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Press zooms on killing of 46 in ethnic clash, Paris solar power project

The police confirmation of the killing of 46 persons in the communal clash in Ile-Ife and the French company’s plan for solar power in Nigeria are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday.The Punch newspaper reported that the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, has faulted the arrest and parade of suspects involved in the riot at Ile-Ife on March 8, saying no Hausa/Fulani was arrested.


The Nation newspaper said that the Police have put the casualty figure of this month’s mayhem in Ile-Ife, Osun State, at 46 dead and 81 injured.


Twenty suspects were paraded for allegedly being involved directly or indirectly in the killings and destruction of properties.


It said that a Paris-based independent power producer, GreenWish Partners will invest $280 million (N86.9billion) to build solar-power plants in Nigeria that are expected to start producing electricity in the first quarter of next year.


This Day newspaper said that the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Monday doused the expectations of the 36 state governors on the further release of the Paris-London Club refunds to the states, making it clear that any further payments was dependent on the current and projected cash flows of the federation.


The Guardian said that more releases of foreign exchange has put currency speculators in series of losses in the last three weeks, as the parallel market rate has fallen from a record high of N520/$ to N445/$..


The Leadership newspaper said that following a meeting with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim yesterday announced a record $57 billion in financing for Nigeria and other Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three fiscal years.


The Sun newspaper reported that there have been claims and counter-claims over the actual cause of the recent pipeline gas explosion that rocked Evekwu, Rumuji, Rumuodogo and Ibaa communities in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.


The number of people said to have lost their lives during the unfortunate incident has risen to 10, Daily Sun learnt


The Vanguard newspaper said a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has adjourned till May 31 and June 1, 2017, to hear a suit by the Federal Government against Shell Western Supply & Trading Ltd, over the sum of $406.8 million, representing the shortfall of money paid by the company to government.

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