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Nigerian press zooms in on deportations, anti-graft czar

The deportation of more Nigerians from Libya and President Muhammadu Buhari’s preference for the embattled anti-corruption czar were some of the stories in Nigerian newspapers on Saturday.Leadership reported that no fewer than 155 Nigerians were on Friday deported from Libya, making it about the fourth batch of Nigerians arriving the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in the last two months.

It said that the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has said that by the end of this year, at least, 250,000 millionaires will be created from farming business in Kebbi State.

Nation reported that there were indications that President Muhammadu Buhari will insist on Mr. Ibrahim Magu becoming the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after the Senate has twice turned down his confirmation.

It said that Nigeria’s quest to secure a $1.4billion loan from the international funding agencies may be hindered, if the country fails to buy into reforms being pushed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The Sun said two women who attempted suicide by jumping into the lagoon on the Third Mainland and Carter bridges in Lagos were on Friday rescued.

One of them, Abigail Ogunyinka, succeeded in plunging into the lagoon, around Carter Bridge, but was rescued by divers who quickly fished her out.

Punch said that the qualification scandal that has enveloped the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District at the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has deepened.

Guardian said the federal government has officially demanded the authority of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) to supply the academic details of lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye, following the controversy over the completion of his degree programme in Geography at the University.

Daily Trust said the federal government’s pronouncement for rewarding whistle-blowers, the anti-corruption fight has taken a new dimension.

Vanguard said that in what appeared like a direct response to the criticisms he had faced following police arrest of only the Yorubas as suspects in the recent Ile-Ife mayhem, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris has said that crime has no tribe or face.

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