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Headline News In Nigeria Today – November 18, 2022.

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Ataga’s death: I was forced to sign prepared police statement, says Chidinma

Chidinma Ojukwu, the alleged killer of the Chief Executive Officer, Super TV, Usifo Ataga, on Thursday, told a Lagos State High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, that she was slapped and forced to sign statements written by policemen in the state. Chidinma, who testified in her trial-within-trial as defence witness one, told Justice Yetunde Adesanya that policemen including Assistant Superintendent of Police, Olusegun Bamidele, and Olufunke Madeyinlo, told her to sign statements against her will.

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She said Bamidele told her to narrate the statement he wrote to the state Commissioner of Police after tearing the statement she wrote.

Chidinma is standing trial over the alleged murder of Ataga. She is also charged with stealing and forgery alongside her sister, Chioma Egbuchu, and one Adedapo Quadri.

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UNILAG student slumps, dies playing football

Tragedy struck on Sunday at the University of Lagos, after a 100 level student of the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Science, Simon Adokwu, slumped and died while playing football on the premises of the school in Akoka, Lagos State.

The PUNCH gathered that Adokwu, after attending church service, went to play football at a field near the University’s Human Resource Development Centre.

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The undergraduate was said to be playing football with his colleagues when he suddenly slumped.

Nigerian tech employees prepare for mass layoffs

The wave of layoffs that saw three giant global tech companies lay off a total of 15,820 staff in less than two weeks has heightened the concerns for Nigerian tech companies

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These concerns are not unfounded, as more tech companies are still continuing to downsize, albeit quietly.

From Stripe to Twitter and then Meta, the tsunamis of layoffs have left many tech workers singing a dirge on various social media platforms for weeks now. And from all indications, those are just the beginning as more tech layoffs are projected to take place between now and Q1 2023.  

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Already, American retail giant, Amazon, has confirmed that it is also laying off about 10,000 of its staff and reports say the company has commenced the process with a memo to all its workers preparing them for the tsunami.  

According to the startups’ layoffs tracking website, layoff.fyi, a total of 814 tech companies have laid off 128, 865 employees so far this year. Recall that Stripe, the American fintech giant had early this month announced 1,120 head cuts, representing 14% of its workforce.

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Voter register: INEC to probe confirmed infractions

he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will thoroughly investigate cases of infraction in the ongoing display of register of voters across the country.

INEC gave the assurance in a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, on Thursday in Abuja.

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Okoye also said that culpable officials would  be disciplined.

Troops eliminate over 50 terrorists in the North

The Defence Headquarters says the military has eliminated more than 50 terrorists and rescued 50 victims in land and air offensives in North East and North West in the last two weeks.

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The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, made this known at a bi-weekly news briefing on the operations of the armed forces on Thursday in Abuja.

In the North East, Danmadami said the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 13 terrorists, apprehended 10 and rescued 41 victims in land operations across the theatre during the period.

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He also said that more than 13 terrorists were eliminated in air bombardments at Belowa and Ngwuri Gana in Abadan and Bama Local Government Area of Borno on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5.

He said that feedback from the airstrikes revealed that key members of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Shura Council, Mallam Ali Kwaya and Mallam Bukar Mainoka were among those neutralised.

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These are the headline news in Nigeria today among other breaking news headlines which will be brought to you shortly.

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