Punch Newspapers

I. Military onslaught in Zamfara: Dislodged bandits flee southwards, gunmen strike in Kogi, Kaduna, Ekiti

Top security sources, who confided in our correspondents, said security agents in other states had been alerted to be on the lookout for the fleeing bandits.

It was also gathered that the South-West states had put the regional security outfit, Amotekun, on the alert following intelligence reports that bandits being dislodged from Zamfara State were fleeing southwards.

II. Sex worker slits Lagos trader’s stomach with blade, victim dies

A trader, Sunday Emmanuel, has lost his life after a suspected sex worker, identified as Precious, allegedly slit his stomach with a blade at FESTAC Town in the Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Emmanuel had a makeshift shop on First Avenue, where he sold alcoholic drinks.

III. EFCC raids Ogun govt hotel, others harbouring fraudsters, arrests 56

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions have arrested 56 suspected fraudsters in a sting operation at the Ogun State Government’s hotel, the Mitros Residences Annex, and two other hotels in Abeokuta.

The EFCC operatives reportedly broke into the Mitros Residences Annex, Ceilia Suites and one other to arrest the suspects.

Nigerian Tribune

I. Bandits invade community, set house of Zamfara Speaker, others ablaze

Bandits have set the home of the Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Nasiru Muazu Magarya, and other residents ablaze in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

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Chairman of the Committee on Security and Prosecution of Bandits in Zamfara State, Abdullahi Shinkafi, confirmed the incident.

II. APC Schedules State Congresses For October 2

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee has announced October 2 as the date for the conduct of State Congresses to put in place substantive executive in its state chapters.

National Secretary, APCECPC, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe made the disclosure in a terse statement on Monday.

III. Gunmen Attack Kogi Prison, Free 266 Inmates, Kill Soldier, Policeman

ABOUT 266 inmates have escaped from the Medium Security Custodial Centre (MSCC) in Kabba, Kogi State, following an attack by gunmen on Sunday night.

The Federal Government has also confirmed that two officers of the Correctional Service are yet to be accounted for, while a soldier and a policeman lost their lives during the attack.

Daily Independent

I. Ijaw Elders Urge Diri To Institute Inquiry Into Alleged Plot To Take Over Oil Fields

Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has been urged to urgently insti­tute an inquiry into the alleged plot by some high­ly placed individuals in the corridors of power to dispossess Bayelsa State of its oil fields.

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The Ijaw Elders’ Forum, in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders, made the call, stating that both the conventional and social media platforms had been inundated by allegations and counter-allegations of a scheme by some highly placed indigenes of Bayel­sa State in public service to dispossess the state and its people of its prime assets, the Atala Oil Fields located in OML-46, under suspicious circumstances for their per­sonal gains.

II. COVID-19 Has Come To Stay, We Must Live With It — FG

Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, has hinted that, without any doubt, in the long run we shall have to live with COVID-19 and so we must design a way to do so.

Ehanire added that the plan would vary from country to coun­try, depending on their situation, strengths and weaknesses.

III. I’m Loyal To Obaseki, But There Are Issues In Edo PDP — Dep. Gov.

Comrade Phillip Shai­bu, Deputy Governor of Edo State, on Mon­day debunked reports that he is unhappy with Gov­ernor Godwin Obaseki.

Speaking in an interview on Channels Television pro­gramme monitored by Daily Independent, Shaibu, how­ever, said there are issues in PDP that needs to be resolved.

Guardian Nigeria

I. Nigerians lose N300b to ponzi schemes, speculative trade

Rising inflation, perceived poor performance of the capital market, as well as low returns on government securities have exposed Nigerians to speculative and dubious schemes with victims suffering over N300 billion in the last five years.

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Following the losses, experts have urged the Federal Government to create policies that will promote national development, tackle prevailing stock market volatility, restore the stock market to sustainable growth and make returns on investment in Federal Government bonds more attractive.

II. Uncertainty trails Nigeria’s production despite OPEC projection

Nigeria’s capacity to improve its crude oil production despite a higher price regime, remains undermined by deteriorating production capacity and technical disruptions, even as the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) adjusts global demand potential.

OPEC’s latest Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR), published yesterday, showed that Nigeria pumped 1.27 million barrels per day (mbpd) last month, lower than 1.38mbpd in July.

III. EU inaugurates 25-member Youth Board to influence programmes in Nigeria

The European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, yesterday, inaugurated a 25-member Youth Sounding Board, a body of young Nigerians to help in shaping and implementing EU programmes and strategies in the country.

Charge d’Affaires at the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Alexandre Borges Gomes, said the inauguration was part of EU’s commitment to incorporating young Nigerians in its decision-making process.

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