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Good morning! Here Are Some Major News Headlines In The Newspapers Today: Aviation minister Keyamo suspends Nigeria Air project




1. The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has suspended the controversial Nigeria Air Project and airport concessions embarked upon by the immediate-past president, Muhammadu Buhari. Keyamo, on his maiden visit and a tour of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, suspended all plans and arrangements concerning the proposed national carrier, Nigeria Air.

2. President Bola Tinubu has claimed the option of military intervention in Niger Republic will not be considered until all diplomatic options are exhausted. Tinubu stated this on Thursday, while receiving the leadership of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) at the State House.

3. The House of Representatives on Thursday vowed to involve the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate the owner of the bank account allegedly being used to extort vice chancellors of federal universities. Yusuf Gagdi, the chairman of the ad-hoc committee investigating job racketeering and mismanagement of the Integrated Personnel Payment Information System (IPPIS) by Federal Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), disclosed this during the resumed investigative hearing.

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4. Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State, on Wednesday, expressed concern over the ethnic and religious divisions in Kaduna State. He also lamented that all government actions or inactions were viewed from the lenses of religion and ethnicity.

5. The Rivers State Police Command on Monday, August 28, neutralised a suspected kidnap kingpin in Choba, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area. According to the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Nwonyi Emeka, a victim (name withheld) was kidnapped on Friday, August 5, around the Choba axis, and a ransom of two million naira was initially paid by his family before his release on Monday, August 28.

6. The owner of the social media platform X, Elon Musk, has announced plans to add video and audio call features to the app. In announcing the development on Thursday, Musk disclosed that the new features will not require the use of a mobile number.

7. The Court of Appeal on Thursday granted the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Delta, Ken Pela, approval to return to the Delta State Election Tribunal to continue his petition against Governor Sheriff Oborevwori. With the Appeal judgment, Ken Pela will return to the tribunal panel sitting at Delta to continue his case.

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8. Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has moved to investigate the unlawful dismissal of five staff of the State Polytechnic, Ikot-Osurua in Ikot-Ekpene Local Government Area. This was sequel to the petition submitted by the sacked workers to the Chairman, House Committee on Justice, Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions, Hon. Aniefiok Attah and read at the plenary on Thursday, August 31.

9. The police command in Imo State has reportedly killed two suspected kidnappers and rescued their victim along Umuezorokam-Avu in Owerri West Local Government Area. The command also recovered one locally-made cut-to-size gun, two cutlasses, and charms in their possession.

10. The draw for the 2023–2024 Champions League group stage has been confirmed. The event took place in Monaco, France, on Thursday evening.

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President is not a magician, says Remi Tinubu





 The first lady, Oluremi Tinubu, says her husband, President Bola Tinubu, would not wave a magic wand and solve all of the country’s problems in a flash. 

The first lady said this on Sunday during an inter-denominational church service to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence Day.

She said her husband inherited the current challenges in the country, adding that the president is determined to fix them rather than blame past leaders.

“All we inherited are things that had happened many years ago. We are not here to put blame on any administration but to fix what has been damaged,” she said.

“My husband is not a magician. He is going to work and I believe and hope that we will have peace in this country. The best is yet to come to us.

“Good governance can only be impactful if the people follow the example of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who embodied the fruit of the spirit, including love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance and forgiveness.

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“A Nigeria of abundance has begun, and to be part of the greatness that God has started in the nation, Nigerians must look beyond their current realities and embrace hope anew.”

Also speaking at the event, George Akume, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), urged Nigerians to remain patient, adding that measures are being put in place to provide solutions to the problems bedevilling the country.

“Solutions to Nigeria’s complex problems can never be as instant as expected. It will take some time, but measures are already being put in place to address them,” Akume said.


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Lagos to clampdown on illegal dredging operation, reads riot act





Determined to end illegal dredging activities in the state, the Lagos State government has vowed to stop all illegal dredging operations and flush out those operating without a government’s permit in the dredging sector from the state.

The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Dayo Bush-Alebiosu disclosed this during a meeting with the members of the executive council of the Dredgers’ Association of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter.

The meeting was called to seek the cooperation of the association in enforcing guidelines regulating dredging activities and to declare Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration’s zero tolerance for illegal dredging operations in the state.


According to the Commissioner, though the meeting is a familiarization forum to interact with members of the association and get first-hand information on how dredging activities could be improved upon with the view to maintaining the state’s waterfronts and prevent environmental degradation.

While soliciting their support in sanitizing dredging activities in the state, Bush-Alebiosu disclosed that the state would not condone the spate of illegal dredging activities being carried out in every nooks and crannies of the state.

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Bush-Alebiosu also expressed the readiness of government officials to begin enforcement activities soon and that anybody caught violating dredging laws and regulations of the state would be prosecuted.

He therefore urged them to obtain all necessary permits and regularize their operations immediately.

He assured them of the government’s readiness to stand by the association in carrying out their lawful activities and also support them in all they do to ensure good waterfronts in Lagos State.

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In his remarks, Mr Kehinde Gbajumo, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry expressed his delight that the state executive members of the association were present at the meeting, saying this would go a long way in conveying the views of the state government to their members.

Gbajumo noted that dredging activities in the state are “no longer business as usual,” adding that the ministry is now all out to enforce the laws regulating dredging activities, he also enjoined them to comply with the guidelines.

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In his response, the President of the Dredgers Association of Nigeria, Mr Bature Akpomejero pledged their support and cooperation to the state government in getting rid of illegal dredgers in the state.

He solicited the support of the ministry for proper regularization of dredging activities to curb the activities of illegal dredgers and their impact on the environment.

Akpomejero also urged the ministry to look into the issue of overloading of trucks by dredgers and those moving wet sand on the roads, which cause a lot of damage to our roads.

The secretary general of the association, Richard Ntan, also lent his voice; assuring the ministry of maximum cooperation and collaboration of the association, noting that they are ready to cooperate with the government.

Ntan called for more such meetings with the ministry to be able to iron out grey areas affecting their operations while fashioning out areas of mutual benefit between dredgers and the state government.

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The dredging operation terms and conditions were later distributed to the members of the association to further enlighten them on their obligations to the state.

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Nigeria@63: God will heal our land – Pastor Adeboye





Pastor Enoch Adeboye has prayed to God to heal Nigeria, asking citizens to also pray for the betterment of the nation.

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) said this on Sunday during the church’s October Thanksgiving Service and Nigeria’s 63rd Independent Day celebration.

Pastor Adeboye spoke on the topic ‘Freedom Indeed’ during the service.

“I pray in the name that is above every other name that God will heal our nation,” the preacher said.

“Independence is talking about freedom, that is why we would be talking about freedom indeed. You may be enjoying independence from the colonial master and still be a slave to sickness, poverty, terror, and forces of darkness,” he added.

“I am wishing you a very good celebration but more than anything else, I wish all of you who are in Christ freedom and freedom indeed.”

In many churches across the nation, the Christians marked Independence Day with praises and prayers for the country.

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