7 things you need to know this Monday morning from Nigerian Newspapers
iexclusive News Nigeria brings to you today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers
1. The federal government at the weekend put the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and six other states on red alert over a fresh surge of the virus. The states on the red alert are Lagos, Kano, Rivers, Oyo, Kaduna, and Plateau. Emirs in northern Nigeria have also been advised by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 to shelve the traditional Sallah durbar in the interest of safety.
2. Armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked Kurar Mota community, in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least 13 police officers. A statement by a media aide of Governor Bello Matawalle, Yusuf Idris Gusau, confirmed the incident.
3. Following a recent claim by Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Mathew Kukah over the alleged killing of Christians, the presidency, on Sunday said it is unfortunate, and disappointing, for citizens of Nigeria to bear witness to one of their Churchmen castigating their country in front of representatives of a foreign parliament. This was contained in a statement by Garba Shehu, a senior special assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.
4. The Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, on Sunday declared its support for the Southern governors on the rotational presidency. Jareh Ajayi, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere made the group’s stance known in an interview yesterday.
5. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has debunked a report of a military air crash in Kaduna State on Sunday. The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet who spoke to reporters on Sunday evening, said there was no plane crash in Kaduna.
6. Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said bullets and other forces of arms alone cannot stop an armed robbery, banditry, and other forms of criminality in the country. He said this on Sunday in Abuja at the 50th birthday reception of a former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka.
7. A suit instituted by 12 detained associates of Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, against the Department of State Services and its Director-General, Yusuf Bichi, will come up for hearing on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, (Sallah day) at the Federal High Court, Abuja, one of the counsels for the applicants, Pelumi Olajengbesi, has said.