Summary from Nigerian Newspapers today

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

1. Fifteen persons were injured, with several cars and other property destroyed in Thursday’s gas tanker explosion in Lagos.

The incident occurred at Balogun Bus Stop in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area in the State.

2. President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has insisted that Nigeria is not building a rail line into Niger Republic.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Shehu clarified the rail line will stop at the designated border point, saying that this was part of an agreement reached between both nations in 2015 and coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation.

3. The Kogi State Government has declared two days of mourning for the 23 victims of Wednesday’s tanker explosion in Felele, Lokoja.

The state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, who made the announcement in a statement released in Lokoja on Thursday, urged residents of the state to use the two-day mourning period for a sober reflection as well as pray for the victims and their relations.

4. The Abia State Government has announced reopening of primary and secondary schools in the State on Monday, 28th September, 2020, to complete the 3rd term of 2019/2020 academic session with one week of revision classes.

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, after the State Executive Council Meeting held at the Banquet hall of Government House, Umuahia, Thursday, the State Government disclosed that the third term (promotion) examination which is expected to start from Monday, 5th October to Friday, 16th October, 2020, will be used to assess pupils/students based on the tutorial from first and second term, as well as the radio and television classroom program.

5. The UK Government has said it is surprised by the federal government’s stance, that it would consider disrespectful to Nigeria’s sovereignty, for any outside authority to sit in judgment over the conduct of its citizens and apply punitive measures such as visa restriction, unilaterally.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, stated this while speaking at an orientation programme for people with disability seeking Chevening scholarship opportunities in the United Kingdom.

6. The Nigerian presidency has reacted to the letter from UK lawmakers, legal experts and campaigners.

A statement on Thursday by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, told them to work with Buhari and not fall for propaganda.

7. The Gombe State Government has approved the reopening of schools across the State, after six months of COVID-19 break.

Dr Habu Dahiru, Commissioner of Education, disclosed this in a press briefing in Gombe on Thursday.

8. The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the appeal filed by the United Peoples Congress (UPC) and its governorship candidate, Stephen Ibiene, against the election of Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri.

Justice Adzira Mshella, who led other justices to deliver judgement, in a unanimous decision, said the suit lacked diligent prosecution.

9. The Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed the death of 11 people in an auto crash on Thursday in Calabar, Cross River State.

Sector Head of Operations, Deputy Corps Commander Matthew Egbe, told newsmen that the sad incident occurred along the Calabar-Mbarakom-Awi highway.

10. The National Industrial Court has granted an interim injunction restraining the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on a nationwide strike.

On Thursday, Justice Ibrahim Galadima said the order was pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

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