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

Nigerian Newspapers

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

1. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State yesterday, said the human capital development indices of the North West are closer to war torn Afghanistan. The governor said this Tuesday at a forum tagged “Human Capital Development Communications Strategy Validation Meeting,” organised by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo-led National Economic Council (NEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

2. Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has said there is nothing the people of South East geopolitical zone can not get from the Federal Government through dialogue and understanding. Umahi said this on Tuesday at the Ecumenical Centre in Abakiliki, the capital of Ebonyi State when he inaugurated members of the South East traditional rulers council.

3. Former Emir of Kano and leader of the Tijjaniyya Sect in Nigeria, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has admonished Nigerians to stop cursing their leaders because of the current hardship in the country. Addressing members of the Sect from seven states of the North West in Sokoto on Tuesday, Sanusi expressed optimism that things would change for the better.

4. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, on Tuesday, said the State has embarked on a N10 billion cattle ranch project to centralise all herders in Kaduna. El-Rufai, who spoke with newsmen shortly after a meeting with officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, said the project will be completed in two years.

5. The fundamental rights suit filed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, at the Abia State High Court was on Tuesday, adjourned to October 7 following the inability of the Federal Government to appear before the court. The counsel to Kanu, Aloy Ejimakor, had on August 27, 2021 filed the case demanding that the FG returns the secessionist to Kenya where he was “abducted” from.

6. The Senate, on Tuesday, considered a bill seeking stiffer punishment for the offence of abduction, wrongful restraint and confinement for ransom. The bill titled, “Abduction, Wrongful Restraints and Confinement Bill 2021” proposed a life imprisonment for anyone convicted for the offence of kidnapping, particularly where death results from the act.

7. The Northern Elders Forum says the north is a rich region and can survive on its resources without the “billions” accruing to Southern states. NEF Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, made this known on Tuesday during an interview.

8. The Senate has passed a bill seeking to control and manage sickle cell anaemia, a genetically inherited disease in Nigeria. The passage of the bill followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary) at plenary on Tuesday.

9. Ahead of the 2023 general elections, prominent Nigerians have established a third force, Rescue Nigeria Project, RNP, to give Nigerians alternative platform to the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Founders of RNP include former governor of Kwara state, Ahmed Abdulfatai, Prof. Pat Utomi, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, former Governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke, Senator Lee Maeba, Usman Bugaje, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo, Yomi Awoniyi, Dr. Rose Idi Danladi, Dr. Sadiq Gombe among others.

10. The Federal Government has said it has uncovered fraud in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines that had to do with people trying to get vaccination cards without being vaccinated. In response, it said the State Security Services (SSS), ICPC and other law enforcement agencies have been engaged to investigate and prosecute persons and their accomplices attempting to fraudulently acquire vaccination cards. Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, told journalists at a press conference in Abuja.

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