Good morning! I hope you’re having a pleasant start to your day. Today, FTN have prepared a summary of the latest news stories from Nigerian newspapers for you.
Stay informed and updated with the following highlights.
1.The military and the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, have announced their determination to combat hoodlums who may attempt to steal ballot boxes during the upcoming governorship elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states. The security chiefs have warned troublemakers that they will face severe consequences. Additionally, the police authorities have deployed 67,000 personnel in Kogi and Bayelsa states in preparation for the polls.
2.The Federal Government has revealed that over N4.3tn worth of crude oil has been stolen in 7,143 cases of pipeline vandalism over the past five years. This information was disclosed at the Nigeria International Pipeline Technology and Security Conference in Abuja, organized by the Pipeline Professionals Association of Nigeria. The conference focused on strengthening regulations, technology, and security to promote growth.
3.The naira experienced a significant decline against the dollar on Monday, reaching an average of 1,030/$ in the parallel market. This represents an 8.42% decrease or a loss of N80 compared to its closing rate of N950 last Friday. The local currency has lost the momentum it had gained earlier in the week.
4.The Rivers State Police Command has initiated an investigation into the death of a female student from the University of Port Harcourt. The student, identified as Adaeze, was found dead in her apartment in Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area. She was a 200-level undergraduate studying accounting, but the cause of her death remains unknown at this time.
5.Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 election, has criticized the Supreme Court’s judgment affirming Bola Tinubu’s victory as the nation’s president. Obi believes that this verdict has breached the trust Nigerians have in the judiciary. He expressed his concerns during a press conference held at his campaign headquarters in Abuja in response to the Supreme Court’s decision.
6.On Monday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) welcomed Arch Mike Onolememen, the former Minister of Works under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, Gideon Ikhine, a former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, and their followers. They had previously defected from the APC to the PDP but have now returned ahead of next year’s election.
7.Pa Simeon Nwankwo Soludo, the father of Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, passed away on Monday. The Governor’s Press Secretary, Mr Christian Aburime, released a brief statement announcing the sad news.
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8.A fire broke out at the ‘Samsung Plaza’ located near Banex Junction in the Wuse 2 district of Abuja, causing confusion on Monday. Workers and passersby were seen scrambling to salvage their belongings as the fire spread.
9.In a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele, a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has reiterated its previous order. The court directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to either unconditionally release Emefiele or produce him in court tomorrow for bail. Justice Olukayode Adeniyi restated the order during the resumed hearing.
10.The Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Yaba made the decision on Monday to send Fisayo Ogedengbe, a 37-year-old auxiliary nurse, back to custody. Ogedengbe was arrested by the police in connection with the controversial death of hip-hop artiste, Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad. It was alleged that the nurse administered injections to the late singer, resulting in his demise.
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