1. I don’t need your cheques – Buhari tells contractor

President Muhammadu Buhari has told contractors in the country to hold back their cheques as he doesn’t need it.

The President said this on Friday July 23, as he visited Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruk Umar before departing for Abuja.

2. Kano to monitor blasphemy case involving cleric – Ganduje

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said his administration would monitor the blasphemy case involving Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru-Kabara to the logical conclusion.

He made the statement when he paid Sallah visit to the leader of Qadiriyya Movement, Sheikh Khalifa Qaribullahi Nasiru at Kano. Earlier in his remarks, Khalifa Nasiru commended the governor for the role he played in protecting the dignity of the Prophet Muhammad.

3. Lagos LG polls 2021 take off on slow start

Elections into the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of Lagos State took off on a slow start.

Some polling centres got to the polling centres more than one hour after the scheduled time for the election. LASIEC has decried the lack of preparedness by the electoral commission.

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4. Why Nigeria can’t remain together – Wole Soyinka

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka says Nigeria cannot continue as one country unless decentralisation is done. Soyinka “The nation is on a suicide slide and the people feel that they do not deserve that kind of suicidal plunge” He said Nigerians have the right to say ‘sorry o, I’m getting out of this plane’

5. Emir Of Daura: Nigeria ‘Lucky’ To Have Buhari… Things Would Be Difficult Without Him

The Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruk Umar, has expressed that Nigeria is lucky to have President Muhammadu Buhari.

The monarch stated this on Friday when the president visited his palace. He said: “Nigeria is lucky at this time. I am not saying it to please you, but if you had not been in power it would have been very difficult”

6. Benin Republic May Drop Charges As Sunday Igboho Seeks Asylum

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Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, is plotting moves to frustrate the Nigerian Government’s extradition of him from Benin Republic. He was arrested with his wife, Ropo, at the airport while trying to catch a flight to Germany on Monday. His lawyers have filed an application for political asylum in Germany and another application for asylum for him in Benin republic.

7. Police nab fake currency syndicate in Nasarawa

Seven persons with fake N7.8million and 110,000 dollars have been arrested in Lafia by the Nasarawa State Police Command. The suspects were apprehended while attempting to pay some money into an account using a Point of Sale (PoS) located in the College of Agriculture. Five other suspects were also arrested for their part in the scam.

8. Nigeria records 317 new COVID-19 cases

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reports 317 new cases of the deadly Delta variant of coronavirus. The number of active cases stands at 3,702 as of July 23. Agency urges Nigerians to take responsibility and not allow virus to slow country’s progress.

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Nigerians must take steps to protect themselves from the virus, says National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention NCD “Get a COVID-19 vaccine, when it is available to you,” said NCDC. The agency urged Nigerians to stay six feet apart from others.

9. Why Nigerian pilgrims won’t go to Israel this year – NCPC boss

Nigerian pilgrims will now go to the Kingdom of Jordan instead of Israel for this year’s pilgrimage. The country’s government insisted that pilgrims must take their own version of COVID-19 vaccines. This is due to the war in Gaza which will provide security challenges to pilgrims.

10. Gombe NYSC expects 1,750 for batch B Stream 1

Gombe State has made provision for 1,750 prospective corps members to report at its temporary orientation camp in Amada, Akko, from July 27th 2021.

The state would operate camping activities with greater emphasis on compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

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