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

1. Hon Chinyere Igwe, member representing Port Harcourt II Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, has been arrested by the police. In a statement, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Grace Iringe Koko, confirmed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker who is seeking reelection was nabbed with $498,100 cash. Also recovered, according to the police, was a list for distribution of the money. DAILY TRUST

2. As part of proactive measures to create a very conducive environment for the peaceful and successful conduct of 2023 general elections and deny bandits freedom of action in 1 Division area of responsibility, the highly motivated troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army and Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch have dealt heavy blow on bandits and other criminal elements in Kaduna State. According to a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division Nigerian Army, Lieutenant Colonel Musa Yahaya, he said in the very aggressive fighting patrol that lasted for over 48 hours, the troops successfully cleared Mando – Sabon Birni – Maidaro – Dogon Dawa, Galadimawa, Saulawa, Farin Ruwa and Polewire villages respectively. LEADERSHIP

3. El-Kanemi Warriors have sacked their Head Coach, Abubakar Hassan Mai Zubairu with the rest of technical crew following a string of poor results. This was made known by the club’s chairman Alhaji Sheriff Bukar during a press conference The Maiduguri club had lost 1-2 against Kwara United in a rescheduled Nigeria Premier Football League clash on Wednesday. El-Kanemi Warriors are winless in their last seven games, losing six and drawing one. DAILY POST

4. The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has named Indian-American businessman, Ajay Banga, to lead the World Bank, following the resignation of its current chief David Malpass. According to report, the development was instituted as the US called for reforms at the bank, including more programmes to address climate change. Banga who was raised in India led credit card giant Mastercard for more than ten years. VANGUARD

5. As Nigerians head to the polls on Saturday, 87.2 million voters have been cleared to participate in the crucial exercise. Data released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday show that 93.5 million Nigerians were registered to participate in the presidential and national assembly election as well as the governorship and state assembly polls slated for March 11. Of the figure, 87.2 million voters collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) as of February 5 deadline for the collection of the cards. CHANNELS

6. The management of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Kogi State, has terminated the appointment of seven staff members found guilty of collecting double salaries. A statement issued by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, David Balogun, on Friday revealed that the management had to take the drastic action after an audit carried out on CUSTECH by the office of the Kogi State Auditor General revealed that the staff members in question were conveniently receiving salaries from two state government establishments. PUNCH

7. Nigerian rapper, Yung6ix has said that if the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi emerged winner of Saturday’s election, he will relocate to Nigeria.
Yung6ix made this known in a tweet on Thursday.
The rapper, however, said he will move his investments to Ghana and South Africa if the APC candidate, Bola Tinubu wins. DAILY POST

8. The National Council on Privatisation (NCP) has approved the sale of a NITEL/MTEL property located at No 3-5, Moloney Street, Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, Lagos, to the Lagos State Government. A statement by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) on Friday said the property was one of those listed for sale by the liquidator of NITEL/MTEL Non-Core assets at the cost of N2.5 billion. DAILY POST

9. The United States announced $2 billion in additional security assistance for Kyiv on Friday, the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The aid includes ammunition for the Himars precision rocket system, 155 mm artillery rounds, drone and counter-drone systems, mine clearing equipment, and funding for training and maintenance, the Pentagon said. Items in the package — which does not feature some capabilities that Ukraine is seeking, such as Western warplanes and longer-range missiles — will be purchased from the defense industry instead of drawn from US stocks, meaning they will take longer to get to Kyiv’s forces. CHANNELS

10. Spanish giants Barcelona representatives have reportedly been in undisclosed meetings with Lionel Messi’s father and are planning to give the World Cup winner a proper farewell from the club according to Barca Blaugranes. Messi left Camp Nou for French side Paris Saint Germain in the summer of 2021 but wasn’t given tribute in the club he spent most of his career at. His current contract at PSG is set to be due in the coming summer and the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has shown discomfort at his current side and is pushing for a move. VANGUARD

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