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Nigerian Newspapers Headlines For Today, Friday, 14th January 2022

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Get your day started with the latest newspapers headlines in Nigeria for today, Friday, 14th January 2022 on Newsrand.com.

1. MTN Nigeria Risks Losing Millions Of Users, Here’s Why

Thousands of MTN Nigeria users have since Tuesday, January 11, 2022, been experiencing poor service from the telco.

The telco subscribers, who spoke to Newsrand confirmed that without any word from MTN Nigeria, they didn’t know why it has been a struggle for them to browse the internet, and receive calls as well.

Lamenting over the poor network service, Ibukun Ayanlowo, a payment merchant, said the poor internet service has affected her business, such that her sales have dropped in the last few days.

I run a PoS business, and my network has to be good for me to run transactions for people. So, you can see how it has affected me. For instance, I make between N70,000 to N100,000 every day, and due to the poor service from MTN, I’m struggling to make N30,000 in the last two days,” Ayanlowo stated.

Like the PoS operator, digital marketer Cynthia Nwokolo also said she has not been productive since Tuesday.

2. N-power: NASIMS Commences Payment Of October Stipends

The National Social Investment Management System (NASIMS) has commenced the payment of October 2021 stipends for N-power batch c beneficiaries.

This development came after the N-power management has resolved most of the challenges beneficiaries of the programme were facing.

Not only the October 2021 stipends have been disbursed. Beneficiaries who have not gotten their September stipends have also started getting paid.

In a statement in which this development was disclosed, NASIMS apologised to the N-power beneficiaries for the inconvenience.

3. Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today (Thursday. Jan 13, 2022)

Dollar to naira, on Thursday, January 13, 2022, opened at (undisclosed) at the Investors & Exporters FX window ( I&E FX Window), where the currencies officially trade.

According to the data at the FMDQ Security Exchange where forex is traded officially, dollar to naira exchange rate stood at (undisclosed).

This would mean that the Nigerian currency either gained or lose against the United States dollar, as foreign exchange (forex) trading closed at ₦414.11 per $1 on Wednesday, January 12.

4. Ecobank Nigeria Partners Learntor; Supports Youths Training in Bespoke Digital Technology

Ecobank Nigeria in partnership with Learntor, a comprehensive Agile Digital Transformational training and consultancy company has provided intensive Digital Technology training for select youths being part of the bank’s youth development initiative.  The training focused on developing capacity of the youths in Agile, Scrum, Data Analytics, Business Analysis, Cyber Security, and Scrum Master Certification.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the beneficiaries to Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC), in Lagos, Team lead, Youth Banking, Ecobank Nigeria, Olajuwon Abayomi explained that the bank had engaged the services of Learntor, to prepare the youths for future local and international job opportunities.

According to Mr. Abayomi, “these skill sets are for the future, hence, our preference, to ensure that the youths who are offered the scholarship by the bank would be positioned for relevance in the long haul. Ten youths from across different states of the nation were sponsored after emerging successful from an online real time test . The training was for a period of three months and at the end, the awardees undertook the international agile Scrum Master Exam to become Scrum Masters.”

5. Amotekun To Go Against Buhari, Vows Not To Back Down

Security forces from the South-West ‘Amotekun’ vows to continue protecting their citizens, regardless of President Buhari’s disagreement with state police.

Recall, the President’s had stated that “State police is not an option” in the country during an interview on Channels Television.

The decision did not sit well with the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), stating that the rejection of state police is Buhari’s personal opinion, according to the group’s Secretary-General, Dr. Kunle Olajide.

6. Wife Of Former Senate President Bags WHO Top Job

World Health Organisation (WHO) Foundation has appointed the wife of former Senate President, Toyin Saraki as Inaugural Global Health Ambassador.

Speaking on the appointment, Saraki disclosed this via tweet, as she vows to work hard in keeping the world safe and advection for the protection of vulnerable persons.

7. 52 Killed In Multiple Terrorist Attack In Niger, Plateau States

Terrorists have raided and killed not less than 52 people in separate attacks in different communities in Plateau and Niger states.

It was confirmed that18 people in Ncha community, Plateau state have been killed by gunmen, while 34 others were killed in two other communities in Niger state on Wednesday.

Recall, a few weeks ago, members of a vigilante had reportedly killed scores of bandits terrorizing the communities.

8. AfDB Boss Denies Rumors Of His Endorsement For Tinubu

Akinwunmi Adesina, President of African Development Bank (AfDB), has denied the rumors of him endorsing Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for the 2023 Presidency.

Recall, NEWSRAND reported that Tinubu had visited President Buhari and had informed him of his interest to succeed him.

9. Bandits Are Being Released Without Punishment – Zamfara Gov

The Governor of Zamfara, Bello Mohammed Matallawe, has decried over the release of Bandits without charges or punishment, claiming it is the cause of their constant terror.

The Governor disclosed this when he was visited by delegates of the Federal Government over recent terrorist attacks in the state.

Those who visited the Governor headed by Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) were, the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Munguno rtd, Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali.

10. Police Arrest Lecturer’s Son For Killing His UNIJOS Girlfriend

Men of Plateau State Police Command have arrested one Moses Okon, who’s a lecturer’s son at the University of Jos (UNIJOS) for the murder of his girlfriend Jennifer Anthony, who was a 300 level student of the institution.

Newsrand learnt that Okon, a 20-year-old lured Anthony into a hotel room, where he murdered her in a barbaric manner.

Anthony had been declared missing by friends and fellow students.

Her lifeless body was later found at the hotel in Jos, along Zaria Road, on New Year’s Day with some of her body parts, including her eyes, missing.

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Boarded MaxAir Passengers Disgruntled Over Delay Caused By NCAA

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Boarded MaxAir Passengers Disgruntled Over Delay Caused By NCAA

Passengers of MaxAir airline were aggrieved over the delay caused by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) after boarding.

It was learned that the NCAA had stopped the already taxiing airline, to carry out a safety inspection on the airplane.

The VM1609 of MaxAir flight was to depart to Lagos from the Abuja airport.

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According to an official report, the flight was stopped due to technical issues as commuters were left stranded in the aircraft.

Narrating the event, a passenger named Raymond had explained how the 11.30 am flight had moved some distance on the tarmac preparatory for take-off before it was eventually turned back to the hangar and parked.

When contacted to explain what actually happened, the Station Manager for MaxAir at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Kehinde Ogunyale, said the aircraft had to follow the rules of the aviation industry regulator-NCAA.

“It was just a delay on the flight, nothing like stranded passengers please, and it is because we were told that the NCAA wanted to do an inspection. That was it,” he told our correspondent.

Ogunyale added, “So the delay came because we were waiting for the NCAA to do the inspection. There is nothing like stranded passengers on our flight.

“The aircraft was ready to take off and they said they wanted to do an inspection on the flight. So the time spent had to do with waiting for the NCAA officials to do the inspection.

“After the inspection, the flight was meant to take off and as I am talking to you now I’ve just got information that the plane is now taxiing for take-off.”

It was learnt that the flight finally took off around 2 pm after the civil aviation authority had completed the safety inspection on the aircraft.

Although the spokesperson for NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, stated that he had yet to be briefed on the MaxAir incident in Abuja when contacted, he explained that it was a standard practice to inspect an aircraft, especially whenever a pilot raised a concern.

“The pilot might have noticed an issue and might have called the NCAA to inspect the plane. So it is a standard practice to carry out such inspection before clearing the aircraft for takeoff,” he stated.

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BREAKING: Kanu's Trial Adjourned

Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), would again appear before a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, as his trial was adjourned today (Tuesday, January 18).

The court adjourned Kanu’s trial after the IPOB leader complained that the federal government didn’t serve him the fresh 15 amended charges on time.

Kanu, through his team of lawyers led by Mike Ozoekhome (SAN), informed the court that the amended charges were served to them barely 24 hours prior to the former’s appearance in court, which they argued was a limited time for them.

My Lord, the proposed amended charges were served on us yesterday (Monday) evening. As I speak to you, my lord, the defendant, who was just brought in, has not even seen the charges which he is being told to enter his plea.

With due respect, that is not justice. It is ambushing. I know that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act allows the Federal Government to amend, but this is the sixth amendment they are making, and each time they do it, they serve us a day to the hearing, just to frustrate the trial,” Ozekhome stated.

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