Hello! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian newspapers:
1. Some political parties have adopted special security measures in a move to protect their officials and supporters as campaigning intensifies ahead of the election. The Labor Party and the New Nigeria People’s Party revealed yesterday that they have taken additional security measures as they cannot rely on police protection alone.
2. A Lagos State High Court will start on Monday (today) the trial of ASP Drambi Vandi, who allegedly murdered a Lagos-based lawyer, Ms. Omobolanle Raheem, on Christmas Day. Vandi, attached to the Ajiwe Police Station in Ajah, Lagos State, allegedly shot and killed Raheem as he was returning from an outing with his relatives.
3. The Chief of the Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has ruled out the possibility of the military taking power in Nigeria, stating that democracy is here to stay in the country. This was stated by the CDS this Sunday when answering questions from journalists at the National Arcade, Abuja, during the wreath-laying ceremony that marked the climax of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration.
4. Pastor Tunde Bakare, Presiding Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, has said that good politicians do not ask others to answer questions directed at them. Bakare, who said this in his state of the nation address on Sunday, noted that a new Nigeria is about to emerge.
5. Reverend Father Isaac Achi, a Catholic priest, was killed by bandits who invaded his residence around 3 am on Sunday. It was deduced that after his attackers were unable to access him due to tight security measures, they decided to burn down the building where the priest was located.
6. On Sunday, gunmen suspected of being bandits riding motorbikes attacked the New Life for All Church in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State and abducted more than 25 worshippers. The Principal Special Assistant for Christian Affairs to the Governor Aminu Bello Masari, Rev. Ishaya Jurau, confirmed the development.
7. Unknown gunmen wreaking havoc in the south-east have attacked the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Imo state, killing one in the process. It was deduced that the gunmen, who numbered about 20, operated with two trucks, a blue Lexus and an ash-colored Highlander.
8. Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued efforts to defeat Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and other terrorist groups destroying parts of the country. He spoke at Government House, Port Harcourt, after a wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at Isaac Boro Park, yesterday.
9. National Drug Control Agency men smashed a tramadol cartel and seized millions of pills and bottles of opioids worth more than N5bn from a warehouse in the Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos state. Media and Advocacy Director Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, said the agency had arrested two suspected kingpins.
10. The AA RANO fuel station located along the Abuja-Lokoja highway has been destroyed by fire. The spokeswoman for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Police Command, DSP Josephine Adeh, who confirmed the incident on Sunday night, said the fire incident broke out while a fuel tanker truck was dumping the product at the station.