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Good day! Below is a Summary of News Stories Across Nigeria and Abroad:

1. The World Bank yesterday called on the Federal Government to reallocate part of the savings from fuel subsidy removal to reduce the suffering of Nigerians worsened by the negative impact of the policy. Making this call in its latest Nigeria Development Update, NDU, released yesterday, the World Bank noted that an additional 7.1 million Nigerians would be pushed into poverty, especially without measures to compensate for the negative impact of subsidy removal on the populace. The removal of the petrol subsidy and foreign exchange (FX) management reforms, according to the World Bank, are crucial measures to begin to rebuild fiscal space and restore macroeconomic stability, and the opportunity should be seized to take further, necessary policy reform steps. It noted that the new administration had initiated critical reforms to address macroeconomic imbalances. Specifically, the organisation said the president should seize the window of opportunity for a transformative impact on the lives of millions of Nigerians and establish a solid foundation for sustainable and inclusive growth. VANGUARD

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2. President Bola Tinubu has joined other Nigerian Muslims to perform the Eid-el-Kabir prayers at the Dodan Barracks Praying Ground in Lagos. The president was accompanied by Mr Nuhu Ribadu, National Security Adviser, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Babatunde Fashola, a former Lagos State Governor and other top government functionaries. In his sermon, the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Suleiman Abu-Nolah, said that the festivity promotes a culture of sacrifice, unity and tolerance among the Muslim faithful. PUNCH

3. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Tuesday, said the glitch experienced in the upload of the February 25 presidential election in the country should not write off the entire polls held nationwide. INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye stated this in response to the final report on the 2023 general elections submitted by the European Union Election Observation Mission on Monday. He urged Nigerians not to judge the electoral empire as a result of the challenge the commission experienced in the upload of the presidential election. CHANNELS

4. Nigerian gospel film actor, producer and founder of film production company Mount Zion Faith Ministries, Mike Bamiloye, and his wife, Gloria, are marking their 35th wedding anniversary. On Wednesday morning, Bamiloye shared his wife’s picture on his Instagram page saying she still calls him Bro Mike even after years of marriage. He promised to break the ‘jinx’ before their 40th wedding anniversary saying, “Before we married, when we were in Courtship, she has been calling me what the brethren in the Campus Christian Fellowship use to call me: “bro Mike”. PUNCH

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5. Manchester City striker Erling Haaland has been included in the latest world’s most valuable starting XI (3-5-2). According to Transfermarkt, Haaland made the list alongside Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe. It also added that the combined market value for the starting XI is €1.25Bn. DAILY POST

6. The UK’s controversial plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda will cost £169,000 ($210,000) per person, according to an impact assessment published Tuesday, although the government insisted it would recoup most of the costs. The UK’s Conservative government has made tackling immigration a priority, and it was a key promise as the country left the European Union. It wants to outlaw asylum claims by all irregular arrivals and transfer them to “safe” third countries, such as Rwanda, to stop thousands of migrants from crossing the Channel on small boats. The government said up to £165,000 could be recouped due to saved costs from reduced asylum support. London also hopes the programme will act as a deterrent. CHANNELS

7. Bayern Munich winger, Sadio Mane has opened up on punching teammate Leroy Sane last season. Mane got in a fray with Sane, punching him in the face after Bayern Munich’s Champions League 3-0 defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in April. Sane was left with a bloodied lip with their Bayern Munich teammates coming in to separate the duo right in the tunnel. Mane was later fined £250,000 by Bayern and given a one-game ban – the biggest in the club’s history. The former Liverpool man has now reflected on the incident. VABGUARD

8. Joeboy stands firmly on his belief that asking a woman for her body count is irrelevant to a relationship. The loverboy revealed this during a recent interview. A ‘body count’ in this context refers to the number of people a person has had sexual relations with. The singer explained that usually there are tell-tale signs for if a person is interested in you, therefore the knowledge of his/her body count does not matter. Further into the interview, he was asked if he would be with a person who has slept with over 40 people to which he replied ‘No‘. PULSE

9. France braced for more angry protests Wednesday after police shot dead a teenager during a traffic stop and appeared to have lied about the circumstances of the killing. The shooting sparked unrest in several Paris suburbs overnight. Celebrities and politicians expressed outrage and grief at the death of the 17-year-old, while the government appealed for calm. The teenager, named only as Nael M., was pulled over by two policemen on Tuesday for breaking traffic rules, prosecutors said. Police initially reported that one officer shot at the teenager because he was driving his car at him, but this version of events was contradicted by a video circulating on social media and authenticated by AFP. CHANNELS

10. Some Nigerian pastors have expressed mixed reactions on whether the use of ‘Aboru Aboye’ in the viral song by popular gospel singer, Tope Alabi, is proper in a gospel song. While some of the pastors who spoke with our correspondent saw nothing wrong with Alabi’s choice of lyrics in the viral song, others disagreed, arguing that the singer should not incorporate traditional terminologies into gospel music. Alabi made headlines last Friday following the release of a song where she was heard singing the words ‘Aboru Aboye,’ terms mostly used by Ifa worshippers when greeting initiates, sometimes referred to as ‘Babalawo’. Alabi, in the viral video, could be heard singing the lyrics; ‘Emi ni aboru, aboye… abiye ni mi, Oruko mi ni yen. Mo de bo, mo ru, mo ye,” (I am a sacrifice, that’s my name. I am a sacrifice accepted by God, that’s my name). Her lyrical choices have since gotten many tongues wagging on and off social media. PUNCH

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