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

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

1. The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd), has admitted that the President gave him an appointment because of the relationship between his father and Buhari. Buratai stated this yesterday during a gala night organized by the 29th Regular Course Association in Abuja.

2. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said that China’s support has strengthened Nigeria’s effort against COVID-19. Buhari also expressed satisfaction with the progress made so far as China-Nigeria relations clock 50 years.

3. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has said the Federal Government plans to replace Bank Verification Numbers with the National Identity Numbers.

4.The Leader of the Senate, Yahaya Abdullahi, has said that the red chamber will discuss the issue of Fulani herdsmen menace across the country on resumption on Tuesday. Abdullahi, who spoke with journalists in his office, said his deputy who is representing Ondo North in the Senate, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, will come up with a motion on the issue.

5. Some youths have threatened to hold a fresh protest at the Lekki tollgate over plans to reopen it for operations. Information on some posters displayed on social Media showed that the protest is planned to start about 7 am on Saturday, February 13, 2020.

6. One of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges by volume, Binance, has removed naira from its trading pairs after the Central Bank of Nigeria asked banks and other financial institutions to close the accounts used for cryptocurrency operations.

7. Former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, has said the Almajiri system ubiquitous in northern Nigeria produced some of the richest men in the country including Africa’s pride, Aliko Dangote; as well as the founder of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu; amongst others.

8. The Abuja division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, gave a former Abia State governor and Senate Chief Whip, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu the permission to challenge his retrial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on alleged money laundering charges.

9.Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), yesterday, vowed to sustain its ongoing nationwide strike despite the Federal Government declaring it illegal.

10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has confirmed 643 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The development brings the total number of recorded cases in the country to 140,391.

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