Very good morning to you and welcome to curated top Headlines from Nigerian Newspapers today January 6, 2023.
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Nigeria’s Debt Nears 77trn – DMO
At the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in May, according to Patience Oniha, director general of the Debt Management Office (DMO), the incoming administration will be left with a debt load of about N77 trillion.
Oniha made this statement in response to inquiries from reporters during the public presentation and breakdown of the key features of the 2023 appropriation act on Wednesday in Abuja.
1. Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, revealed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo punished him while he was governor of Lagos State following the endorsement of Labour Party candidate Peter Obi. According to Tinubu, the choice was made against the State Government rather than as a punishment for him personally.
2. Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party (LP), claims that if he wins the election, young people in Nigeria (japa) will not have to leave the country. At a party rally on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, the seat of Ekiti State, Obi made the commitment.
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3. President Muhammadu Buhari once more instructed security agencies to stop stealing crude oil by May 29. Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum resources, delivered the order to soldiers participating in Operation Delta Safe.
4. Six people were arrested along with a couple, Taiwo Olutufese and Salawa Oyenusi Ajalorun, for the alleged murder of Oyindamola Adeyemi, a 26-year-old woman. They were taken into custody on Wednesday for kidnapping, murdering, and selling the victim’s remains for ritualistic purpose.
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5. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission should not have existed, according to Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association. Agbakoba emphasised that the commission currently operates outside the Constitution.
6. A commercial bus driver named Jamiu Alao was stabbed in the Costain neighbourhood of Lagos State by suspected hoodlums who are reportedly working with some officials of the Lagos State Management Traffic Authority. According to reports, Alao’s bus experienced a problem and broke down while travelling. The bus driver reportedly resisted attempts by some LASTMA representatives to tow the bus.
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7. Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) President Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke claims that the country’s military government era was more sympathetic to lecturers’ plight than the current civilian administration. He made this statement in Abuja at the unveiling of 50 tertiary textbooks written by Nigerian authors.
8. New information has come to light regarding the reasons behind the Wazirin Bauchi and eminent statesman Alhaji Muhammadu Bello Kirfi’s dismissal from the Bauchi Emirate Council. According to reports, Kirfi summoned stakeholders to a meeting at his Bauchi home last week and ordered his lieutenants—who were selected from across the State—to mobilise solely in support of Atiku.
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9. The Nigerian Financial and Intelligence Unit (NFIU), concerned about the inflationary effects of large-scale cash withdrawals from the public sector on the country’s economy, yesterday banned cash withdrawals from all government accounts beginning on March 1, 2023, warning that defaulters risk a three-year prison sentence.
10. On the Peoples Democratic (PDP) platform, the G-5 Governors, also known as the Integrity Group, yesterday remained silent regarding their preferred candidate for the 2023 general elections. However, the five governors—Nyesom Wike of the Rivers, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, and Seyi Makinde of Oyo—said they remained devoted PDP members.
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