Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The organised private sector on Thursday welcomed the tax suspensions announced by President Bola Tinubu, noting that they showed the Federal Government was sensitive to the challenges facing businesses and citizens. The private sector operators however pointed out that the tax suspensions were inadequate to curb rising inflation.
2. The president of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, and former vice president, Yemi Osinbajo have joined 30 million others on Meta’s (owner of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp) new platform, Threads. This is as Meta’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Zuckerberg, noted that the company is setting its sight on one billion users soon.
3. President Bola Tinubu has approved that plans for the 2023 national census be sustained. Tinubu is however expected to fix a new date for the national population and housing census.
4. Troops of the Nigerian Military attached to Operation HADIN KAI in the North East have neutralised members of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists attempting to cross the Nigerian territory from the Cameroon border. The terrorists numbering five, according to the Military High Command, were gunned down following an intelligence report.
5. The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has asked the immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje not to honour the invitation extended to him by the state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) over the controversial dollar video.
6. To boost manufacturing and ease of doing business, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Thursday signed four executive orders (EOs). The motive of the EOs, which suspended some key taxes, is to boost economic activities and reduce hardship, the presidency said.
7. A pro-democracy group, Coalition of Civil Society Organisation and Political Parties for Good Governance (CCSOPPGG), on Thursday urged the European Union (EU) to immediately withdraw its report on this year’s presidential election. Members of the group made the demand when they stormed the EU Office in Abuja in protest against the union’s report.
8. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that it would commence the prosecution of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Adamawa State, Hudu Yunusa Ari, in line with the Electoral Act 2022 next week. The commission rose from its regular weekly meeting, yesterday, and resolved to file a six-count charge against him at the Adamawa State High Court sitting in Yola.
9. Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has declared he will be the first to blast President Bola Tinubu if he goes back on campaign promises. He expressed his intention to actively monitor the government’s activities and provide constructive criticism when deemed necessary.
10. The Decoy Squad of the Edo State Police Command has arrested the suspect, Meshach Sinuphro, who stole a Mercedes Benz worth N55m from a car dealer in the Federal Capital Territory last Wednesday. The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, in a post on Twitter on Thursday, said Sinuphro was apprehended in Benin City, Edo State.