The Newspapers: Things You Need To Know This Friday

24th February 2017
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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Report says MTN Nigeria office in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, was invaded on Thursday afternoon by a group of angry Nigerians protesting the continued Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. The group demanded among other things, immediate action by the SA government.

2. The Independent National Electoral Commission disclosed on Thursday that it would prosecute 25 of its workers indicted by the report of the Joint Police/DSS Special Investigation Panel on the rerun elections of December 10, 2017 in Rivers State. The officials were indicted for allegedly collecting N111.3m as bribe during the rerun elections.

3. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has once again asked Christians and Nigerians to continue in their prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari until he returns to the country in good health. This was contained in a statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant Media to the CAN President, Dr Samson Ayokunle, and made available to newsmen in Abuja.

4. The Senate President, on Thursday, pleaded not guilty for the third time after another amendment was made in the charges brought against him by the Federal Government over false assets declaration at the Code of Conduct Tribunal CCT.

5. Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo Thursday, paid a surprise visit to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos to inspect facilities at the airport. Osinbajo’s visit to the airport follows a 60-day reform plan by the Federal Government to ease businesses in the country. His Media Aide, Laolu Akande disclosed this to the media.

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6. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed six special police units to Kaduna State, in an extraordinary effort geared towards the rescue of the two German archaeologists abducted, Wednesday, at an excavation site in Jenjela village, Kagarko Local Government Area of the state. Idris mandated the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, CIID, to coordinate the operations.

7. The five-year-old girl, Aliyah Masaku, who was attacked by an alsatian dog in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, died on Wednesday at the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. Report also has it that the owner of the dogs who is the Landlord of the house has relocated them from the area following the development.

8. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Anambra Governorship Election will hold on November 18, 2017. This was confirmed via their official Twitter handle on Thursday.

9. The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, yesterday, reintroduced charges on cash deposits in banks, which would take effect at different dates across the country. Director, Banking and Payments Systems Department, Mr. Dipo Fatokun, announced this in a circular entitled: “Nationwide implementation of the cashless policy.”

10. The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, refused to summon the detained ex-National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, retd, to testify why he gave N400 million to former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, ahead of the 2015 presidential election. Trial Judge, Okon Abang said the request was lacking in merit.

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