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

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

1. The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has finally concluded plans to release all N1,000, N500 and N200 notes in its custody to Deposit Money Banks. This decision is expected to end months of hardships and pains Nigerians have been going through following a controversial CBN naira redesign policy that has caused a severe shortage of old and new naira notes across the country.

2. The British High Commission yesterday said the UK Minister of State for Development and Africa, Andrew Mitchell MP is prepared to take action against those who engaged in or incited electoral violence during the just-concluded general elections in Nigeria.

3. The Office of the President-elect, on Wednesday, said its principal, Bola Tinubu, has travelled out of the country to Paris on vacation. The statement signed by Tinubu’s media aide, Tunde Rahman said the President-elect would also visit London and then Saudi Arabia to perform the lesser Hajj.

4. The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Adamawa State has suspended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha for losing his polling unit to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the presidential and governorship polls. The party disclosed that the SGF did not contribute to the victory of its presidential and governorship candidates.

5. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday declared candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Mbah, as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Enugu State.

6. The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has confirmed the sighting of the new crescent, marking the beginning of Ramadan 1444AH.

7. Labour Party (LP) Governorship Candidate, Alex Otti, has been declared winner of the Abia State governorship election. Professor Nnenna Oti, Returning Officer of the election, declared Otti the winner at the state collation centre on Wednesday evening.

8. The Federal Government has disclosed plans to install facial recognition technology at major Airports in the country. In a statement yesterday, the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said airports would soon be operating an automatic security measure that would incorporate the use of technology to improve security around Airports and easily detect impostors.

9. A lawmaker-elect for the Ogun State House of Assembly, Damilare Bello, has been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services. Bello, a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, member, was alleged to have masterminded the Sagamu mayhem that left several banks vandalised during the naira scarcity protest.

10. The Federal Executive Council, on Wednesday, approved the sum of N453.90bn for the procurement of rolling stock, operation and maintenance equipment for the Kano-Maradi standard gauge rail line currently under construction.

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