Good Morning!!! Welcome to the Eye9ja roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today Tuesday, March 16th, 2021.
1. NDLEA Boss Tasks Officers To Intensify War Against Illicit Drugs
…Marwa Boosts Their Morale With Cash
The Chairman-Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa, Ret’d, has charged men and officers of the agency to intensify the fight against drug abuse and trafficking so as to rid the country of hard drugs.
Marwa applauded them for the achievements recorded within the short period he assumed office as chairman of the agency, stating that reward for hard work is more work.
2. FG Reacts To Asari Dokubo’s Biafra Government
The Federal Government of Nigeria reacted to the formation of a Biafra Customary Government by Asari Dokubo.
This burgeoning online news platform earlier reported that Dokubo former militant leader announced himself as the leader of the new Biafra Customary Government.
3. Troops Gun Down 30 Boko Haram, Rescue 60 Elderly Women, Children
No less than 30 Boko Haram insurgents have been killed by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole around the Gamboru axis in Borno State in a long-range patrol operation.
The operation, which was confirmed by the military and CJTF, followed a sustained flush-out operation which was conducted by The Sunray 3 Battalion in a long-range fighting patrol to clear some of the elements of the insurgents in the area.
4. CAN Drags FG To Court Over CAMA Law
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) took the Federal Government to court over the controversial Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (CAMA).
It was reported that the Christian body is not comfortable with some provisions of CAMA 2020, hence, its decision to challenge the matter in court was filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja with suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/244/2021.
5. Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury Sign Fight Deal
Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have signed a two-fight deal to unify the IBF, WBO, WBA and WBC heavyweight titles, ESPN reported on Monday citing boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.
Joshua beat Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in December to retain his IBF, WBO and WBA titles and set up the prospect of a mouth-watering clash with fellow Briton Fury, the WBC belt holder.
6. Bill Ackman Donates $1.3bn Coupang Stock To Charity
Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman on Monday disclosed that he has donated his entire 26.5 million shares of the South Korean e-commerce giant Coupang to the Pershing Square Foundation and another non-profit.
“I was a very fortunate day one investor in Coupang. As a result of its incredible success, 26.5 [million] shares of its stock will benefit humanity as I gave all of the share to [the Pershing Square Foundation], a [donor-advised fund], and another non-profit. Thank you to Bom and the Coupang team on behalf of all of us!,” Ackman Tweeted on Monday.
7. Nicah The Queen Flaunts Booty To Woo People To Church
A video of gospel singer Nicah the Queen flaunting her assets while advertising a famous church in Nairobi has sparked a lot of reactions online.
The church Nicah the queen was advertising has its roots in Nigeria and is founded by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.
8. Telegram Contemplates Raising Over $1 Billion To Service Debt
Messaging service and social media platform, Telegram, has decided to issue investors $1 billion to $1.5 billion of company debt, with the promise of discounted equity if the company eventually goes public.
The Dubai-based Russian who owns Telegram, Pavel Durov has also announced plans to start selling ads in public Telegram channels as soon as later this year as well as offering other premium services for business and users. the people briefed on the plans said.
9. One Killed, Over 15 Abducted In Abia/Akwa Ibom Boundary Clash
One person has been killed and 15 others abducted after a communal clash between the Ugbo community, in the Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State, and Ikpanja, in the Ibiono Ibom LGA of Akwa Ibom State.
Residents of Ugbo appealed to the Abia State Government to come to their rescue to avert further loss of lives.
10. AstraZeneca Vaccine: Why Medical Professionals Should Ideally Receive Medicine Before Elderly Individuals, Others – COVID-19 Frontline Healthcare Worker
Sheriffdeen Ewunuga, one of the healthcare workers at the frontline of Nigeria’s struggle with COVID-19, has made a case for Coronavirus healthcare workers to be administered the AstraZeneca Vaccine first, even before the old ones.
Dr Ewunuga, a registered and licensed health practitioner in Lagos state, explained that health workers need to be safe so as to reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19, thus they should be given priority during inoculation.