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CDA News updates you need to know Wednesday morning

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

1. Kidnappers have demanded N100m ransom for the release of four staff members of Faith Group of Schools, Emure Ekiti and nine other victims who were taken away on Monday. The principal of the secondary section of the school, Boje Olanireti, confirmed the ransom demand on Tuesday.

2. The Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday paraded three police officers who have been subjected to an orderly room trial for alleged involvement in armed robbery in Ijebu-Ode after which they were dismissed and would soon be charged to court. The dismissed officers are Inspector Taiwo Kolawole with force number AP/No 341113, Inspector John Ogbe with force number AP/No 309292 and Cpl Idowu Sunday, with force number 513707.

3. The naira plunged further at the official window on Tuesday, closing at an all-time-low of N1,482 against the United States dollar. The local unit had closed at 1,348 against the greenback on Monday after the FMDQ Security Exchange reviewed the methodology used for the calculation of its rates.

4. Governor Ademola Adeleke has threatened to depose any monarch fuelling communal clashes between Ifon and Ilobu communities in Osun State after the resurgence of the crisis, with two persons confirmed dead. Ifon (Orolu Council) and Ilobu (Irepodun council) renewed hostility on Monday after the communal clash extended to Oyo State with their indigenes brandishing weapons.

5. President Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, inaugurated the Tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee, tasking the 37-man team to promptly conclude its assignment and bring in its report and recommendations. President Tinubu, who was represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima, also directed the Bukar Goni Aji-led Committee to ensure their decisions are firmly rooted in social justice and equity.

6. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the complete settlement of foreign exchange (FX) owed to all foreign airlines operating in the country. The final tranche of $64.44 million brings the total disbursements to airlines to $136.73 million, effectively clearing all verified claims within the sector.

7. A British-Nigerian minister, MP Kate Osamor has been suspended after accusing Israel of genocide on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day. The British-Nigerian-born MP for Edmonton sparked outrage after claiming in her weekly newsletter that Gaza should be added to the list of ‘recent genocides’.

8. A female soldier attached to Ilese Sappers Barracks, Division 2, Ogun State, Lance Corporal Philomena Nnamoko, who alleged that her senior colleagues have been bullying and harassing her following her refusal to give in to their sexual advances, was allegedly beaten and sent to the Yaba Psychiatric Hospital on Monday.

9. The Special Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Ikeja, on Tuesday, convicted a man, Ndedigwe Paul, to double life imprisonment for sexual assault of minors, following a comprehensive trial that sought justice for the victims. The convict was handed down the sentence by Justice Abiola Soladoye on January 30, 2024.

10. The leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has warned supporters of the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to desist from causing confusion in the party, saying the position of the national chairman is currently occupied. The National Publicity Secretary of APC, Felix Morka, gave the warning at a press conference on Tuesday at the national secretariat of the party.

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