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Newspaper Headlines: Fuel subsidy hits N500bn, and gunmen attack police stations in Abia, Anambra

Newspaper Headlines: Fuel subsidy hits N500bn, and gunmen attack police stations in Abia, Anambra
April 20
08:41 2021

The attacks on police stations in Abia and Anambra on Monday dominated the headlines of newspapers. The pledge of governors to implement financial autonomy for state legislature and judiciary also made the headlines.

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The Punch reports that fuel subsidy has hit N500 billion as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) rules out a hike in the price of petrol. The newspaper’s cover picture depicts the protest of lawyers demanding financial autonomy for state judiciary.

 

The Nation says gunmen killed policemen in multiple attacks on stations in the south-east. Governors and Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) have protested the planned deduction of $318 million from the federation account as legal fees to judgment creditors.

 

The Guardian’s headline focuses on the impact of the current state of the economy on Nigerians. The newspaper says there is rising pressure on disposable income as the rate of unemployment doubles. In what appears to be a trend in the south-east, gunmen again attacked two police divisions in Abia and Anambra, the newspaper reports.

 

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Daily Independent says N10 billion approved by the federal government for the provision of airport management solutions for international airports has raised concerns from aviation players. Governors have agreed to implement financial autonomy for state legislature and judiciary, the newspaper reports.

 

The Nigerian Tribune reports that governors agreed to implement financial autonomy for state judiciary and legislature in May. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) read the riot act to political parties over crisis-ridden primaries and congresses, the newspaper reports.

 

Senators are concerned about the violence by non-state actors in the country, Daily Sun reports. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos state, signed a bill establishing the state anti-corruption commission, the newspaper says.

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