10 things you need to know this Friday morning - Nigerian Newspapers
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1. The police have nabbed three kingpins involved in the kidnap of over 100 students of Bethel Baptist school, Kaduna. The suspects, who dressed in military camouflage, were paraded by the Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, at the headquarters of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in Abuja.
2. The presidency yesterday, said that the Ex-Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode had said unforgivable and unpardonable things against President Muhammadu Buhari prior to his (FFK) recent defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. In a statement by Buhari's spokesman, Femi Adesina, the presidency said Fani-Kayode has in spite of that, received mercy and forgiveness from the Nigerian leader.
3. The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday, said Nigerian People have lost confidence in the presidency, leading to the current agitation for secession in both the Southeast and Southwest geopolitical zones. Governor Ortom made the statement during an event organized by the NUJ in Enugu State.
4. The Nigerian Army has vowed to sanction the female officer who assaulted a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) publicly in Calabar, Cross River State capital. In a viral video, the soldier was seen pouring dirty water on the corps member who was fully kitted. In a statement on Thursday night, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations said the officer had been identified.
5. The Chairman of the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, Professor Banji Akintoye, has accused the Federal Government of planning to sponsor a counter protest at the United Nations Headquarters on Friday (today). He alleged that the Nigerian Government has started hiring black foreigners living in the United States of America with $500 per head to stage a Pro-Buhari and One Nigeria March opposite the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States.
6. The Federal Government may file a fresh action against Yoruba secessionist agitator, Sunday Adeyemo (also known as Sunday Igboho), following the judgment of Oyo State High Court which awarded N20 billion in damages in his favour. The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said in an interview that the federal government had the right to appeal the judgement or file a fresh charge.
7. The Federal Government has called for deepening of trade relations between Nigeria and the Islamic Republic of Iran as Iran considers direct shipping and flight to Nigeria. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Geoffrey Onyeama, made the appeal on Thursday during a bilateral meeting with the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
8. The oil market, Thursday, reacted to the report of low stocks in the United States as price of Brent hit the roof at over $77.26 per barrel. The Brent price had hovered at $76 per barrel the previous day, even as the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, struggled to achieve stability.
9. The FG yesterday lamented the disparity in payment of foreign doctors by some states, saying that some states in Nigeria employ foreign doctors and pay them five times higher than they pay of their Nigerian counterparts. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige raised the concern when he received the Chairman of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr Muheeba Dankaka and other federal commissioners who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
10. Hunters in Katsina State who claimed to have been fortified against bullets have volunteered to go after bandits in the forest. Hajiya Ummah Dauda, the Assistant Commandant General (ACG), made the pledge on Thursday, when she led other hunters on a courtesy call to the office of the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa.
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