10 things you need to know this Sunday morning


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

1. Foreign guests and other dignitaries have started arriving at Abuja ahead of the inauguration of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who takes over as Nigeria’s President on Monday. Officials at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria confirmed on Saturday that the authority received a memo from the Federal Government on the expected arrival of presidents and other VIPs.

2. The University of Abuja has rusticated two final-year students for allegedly inciting their colleagues over a recent hike in tuition fees by the management of the institution. The university accused the students, Cyprian Igwe and Olalekan Oladeru, of circulating a WhatsApp group message inviting other students for a meeting over the fee hike.

3. The Plateau State Baptist Conference on Saturday expressed shock over the absence of security personnel in communities that have been attacked and abandoned by the survivors who fled their homes. The conference noted that the poor security situation had encouraged the attackers to return to steal valuables belonging to the survivors who had fled the communities.

4. The Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar III, Sa’adu Abubakar has told the President-elect Bola Tinubu not to occupy his mind with the thought of winning the next election, but on how to first develop the country and the next generation. The Sultan made the remark in Abuja on Saturday.

5. The Court of Appeal in Kano, Saturday, suspended the judgment of a Federal High Court that invalidated the primaries that produced Alex Otti and other Labour Party (LP) candidates in Abia State. The decision was made on Saturday by Justice Mbaba, who also granted Alex Otti’s application to appeal as an interested party.

6. The Senate at an emergency session on Saturday, approved a seven month extension in the implementation of the N819billion 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Act. The Senate said the extension of time of implementation till December 31, 2023 became necessary to enable the Federal Government fund the budget, which is meant to construct critical infrastructure destroyed by the 2022 flood episode.

7. As he leaves office on Monday, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said he has no regret defending the people of the state. In an interview with Sunday Sun, Ortom said that if not for God who stood by him, he would have been removed as Governor by both federal and local forces.

8. President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday admonished parents to treat their children with dignity, while staying focused on discipline. In a statement by His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President urged Nigerian parents and children to hold onto the ancient truths of integrity, honesty, knowledge and hard work in spite of the changing times, saying “these landmarks remain the pillars of destiny.”

9. The Flying Eagles were beaten 2-0 by Brazil in their last group game of the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup on Saturday, but still reached the round of 16 of the tournament as the best third-placed team in the Group stages with six points.

10. Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad in Lagos State have arrested two women in Oshodi for attempting to sell a two-month-old baby. This was made known in a statement signed by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin.

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