Hello! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian newspapers:
1. The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, says the commission is not contemplating any adjustment to the electoral calendar, let alone postponing the 2023 general election. Yakubu stated this in filing a electronic copy of voter registration 93,469,008 to political party leaders on Wednesday in Abuja.
2. The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress in Enugu state worsened on Wednesday when major party stakeholders boycotted the APC presidential campaign rally in the state. Party leaders in the state, including Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama; a former president of the Senate, Ken Nnamani; a former state governor, Sullivan Chime and others were absent from the campaign event.
3. The lifeless body of a man, identified only as Segun, has been found in a hotel in Orile-Imo, in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State. It was learned that the deceased stayed at the hotel with another man suspected of having murdered him on Saturday, January 7, 2023.
4. A Jos-based pastor, Albarka Bitrus, was arrested by Plateau State Police Command officers for burning two cars and a bicycle belonging to other clerics who he claimed hated him. Command spokesman Alabo Alfred, in a statement on Wednesday, said Bitrus revealed that on January 4, 2023, he set fire to a Mercedes Benz, a Toyota car and a bicycle owned by his colleagues because they hated him.
5. Gunmen suspected of being kidnappers killed a man, Benjamin Ogundare, and kidnapped two of his relatives, Goodluck Ogundare and Janet Ogundare, in Ushafa community, Abuja Bwari Area Council. It was deduced that the gunmen attacked an apartment behind the LEA Primary School, near Going-Park, firing sporadically between 1am and 1:30am on Wednesday.
6. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 93,469,008 registered voters, including 49,054,162 men and 44,414,846 women, are eligible to vote in this year’s general election. INEC President Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said this on Wednesday in Abuja at a meeting with the 18 registered political parties.
7. President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that Boko Haram was a fraud and a plot to destroy Nigeria. The president who said this while receiving executive members of the Nigerian Catholic Bishops’ Conference at the State House, Abuja, criticized the terror group’s ideology that prohibited people from seeking knowledge, thus affecting the intellectual growth of citizens. .
8. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said on Wednesday that it has enough new naira notes to replace the old notes. He noted that following complaints from Nigerians that the redesigned naira notes were not in circulation, he ordered banks to load their automated teller machines (ATMs) with the new notes to allow customers to have access to them even when bank halls they had been closed.
9. Albarka Sukuya, a pastor based in Plateau State, has been arrested by police for allegedly kidnapping himself and collecting ransom from his church members. Alfred Alabo, a public relations officer for the Plateau police, who confirmed this in a statement, said the suspect was arrested in November.
10. The Presidential Campaign Council of the Labor Party (LP) has expressed its concern about the low distribution of Permanent Electoral Credentials (PVC) throughout the country. He then urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the PVC collection point to the voting units to facilitate access.