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

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

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

1. A Kaduna State High Court has discharged and acquitted the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Shiekh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat. In a judgement delivered on Wednesday, Justice Gideon Kurada held that the prosecutor was not able to establish its case against them.

2. Ten athletes from Nigeria have been banned from participating in the Tokyo Olympics. While the names of the affected athletes were not released, a statement from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), revealed that a total of 18 athletes have been declared ineligible with Nigeria being the most affected.

3. The national power grid, yesterday, suffered another system collapse, worsening the blackout being experienced by households and businesses in parts of Nigeria. The collapse, which occurred early in the afternoon on Wednesday, was confirmed by two of the electricity distribution companies in the country.

4. The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the victory of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last governorship election in Ondo State. In the majority judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, four of the seven-member panel, dismissed the appeal by Eyitayo Jegede and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on the grounds that it was incompetent.

5. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N8.5 billion as National Research Fund (NRF) for the Tertiary Education Trust (TETFund to conduct research in medicine and other areas in 2021. Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof Suleiman Bogoro, disclosed this on Wednesday at a 3-day workshop for directors of research and development of public universities in Nigeria.

6. President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to increase the budget for the education sector by 50 percent over the next two years. Buhari made the promise at the ongoing Education Summit in London, United Kingdom.

7. An Upper Sharia Court in Kofar Kudu area of Kano State has adjourned the trial of Sheikh Abduljabbar Kabara till August 18, 2021. Justice Ibrahim Sarki Yola made the adjournment on Wednesday.

8. The Youths’ President of Atai Ubiaku community in Itu local government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Edet Ibanga was on Wednesday shot dead by suspected cultists, while others sustained various degrees of injuries. The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Odiko Macdon confirmed the incident.

9. President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, congratulated Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on his Supreme Court victory. Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said the development confirmed the popularity of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

10. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that transactions will be cheaper to conduct with Nigeria’s digital currency, e-naira. The Governor, Godwin Emefiele, spoke in Abuja at the end of the bi-monthly Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting.

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