Newspaper Headlines: Nigeria loses N23.5bn to offshore aircraft repairs, and 8 security operatives killed in Rivers

The killing of eight security operatives in River states by gunmen and the attack by bandits on a church in Kaduna state dominated the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Monday. 

Daily Independent reports that Nigeria loses N23.5 billion yearly to offshore aircraft maintenance — despite the federal government’s promise that a repair facility will be established in the country. The newspaper says bandits attacked a Kaduna church, killed a medical doctor, and abducted worshippers.

The Nation’s headline focuses on the attack at checkpoints in Rivers state, where soldiers and policemen were killed. Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south district, suggested an open trial for suspected Boko Haram financiers, the newspaper reports.

The Punch says the federal government is set to introduce additional control measures to prevent the spread of a COVID-19 strain from India to Nigeria. The newspaper’s cover picture shows the gridlock on Lagos-Ibadan expressway, on Sunday.

Governors and state houses of assembly speakers disagreed on a fixed monthly payment to state legislature, THISDAY reports. The newspaper says political leaders in the south-east region have agreed to give legal backing to Ebube Agu.

The Nigerian Tribune says gunmen ran riot in Kaduna, Rivers, and Oyo at the weekend. The federal government said Nigeria needs N1.89 trillion to eradicate malaria, the newspaper reports.

Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state, said the presidency is a defender of terrorists and bandits over the Isa Pantami saga, Daily Sun reports. The newspaper says it was a killing spree at the weekend as gunmen killed eight security personnel in Rivers state.

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