Nigerian Newspapers: 10 Things You Need to Know on Friday Morning

Nigerian Newspapers: 10 Things You Need to Know on Friday Morning

Good day! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian newspapers:

1. The House of Representatives approved on Thursday in third reading a bill that takes up the theme ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’, the old National Anthem. The bill sponsored by House Majority Leader Professor Julius Ihonbvere was subjected to expedited consideration on the House floor before its passage.

2. There was jubilation in Kano State on Thursday as Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf announced the re-election of Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano. He made the announcement after signing the new emirate council law at the Government House in Kano.

3. The Abuja-based Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has scheduled for Monday a ruling on the petition of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and its candidate in the last Kogi governorship election, Murtala. Ajaka. Ajaka and his party are challenging the declaration of Usman Ododo of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the winner of the elections held on November 11, 2023.

4. President Bola Tinubu has led a comprehensive review of the newly announced boards of directors of the tertiary institutions. He expressed concern that the constitutional principle of federal character was not reflected in the appointments of members of the government councils.

5. The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Federal Government and the Nigerian Army to reopen Banex Plaza in Abuja for commercial activities. He also urged the authorities to use modern technology, such as surveillance and closed circuit television, to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of the attack against Army personnel that occurred recently in the square.

6. The Federal Government on Thursday said the country was set to commence local production of military equipment with the recent signing of the Nigerian Defense Industries Corporation Bill by President Bola Tinubu. Defense Minister Muhammad Badaru said that following the signing of the bill, the FG had been in talks with 50 local companies for local production of firearms in the country.

7. The grandmother of a 17-year-old girl identified simply as Favor buried her daughter’s newborn baby alive in the Ogombo area of ‚Äč‚ÄčAjah, Lagos State. It was learned that when the grandmother noticed that the teenager had become pregnant, she became angry and did everything possible to hide the pregnancy from the public.

8. An Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti Division, on Thursday sentenced two persons, Benjamin Joseph (32) and Stephen Orban (25), to death by hanging for stealing cash and valuables from two people. The convicts were indicted on December 30, 2022 on four charges bordering on conspiracy and armed robbery.

9. On Thursday, the naira depreciated in the parallel market to N1,515 per dollar from N1,495 per dollar on Wednesday. Similarly, the naira depreciated to N1,485.66 per dollar at the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market, NAFEM.

10. The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has told the Federal Government that Nigerians are increasingly frustrated by poverty and hunger, thus challenging political office holders to shoulder their responsibilities to protect Nigerians and raise their living standards.