Nigerian Newspapers: 10 Things You Need to Know on Friday Morning

Good day! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian newspapers:

1. On Thursday, governors warned workers about excessively high expectations from minimum wage negotiations. States will pay only implementable and sustainable wages, they said, but expressed their commitment to improving workers’ wages.

2. The Army has taken an important step to prevent the killing of its troops through ambushes by terrorists and bandits. On Thursday, Chief of Army Staff, COAS Lt-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, hinted at the plan to receive Mine Resistant and Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in the coming weeks. This is to ensure the safety of its personnel in the fight against terrorists and economic saboteurs.

3. Lagos State contributes N41 trillion (20 per cent) to the country’s gross domestic product, said the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Ope George. According to him, despite many challenges such as COVID-19 and the EndSARS protest, the State has come up with strategies to keep its economy afloat and boost investor confidence.

4. The alleged mastermind of the March 28, 2022 Kaduna-Abuja train attack, Ibrahim Abdullahi (also known as Mande), and his accomplice, Auwal Ayuba, were on Thursday presented by the police. Others believed to be terrorizing motorists and passengers plying the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway and residents within the axis also paraded.

5. Former Katsina State Governor Ibrahim Shema has defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Alhaji Shema was governor of the North-West state between 2007 and 2015, under the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

6. Suspected bandits attacked Maraban Agyaro where they kidnapped the village chiefs of Kakangi and Kisaya and killed eight villagers in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of ​​Kaduna State. The attackers invaded the area around 8 a.m. on Thursday, during which they also kidnapped four farmers who were on their respective farms.

7. A yet to be identified police officer shot dead a Lagos resident who prevented him from jumping the queue to buy fuel at a filling station of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL, at Obalende, Ikoyi area in the Lagos State. Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed that the officer who shot the victim has been identified.

8. Vice President Kashim Shettima said on Thursday that President Bola Tinubu’s economic reforms last year “saved the life of the nation.” He described them as necessary given the poor state of Nigeria when he assumed office on May 29, 2023.

9. The Federal High Court in Warri, Delta State on Thursday began hearing a N100 billion suit filed by indigenes of Okuama community in Ughelli North Local Government Area against the Nigerian Army, challenging the military invasion and destruction of the community.

10. The Anambra State Government arrested Uzochukwu Okoli for giving his minor daughter’s hand in marriage. Okoli was arrested after her daughter reported to the state Ministry of Women and Social Welfare about the ill-treatment meted out to her by her father and the man he forced her to marry.