Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things to know today Wednesday, December 13, 2023

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Top Stories from Nigerian Newspapers: Wednesday Morning Digest

Good morning! Here’s a roundup of the latest headlines from Nigerian newspapers to start your day:

1. Governor Akeredolu Returns to Germany for Medical Treatment:

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The ailing Governor of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, is set to return to Germany for further medical treatment. In a statement, his Chief Press Secretary announced that Akeredolu would temporarily hand over power to Deputy Governor Lucy Aiyedatiwa during his absence.

2. Rivers State High Court Restrains Factional Speaker from Assembly Complex:

A Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt has barred the factional Speaker, Martin Amaewhule, from entering the State House of Assembly complex until it is fully renovated. Amaewhule, loyal to Minister Nyesom Wike, faces this restriction following the recent fire incident in the assembly chamber.

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3. New Commissioner of Police for Lagos State:
The Lagos State Police Command welcomes a new Commissioner of Police, Fayoade Adegoke Mustapha. He replaces Idowu Owohunwa, recently promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police.

4. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Expresses Concern Over Budget Allocation:
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Beta Edu, voices concerns over the inadequacy of the 2024 budget allocation to effectively combat poverty in the country. Edu made these remarks during the defense of the ministry’s budget before the Joint National Assembly Committee on Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

5. Deadly Ambush in Rivers State Claims Lives and Abducts Expatriates:
Gunmen ambushed a convoy of Daewoo workers along the Ahoada/Abua section of the East-West Road in Rivers State, resulting in the tragic deaths of four soldiers, two drivers, and the reported kidnapping of two expatriates. The incident occurred at around 9:30 am on Tuesday.

6. FRSC Issues Warning Following Fatal Crash on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway:
In response to the tragic accident that claimed ten lives on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) cautions drivers to prioritize rest before embarking on journeys.

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7. Labour Party Governorship Aspirant Resigns, Alleges Bias:
Dr Dennis Aikoriogie, a governorship aspirant of the Labour Party in Edo State, resigns from the party, citing concerns about biased leadership and potential unfairness during the party’s primary election.

8. Federal Government Plans Restructuring of Transmission Company:
The Federal Government announces plans to restructure the Transmission Company of Nigeria to align with the Electricity Act 2023 and address industry demands. Minister of Power, Mr Adebayo Adelabu, acknowledges the need for reform following disappointments in the privatization of the power sector.

9. Banditry and Kidnappings Linked to Illegal Mining Sponsors, says Minister:
Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, reveals that acts of banditry and kidnappings in certain parts of the country are allegedly sponsored by powerful individuals engaged in illegal mining. The government is actively identifying these individuals for appropriate action.

10. Tinubu Urges Senate Confirmation of NPC Nominees:
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu urges the Senate to consider and confirm 19 nominees for appointment as National Commissioners of the National Population Commission (NPC).

Stay tuned for further updates throughout the day as the stories develop.

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