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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers
1. A Magistrate court in Yaba, Lagos State, on Tuesday, granted bail to one of the End SARS protesters, Peter Eronmosele Adene.
The court rejected the request by the police for an order to detain Eromosele for another 30 days to enable them conclude investigations into the allegations against the defendant. He was granted bail in the sum of one million naira.
2. Nigeria Police officers, on Tuesday, besieged the Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos to prevent a meeting on End SARS.
The heavily armed men took positions at surrounding areas and positioned their vehicle in front of the entrance to stop every gathering.
3. Femi Fani-Kayode, a Ex-Minister of Aviation, on Tuesday, warned that Nigeria will suffer a second civil war if bridges of peace are not built.
Fani-Kayode, who made this claim while citing the consequences of no Igbo presidency in 2023, warned that Nigeria will also cease to exist if the presidency does not go to southern Nigeria.
4. The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has declared that he’s in control of the police.
Adamu said he’s in control of the activities and modus operandi of the police force, contrary to the recent claim by a retired Army General, Garba Wahab that he (Adamu) is not in control of the force.
4. There was violence at the Second Rainbow area on Apapa-Oshodi expressway in Lagos State, on Tuesday.
A protest by hundreds of Okada riders snowballed into arson, after Lagos State Task Force officials seized dozens of motorcycles.
5. The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, has said the Federal Government is committed to ensuring there is no repeat of the violence that broke out in parts of the country in the wake of the recent End SARS protest.
Dingyadi, who disclosed this to State House correspondents after a meeting of the National Security Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, quoted the president as saying that relevant stakeholders, including youths, will be carried along to forestall a repeat.
6. The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, has declared that the north will no longer allow those it described as “old political cargoes” to decide who should go for which elective offices in the region.
According to the youth forum, even the few among them, who know what is right, get blocked from leading the region rightly.
7. The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Tuesday, blamed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, over the prolonged strike, accusing him of showing what it called “disdain for Nigerian academics.”
The union said it was obvious that Ngige, through his recent utterances, had clearly shown his disdain for the lecturers and had failed to play the role of an unbiased umpire in moderating the imbroglio.
8. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said the integrity test being conducted on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAs) software being proposed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, would last between six and eight months.
Ngige told State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, that the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was conducting an integrity test on the software.
9. Some armed robbers stormed the Yam Market along Dawson road by Forestry road Junction in Benin City, Edo State on Tuesday.
The armed men, who raided almost all the traders in the market, held them hostage for several hours before leaving the market arena.
10. Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Tuesday, reportedly abducted eight passengers of a commercial bus between Okhuessan and Emu in Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State.
Report said the bandits also reportedly robbed all the occupants of the Toyota Hiace bus and dispossessed them of their valuables, before whisking the female passengers to an unknown destination.

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