The headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, August 15, are focused Ibrahim El-Zakzaky's treatment in India, the pressure President Muhammadu Buhari is facing to resolve Tiv-Jukun crisis, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)'s probe of Oyo Ita, the head of service, among other stories.
This Day reports that after some challenges, El-Zakzaky, on Wednesday, August 14, began treatment at Medanta Hospital in India, where he was flown to on Monday, August 12.
In an audio message that was confirmed by the spokesman of Shi'ites, Ibrahim Musa, the leader of the group said he was denied access to his doctors and added he would rather fly home than to be treated by government's hand-picked physicians.
Vanguard reports that El-Zakzaky also said in the audio recording that the condition at the Indian hospital where he went to for treatment is worse than Kirikiri prisons.
Speaking in Hausa, the leader of the Islamic group reportedly said that the Indian hospital management initially threatened not to admit him for treatment.
The Guardian reports that the aggrieved indigenes of Taraba state staged a peaceful protest on Wednesday, August 14, in Abuja to show President Buhari how frustrated they are with the continued communal crisis between the Tiv and Jukun tribes.
They asked the president to end the violence which, according to them, has claimed many lives. The people also urged him to fish out those that are attacking the peace of the state and sovereignty of the nation.
The Nation reports that the EFCC has quizzed the head of civil service of the federation, Winfred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, over an alleged N3 billion contract scam.
Oyo-Ita was questioned for the alleged abuse of her post for tour allowance, looting of government funds, and money laundering.
After the grilling, the head of service was granted an administrative bail to seek medical treatment but with restricted access to visitors at the hospital in Jabi area of Abuja.
The Punch reports that the federal government is looking at taking back the possession of 10 electricity firms as one of the ways to rescue the nation's failing power sector.
An available document to a Punch correspondent reveals that the government would have to pay $2.4 billion (N736 billion) to investors to repossess the firms.
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