Nigerian newspapers: 10 things to know this Thursday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary of the Nigerian newspapers:

1. President Muhammadu Buhari sacked Agriculture Ministers Mohammed Sabo Nanono and Energy Minister Maman Saleh. Buhari’s special media and advertising adviser Femi Adesina made the announcement on Wednesday. The two ministers were immediately replaced.

2. A total of 73 students were abducted on Wednesday from Government Day Secondary School in Kaya, Maradun Local Government Area, Zamfara State. Mohammed Shehu, the state police public relations officer who confirmed the incident, said security had been stepped up in the community where the incident occurred.

3. The presidency said on Wednesday that the Outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had amassed a large stockpile of weapons and bombs across the country. The President’s Senior Special Assistant for Media and Publicity Garba Shehu said this in a statement titled “Why Amnesty’s appeals should be ignored by the Presidency”.

4. President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that the impact of his project will be felt after he leaves office in 2023. The president said this after inaugurating the new board of directors of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA ).

5. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Wednesday promised to bring Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Senator George Akume to court to prove his allegations against his administration. Ortom, who gave the hint during a briefing with reporters in Makurdi, accused the minister of peddling lies against him at a press conference in Abuja.

6. The Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) declares that it will deploy industrial mechanisms granted in labor laws for the defense of workers’ rights to resist rising electricity tariffs. NLC Chairman Ayuba Wabba said this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

7. Zamfara state government on Wednesday announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew in 13 local government areas in the state. State Police Commissioner Ayuba Elkana announced the curfew as he addressed reporters in Gusau, the state capital.

8. Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State revealed on Wednesday that he did not intend to run in the 2023 presidential election. While distancing himself from promotional activities linking him to the presidential elections of 2023, the governor, in a statement by his chief press secretary, Richard Olatunde, said his principal had nothing to do with pseudo activists.

9. Ward 5 of the People’s Democratic Party in Ikuru town, Andoni local government area in Rivers State, suspended the ailing party’s national chairman, Uche Secondus. Secondus, a prominent politician from Andoni in Rivers State, was a former chairman of the Rivers State PDP. He was also its national organizing secretary before becoming national president.

10. A Delta State High Court sitting in Asaba on Wednesday barred Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State and other members from acting or posing as the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caretaker / Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC until the determination of an action on the merits in court.

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