Good morning! Here is today's summary from Nigerian newspapers:
1. President Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, stressed the need for government at the federal and state levels to move quickly to form a committee to critically review all action plans, including the possibility of introducing a state police system. The president announced this at the meeting with the governors of 36 states in the presidential villa.
2. Several people are feared dead and many injured after suspected herdsmen attacked Adiya community in Ugbokpo, Apa Local Government Area of Benue State. The incident, which took place on Thursday afternoon, caused residents to flee to neighboring villages.
3. Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Rivers State, Tony Okocha, has called on Governor Siminalaye Fubara to stop running the state without a budget. Okocha also advised the governor to abide by the peace accord brokered by President Bola Tinubu by re-presenting the state budget before the state House of Assembly.
4. The National Universities Commission, NUC, has said due to the huge demand and supply gap for university education in Nigeria, the commission will continue to approve the establishment of more universities. The Acting Executive Secretary of the NUC, Chris Mayaki, disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja on Thursday evening.
5. The Federal Government in collaboration with the state governors has agreed to set up a committee on farm produce collection in the country. The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, disclosed this after President Bola Tinubu met with governors and heads of security agencies.
6. Renowned businessman Aminu Dantata has said that the parliamentary system of leadership favored by some lawmakers is best for the country. Dantata said this when some members of the House of Representatives led by Minority Leader Kingsley Chinda paid him an advocacy visit at his residence in Kano on Thursday.
7. The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, said headline inflation rose 0.98 percentage points to 29.9 percent in January 2024 from 28.92 percent in December 2023. The CPI, January 2024 report noted that food inflation also rose to 35.41 percent in the period from 33.93 percent in December 2023.
8. The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, on Thursday paraded two herbalists, Moses Abidemi and Oluwo Samuel Monday, as well as two alleged priests of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Prophet Peter Oluwalolesi and Prophet Jamiu Yusuf, for killing one person. 35-year-old Sulaimon Adijat was arrested for money ritual. Also arrested and paraded for the act were Akinwunmi Ifatosin, Sheriff Agbai and Osojieahen Alioneituria who are both from Uromi in Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State.
9. Nigeria's Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, NUPRC, on Thursday said it is exploring the possibility of transferring some of its units to Lagos. This comes weeks after the controversial transfer of divisions of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, and the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
10. President Bola Tinubu on Thursday approved the restructuring of the executive management teams of the two parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. According to Tinubu's spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, on Thursday, the parastatals involved are the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, FMBN and the Federal Housing Authority, FHA.