
Fifty seven people were believed to have died while over 70 were injured and a village was burnt in multiple attacks carried out by the militants around Maiduguri, the Borno State capital and a village in Kaga LGA of the state.
The Adamawa State Commissioner for Information, Ahmad Sajoh said 17 persons were confirmed dead while 41 were injured in yesterday’s twin suicide bomb attacks in Madagali town. Sajoh said information available to him indicated that the injured were receiving treatment in hospitals at Madagali and Mubi while those with severe injuries were taken to the Federal Medical Centre in Yola.
“In my capacity as the Commissioner for Information, after contacting  NEMA, ADSEMA and the Army PRO, in Mubi, I can confirm that 17 persons died and 41 got injured”, he said. He noted that the state government would pay the medical bills of all those affected.Read more here

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