First thing on Monday: 10 things you should know about Nigerian newspapers

Hey there! From today's , here is the rundown:

The governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani, has sounded the alarm over the estimated 200 million weapons in circulation across . During an interview with Channels Television's Sunday Politics, Governor Sani revealed this. His request for a reform of Nigeria's guns law stemmed from his belief that the country's growing insecurity was due to the widespread availability of firearms.

2. The Presidency has stated that the efforts of Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice President, to discredit the foreign exchange policy have been unsuccessful. They point out that the CBN is presently enacting measures to stabilize the naira. Atiku had previously stated that the current administration's foreign policy was unsuccessful due to its hasty formulation without enough consultation with key parties.

3. A portion of the Maple Village Market in Bwari Area Council, FCT, that is designated for parking lots, hospitals, fire stations, and police stations has been given one week's notice to the market's vendors. Officers from the Bwari Area Council and the FCT Task Force visited the market over the weekend and handed the notice.

4. Olayemi Cardoso, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has said that his position is the second most challenging in the world. This proves his point that the reforms and other initiatives of the federal are yielding results. The First Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) for 2024 was inaugurated on Sunday in Abuja, and Cardoso was the keynote speaker.

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Fifth, the biggest economies in South America and Africa, Brazil and Nigeria, have decided to strengthen their economic ties. Presidents Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil met on the sidelines of the current African Union (AU) conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the two nations' intentions.

6. Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, stated yesterday that President Bola Tinubu will not succumb to any sort of resignation. He suggested that the governors of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) should kill any notion that the president would quit. According to the minister, the governors' demand is an attempt to divert attention away from the people who ought to be backing the president.

7. Four individuals, allegedly involved in cult activities and armed robberies, who were reported to have terrorized the Abule-Ado and Ijora Badia parts of the state, have been apprehended by the Lagos Police Command. Around 8 in the morning on February 16, officers assigned to the command's tactical squad arrested 29-year-old Mayowa Shitu, 26-year-old Jamie Alarape, 29-year-old Bashiru Munsuru, and 29-year-old Lekon Akintunde.

8. From January 4th to February 16th, 10 people in Ebonyi State died of lassa fever, according to the state's Ministry of Health. In a statement released in Abakaliki, Sampson Orogwu, the ministry's Disease Surveillance Notification Officer, disclosed this information.

9. Sylvanus Namang, the All Progressives Congress (APC) state publicity secretary, was assassinated at Pankshin Town, Pankshin Local Government Area. Namang, a former director of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), was fatally shot at a local hangout called Sunny Best Joint at approximately 8 o'clock on Saturday night.

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Increasing fuel and commodity prices have the potential to spark civil instability in Nigeria, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB). In its 2024 macroeconomic performance and prognosis report, the AfDB issued the warning and predicted faster economic growth for Africa than the 3.2% observed in .

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