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

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

1. The Nigeria Army has confirmed the killing of Terwase Akwaza, the most wanted criminal in Benue State, along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road, on Tuesday.

Confirming the incident, the Commander, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa State, Maj. -Gen. Moundhey Ali, said the military men gunned Gana down at a roadblock mounted by the soldiers, NAN reports.

2. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has expressed shock over the death of Terwase Akwaza popularly known as Gana.

Ortom expressed shock over the interception of a government convoy by the military, arresting and killing Gana.

3. The Senator representing Benue North East, Gabriel Suswam, has condemned the killing of repentant militia leader in Benue State, Terwase Akwaza, alias Gana, by men of the Nigerian Army in Gboko on Tuesday.

Suswam, in a statement issued in Abuja Wednesday, said Terwase’s killing after turning a new leaf from crime by soldiers was counterproductive to peace already returning to the State.

4. Members of Academic Staff Union of the University, University of Calabar chapter, on Wednesday, staged a protest over non-payment of allowances in the institution.

The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions such as, “Pay our CES arrears, pay our GSS arrears, pay our post-graduate thesis supervision, pay our promotion arrears, pay our study fellowship and conference attendance arrears,” moved round the institution singing solidarity song.

5. Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has warned the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, to steer clear of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti and other South West States.

Speaking at a South West zonal meeting, Fayose maintained that Makinde had no right to dabble into the local politics in each State of the South West.

6. Barely 10 days to the governorship election in Edo State, another Commissioner, Mr. Joseph Ikpea on Wednesday resigned his position from the cabinet of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Ikpea, who was the Commissioner for Minerals, Oil and Gas in the state in a letter dated September 9 and addressed to the Governor, cited reasons of trust, respect and interest for his resignation.

7. 176 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths of coronavirus have been recorded in Nigeria.

The 176 new cases were reported from 17 states- FCT (40), Lagos (34), Plateau (26), Enugu (14), Delta (12), Ogun (12), Ondo (9), Oyo (cool, Ekiti (6), Ebonyi (4), Adamawa (2), Nasarawa (2), Kwara(2), Rivers (2), Edo (1), Osun (1), Bauchi (1).

8. The Debt Management Office on Wednesday released Nigeria’s total public debt stock as of June 30, 2020, and put the country’s entire debt at N31trn, indicating an increase of N2.38trn within a space of three months.

Nigeria’s total public debt stock includes the debt stock of the Federal Government, the 36 states, and the Federal Capital Territory.

9. The Federal Government has directed the Chief Medical Directors and Managing Directors of federal tertiary hospitals to “immediately” commence the use of consultants and doctors on the National Youth Service Corps to provide routine services.

The government also directed that locum staffers should “be brought in when and where necessary to forestall services’ disruption when applicable and affordable”.

10. Operatives of the Uyo zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), have arrested 22 suspected internet fraudsters at different locations in Imo State.

The all-male suspects, whose ages range between 20 and 41, were nabbed recently at “Sight and Services” within “World Bank”, in Ugwuma Town and “Road Safety” by Toronto road, Egbu, Owerri, Imo State.

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