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Newspaper Headlines: FG freezes 600 accounts, seizes 249 luxury vehicles over drug offences

BY Ayodele Oluwafemi

The inauguration of a 14-member committee by the federal government to resolve the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) dominated the cover pages of Nigerian newspapers.

The Punch reports that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) seized no fewer than 286 assets and 600 bank accounts of drug barons between January 2021 and August 2022. The newspaper says Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said the commission is deleting double registrants from the voter register.

The Nation says the federal government has set up a 14-member panel to resolve the “knotty” issues in the ongoing strike of ASUU. The newspaper reports that Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may set up his campaign organisation without resolving the feud with the camp of Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers.

Daily Independent says loyalists of Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, are calling for the removal of Abdullahi Adamu, national chairman of the party, before campaigns begin. The newspaper reports that a tribunal has affirmed the right of MultiChoice to increase prices.

Daily Trust says the federal government has offered to increase the salaries of professors by 35 percent and other varsity workers by 23.5 percent. The newspaper reports that the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) said over two million small and medium scale enterprises have collapsed in two years.

The Guardian says the federal government is set to revisit its no work no pay policy for striking varsity lecturers. The newspaper reports INEC said internally displaced persons (IDPs) will not be disenfranchised from the 2023 elections.

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