The news making the front pages of the top national dailies this Friday, January 6, is centered around the invasion of a house belonging to former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.
Other issues being reported is as regards security in the nation and the battle to restore the Nigerian economy.
We begin with The Punch which bears the headline: "Why police raided Patience Jonathan's Abuja house".
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force were said to have raided the house of Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in Abuja on Wednesday, with the aim of uncovering huge foreign currencies allegedly kept in the building, The PUNCH learnt on Thursday.
Multiple sources familiar with the investigation confided in one of our correspondents on Thursday that the security personnel raided the house on a tip-off that huge amount, allegedly believed to be stolen government money, was kept in the building located at Igbeti Rock, Maitama, Abuja.
The operation, which was carried out by operatives of the Special Investigation Panel, headed by a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ali Amodu, acted at the behest of the Federal Government Asset Recovery and Forfeiture Committee.
Sources explained that an informant had tipped the Federal Government about alleged huge stolen cash hidden in the building and in three other different locations in the Federal Capital Territory.
It was learnt that the informant, who told the government about the cash in the Maitama property, had hinted that the suspect planned to move the money anytime.
Following the intelligence report, the SIP operatives stormed the duplex on Wednesday, but did not find any cash.
The Guardian bears the report: "Niger Delta running out of patience, leaders tell Buhari".
Niger Delta leaders from different parts of the region yesterday warned the presidency to be concerned about the growing impatience in Nigeria’s crude oil belt as a result of delay in the proposed dialogue between government and regional stakeholders.
The leaders were at Kiagbodo, hometown of Ijaw leader, Chief E.K Clark in Delta State to reflect on recent developments, especially the long-awaited negotiation with the Federal Government that would bring peace to the troubled region.
The meeting is coming at a time of relative peace in the region following the ceasefire by militants. The delay by the Federal Government in firming up a peace deal with the leaders could reverse the gains of this ceasefire. Top among these is the return of militancy that would jeopardise the oil sector and dim the hope of the nation’s recovery from its current recession since the economy is oil-dependent.
Already the daily crude production projection of 2.1 million barrels per day (mbd) upon which the 2017 budget is predicated is down to 1.5 million as a result of the trouble in the region
At the extended meeting of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) chaired by former military governor of Akwa Ibom State, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd) were also former Minister of Police Affairs, Alowei Broderick Bozimo; Chief Power Aginighan; Senator Stella Omu; Daniel Reineju, member representing Warri Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives; and former managing director of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Chief Wellington Okrika.
Before reporters were asked to leave the meeting, Chief Edwin Clark had expressed the frustration of the region, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately set up a committee to dialogue with PANDEF. He noted that since the group met the president in November 2016, nothing had happened.
Vanguard bears the report: "Army recovers another Chibok girl with child".
Nigerian troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, during investigation of arrested suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, have discovered one of the abducted Chibok school girls, Rakiya Abubakar, with her six months old baby in Alagarno in Damboa Local Government Area of the state. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed happiness over the recovery of Rakiya Abubakar.
In a statement by his spokesman, President Buhari, said the recovery raises renewed hope that the other abducted girls will one day be reunited with their families, friends and community. President Buhari also “commended the military for the diligent investigation which led to the recovery of Rakiya and urged them to continue in the spirit with which they cleared the Sambisa forest of terrorists.”
The Nation carries the report: "Lagos assembly okays death for kidnappers".
The Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday okayed death penalty for offenders as it passed the Anti-kidnapping Bill into law.
Tagged “A bill for a law to provide for the prohibition of the act of kidnapping and for other connected purposes”, it will become law after Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s assent.
The bill prescribes death sentence for kidnappers whose victims died in their custody. Kidnappers whose victims did not die in their custody will get life jail.
It was passed following the adoption of a report presented by Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Petitions, Human Rights and Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) Mrs Adefunmilayo Tejuosho.
Speaker Mudasiru Obasa directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, to send a copy of the bill to Ambode for assent.