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The Newspapers – Things You Need To Know This Friday

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

1. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, reacted to the report of the panel the Lagos State government set up to probe police brutality. Speaking during a meeting with Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, Buhari said the federal government will take up the report after Lagos has concluded work on it.

2. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said President Buhari is in support of direct primary which allows all card carrying members of political parties to be involved in the choice of candidates for major elections. He said this on Thursday while responding to questions from State House reporters after a meeting with the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

3. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a fresh N656.112billion Bridge Financing Facility to the 36 States. This was announced on Thursday at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting presided over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

4. The United States of America and Nigeria, on Thursday, signed a $2.17 billion Development Objective Agreement, which will play a role in supporting a healthier and more educated Nigeria. Secretary of State for the United State of America, US, Anthony Blinken, in his official visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday in Abuja, signed the agreements.

5. Some gun-wielding thugs have attacked the weekly meeting of factional members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osogbo, Osun State capital. Members of the APC loyal to Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, known as The Osun Progressives, TOP, were holding their weekly meeting at the Oranmiyan House along Osogbo-Gbongan road when the gunmen attacked them.

6. Police detectives in Ondo State command have arrested a prophet, Festus James for allegedly raping an eight-month-old pregnant woman at Agbabu village via Ore, in Odigbo council area of Ondo State. Parading the suspects alongside others in Akure, the command’s spokesperson, Funmi Odunlami, said that the pregnant woman was aged 22 years.

7. The Federal Government has solicited more support from the German Government to tackle the problem of irregular labour migration in the country. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige spoke in Lagos while commissioning the Nigerian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration, NGC.

8. An Imam with the Kubwa Muslim Cemetery, Malam Abdurrashid Usman, was, on Thursday, found dead on a farm where he used to fetch firewood. A relative of the deceased, Adamu Isma’ila, said the Imam left for the place around 10am but failed to return.

9. The pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, may rise from the current N162-N165/litre to N170/litre, while its depot price is projected to increase from N159/litre to N165/litre, oil marketers said yesterday.

10. Academic activities at both public primary and secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been paralysed as pupils and students were turned back home by the striking teachers who are protesting the non-payment of their promotion arrears and insecurity in schools across the territory.

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