What you need to know this Monday, according to Nigerian newspapers

The day to you! Nigerian newspapers have published the following daily summary:

Rosco, Iyana Iyesi, Ota, Oyenekan Oluwaseyi, and three others were detained in the Saje Area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital, with a human skull, including a pastor from the Christ Liberty Evangelism Church. Early on Saturday morning, members of the state police command apprehended Oluwaseyi together with Ibrahim Agbowewe, Suleiman Ogunbunmi, and Gafari Akinsanya.

It is possible that President Bola Tinubu could appoint three more ministers to his 48-person cabinet today (Monday). Before the start of the Federal Executive Council meeting, the three new ministers will be sworn into office in the Council Chamber of the State House.

Nigeria is free to request a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to stabilize the naira if it sees doing so as a good alternative, as the IMF has acknowledged that the naira is currently under pressure. Washington-based lender, however, said Nigerian authorities’ recent currency reforms and other measures were in the right direction.

The Nigerian Air Force launched an air interdiction near Bukar Meram in Borno State, resulting in the deaths of several militants. During the airstrikes, more than 40 motorbikes and 6 gun trucks were lost. According to a statement released by Air Force spokesman Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet on Sunday, operations were carried out after intelligence indicated that terrorists had relocated from Suwa to Bukar Meram.

5. Ahmed Ododo, the All Progressives Congress candidate for governor of Kogi State, has pledged to help set up an agricultural free trade zone in Okunland if he is elected on November 11. He claimed this would promote the area’s quick social infrastructure development and agro-based processing for export.

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s nominee for president in the 2023 election, has claimed through his media adviser Paul Ibe that he legally changed his name from Siddiq to Atiku Abubakar. In reaction to accusations of forgery from the ruling All Progressives Congress, his media adviser Paul Ibe delivered the following statement on Sunday.

7. The House of Representatives has stated that it has finalized arrangements for the distribution of official automobiles for members of the 10th National Assembly, even as Nigerians struggle to cope with hard economic reality made worse by the loss of gasoline subsidy. House Committee on Media and Public Affairs Chairman Akin Rotimi said in a statement released on Sunday that the administration was currently working to acquire and distribute vehicles to members.

On Sunday, Vice President Kashim Shettima left Abuja to attend the third Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum in Beijing, China, on behalf of President Bola Tinubu. The forum will take place from October 16-18, according to a statement released on Sunday in Abuja by Stanley Nkwocha, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in the Office of the Vice President.

9. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked INEC to use the upcoming governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states to repair the party’s reputation. To prevent a repeat of the electoral instability observed in Adamawa State during the last governorship election, the group also requested that the commission replace the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in charge of Imo State, Prof. Sylvia Agu.

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Okafor Williams and Hakeem Salami, leaders of global criminal organizations, were arrested by agents from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on October 10. After weeks of intelligence-led operations across the country and outside Nigeria, they were finally able to confiscate illegal drugs and valuables worth multiple billion naira.

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