Nigerian Dailies: 10 talking points this Wednesday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. No fewer than 25 persons have lost their lives following an explosion from an illegal oil tapping point in Omoku, Ogba/Egebema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. It was learnt that the incident occurred on Sunday morning, after the youths allegedly broke a pipeline and began using jerry cans and buckets to scoop fuel.

2. Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele, has revealed that the National Assembly will pass the 2024 Appropriation Bill on December 30 to sustain the January-December budget cycle. He disclosed this at a session with journalists in Iyin-Ekiti, Ekiti State on Monday, saying all federal lawmakers would have to cut short their holidays to ensure the speedy passage of the 2024 Appropriation Bill.

3. After the fourth round, Nigerian street-pop artiste, Habeeb Badmus, aka Portable, was announced as the winner of the celebrity boxing fight against Nollywood actor Charles Okocha on Wednesday. The fight, which was sanctioned by Heritage Boxing Entertainment, held at Landmark Beach in Victoria Island, Lagos State. It started at about 1 am and lasted for about 40 minutes.

4. Many traders were reported to have lost their goods and property worth millions of naira in a fire disaster that gutted 22 shops in Gwarzo Market, headquarters of Gwarzo Local Government Area of Kano State. The inferno, which happened on Monday, has thrown the victims into mourning.

5. The Federal Road Safety Corps, Kaduna Sector Command, says four persons died and 56 others sustained injuries in a road crash on the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway. The Sector Commander, Mr Kabir Nadabo, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna that the road traffic crash occurred at Sabon Sara village, along the expressway on Tuesday.

6. Enugu State Police Command says it has arrested eight suspects in connection with the killing of the traditional ruler of Adani Autonomous Community in Uzo Uwani Government Area, Igwe Patrick Ezugwu. Igwe Ezugwu was reportedly killed in his village, Akutara, on Sunday night.

7. The Governor of Plateau State, Celeb Mutfwang says no fewer than 64 communities in the state have been displaced by terrorists who are occupying the areas and some schools. Speaking on the recent attacks in the state, Governor Mutfwang highlighted the immense burden placed on the state by the continuous displacement of citizens due to terrorists’ activities.

8. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Tuesday ordered security agents to fish out the killers of Plateau State villagers and vowed that when apprehended, they would not be spared. The president spoke when he received governors who visited him under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, led by its chairman, Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq.

9. The special investigation panel on the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and related entities has summoned Babatunde Lemo, Chairman of Titan Trust Bank, TTB, over the bank’s acquisition of Union Bank of Nigeria, UBN, Plc. In a letter dated December 24, 2023, by Eloho Okpoziakpo, Head of Operations at the office of the special investigation team, Cornelius Vink and Rahul Savara, the major shareholders in TTB, were also invited.

10. The All Progressives Congress, APC, and the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have released timetable and schedule of activities for the February 3, 2024 bye-elections. The APC bye-election timetable was released on Monday why the PDP unveiled its own on Tuesday.

(Daily Post)

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Nigerian Dailies: 10 talking points this Tuesday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, on Monday, defended the peace deal initiated by President Bola Tinubu between him and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, over the crisis in the state. Fubara, in a broadcast on Monday, said the resolution brokered by the President to resolve the crisis was not a death sentence, adding that it would ensure lasting peace in the state.

2. A broadcast journalist with the Independent Television and Radio, Hillary Nosa Odia, has been shot dead by suspected cultists around 2nd East Circular, Benin City, Edo State capital on Christmas Eve. A colleague of the deceased said the late Odia left the office at about 4pm on Sunday while the news of his death filtered into the ITV premises later in the night.

3. Drivers playing inter-state routes have been implementing a 50 per cent discount on transport fares following President Bola Tinubu’s directives in reference to the renewed hope agenda. This was disclosed in a press release signed by Director of Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Transportation, Olujimi Oyetomi on Monday.

4. No fewer than nine passengers lost their lives following a road accident that occurred along the Ikirun/Offa Expressway, Inisa on Monday, after the truck they were traveling in ran into the bush. The truck, carrying bags of beans and some passengers, was said to be coming from Niger State and heading to Edo State. It was learnt it lost control leading to the crash.

5. Following attacks by assailants on some communities in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau State between eve of Christmas and Monday morning, the death toll from the incident has risen to 113. The Transition Committee Chairman of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, Monday Kassah, confirmed that 113 persons were killed in the attacks on the villages.

6. Mathew Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, has said that President Bola Tinubu has no excuses if his government fails to address the pressing issues facing Nigeria. Kukah, who stated this while delivering his Christmas message in Sokoto on Monday, noted that neither history nor God would forgive the President if he failed.

7. The Presidency has justified President Tinubu’s intervention in states battling political crises such as Ondo and Rivers. Presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, said President Bola Tinubu will continue to intervene in political crises in the larger interest of the country.

8. Grieving survivors, relatives and residents of Tudun Biri community, Kaduna, where a military error bombing killed over 100, have found solace in the Church on Christmas day. Both Muslims and Christians of Tudun Biri, Igabi LGA of Kaduna State, on Monday, joined the world to celebrate Christmas with a thanksgiving church service.

9. Two persons were confirmed dead, while one sustained injuries in an accident that occurred on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, opposite AP filling station, on Christmas Day. Mrs Florence Okpe, the spokesperson, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta on Monday.

10. The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Kaigama, has said media reports claiming that the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, approved blessings for same-sex couples, was untrue. Kaigama made the clarification in his homily during the Christmas Mass he conducted at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic Pro-Cathedral in Abuja.

(Daily Post)

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Nigerian Dailies: 10 talking points this Monday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a contractor, James Okwete, in connection with the ongoing probe into the N37bn allegedly laundered by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development under former Minister, Sadiya Umar-Farouk.

2. Embattled former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on Sunday denied a report by Central Bank of Nigeria’s private investigator, Jim Obazee, that he lodged £543, 482,213 in fixed deposits in UK banks alone without authorisation, among other allegations. Emefiele made this known in a statement on Sunday night.

3. Ogun State Police Command has said the police officer whose shot accidentally hit a Nollywood actor and director, Azeez Ijaduade, in Iperu Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area of the state on Sunday will face disciplinary action. The state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, exclusively made this known to our correspondent.

4. President Bola Tinubu, on Sunday, again urged Nigerians to be patient with his administration, pledging that the country would “shortly emerge into a new dawn of prosperity, peace, and irreversible progress.” The President said he would continue to roll out more palliative measures to ease the hardship occasioned by the discontinuance of petrol subsidy, and the unification of the exchange rate, among other economic reforms of his administration.

5. At least 11 persons have been confirmed dead following a fatal road accident at the Kwanar Gujungu town in Jigawa State. The Jigawa State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Lawan Shiitu Adam, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday.

6. The Yolde Pate Correctional Centre has recorded 51 cases of scabies among inmates in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa state. The state epidemiologist, Damba Kwinke, from the Ministry of Health, who gave the confirmation, said the first case was recorded in August 2023.

7. Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has said he did not invite President Bola Tinubu to intervene in the political crisis in Rivers State. Wike disclosed this on Sunday while addressing a congregation during a thanksgiving ceremony for the immediate past Commissioner for Works in Rivers State, George Kelly Alabo, at the Kings’ Assembly in Port Harcourt.

8. The Lagos State government has shut down a popular nightclub, Quilox. It was learnt the club was closed down for causing severe traffic congestion in the vicinity.

9. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested five persons impersonating its operatives in Edo State. Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday said the suspects, who were putting on the agency’s operational jackets, were arrested with a fabricated gun and pistol carved from wood.

10. A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Kingsley Moghalu, has declared that the embattled ex-CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, is the worst the apex bank has ever produced in the history of the country. Moghalu, in a lengthy post on “X” via his verified handle, gave reasons for his personal judgement.

(Daily Post)

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Nigerian Dailies: 10 talking points this Friday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, illegally lodged billions of naira in no fewer than 593 bank accounts in the United States, United Kingdom, and China without the approval of the apex bank’s board of directors and the CBN Investment Committee. The Special Investigator on the CBN and Related Entities, Jim Obaze, found that the ex-CBN governor lodged £543, 482,213 in fixed deposits in UK banks alone.

2. The National Economic Council, chaired by Vice President Kashim Shettima, on Thursday, set up committees on economic affairs, as well as crude oil theft and management. The committees will be headed by Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazak and his Imo State counterpart, Hope Uzodimma, respectively.

3. A London court has quashed an $11bn damage bill against Nigeria lodged by Process & Industrial Developments Limited Gas Company. The bill charge was brought forward against Nigeria for a collapsed gas processing project in Cross River, Nigeria.

4. The Supreme Court, on Thursday, reserved judgments on the Kano and Bauchi states governorship appeals. The five-man panel led by John Okoro adjourned the appeals for judgment after listening to the parties’ arguments.

5. The Senate, on Thursday, okayed 11 Justices shortlisted for appointment to the Supreme Court. The confirmation of the 11 Justices came a day after the Senate received a letter from President Bola Tinubu, requesting the screening and confirmation of the Justices.

6. A juju musician, Omoba De Jombo, and his crew members, have reportedly regained their freedom four days after they were kidnapped in Abuja. The band members had performed in the Federal Capital Territory and were reportedly travelling to Kogi State for another performance when they were kidnapped last weekend.

7. The Senate has shifted the passage of the 2024 President Bola Tinubu’s ‘Renewed Hope’ budget. The Appropriation Committee had initially planned to present the 2023 budget to the Senate on Thursday while the passage was billed for Saturday, December 23, 2023. However, many of the committees were unable to meet the Wednesday deadline stipulated by the committee in its timetable.

8. The House of Representatives has directed its Committee on Aviation to invite the immediate past minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, to brief it on the status of the proposed national carrier, Nigeria Air, as of the time he left office. The former minister is expected to provide insights on a wide range of controversies surrounding the project.

9. The federal government, on Thursday, December 21, apologized to Nigerians over the current scarcity of Naira notes in circulation, saying that it will ease in the coming year. The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris said the scarcity was not deliberate.

10. A few days after the crisis resolution in Rivers State, a similar scenario is playing out in Benue State as members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Assembly caucus have accused Governor Hyacinth Alia of displaying dictatorial tendencies and poor leadership.

(Daily Post)

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Nigerian Dailies: 10 talking points this Tuesday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The presidential intervention in the Rivers State political crisis achieved a headway on Monday, December 18, with sides in the impasse given instructions on moving forward. President Bola Tinubu met with the sides involved in the crisis and secured commitments from them to abide by a set of eight resolutions reached at the parley.

2. President Bola Tinubu inaugurated the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL, on Monday, December 18. He tasked members to immediately get to work and warned that non-performance will not be tolerated. Speaking during the inauguration, Tinubu warned that conduct suggesting a sense of entitlement will not be tolerated.

3. No fewer than two people were reportedly killed, while valuables worth millions of Naira were also destroyed in a Monday morning inferno at one of the buildings in the Opadoyin compound of a former governor of Oyo State, late Adebayo Alao-Akala. According to a source, the inferno started around 7:50 am.

4. There are indications that the National Assembly may pass the 2024 budget of N27.5tn on Saturday as about 541 ministries, departments, and agencies of the Federal Government conclude their defence. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Adeola Solomon, said the Senate would resume plenary on Wednesday to begin the process.

5. A yet-to-be identified husband allegedly murdered his wife in the Olota area of the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos over her failure to cook his meal last Thursday. It was learnt on Monday that trouble started when the husband, who was said to have returned from work, discovered that the wife only prepared noodles rather than his favourite meal.

6. Operatives of the Delta State Police Command have foiled an attempted kidnapping and armed robbery. They also recovered two AK-47 rifles with 13 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition from the suspects. The security operatives reportedly recovered the exhibits from where the culprits concealed them inside a vehicle engine compartment and in the trunk of the car.

7. The Vatican on Monday approved blessings for same-sex couples, a hugely contested issue in the Catholic Church, as long as they are not in contexts related to civil unions or weddings. In a document approved by Pope Francis, the Vatican backed “the possibility of blessings for couples in irregular situations (including unmarried couples or divorcees) and for couples of the same sex”.

8. The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, says it has deployed its entire workforce, including Special Marshals to the highways to ensure hitch-free movement of commuters across the country during the yuletide. A statement by Deputy Corps Marshal, Bisi Kazeem, on Monday in Abuja, said the personnel would combat traffic gridlock and ensure zero road traffic crashes.

9. A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, has issued an order freezing the accounts of the Oyo State Government in ten commercial banks in the country. The order was issued by Justice A. O. Ebong in a ruling on a garnishee proceeding initiated by ex-council leaders in Oyo State, who were sacked on May 29, 2019, by Governor Seyi Makinde.

10. The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Monday dismissed the petition by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its governorship candidate, Senator Aisha Dahiru Binani seeking to invalidate the election of Umar Ahmadu Fintiri as the duly elected governor of Adamawa State.

(Daily Post)

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Nigerian Dailies: 10 talking points this Sunday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Rivers State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has threatened to take action over the political crisis rocking the state. The congress said the crisis between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and state lawmakers loyal to the immediate past governor of the state and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, was adversely affecting workers in the state.

2. The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Abdullahi Adamu, has said he recently decided to leave active politics in the country because he noticed that he had started developing allergies for political activities. Adamu made the disclosure on Saturday in Lafia.

3. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sokoto State chapter, has expressed satisfaction over the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division’s judgment upholding the election of four members of the party in the House of Representatives. This is contained in a statement made available to journalists by the spokesman of the party in the state, Hassan Sayinnawal, on Saturday.

4. President Bola Tinubu on Saturday dropped a hint on the planned minimum wage for Nigerian workers following the rise in the cost of living. Tinubu said the coming wage structure will be practical, sustainable and implementable by all layers of government.

5. Rivers State police commissioner, Olatunji Disu, has promised residents of the state that there will be no more incidents of accidental discharge. Disu spoke at the Arms Handling and Musketry competition held at the Counter Terrorism Unit, CTU, Training School in Nonwa, Tai Local Government Area of the state.

6. The clash between the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, minister, Nyesom Wike and Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara appeared to have widened on Saturday as the two gladiators avoided each other following the minister’s arrival in the state for some functions. Wike was in Eleme for a burial ceremony, while Fubara attended the convocation of the Rivers State University (RSU).

7. The former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega, has called on Nigerians to put heads together and ensure the country is restructured before the 2027 general elections. He said power devolution to the sub-nationals was critical for the country to develop.

8. The Defence Headquarters has confirmed the killing of four notorious terrorists’ commanders in airstrikes within the week. They are Machika, Haro, Dan Muhammadu and Ali Alhaji Alheri, popularly called Kachalla Ali Kawaje. The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

9. Luton‘s Premier League match at Bournemouth was abandoned after their captain, Tom Lockyer collapsed on the pitch. Both sets of players were taken off midway through the second half as Lockyer received medical treatment.

10. The Anambra State Police Command says it has rescued four children of the same family kidnapped by suspected herdsmen. This was disclosed in a press statement issued on Saturday by the command’s spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga.

(Daily Post)

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Nigerian Dailies: 10 talking points this Saturday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Three more Commissioners, on Friday resigned from the Rivers State Executive Council following the crisis rocking the state. They are the commissioners for Transport, Dr Jacobson Nbina; Housing, Dr Gift Worlu; and Environment, Austen Ben-Chioma.

2. The Supreme Court has denied the request for the release of the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, from detention. The panel of justices of the court on Friday nullified the earlier order of the Court of Appeal in Abuja which ordered Kanu’s release on bail.

3. Nigeria’s headline inflation has risen to a 20-year high of 28.2 percent in November, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has disclosed. The NBS in a report released on Friday said the headline inflation rate increased to 28.20 percent relative to the October 2023 headline inflation rate which was 27.33 percent.

4. The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio has clarified that he was exhausted and diagnosed with malaria following reports that he collapsed at his 61st birthday colloquium held Thursday in Abuja. Akpabio was reported to have slumped after the event while seeing President Bola Tinubu off at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja and was rushed to the hospital.

5. The 19 Northern governors on Friday agreed to pursue justice for the victims and survivors of the Kaduna drone bombing from the concerned authorities. The governors also called for an investigation into the incident and hoped that such an unfortunate event would not reoccur in the country.

6. The leadership of the Kaduna State branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers says travellers in the state have reduced by over 50 percent as the Yuletide approaches. The state NUTRW Secretary, Malam Bature Suleiman, who disclosed this said the development was due to the high cost of transportation occasioned by the fuel pump price increase.

7. Men of the Anti-Crude Oil Theft patrol team of the Forward Operating Base of the Nigerian Navy, Igbokoda, Ondo State, have arrested 28 suspected oil thieves for allegedly stealing 527,810 litres of crude oil offshore. The military said the suspects were arrested in the last five days at different locations in the Awoye riverine community of Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.

8. President Bola Tinubu has charged foreign ambassadors in Nigeria to prioritize the exploration of new frontiers of trade relations that will be mutually beneficial as they carry out their duties in the country. According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, the President also assured foreign investors of diligent and predictable fund repatriation and the streamlining of the tax system.

9. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared the World Bank as the number one enemy of Nigeria following its request that the federal government increase the price of fuel to N750 per litre. This was contained in a statement issued by the NLC president, Ajaero on Thursday, December 15.

10. The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Friday, ordered the immediate release of Mohamed Bazoum, Niger’s president who has been held captive since the coup that overthrew him on July 26, and that of his family. The Court also asked that Mohamed Bazoum be reinstated in his position.

(Daily Post)

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NHRC, FIDA, NSCDC seek monarch’s support in combatting gender-based violence in Akure Community

Victor Alade, SIO

Breaking barriers on International Human Rights Day, 2023, the Ondo National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in collaboration with FIDA Nigeria Ondo Chapter and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command, spearheaded an empowering rally against gender-based violence (SGBV) in the State.

The tripartite delegation, led by the dynamic FIDA chairperson, NHRC State Coordinator, and the NSCDC Human Rights Desk officer, orchestrated a visit to the esteemed Oba of Isinkan Kingdom, HRH Olugbenga Ojo, Oral’opo of Isinkan in his palace.

In a compelling display of advocacy, the delegation emphasized the crucial role of the traditional ruler in curbing violence against women and girls. The FIDA chairperson while speaking subtly and strategically sought the collaboration of the Council of Traditional Rulers, leveraging on the influence of the King to enhance the impact of agency programs in the community.

The monarch while recognizing the tripartite agency’s commendable contributions, pledged unwavering support for activism programs. Promising to mobilize the council of traditional rulers, he envisioned a collaborative effort in implementing SGBV sensitization and training programs in the community.

The day culminated in a rallying cry at Isinkan Market, where the delegation engaged market women and men, fostering a community-wide commitment to preventing and controlling SGBV. The resonating impact of this advocacy will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on the path toward justice and equality.

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Ondo monarch pledges support as NHRC, FIDA, NSCDC collaborate to mark 2023 Int’l Human Rights Day

Victor Alade, SIO

In a show of solidarity against gender-based violence (SGBV), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Ondo State marked International Human Rights Day, 2023, with a resounding awareness rally. The focal point of the event was a visit to the palace of the Oba of Isinkan Kingdom, accompanied by an impactful rally to Isinkan Market in Akure.

This collaborative effort involved key partners, FIDA Nigeria Ondo Chapter, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command.

The tripartite delegation, consisting of the FIDA chairperson, NHRC State Coordinator, and the Human Rights Desk officer of the NSCDC, delivered compelling remarks. Their unified message echoed a plea for support from the traditional ruler in the collective fight against violence on women and girls in the community.

The FIDA chairperson further sought the endorsement of the Council of Traditional Rulers through the gracious assistance of the King in agency programs within the community.

In a gracious response, the King expressed gratitude for the delegation’s dedication to community service. He acknowledged the impactful work of the tripartite agency in the state capital, assuring them of his unwavering support for activism programs advocating justice and the eradication of violence against women and girls. The monarch pledged to facilitate a meeting with the council of traditional rulers in Akure to explore avenues for sensitization and training programs on SGBV in their domains.

The day concluded with a rally to Isinkan Market, where the vibrant exchange of ideas between the delegation and market participants laid the foundation for transformative change.

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Nigerian Dailies: 10 talking points this Tuesday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The organized Labour and the Federal Government are on a collision course over the government’s failure to sustain the payment of N35,000 wage award to workers. Workers in the Federal Civil Service, in separate interviews with our correspondent on Monday, noted that the Federal Government only paid N35,000 wage award for September.

2. The Corporate Affairs Commission is set to delist 91,843 companies for failing to file their annual returns with it. In a list published on its website, the commission listed 91,843 companies for delisting (2,738 less than the 94,581 it initially published in August). This is still less than the initial 100,000 companies that CAC said it would remove in an earlier announcement.

3. The Federal Government, on Monday, said the naira redesign policy of the previous administration ran farmers bankrupt. The naira redesign issue came up at the National Assembly when the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, appeared for the defence of his ministry’s budget. The agriculture minister said the focus of the 2024 budgetary proposals for the sector was to achieve food security in the country.

4. A traditional ruler in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State, Etiyin Maurice Edet, has been abducted by some gunmen, who invaded his residence on Sunday night. An aide to the traditional ruler was shot dead in the process. The spokesperson for the state police command, Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident but said details were still sketchy as of press time.

5. The eight students of the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State, kidnapped by some criminals, have regained their freedom. Confirming the release of the students to our correspondent on Monday, a community leader in Keana Local Government Area, Mr Spencer Jerry, said the students arrived in Kwarra village at about 8pm on Sunday.

6. No fewer than 27 out 32 members of the Rivers State Assembly on Monday defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC. The lawmakers announced their defection in a group photograph where they were seen holding APC flag.

7. The members of the Northern Regional Caucus of the House of Representatives have pledged N450 million worth of infrastructure to the victims of the drone attacks in Tudun Biri community, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. They announced the gesture on Monday when they visited Government House, Kaduna, to commiserate with the government over the recent bomb incident.

8. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has demanded that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should immediately commence the process of conducting fresh elections into the 27 State Constituencies in Rivers State. This, the party said, was sequel to the vacancy created when “27 Rivers State lawmakers” willfully abandoned their seats by defecting to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

9. The naira appreciated by 27.16 per cent to close at N864.29/$ on the official Investors and Exporter window on Monday. This is as the daily turnover of the dollar surged by 86.83 per cent to $132.46m at the closing of trading from $70.90m last Friday.

10. Super Eagles and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, as well as Super Falcons’ forward, Asisat Oshoala won big at the 2023 CAF Awards, sweeping the men and women’s player of the year awards at the Palais des Congrès in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday. It’s the first time one country will produce winners of both awards.

(Daily Post)

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