The Newspapers – Things You Need To Know This Saturday

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

1. Barrister Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq, National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, and a chieftain of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, is dead. One of his close friends and associate, Steve Ikechi, confirmed the sad news on Friday night.

2. Major CL Datong, who was kidnapped during an attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna State by bandits last month has finally regained his freedom. The Deputy Director Army Public Relations 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Colonel Ezindu Idimah who confirmed the development, said Datong was rescued by troops.

3. Residents of some communities in Kankara Local government of Katsina State have raised the alarm over the influx of bandits possibly dislodged from Zamfara State. A resident of Pawwa village, who was in Katsina on Friday, told Daily Trust that the bandits have already mounted a gate where they conduct stop and search on commuters plying the Kankara-Zango road.

4. Governor Godwin Emefiele of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said the apex bank has discovered that a significant portion of the dollars bought by the BDCs went into illegal arm deals. He said this on Friday, while briefing journalists at the end of the September Monetary Policy Committee meeting of the bank.

5. A National Industrial Court in Abuja has ordered resident doctors to suspend the ongoing strike. In his ruling, Justice Bashir Alkali held that the resident doctors must return to work to save human lives, which have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other diseases.

6. The Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday said it is yet to be informed about the court judgment directing the service to pay N20 billion to the self-acclaimed Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho. The Spokesman of DSS, Peter Afunanya, stated this while reacting to the court order.

7. The Joint Health Sectors Unions and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations have suspended their planned strike billed to commence with effect from 12am Saturday, September 18, 2021. This was contained in a communique signed by the acting National General, JOHESU, Mathew Ajorutu, issued at the end of an emergency meeting of the expanded National Executive Council of the JOHESU and AHPA on Friday.

8. Online foreign exchange update platform, Aboxi FX, says it will no longer provide daily updates on foreign exchange rates following complaints by the Central Bank of Nigeria that it is responsible for the current crisis in the Forex market which has brought the naira to its knees. CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, had said the bank would shut down the operations of Aboki FX which it described as illegal.

9. Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo yesterday, advised preachers in Nigeria to pay Pentecost Tax. He spoke in Lagos on Friday during the public presentation of “Kumuyi, Defender of the Faith”.

10. The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has commenced the payment of arrears of stipends for batches A and B of the 2016 and 2018 volunteers of the N-Power programme nationwide. Permanent Secretary, Bashir Alkali, provided the update in a statement on Friday.

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