Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has insisted that there is no official date for the reopening of camps. This was contained in a statement signed by the NYSC’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi, in Abuja on Saturday. Adeyemi described reports that the orientation course will resume October 27, 2020 as fake.
2. A team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police allegedly killed a young man on Saturday. The incident occurred in front of Wetland Hotel, Ughelli in Delta State. The operatives allegedly shot the citizen and left the scene. A trending footage shows them leaving in the victim’s vehicle – a white Lexus SUV.
3. Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister, has alleged that his estranged wife, Precious was engaged in extra-marital affairs. Fani-Kayode, whose marital issues have been in the news lately said he caught his wife in bed with a married man. He said this in a tweet while responding to a video which surfaced online of him allegedly abusing his estranged wife.
4. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, could contest the presidential election in 2023 as their candidate. PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, stated this while answering questions from reporters in Bauchi, during a solidarity visit on Governor Bala Mohammed, on Friday, saying that no one would be stopped from contesting.
5. Friday Orobator, a staff of Tayo Akpata University, Ekiadolor in Edo State, (formerly College of Education) has allegedly committed suicide. He is a principal lecturer in the Department of Adult Education. Orobator was reportedly depressed over 13-month unpaid salaries.
6. Nigeria has increased seats on flights of international airlines to 200 passengers per aircraft. Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, announced this on Saturday. The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, are currently designated for international operations. The new directive came into effect October 2.
7. The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has asked the Supreme Court to upturn the Court of Appeal’s judgement, which nullified the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 constables. On Friday, the IGP and the NPF, through their lawyer, Alex Izinyon (SAN), wrote to PSC Chairman to stay action. Izinyon copied the letter to PSC lead counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN).
8. A 2023 presidential campaign poster of Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President, on Saturday, surfaced online. The campaign poster of Atiku, who was a former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was posted on Twitter by a political analyst, Olushola Olufolabi. In the poster, Atiku was presented in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba attires, signifying the three main geopolitical zones in the country.
9. US President, Donald Trump, has said he is getting better as he gave an update on his COVID-19 diagnosis, from Walter Reed military hospital on Saturday night. However, in a video posted on his Twitter page, he said, “I’m starting to feel good” as he promised that he was fighting the virus for COVID-19 patients “all over the world”.
10. A total of one hundred and sixty, 160, new cases of COVID-19 infections have been recorded in Nigeria. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, announced the figure on Saturday night in a tweet via its official Twitter handle. NCDC said Rivers and Lagos States recorded 42 and 32 cases respectively, while Plateau followed with 21 cases. Nigeria now has a total of 59,287 confirmed cases and 1,113 deaths.