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Good Day! Below are Summary of News Stories Across Nigeria and Abroad:

1. Following today’s ruling by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (EPT) on the reconfiguration of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) used for the Presidential election held on 25th February 2023, the Commission met to assess its impact on the Commission’s preparations for the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections scheduled for Saturday, 11th March 2023. The Presidential EPT had given an ex- parte order for some political parties to inspect materials used for the Presidential election. PROCYON NEWS

2. The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised alarm over the unnecessary palpable political tension in parts of the country ahead of the March 18 Governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections. Dr Peter Afunaya, the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. He said the Services had uncovered orchestrated plans by some persons to cause a total breakdown of law and order in the country after the March 18 elections. PULSE

3. Several traders, motorists, Small and Medium Enterprise(SME) vendors and micro-sector operators are yet to come to terms with accepting the old N500 and N1000 notes despite the order of the Supreme Court stating that the old Notes remains legal tender. This stance is basically as a result of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s continuing silence on whether the apex court ruling will be upheld. This is even as supermarket, retail stores and quick service restaurants have rejected the old notes from shoppers . Meanwhile, banks continued to pay the old N500 and N1000 notes across their counters. LEADERSHIP

4. The widow of late football legend Pele will inherit 30 percent of his assets, according to his will, which also mentions a woman who could be Pele’s unrecognized daughter. The will states that Marcia Cibele Aoki, Pele’s third and last wife, will inherit his mansion in Guaruja, a seaside resort town south of Sao Paulo, where the couple lived, according to her lawyer Luiz Kignel. Other assets belonging to Pele, who died after battling cancer in late December at age 82, include more real estate and a stake in the Pele brand, Kignel said, adding that a complete inventory has yet to be made. CHANNELS

5. The United Nation Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said the draft migrant legislation proposed by the United Kingdom Government will result in a de facto “asylum ban”. UNHCR, in a statement, said if adopted, the new bill would deny the right to seek refugee protection to people arriving irregularly in the United Kingdom, such as those risking their lives to cross the English Channel in small boats. Instead, these asylum-seekers would face detention and deportation, without having their individual circumstances examined. VANGUARD

6. Peter, the other half of the popular music band, P-Square, has lamented the tribal crisis brewing up in Lagos State over the general elections. The music artist wants the people to understand that they are being used by politicians who do not care about them but are bent on planting hatred among the different tribes that co-exist in the city of Lagos. Peter, popularly known by his stage name, Mr. P, made the call on Wednesday following the fire outbreak at Akere Spare Parts Market in Olodi-Apapa, Ajegunle, Lagos Yet-to-be-identified persons were said to have set ablaze the market dominated by Igbos, with property worth millions of Naira destroyed over political reasons.. DAILY POST

7. Nigerian singer-songwriter Simi has shared her opinion on why many Nigerians migrate in search of greener pastures. Simi took to Twitter, where she rolled out a couple of tweets detailing why Nigerians leave the country. She opined that nobody ever wants to leave their friends and family behind. However, they ‘japa’ because they do not want to die feeling helpless. The singer also blamed the government for creating a system that doesn’t benefit its citizens. PULSE

8. The national U-18 male team on Wednesday began their IHF Trophy Intercontinental Championship campaign with a 46-30 win over Nicaragua in San Jose, Costa Rica. Cosmos Chukwuemeka, the Media Assistant, Handball Federation of Nigeria, stated this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday. He said the team started the match with a lot of zeal which ensured they had over 81 per cent near shot efficiency from players like Tahir Ahmed Lawal and Olawale Ajibike. They comfortably won the first half 19-9. PUNCH

9. It is a sad day for government workers in Lagos State on Thursday as a moving train rammed into a state bus conveying civil servants to work. The unfortunate crash occurred at the PWD bus stop in the Ikeja area of the state on Thursday morning. Already, three persons have been confirmed dead by emergency responders, and over 82 persons injured and rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja. The sights from the scene are gory as passersby watch in horror even as dead and injured victims were extricated from the bus which was hit right on the rail tracks. CHANNELS

10. Suspected Allied Democratic Forces militants have killed no fewer than 40 people in twin attacks in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials said on Thursday. The ADF, which the Islamic State group claims as its central African affiliate, is one of the deadliest armed militias in Eastern Congo, accused of slaughtering thousands of civilians. Fighters from the group attacked the neighbouring villages of Mukondi and Mausa, in the Beni territory of North Kivu province, during Wednesday evening and the early hours of Thursday, officials said. PUNCH

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