Hello! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian newspapers:
1. Former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, former Governor Candidate Bisi Kolawole, PDP Acting State Chairman Lanre Omolase, seven of nine PDP National Assembly candidates and 20 of 26 House candidates of the Assembly rejected Atiku Abubakar’s presidential rally in the state yesterday.
2. Controversy has surrounded the presence of a team of police officers at the headquarters of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, in the Federal Capital Territory. The armed policemen, who number more than 10, were seen by our correspondent at around 8:40pm Tuesday, in Maitama, Abuja, home of the embattled governor of Apex bank.
3. The Federal Government has said that it sometimes borrows funds to buy gasoline as the country continues to incur rising fuel subsidy bills. The government also confirmed that there was a possibility of a global economic downturn this year, but stressed that Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves were healthy enough to withstand shocks.
4. Tears welled up on Tuesday when a Lagos-based lawyer, Bolanle Raheem, who was shot dead by a policeman, Drambi Vandi, last Christmas, made a pledge to mother earth. Family, friends and colleagues of the late lawyer gathered yesterday at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, for her funeral.
5. Three people were confirmed dead on Tuesday after suspected terrorists attacked the village of Jajar Kanwa, in the Cuttlefish Local Government Area of Katsina State. The thugs are also reported to have injured two other residents, stolen pets, and made off with money, phones and food.
6. Following the burning of a Catholic priest in Kafin-Koro, Paikoro local government area, Niger state, aggrieved women and youths set fire to the Kafin-Koro police station on Tuesday.
7. A Federal High Court in Abuja has summoned Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele to appear on Wednesday over a $53 million court debt stemming from Paris Club repayments. Judge Inyang Ekwo, in a seizure request made on October 20, 2022, ordered Emefiele to appear on January 18, the date of the hearing in the matter.
8. The Federal Government has completed the registration process for the Congress of University Academics (CONUA). Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige, who revealed this to reporters shortly after a closed-door meeting with the CONUA leadership headed by its president Niyi Sunmonu, also warned the union not to “behave like the Academic Staff of Universities”. (ASUU).
9. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ruled out the possibility that insecurity in parts of the country will force it to cancel or postpone the February 25 and March 11 elections. This was stated by its president, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday, at a conference at Chatham House in London, ensuring that the commission was fully prepared to also handle a second round if it occurs during the elections.
10. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council yesterday warned Nigerians to be wary of the antics of All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu and not to submit to his lordship as he is currently doing in Lagos. DPP Presidential Campaign Council spokesman Charles Aniagwu gave the advice yesterday at a press conference in Asaba.