10 things you need to know this Sunday morning


Happy morning! The summary from Nigerian Newspapers for today is as follows:

1. In the dangerous Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, some bandits have massacred no less than six farmers, including Mallam Yakubu Bugai, Vice-Chairman of the Jama’atul Izalatul Bid’ah Wa Iqamatus-Sunnah. Additionally, it was said that the thugs kidnapped around 40 locals while they were tending to their farms.

2. The European Union announced on Saturday that it was suspending security cooperation with the nation affected by jihadism and that it would not recognize the putschists who had seized control of Niger last week. Josep Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat, stated in a statement that the EU was prepared to support any future choices made by the regional grouping of West Africa, “including the adoption of sanctions.”

3. A native doctor, Chidozie Nwangwu, freed by kidnappers in Anambra State, said on Saturday that he witnessed the killing of about 20 other victims by the kidnappers. The native doctor, popularly called Akwa Okuko Tiwaraki, was kidnapped at his Triple P Hotel in Oba, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State at about 11:30 pm on Sunday, July 23.

4. Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has dropped Dr. Ibrahim Yusuf Ngoshe from the list of commissioner-nominees submitted to the State House of Assembly for screening. The Governor transmitted the list to the lawmakers on Friday. But in a statement on Saturday, Zulum’s spokesperson, Mallam Isa Gusau, disclosed that the Governor had withdrawn the name of the affected nominee.

5. The Department of State Services (DSS) grilled Alhaji Ahmed Ododo, governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November governorship election in Kogi State. Ododo was invited for questioning over a petition filed against him by the opposition party. This is coming a week after the campaign office of Muritala Ajaka, Ododo’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) rival, was razed.

6. The Caritas Nigeria, a Foundation of the Catholic Church in Nigeria, has described the 2023 general elections as the worst in history of Nigeria’s electoral system. The Director, Church and Society Department of Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) who is also the Executive Secretary, Caritas Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Uchechukwu Obodoechina, said this at the public presentation of the 2023 General Election Observation Report.

7. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, met with some governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other stakeholders of the party. The meeting, which was held behind closed doors is not unconnected to recent developments in the party, especially the nomination of the former governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, as a minister by the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government.

8. A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has delivered judgment in the long-drawn litigation over the management and control of some of the assets of Ojukwu Transport Ltd, OTL, in favour of Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, widow of the late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, and her two children.

9. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, says approximately 14.3 million Nigerians are involved in drug abuse. The Ogun State Commander of the NDLEA, Ibiba Odili, stated this during the Launch of the War Against Drug Abuse in Abeokuta on Saturday.

10. The National Executive Council, NEC, of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, on Saturday, rejected the 25 per cent increment in the basic salary of doctors, as well as the accoutrement allowance. They insisted that their earlier demand is for full restoration of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure to its right value as at the time of the approval of the structure in 2009.

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