Minister of Interior Announces Due Date for Automation of Nigerian Passport | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

  • LP accuses the Supreme Court of failing to deliver any judgement regarding Obi vs. Tinubu case
  • Minister of Interior announces due date for automation of Nigerian Passport
  • IATA reveals it is still affected by the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Nigeria’s debt hits $51.75 billion
  • Emefiele unable to meet ₦300 million bail, likely to remain in prison

Across Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, these are the five top Nigerian news stories you shouldn’t miss

LP accuses the Supreme Court of failing to deliver judgement regarding Obi vs. Tinubu case

The Labour Party (LP), the supporting political party of the presidential candidate Peter Obi, has alleged that the Supreme Court did not perform its duties by not delivering a certified true copy of the apex court’s judgement.

According to LP, the Supreme Court did not deliver a judgement on the Obi vs Tinubu case, defining the act as embarrassing and depressing.

“The LP finds it very embarrassing and depressing that the Supreme Court would, after hearing the appeal by our party, refuse to deliver any judgement and also fail to avail our party of any copy of whatever it considers to be its decision. This constitutes an unmitigated breach of the constitutional right of LP and her candidate to a fair hearing.” the LP accusation reads.

Minister of Interior announces due date for automation of Nigerian Passport

The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has revealed that applying for passports will become digital in a week as Nigerians can apply and bypass several stages online.

The automation of Nigerian passports is a credible means for Nigerians who are forced to travel to different states before being able to apply.

However, with automation, people only need the immigration offices to capture their biometrics.

“We gave a date — December 2023. We are 99 per cent done. In fact, we have done the testing and should be going live in the next week or thereabouts,” he said.

IATA reveals it is still affected by the Covid-19 pandemic

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) shared that it is yet to recover from the 2020/2021 Covid pandemic fully as the losses incurred were great.

According to the agency, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions placed on nearly all countries worldwide, Africa lost $7.7 billion in the aviation sector.

IATA estimated that Nigeria recorded a loss of ₦21 billion monthly and would need till 2024 before it could fully recover.

Nigeria’s debt hits $51.75 billion

Nigeria’s prolific borrowing skills have raised the total amount of debts owed to $51.75 billion, raising eyebrows among experts.

Nigeria’s prolific borrowing skills have raised the total amount of debts owed to $51.75 billion, raising eyebrows among experts.

Following the request of President Bola Tinubu demanding a loan of $8.6 billion and £100 million, Nigeria’s external debt profile has been estimated to be around $51.759 billion.

Whereas as of June 2023, the country’s total public debt (internal and external) has risen to ₦87.379 trillion.

Emefiele unable to meet ₦300 million bail, likely to remain in prison

Ex-Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, is yet to meet the Abuja Court’s demand and will likely stay in Kuje Correctional Facility for the holidays.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged the disgraced former CBN governor with 6 counts of breach of procurement procedure.

With several witnesses claiming the experience of Emefiele committing the crimes he has been charged with, the politician is unable to get himself out of this debacle and will most likely remain in prison. 

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