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Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning

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

1. The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has announced that it will commence a one-week warning strike today. ASUP explained that this became imperative as the federal refused to improve polytechnic education in the country. The Union’s South-South/South-East Coordinator, Dr. Chika Ogonwa, stated this on Sunday in Asaba, saying it will embark on an indefinite strike, if the failed to resolve all issues within the one week.

2. A former Governor of Rivers , Rotimi Amaechi, now Minister of Transport, has blamed former President, Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Nyesom Wike for the inability of the to claim the two armoured helicopters, which were seized by the Nigeria Customs Service. In a statement in Abuja on Sunday, Amaechi said that the under his leadership decided to import the armoured helicopters to fight criminals who he said were masquerading as militants, kidnappers and all other elements.

3. Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has warned the Department of State Services (DSS) over the planned detention and trial of Apostle Johnson Suleiman of The Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide and the General Overseer of Living Faith Church Worldwide International (Winners’ Chapel International), Bishop David Oyedepo, describing it as indirect invitation of rligious crisis in the country.

4. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently refer allegations of corruption against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for further investigation.
It also urged the President to publish the outcome of the investigation conducted on the matter by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.

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5. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has insisted that it is not responsible for fixing foreign exchange purchase figures. CBN made this known in a statement signed by its Director of Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor. He insisted that the sale of Forex under the policy was very transparent. The foreign exchange policy prioritises forex sales to manufacturers, agriculture, plant and machinery, critical raw materials, and others.

6. Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has denied reports claiming that he tried to launder $10million bailout funds, through a US-based Nollywood actress, Georgina Onuoha. In a statement released by the Delta State Commissioner of Information, Pat Ukah, the Governor described the report as ridiculously tasteless and mischievous.

7. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has claimed that corrupt people were after President Muhammadu Buhari and wish him dead. Adesina said that persons claiming that Buhari’s old age was affecting his actions were disparaging God, noting that old age will surely catch up with everyone.

8. General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has asked the Federal Government to compel Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to produce Fulani herdsmen to whom money was paid so as to disabuse the minds of Nigerians that Christians are not the target of President Buhari’s administration. A statement issued by Phrank Shaibu, his communications adviser in Abuja on Sunday, said failure to compel El-Rufai to produce the herdsmen who purportedly collected money from the Kaduna State Government would be an indication of the insincerity on the of Buhari’s administration.

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9. Police weekend quizzed some members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, the pay master and the clerk over the crisis that led to sack of the Speaker, Jumoke Akindele and other principal officers over the N15 million allegedly stole from the Assembly.

10. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned in totality the invitation extended to Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministry by the Department of State Services (DSS). IPOB in a statement on Sunday described the invitation of Suleman as hypocritical. The group called on the DSS to extend such invitation to Kaduna State governor, Nasir El Rufai, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, Zahra and the Sultan of Sokoto, who, it claimed had all made inciting comments about Nigeria.

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