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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