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The Newspapers – Things You Need To Know This Sunday

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

1. The Federal Government has again extended the deadline for the linking of the National Identity Number (NIN) to Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification exercise to December 31. This was contained in a statement jointly signed by spokesperson of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Ikechukwu Adinde and Kayode Adegoke.

2. The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has stated that neither him nor his office masterminded the purported raid of the Abuja residence of Justice Mary Odili, a Supreme Court Judge and wife of former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili.

3. Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar says Nigeria is on the edge of precipice as the country is going through the most trying and difficult period of its existence. He said this on Saturday during the 2021 elective National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

4. Tomato farmers in Plateau State have been counting losses as an unknown disease is destroying most of their crops. Some of the farmers said they had applied all the insecticides/pesticides they knew but to no avail. Others said they had sought the assistance of experts to unravel the problem and find solution, but their efforts did not yield any meaningful result.

5. Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed at least four members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) while one of its personnel lost his life. Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, who disclosed this yesterday, explained that troops’ actions followed the assailants’ armed attack on personnel of security agencies deployed at Ekwulobia Round About in Aguata Local Government Area of the State.

6. The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Saturday distanced itself from the Biafra National Guard, BNG. A statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, said IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu does not encourage criminality.

7. Barely a month after a ferry passenger boat capsized in Lagos Island en route Ikorodu, another boat with 17 passengers onboard has capsized. The incident reportedly occurred 20 minutes after the privately owned boat identified as GT Water Line 4 took off at Ebute-Ero enroute Ikorodu Terminal at about 5.15pm on Saturday.

8. The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, Aminu Tambuwal, on Saturday said it is not easy keeping the major opposition party united. Tambuwal, who is the Governor of Sokoto State, disclosed this on Saturday at the PDP national convention in Abuja.

9. Political strategist and former political adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Akin Osuntokun, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s style of governance, stating that he has broken all the records in Nigeria in a negative way since he assumed office in 2015. Osuntokun stated this during an interview on Saturday.

10. Muslim clerics on Saturday thronged Iwo, Osun state to honour the new Grand Mufti, Sheik Daood Imran Molaasan. The new religious title was bestowed on Molaasan by the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdurasheed Akanbi, amid controversy.

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