10 things you need to know this Monday morning – Nigerian Newspapers

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

1. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sacked German coach, Gernot Rohr, with immediate effect, appointing Mr Augustine Eguavoen, who is the current Technical Director of the National team as interim coach. Rohr has been in charge of the three–time African champions for the past 64 months, making him Nigeria’s longest-serving manager.

2. The onslaught on traditional rulers in the Southeast continued on Sunday with the abduction of two monarchs in Imo State. The affected traditional rulers are Acho Ndukwe of Amagu Ihube and Paul Ogbu of Ihitte Ihube, both in Okigwe Local Government Area of the State.

3. The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Iyorchia Ayu, on Sunday, assured that the party will reclaim leadership in at least, 25 states of the country in 2023. Ayu made the remark at a Thanksgiving Service/Reception held in his honour at the Aper-Aku Stadium in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

4. The Federal Government has threatened to ban travellers and airlines from Canada, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Argentina if they do not take Nigeria off their red list. Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, said those countries will be out on the red list not later than Tuesday, if they do not remove Nigeria from the list of banned countries.

5. There was pandemonium at the Pakri grain market in the Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State as men armed with sophisticated weapons invaded the market and abducted three grains merchants. Business activities were brought to a halt as traders abandoned their wares and ran to a nearby mountain and forest for safety.

6. The Kogi State Government has finally dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to court over unsubstantiated allegations that it fixed N19.3 billion bailout funds received from the Federal Government. The Kogi State Government, Accountant-General of the State, Momoh Jibrin; and Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Asiwaju Mukadam Asiru, were the claimants in the suit.

7. Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has restated his position on the rumour making the rounds in the media that he was begging to return to the PDP, noting that “nothing can take him back to Egypt, called PDP.” Umahi made the remark during the 2021 Special Thanksgiving Service at the Government House Chapel in Abakaliki on Sunday.

8. A total of 63.97 million lines were disconnected in one year amid the National Identity Number-Subscriber Identity Module data verification, data obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission has showed. The NCC data revealed that the total number of connected lines in the country fell by 21.79 per cent to 229,582,206 in October this year from 293,554,598 in October 2020.

9. The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Burkina Faso to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children. The document was signed by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Mistura Abdulkareem on behalf of Nigeria and the Burkinabe Ambassador to Nigeria, Piabie N’DO signed on behalf of Burkina Faso.

10. The British High Commission on Sunday said the United Kingdom would not reverse its travel ban on Nigeria because of the threat of retaliation by the Federal Government. The spokesman for the British High Commission, Dean Hurlock disclosed this.


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