Good Morning!!! Welcome to the Eye9ja roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today Tuesday, March 30th, 2021.
1. FACT CHECK: No Evidence Nigeria’s Biafra Secessionist Movement-Affiliated Eastern Security Network Captured Notorious Fulani Bandits’ Leader in Benue State
On Monday, 8 March 2021, the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)-linked Eastern Security Network (ESN) militia claimed in a Press Release assented to by its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, that its members have captured a notorious leader of a gang of Fulani bandits, identified as Mohammed Isa.
According to Kanu, Isa and his squad had been attacking peaceful communities in Benue State, Northcentral Nigeria and its environs.
2. VIDEOS: How We Killed Soldiers, Police Officers – Youthful IPOB Member
Raphael Idang, a 31-year-old member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has narrated how he and other members of the outlawed group attacked and killed Nigerian soldiers and police officers unprovoked recently.
IPOB is a separatist group which wants to restore an independent state of Biafra in the South East region of Nigeria. The controversial group was founded in 2012 by diaspora-based Nnamdi Kanu.
3. This is Marcus Rashford’s Pick for Best African Player in EPL
Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has picked Liverpool’s Sadio Mane as the English Premier League (EPL’s) best African player.
Taking to social media on Monday evening, the Englishman asked his 4.3 million strong followers to suggest questions for him to reply to during a Twitter Q&A session. Read more here.
4. Aguero Will Be Leaving Man City This Summer
Manchester City bid legendary striker Sergio Kun Aguero goodbye as they confirm the Argentine will be leaving when his contract expires this summer.
He joined City in the summer of 2011, making an immediate impact by scoring twice and creating an assist on his thirty-minute cameo debut in a 4-0 home win over Swansea City. It was a dramatic and impressive start that gave an indication of what was to follow.
5. N-Power: Grand Corruption Rocks Buhari Scheme as Minister Farouq ‘Eats’ Beneficiaries’ Stipends
More than 14,000 N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries are still in the dark regarding their five-month outstanding stipend arrears.
Despite the promise by Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development of Nigeria, to pay all outstanding stipends of exited N-Power beneficiaries before the end of 2020, the Nigerian youths are still yet to get paid – 153 days after her pledge.
6. AFCON Qualifier: Alex Iwobi Out Of Super Eagles Squad vs Lethoso Due To COVID-19
Everton winger, Alex Iwobi has been removed from the super eagle’s squad for the final 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Lesotho after testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
Everton forward Iwobi tested positive before Saturday’s 1-0 away win over Benin and travelled back to Nigeria with the rest of the squad on Sunday.
7. Another 255 Nigerians Return From Saudi Arabia – Official
Another batch of 255 Nigerians stranded in Saudi Arabia have been returned to the country. This was announced on Monday by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).
The Commission in a post shared pictures of the returnees, saying that the “255 stranded Nigerians arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja via Saudi Air Flight SV3405 at about 1:00 pm local time today Monday, 29th, March 2021.”
8. Biafra: IPOB Breaks Silence On Alleged ESN Attack On Military In South East
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu has denied reports linking its Eastern Security Network (ESN) to the killing of security operatives and burning of security buildings in the southeast.
The group in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful where it denied the links, stated that ESN is after terrorists operating in the region and not against security operatives.
9. Microsoft Extends Partnership With Schlumberger
Microsoft and Schlumberger announced on Monday that they will expand their partnership to provide innovative technologies for the energy sector.
As part of this partnership, Schlumberger Enterprise Data Management Solution is now available for global customers to deploy on Microsoft Azure. Also, Azure is Schlumberger’s preferred global public cloud platform for OSDU-compatible solutions.
10. Google Partners With Commerzbank On New Solutions For Bank’s Customers
Google Cloud and a leading German commercial bank (Commerzbank) announced on Monday that they are expanding their collaboration to innovate new solutions for the bank’s customers.
The five years strategic collaboration will enable Google to support Commerzbank on its journey to build a cloud transformation organization and move a significant number of its banking applications to the cloud, a continuation of a comprehensive digital transformation strategy underway since 2017.