Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has said it is raising dollar supply in the foreign exchange market, just as it also lifted the ban on 43 items that were previously not qualified for forex at the official market. The decision came after the naira tumbled to 1,050/$ at the parallel market on Thursday following pressure from international organisations and experts.
2. President Bola Tinubu has asked the Supreme Court to discountenance his Chicago State University academic records attached by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, to his election petition appeal, saying it is alien to the judicial proceedings in the country. Tinubu asserted that the CSU discovery was not part of the record or the judgment of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, urging the apex court not to admit it.
3. The Lamidi Apapa-led faction of the Labour Party has alleged some discrepancies in the academic certificates of its presidential candidate, Peter Obi. The claim was made by the spokesman for the LP faction, Abayomi Arabambi, when he was featured in a television interview on Thursday.
4. The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje has expressed conviction that Thursday’s defection of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah from the ruling APC will herald a wind of revolution that will liberate the South-East. He gave the assurance during the official presentation of the senator representing Anambra South by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.
5. Nigeria will begin its quest for a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title in 2024 against tournament hosts, Ivory Coast, alongside Equatorial Guinea and Guinea Bissau. The draw, which was conducted at a colourful ceremony inside the brand-new Parc Des Expositions in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Thursday, was hosted by global music star, AKON.
6. Several people were trapped in multiple tanker accidents in Lagos on Thursday night. Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu said investigations revealed that one of the tankers was ascending the bridge when it rolled back onto the other tanker and other vehicles. The collision impact resulted in the fire.
7. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Thursday approved the appointment of Mr. Ola Olukoyede to serve as the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a renewable term of four years in the first instance, pending Senate confirmation.
8. Four students of Nasarawa State University who were kidnapped on Monday night have regained their freedom. Muhammed Sakilu Muhammed, Secretary General of the Nasarawa State Youths Forum for Advocacy, in a statement made available to FLYINGEZE BLOG, confirmed the release of the students.
9. Men of the Kogi State Police Command have arrested the stepmother of the 11-year-old boy buried alive on Wednesday by the woman’s 17-year-old son. Passers-by rescued the 11-year-old on Wednesday after he had been buried by his stepbrother in a bush at the Silo community in Zango Daji, Adavi Local Government Area of the State.
10. Two people were on Thursday confirmed dead following injuries they sustained when a storey-building under construction in the Eweta area of Ikirun, Osun State, collapsed. The deceased and two others were said to be working in the building Wednesday evening when it collapsed and trapped them.
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