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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things You Need to Know Today

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

1. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has finally released billionaire businessman, Obinna Iyiegbu, popularly known as Obi Cubana. According to the spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren who confirmed the release to reporters on Thursday night, Cubana was allowed to go after the crack detectives of the commission completed their questioning.

2. Femi Osibona, Chief Executive Officer of Fourscore Homes Limited, is dead. Osibona is the owner of the company which constructed the 21-storey building that collapsed in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Monday. His corpse was recovered from the rubble by rescue workers yesterday evening.

3. Following the heavy deployment of security operatives in Anambra, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has urged residents to go out en masse and vote in the Saturday’s Anambra governorship election. The group, which had earlier threatened to disrupt the exercise if Nnamdi Kanu, its leader, is not released from detention, made a U-turn 48 hours to the election.

4. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared three days of mourning over the Ikoyi building collapse, which claimed many lives and left some others injured. The governor in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, announced that all flags are to be flown at half-mast in public and private buildings while all official engagements remain cancelled during the mourning period.

5. There was heavy security presence when governorship candidates of the November 6 poll in Anambra State signed a peace accord yesterday. The candidates signed the accord at the Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre in Awka, the state capital, on Thursday.

6. South East Governors, Thursday promised to meet with the federal government over Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and other political issues affecting the region. The forum stated this in a statement signed by the Chairman, Engr. David Nweze Umahi.

7. The Police on Thursday said it would be neutral in carrying out its duties in Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra. Head of Police Election Duty in Anambra, DIG Zaki Ahmed, said this at an interactive session with civil societies and the media in Awka.

8. The Central Bank of Nigeria spent the sum of N58.618 billion to print 2.518 billion Naira notes, valued at 1. 063 trillion in 2020. This was contained in the bank’s 2020 Currency Report posted on its website. It indicated a decrease in the bank’s expenditure on currency printing, which stood at N75. 523 billion, in 2019 and N64.040 billion, in 2018.

9. The Senate Committee on Sports and Youth Development, on Thursday accused the Minister for Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare of tribalism and nepotism. The Senate made the remark while rejecting the decision of Dare to appoint his kinsman, Soji Eniade as the Director General of the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre (CLTC), a parastatal in the Presidency but under the supervision of the Ministry.

10. Falmata Abubakar, mother of the slain Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has expressed regrets over her son’s conduct. Falmata, who said this in an interview yesterday, maintained that whether dead or alive, there is nothing between her and her child. NAIJATABLOID

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