The Nigerian newspapers review for Tuesday, December 3, leads with a report on the Vanguard newspaper which states that five inmates at the Ikoyi correctional center in Lagos, on Monday, December 2, died after they were electrocuted in their cells following a power surge.
The newspaper stated that the comptroller general of prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, disclosed to journalists that the number of casualties was five, while seven others were injured.
But eyewitnesses told Vanguard that six dead bodies were removed from the center after the explosion while many of the injured were taken to an unknown hospital for treatment.
In another news report, the World Bank has warned that 30 million Nigerians may face extreme poverty and the country will be home to 25% of the world’s destitute people by 2030 if the government fails to revive economic growth and create jobs.
The Punch newspaper reports that the bank gave the warning in its 2019 Nigeria Economic Update Report, which was released on Monday, December 2.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has received the reviewed new National Security Strategy (NSS) from the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd).
This Day newspaper reports that there are indications that the president is in the process of taking far-reaching decisions that would intensify his efforts to end insecurity in the country.
It was reported that the new strategy contained in the security document would likely focus on the closure of Nigeria’s borders with neighbouring countries.
In another news, the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has threatened to boycott future elections over alleged irregularities in the election process.
The Nation reports that the party issued the threats on Monday, December 2, when it accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of collusion to manipulate recent elections.
Speaking in at the Wadata Plaza secretariat of his party in Abuja, the PDP chairman Uche Secondus said the recent governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi state lacked integrity.
Meanwhile, economists and other stakeholders in the oil and gas sector have warned that Nigeria’s oil revenue may fall due to the realities at the international oil market.
The Guardian reports that the experts also raised the alarm over another slip into recession and shortage of foreign exchange, given that the nation’s foreign reserve has depleted to about $40.95 billion.
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