Good morning! Here’s a roundup of the latest news from Nigerian Newspapers:
Director of Finance Gunned Down in Ogun State: The Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Abiodun Alamutu, has confirmed the killing of Mr Taiwo Oyekanmi, the Director of Finance and Accounts attached to the office of Governor Dapo Abiodun. Oyekanmi was fatally shot while returning from a bank where he had taken a bullion van to withdraw funds for the state.
2024 Budget Priorities: The Bola Tinubu-led administration is planning to allocate N6.75tn of its projected N27.5tn budget to defence and security, education, and infrastructure in 2024. A substantial portion, N6.48tn (96 per cent), will be earmarked for personnel and pension, indicating an increase of N576.16bn from the 2023 provision.
NSCDC Officers Arrested for Shooting Students: The Nigeria Police has detained three officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for shooting two students of Senior Secondary School, Life Camp, within the Jabi and Gwarinpa areas of the Federal Capital Territory. The injured students are currently receiving treatment at Gwarinpa Hospital.
Police Inspector Arrested in Kano: The Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usaini Gumel, has ordered the arrest of an inspector involved in the fatal shooting of a resident during a clash between rival gangs. The incident occurred in the Kurna Asabe area of Fagge Local Government Area.
Mob Siege on INEC Office in Kogi State: The INEC office in Lokoja, Kogi State, came under siege by a mob, prompting the intervention of the Nigerian Army to disperse the crowd. The SDP and APC have traded accusations over who might have “sponsored” the mob.
Naira Stability and Appreciation: The naira remained stable at N1,167 per dollar in the parallel market on Wednesday. However, it appreciated to N831.47 per dollar in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM).
Ondo State Executive Council Resumes Meetings: Peace appears to be returning to the Ondo State Executive Council as it holds its meeting in Akure today after a three-month hiatus. Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa will preside over the session following a peace deal endorsed by warring factions.
Supreme Court Allows Circulation of Old Naira Notes: The Supreme Court granted the Federal Government’s request to allow the old 200, 500, and 1,000 naira notes to circulate indefinitely until necessary facilities are in place for their replacement.
Osolo of Ado-Odo Jailed for Impersonation: The Chief Magistrate Court in Isabo, Abeokuta, Ogun State, sentenced the Osolo of Ado-Odo, Muftau Dosunmu, to six months in prison for presenting himself as an Oba. Dosunmu had upgraded his title to a coronet Oba without proper authorization.
Police Arrest 25 Suspects in Benue State: The Benue State Police has arrested 25 suspects for various offences, including a suspected spiritualist, his pregnant wife, and five others who travelled from Delta State to Benue. Additionally, 15 suspected arm manufacturers were apprehended.