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

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

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

1. The local production of Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as petrol, by Dangote Refinery, Port Harcourt Refining Company and others in Nigeria is not going to change the pump price of the commodity, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has said. The NNPCL’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari, disclosed this during an interview on Thursday.

2. A Deputy Superintendent of Police, Jerry Ogunsakin, was on Thursday arraigned before the Federal High Court, in Lagos for alleged unlawful conversion of N128m. The defendant is facing three counts of conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence and unlawful conversion preferred against him by the Special Fraud Unit.

3. A report released by Stefanos Foundation, a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights and peacebuilding, has revealed that there were 217 attacks from 34 states in Nigeria between January and April 2023 alone. The Jos-based human rights organisation said the attacks resulted in the killing of 1,872 persons, 714 abductions, and 65 injuries.

4. The first witness of the People Democratic Party, PDP, Joe Agada, on Thursday, alleged that BVAS devices were manipulated in the last presidential election and that he was forced to sign the results as the state collation officer in Kogi State. Agada stated this during his cross-examination at the Presidential Election Petition Court where the outcome of the February 25 election is being challenged.

5. Some residents of Edo State have blocked the Benin-Lagos highway and other areas in Benin metropolis following the increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), The protesters who are mainly members of the Edo State Civil Society Organisation (EDOCSO), called for urgent reversal of the fuel pump price.

6. President Bola Tinubu has asked Service Chiefs to work together in order to strengthen the fight against insecurity. Tinubu gave the warning at a meeting he had with heads of security agencies on Thursday.

7. The Labour Party, LP, and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi told the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) on Thursday that they were interested in challenging the last presidential election in only 18 states. Their lawyer, Emeka Okpoko (SAN), who announced this at the commencement of proceedings, said they intend to tender election materials from the 18 states.

8. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has quizzed former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi over alleged money laundering and misappropriation of N4 billion. A source close to the anti-graft agency said Fayemi arrived at the EFCC facility around 10 a.m yesterday and was drilled by its operatives.

9. Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba has promoted a total of 31,465 policemen, comprising 24,991 Sergeants who were promoted to Inspectors, 194 from Corporal to Sergeant, and 6,280 from Constable to Corporal.

10. The Rivers State Police Command has said a notorious cultist identified as Azunda Elechi was killed during a shootout with its operatives. The command’s spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Thursday.

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