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Newspaper Headlines: Lagos psychiatric hospital records 100% admission increase

BY Ayodele Oluwafemi

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Reports on reduction in inter-state fares by the federal government, dominate the cover pages of Nigerian newspapers.

The Punch reports that the federal government has announced 50 percent reduction in transportation costs along 22 inter-state routes during the yuletide season. The newspaper says the faction of the Rivers state assembly has withdrawn an impeachment notice against Siminalayi Fubara, governor of Rivers.
The Nation reports that the federal government has offered free train rides to travellers during the yuletide season. The newspaper reports that Godswill Akpabio, senate president, has declared vacant the two seats previously vacated by David Umahi and Ibrahim Geidam, following their appointments by President Bola Tinubu.
The Guardian reports that gross underfunding of custodial centres and dehumanisation of persons reached a new height with daily cost of feeding each inmate now N750. The newspaper says the federal neuropsychiatric hospital, Yaba, has recorded a 100 percent increase in the number of psychiatrist patients admitted in hospital in 2023.
THISDAY reports that the senate has screened the 11 newly appointed justices of the supreme court behind closed doors. The newspaper says 69 generals and 44 brigadier generals have retired from the Nigerian Army.
Daily Trust reports that the federal government has vowed to prosecute kidney traffickers. The newspaper says the Debt Management Office (DMO) said Nigeria’s total public debt rose to N87.91 trillion in the third quarter (Q3) of 2023.

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