July 20, 2024

Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know Thursday morning


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

1. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that organized labor did not agree on any specific figure as the new minimum wage. The NLC was reacting to President Bola Tinubu’s claims that an agreement had been reached on new national minimum wages.

2. The 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, has written to the Police Commissioner in Kano, requesting special security arrangements for the upcoming Sallah festivities. This was contained in a letter with reference number Ref: HRH/ADM/06/1/217, dated June 10, 2024, and signed by the Private Secretary to the Emir.

3. A former national vice chairman (North-West) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Salihu Mohammed Lukman, has withdrawn his membership from the party. Lukman, a former member of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), stated on Wednesday that he left the party due to a “lack of internal democracy” and alleged failure of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to allow reforms within the party.

4. Former President Goodluck Jonathan has alleged that some state governors are encouraging criminals for political use, instead of promoting the best minds in the civil service. Jonathan made the remark on Wednesday in Benin while inaugurating the state secretariat refurbished by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

5. The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in last year’s elections, Peter Obi, has stated that Nigeria is not practicing true democracy and has deteriorated into dictatorship and classical state capture. He highlighted that leadership failures have led to uncontrolled systemic corruption, high levels of insecurity, a lack of freedom of speech, increasing poverty rates, and unprecedented levels of hunger and hardship.

6. Vice President Kashim Shettima has urged Nigerian resident doctors to remain in the country and support President Bola Tinubu’s administration in improving healthcare delivery. He said if doctors resisted the temptation of seeking greener pastures abroad, they would realize that President Tinubu had their interests at heart.

7. The Court of Appeal in Abuja has rejected an application filed by the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, seeking the court’s leave to challenge the order that outlawed the group. In a judgment, the Court of Appeal upheld the argument by the lawyer for the Federal Government, Oyin Koleosho, that the application, which Kanu’s lawyer Alloy Ejimakor filed on behalf of the detainee, was inappropriate.

8. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ibrahim Lamuwa, has been suspended by the Office of the Head of Service over a sexual harassment allegation. The Head of Service, Folashade Yemi-Esan, said the permanent secretary would be on suspension pending the outcome of a probe into the allegation against him.

9. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday said ex-Kogi State governor Yahaya Bello, who is accused of N80.2bn fraud, had ridiculed the Nigerian justice system by failing to present himself for trial in court. The EFCC Acting Zonal Director, Benin Zonal Command, Mr. Effa Okim, stated this during a familiarization visit to the Delta State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

10. The Delta State High Court sitting in Asaba on Tuesday sentenced Inspector Ubi Ebri of the Nigeria Police Force to death on a murder charge. The court, presided over by Justice C. D. Diai, convicted and sentenced the inspector to death for killing a phone dealer, Mr. Onyeka Ibeh, in Asaba.



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