Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Tuesday morning


Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to this Tuesday morning

Good morning!

Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Thursday, detained the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), in connection with the controversial $2.1bn arms purchase scam. Badeh arrived the EFCC office around 10am and was accompanied by some unidentified men into the EFCC office.

2. An Abuja Federal High Court on Monday dismissed the application by former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) seeking to stop his trial. Ruling o the matter, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, struck out Dasuki’s application for lacking in merit and ordering the continuation of his trial.

3. The Emir of Kano and immediate past Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has said the current monetary policy regime of the CBN was wrong, stating that President Muhammadu Buhari risks compounding the country’s economic challenges and undermining his government’s achievements on security and corruption by endorsing exchange rate policies that were doomed to fail.

4. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said that it will soon begin the probing of some principal officers who worked with the former President, Goodluck Jonathan, including the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke; Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and others. The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, made this known in Abuja when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes to defend the commission’s 2016 budget proposals.

5. Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, Monday, dismissed Senator Kaka Bashir Garbai’s assertion that Abadam, Mobbar and Kala Balge local governments were fully under the control of Boko Haram insurgents. Shettima insisted that none of the councils in the state was being occupied by the insurgents. He showered accolades on the military for their efforts so far.

6. The Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress on Monday shut down activities of the electricity distribution firms across the country asthey protested the over 45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs, demanding an immediate reversal of the hike.

7. Former governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has faulted the statement credited to Governor Nyesom Wike that he spent $150 million during the general election. Amaechi said the allegation was an imaginary tale, a bogus and fallacious lie that shouldn’t have been said in a place of worship known to be sacred.

8. A judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Benue State government to investigate the administration of former governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam, has asked that N107 billion be returned to the state by 52 individuals and 10 corporate bodies. The head of the commission, Justice Elizabeth Kpojime, disclosed in Makurdi on Monday that 69 memoranda, 108 oral testimonies and over 394 exhibits were entertained by the commission, leading to the recommendation.

9. The Executive members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kwaturu Ward, of Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have unanimously passed a vote of no confidence on the Deputy Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly and member Representing Kachia Constituency, Rt. Hon. John Audu, for anti-party activities and poor leadership style. This was contained in a communiqué signed by the ward Chairman, Philip Peter. According to the party Audu’s suspension from the party takes immediate effect.


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