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Good day! below are Summary of News stories across Nigeria and Abroad:

1. The Presidency has said that it is only politicians who are afraid of losing elections that are accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of planning to truncate the democracy and handover to an interim government. The President also warned those spreading such information which it said was meant to incite the citizens against the federal government to desist from it, saying that President Buhari was determined to ensure that elections are conducted and that Nigerians are free to vote for the All Progressives Congress, APC, or any other political party of their choice.
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2. Governors have rolled out social intervention programmes aimed at providing assistance to people in their states, especially in the face of the cash crunch and fuel scarcity. The governor of Borno State Babagana Zulum ordered the release of over 300 million naira worth of drugs and other medical supplies to government hospitals for free distribution to patients, most of who were facing difficulties in making payments due to scarcity of new and old naira notes. Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun last week rolled out plans to distribute 400,000 food items to vulnerable residents as palliative measures.
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3. Protests by aggrieved bank customers following the naira crisis occasioned by the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) policy, spread to Rivers, Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states.
In Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, the protest took a dangerous turn as hoodlums destroyed some commercial banks. The affected institutions are First Bank in Churchill and Keystone Bank along Aggrey Road, both in the old Port Harcourt township area.
Angry youths had barricaded Aggrey Road, Ikokwu, Okija Street, Mile 3, Gambia Street and the Station Road of the city.
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4. Nigeria’s national Under-20 men’s team, the Flying Eagles will tomorrow in Cairo, Egypt begin the hunt for an eighth continental title at the U-20 AFCON against the Junior Teranga Lions. It promises to be a daunting task for Nigeria’s national Under 20 side in Egypt as they have been drawn in Group A, alongside hosts Egypt, Senegal, and Mozambique.
However, the Coach Ladan Bosso boys boast of an intimidating record, having won the Under 20 AFCON a record seven times, with their most recent victory coming in 2015.
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5. A man armed with three guns fatally shot his ex-wife and five others during a rampage in a small rural town in the US state of Mississippi. The victims were killed at several locations, including a store and two homes, in Arkabutla, a community of fewer than 300 people. Police have charged the 52-year-old local man with first-degree murder and held him at the county jail. No motive for his attack has yet been identified.
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6. In a massive twist, Big Brother on Thursday night issued a new challenge that prevents communication between male and female housemates. Housemates of the opposite sex are not allowed to interact with each other until Biggie says otherwise. According to the twist, the men will only be able to communicate with other men and women with women. The guys and the girls have been split into two tribes who can only speak via a mediator nominated by each gender, Yaya and Miracle. The mediator can only speak for a certain number of times per day in squared off areas for a time period to be decided by Biggie. DAILY POST

7. Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, has condemned the position of President Muhammadu Buhari on the naira redesign policy. He observed that the president has set a dangerous precedent by flouting the  Supreme Court order of interim injunction halting the ban of old naira notes. Wike, who spoke yesterday at the campaign flag-off rally in Ngo town, headquarters of Andoni local government area, insisted that such disrespect of the order of the highest court in the country is a clear call for anarchy. LEADERSHIP

8. The body of former Ghana international Christian Atsu has been found after a devastating earthquake in Turkey, local media reported Saturday, quoting his manager. Atsu, 31, was caught up in a 7.8-magnitude quake that rocked Turkey and Syria on February 6, killing more than 43,000 people in both countries. There were initial reports the former Chelsea and Newcastle player had been rescued a day after the quake, but these turned out to be false. PUNCH

9. Tonto Dikeh has called her ex-husband, Olakunle Churchill, for allegedly spreading lies about her and being a deadbeat father. This comes after they celebrated their son’s 7th birthday together yesterday, with both parents taking to social media to express their joy. Churchill wrote an interesting note to his son, describing him as the best thing that had ever happened to him and the most precious gift in his life. After this post, Dikeh took to Instagram to share snapshots of her conversation with him, detailing the alleged “lies” and misinformation that her ex-husband has shared about her. PULSE

10. No fewer than 28 serving and former governors will be on the ballot to contest for different senatorial seats as they continue the tradition of governors moving to the red chamber as a retirement home. Nine serving governors and 19 former governors are on the INEC list for the February 25 election. A further review of the INEC list shows that 15 of them are running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, 12 belong to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, while Ibrahim Shekarau’s name appears under the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP. DAILY POST

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