Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Friday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode yesterday, formally defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Fani-Kayode’s defection was disclosed when Mai Mala Buni, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caretaker Committee presented him to President Muhammadu Buhari.

2. Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday reportedly collapsed while delivering a speech at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Bawa was giving a goodwill message at the National Identity Day celebration when he suddenly stopped speaking.

3. Southern Governors met in Enugu on Thursday, declaring that it is within their purview to collect the Value Added Tax, VAT. The governors also reaffirmed their stand on open-grazing ban, urging every State in the region to quickly pass a law to that regards. A communiqué after the meeting was read by Chairman of the Forum and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

4. A delegation of Indian Defence Scoping has expressed the readiness of the Indian Armed Forces to strengthen defence ties with the Nigerian Army in furtherance of the existing relationship between India and Nigeria. The leader of the delegation, retired Lt.-Gen. Vinod Khandare, made the call when he led the team on a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, on Thursday in Abuja.

5. The Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, says the dispute between the Police Service Commission (PSC), and the Police hierarchy over who should recruit policemen into the force has been resolved. Baba disclosed this while addressing officers and men of the Police Command in Niger, at the command’s headquarters in Minna on Thursday.

6. No fewer than four people were killed in a clash between rival cult groups in Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State on Wednesday. An eyewitness said that two rival cult groups had engaged in a supremacy battle of control of the area and this had resulted in the death of the four believed to be members of the cult groups.

7. Officials of the Federal Capital Territory Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Abuja, were on Thursday attacked by suspected hoodlums in the Gwarimpa area of the nation’s capital. This is coming after the committee, comprising security operatives and officials of the Abuja Environmental Development Board, had embarked on several demolition exercises across the territory.

8. The Kaduna State Police Command said on Thursday that it arrested kidnappers of students of Greenfield University as well as students of the Bethel Baptist High School, all in the state. While parading suspects on Thursday at the Command’s Headquarters along Bida Road in the state capital, the Command’s spokesman, Mohammed Jalige, also announced the arrest of the suspected killers of 36-year-old Captain, Abdulkareem Na’Allah, a pilot and son of Senator Bala Na’Allah.

9. The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN has suspended its Gombe State Caretaker Chairman, Rev. Sunday Congo. Congo was suspended after he wrote a congratulatory letter to the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, without the approval of the association’s National Executive Committee.

10. The Federal Government, has tasked the media to put the nation first in the reportage of the nation’s activities, particularly the fight against insecurity. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, spoke at the renaming of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Headquarters building after the late Wada Maida in Abuja, yesterday.

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