10 things you need to know this Saturday morning


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

1. The organised labour, on Friday, walked out of a scheduled meeting with the Presidential Steering Committee on subsidy palliatives at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

Joe Ajaero, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), had led his delegation to the Chief of Staff’s office, venue of the meeting but were soon on their way out of the villa.

2. The Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has forwarded the list of commissioner-nominees to the state House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.
The 39 names are a mixture of politicians and technocrats. While some of the immediate past members of the State Executive Council returned, many did not return.

3. Vice President Kashim Shettima, on Friday, said Nigeria is now at a new dawn to chart and re-position its destiny for greatness, citing the current measures adopted by the Tinubu administration to diversify the economy and address emerging challenges as reason.

4. President Bola Tinubu has expressed the willingness of the Federal Government of Nigeria to support global tech giant, Google Incorporated, to create one million digital jobs in Nigeria. The President gave the assurance at the State House, Friday evening during the visit of Google Global Vice President, Mr. Richard Gingras, to his office.

5. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed security agencies to take decisive action against purveyors of violence and other undemocratic activities like vote buying, attacks on election officials and disruption of electoral process. Chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made the appeal at a meeting with the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in Abuja on Friday.

6. Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has said that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is not yet Nigeria’s President until the courts have finished their job and declared who the president is. The former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in an interview on Friday said the tribunal has the final say on who won the Feb 25 election.

7. Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has ordered an end to all sit-at-home activities in the South East, including those of Mondays and any other proposed day. This is contained in a public announcement issued by the IPOB leader through his special counsel, Aloy Ejimakor.

8. The Edo State Police Command has arrested a former banker, Gift Igbinosun, 35, for allegedly defrauding John Nnamdi and Obasogie Osagieduwa of over N14.9m. The police spokesperson in the state, Chidi Nwabuzor, said the suspect who was sacked by her employer, a commercial bank, two years ago defrauded the victims under the pretence of helping them get new notes.

9. The Police in Bauchi State have arrested a suspect who allegedly removed the hand of a 25-year old man and stabbed him on the head. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ahmed Wakil, in a statement on Friday, said the suspect had been on the command’s wanted list for two years over thuggery and causing grievous harm. He said the suspect committed the crime with two others still at large.

10. The family of Chinyere Awuda, a lady found dead near an abandoned swimming pool at a hotel in Anambra State, on Friday rejected the autopsy report that said she died of drowning. The family, speaking through their lawyer, Eziafa Enwedo, asked the police to release the CCTV footage, alleging that the footage showed a male adult chasing the deceased towards the pool area.

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