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Good day! below are summary of News stories Across Nigeria and Abroad:

1. The Kaduna State Government on Tuesday announced one week free transportation and basic health services to ease the hardship being encountered by residents of the state due to the current cash crunch. Muyiwa Adekeye, special adviser to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media and Communication, said the decision was taken at the end of the State Security Council meeting in Kaduna. He however said that the free transport services would only be along designated routes in Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria. DAILY NIGERIA

2. As part of the preparations for the polls, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he said INEC had no excuse not to conduct successful polls. It was learnt that the unscheduled meeting was at the instance of the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu who explained that it was all part of efforts towards free, fair and credible elections. DAILY POST

3. Zambia’s education ministry has disowned pages of school books showing explicit sexual content that have been circulating on social media. The ministry said the pages are “photo-shopped and a misrepresentation” of Zambian curriculum, according to a statement. One of the fake pages – which explains sex in lurid terms – originated from Tanzania and started circulating in the country in 2021. BBC

4. Veteran music icon, Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, thrilled participants and fun-seekers at the grand finale of the 36th Lisabi Festival held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The festival is said to be a cultural heritage event celebrated yearly by the Egba people in the state, in honour of the legendary Lisabi, a hero of the Egba liberation struggle from the dominance of the old Oyo Kingdom. PUNCH

5. The Diplomatic Missions of the United States, Australia, Japan, Norway, Canada and the United Kingdom in Nigeria have lauded the signing of the second peace accord by the candidate and parties competing in the upcoming presidential election, and fully commit to supporting all efforts that will ensure the Nigerian people decide who wins the election. In a statement made available to journalists they said, “We believe it is vital for Nigeria’s stability and democratic consolidation that the process is conducted and concluded safely, fairly and credibly. VANGUARD

6. Flying Eagles defender, Solomon Agbalaka has reflected on the team’s hard-fought win against Egypt on Wednesday night. Ladan Bosso’s side got their campaign at the 2023 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations back on track after a stunning victory against the hosts. The Left-back netted the winning goal with a thumping header 11 minutes from time. DAILY POST

7. There are indications that the lingering naira notes scarcity occasioned by the naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may stop some Nigerians from voting in Saturday’s presidential election.  According to report Nigerians who desired to travel for the polls were finding it difficult as a result of the lack of cash. DAILY TRUST

8. The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Phillip Shaibu, has been invited by the International Federation of Association Football to the annual celebration of football’s greatest stars, the Best FIFA Football Awards. Shuaibu, who is a sports lover, got the international recognition and invitation due to his contributions towards sports development in Edo State. The awards will take place at Salle Pleyel in Paris, February 27. PUNCH

9. Nollywood actress Toyin Abraham-Ajewole has expressed her joy as she finally met the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It is not breaking news that the actress has been the subject of the public’s criticism for joining her colleagues in the Yoruba movie industry to endorse Tinubu. Seemingly unshaken by the swipes, she continued to be vocal about her love and support for the candidate. Today, the actress took to her Instagram page, where she shared pictures of herself, Tinubu, and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at an event. PULSE

10. Actor, Natse Jemide, popularly known as Reggie for his role in the popular ‘Gen Z’ series, ‘Far from Home’, has said he sees himself acting for life. The model cum actor, who spoke during an exclusive chat noted that, unlike modelling, acting gave more room for creative exploration. Jemide said, “I prefer acting to modelling. Modelling is fun, especially at the international level; I love the club, fashion, putting up a show together, going out and getting all those reactions, but it is limited as to what you can do as an individual. PUNCH

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