Nigerian Newspapers: 10 major events this Sunday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Saturday said that he takes a queue from no nation, but will only advance the interest of the Nigerian state in his approach towards ECOWAS handling of the regional standoff, particularly in Niger Republic. He said the crisis in Niger would not deter him from concluding his economic reform programme for the benefit of Nigerians.

2. Many people have been killed in attacks on Chito community, Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State. Witnesses said the fresh killings took place in the same area where at least five persons were killed a few days ago.

3. The junta in Niger has ordered its armed forces to go on highest alert in anticipation of any attack. The junta cited an increased threat of attack, according to an internal document issued by its defence chief on Friday. The document, sighted on Saturday, said the order to be on maximum alert would allow forces to respond adequately in case of any attack.

4. The Police Command in Benue State says it has arrested a suspect allegedly linked to the killing of Justice Margaret Igbeta, a retired President of the Customary Court of Appeal. Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Catherine Anene, in a statement on Saturday, said one Aondohemba Joseph had been arrested in connection with the murder, adding that he is undergoing investigation.

5. The Director, Press and Public Relations of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Eddy Megwa, has said that the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mrs Hannatu Musawa, who is currently doing her one-year youth service is occupying the ministerial position in breach of the NYSC Act. Megwa confirmed on Saturday that the minister had been serving for the past eight months in the FCT.

6. The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has finally inaugurated six National Working Committee (NWC) members amid serious protests. The inauguration took place at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Friday midnight because of protests that trailed the emergence of the new members.

7. A former director of Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko has reportedly passed on. It was gathered that Onyeuko died at a private hospital in Abuja on Saturday morning after complaining of a cold and was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

8. Ahead of next Saturday’s Local Government elections in Edo State, the State’s chapters of the People Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress are at loggerheads over allegations of vote-buying. The State Chairman of the Edo PDP, Tony Aziegbemi, in a statement, on Saturday, alleged that the APC has concluded plots to rig and buy votes during the election with N150 million.

9. Police in Katsina State have rescued a 65-year-old kidnapped victim, identified as Hashim Yusuf, along with 95 rustled cows and two motorcycles after engaging bandits in a fierce gunfight at Ruwan Lafiya village, along Sheme Road in Kankara area of the State. ASP Abubakar Sadiq, the State’s PPRO stated this in a statement on Saturday.

10. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has revealed that the arrest and subsequent indefinite detention of its embattled former Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa has not stopped the anti-graft agency from carrying out its statutory duty or probing both high and low-profile persons suspected of corrupt practices. The spokesperson for the commission, Wilson Uwujaren said this on Saturday.

(Daily Post)

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Naira Marley visits NDLEA, advises youths to shun drug abuse

Nigerian artiste, Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley, who is popularly referred to as “Igbo labi,” (loosely translated as “marijuana born”) has called on Nigerian youths to shun drug abuse, during his visit to the Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brigadier General Buba Marwa, on Thursday.

In a video obtained by our correspondent, the “Jo Soapy” crooner who is widely known to promote drug use among other social vices in his songs and music videos, made the declaration at the headquarters of the NDLEA in Abuja, adding that drug abuse is dangerous to people’s health.

“It’s your boy Naira Marley, I’ll like to urge my fans – Marlians and all Nigerian youths to stop doing drugs because it’s not good for your well-being. Stop substance abuse of any form; I’ve keyed into this campaign to support the NDLEA to stop drugs on the streets. It’s not good, it makes you go back to doing crime,” Naira Marley said.

Reacting to the development, the spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said, “See who’s on board ⁦@ndlea_nigeria⁩ War Against Drug Abuse advocacy campaign; it’s your favourite, Naira Marley.”

According to PUNCH report in February, 2022, operatives of the NDLEA arrested two of his associates, singers Oniyide Azeez aka Zinoleesky, and his colleague Ilerioluwa Oladimeji aka Mohbad after a midnight raid on their residence in Lagos.

Both artistes became household names after they featured Naira Marley in their songs and made cameo appearances in his videos.

The arrest was made public after videos surfaced online showing officials of the agency in a scuffle with the two artistes. The suspects streamed the moment the NDLEA rounded them up and proceeded to cuff them on their respective Instagram pages.

Confirming the arrests in February, 2022, the NDLEA spokesperson said the anti-narcotics agency recovered cannabis and Molly during the raid.

“Our men raided an area in Idado Estate where Bịara Market boys stay. As a result, some quantities of cannabis sativa and Molly were recovered from their apartment and car. Six persons were arrested in all. Two females and four males,” Babafemi said.

(Punch)

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Emefiele’s arraignment stalls over absence of second defendant

The arraignment of the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was stalled on Wednesday morning due to the absence of the second defendant,  Sa’adatu Yaro 

Emefiele was in court.

According to Yaro’s counsel, she took ill this morning which made her presence in court impossible.

The lawyer asked for a new date for her appearance in court which the prosecutors, the Department of State Services (DSS) did not oppose.

August 23 was fixed for the arraignment by Justice of the Federal Capital Territory FCT High Court, Justice Muazu Hamza.

Details Shortly…

(Nation)

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 major events this Sunday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced daily nationwide protests and picketing of federal health institutions. In a notice issued on Saturday, the association which is currently on a nationwide indefinite strike said the protest will commence on Wednesday, 9th August at 10:00am.

2. The Senate on Saturday urged President Bola Tinubu, who is the Chairman of ECOWAS to adopt diplomacy in addressing the toppling of the democratic government in Niger Republic. Tinubu had in an official communication sent to the Senate on Friday sought the support of the parliament for the implementation of Resolutions of ECOWAS on the political situation in Niger Republic.

3. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25 election, Atiku Abubakar, his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa and some governors of the party, on Saturday met behind a closed door in Asokoro, Abuja. The meeting is suggested to be unconnected with the state of affairs in the party and what could be done to change its fortunes following the loss at the last election.

4. The Senate on Saturday announced that it would increase the number of Standing Committees. It, however, did not disclose the figure. The Senate also said it would name the committees and their chairmen on Monday. This was disclosed by the Majority Leader of the Senate, Opeyemi Bamidele.

5. Mr Adeniyi Sanni, a senior aide to the Senator representing Ogun West in the National Assembly, Solomon Adeola, has been shot dead. The spokesperson for the Senator, Kayode Odunaro, in a statement in Abuja said the incident happened on Saturday morning.

6. The Police Command in Lagos State has confirmed the arrest of three persons over the death of Dr Vware Diaso at the General Hospital in Lagos. The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest on Saturday. Hundeyin, who did not mention the identities of the suspects, said that the police had begun an investigation into the case.

7. A ministerial nominee from Ogun State and an #ENDSARS protester, Dr Bosun Tijani, on Saturday, apologised to the Senate and Nigerians over past derogatory tweets.
Tijani made the apology while being screened by the Senate for a ministerial position.

8. The removal of subsidy and floating of the exchange rate are some of the disruptive changes Nigeria must go through, Anambra Governor Charles Soludo has said. In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Innovation and Business Incubation, Chinwe Okoli, Soludo asked youths to look up to opportunities in “these ongoing disruptive changes.”

9. The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has finally put to rest the Monday sit-at-home observed by people of the Southeast and in its place directed an Economic Empowerment Day (EED). Spokesman of IPOB, Emma Powerful, who disclosed this in a statement at the weekend, explained that EED is created by the IPOB leader to cushion the effects of the Monday sit-at-homes.

10. President of the World Bank, Ajay Banga, on Saturday commended President Tinubu for his early macro-fiscal reforms and commitment to stability. He assured that the World Bank would support Nigeria not only with financial aid but also with knowledge and guidance on regulatory and fiscal policies.

Emefiele: Hold those responsible for fight between DSS, prison officers – SERAP to Tinubu

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has called on President Bola Tinubu to hold to account those responsible for the fight between the Department of State Services, DSS, and operatives of the Nigeria Correctional Service.

DSS operatives and prisons officers engaged in a face-off after the trial of former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, at the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Justice Nicolas Oweibo-led court granted Emefiele bail in the sum of N20 million and a surety in like sum.

This was after the DSS leveled a two-count charges bordering on illegal possession of firearms.

After the court proceedings, the operatives of the correctional services were moving him to their facility when DSS intercepted and forcefully picked him.

A fight broke out during the period between both security operatives in front of the court.

Reacting, SERAP urged the Tinubu administration to obey the court order granting Emefiele bail.

Tweeting, SERAP wrote: “BREAKING: The Tinubu administration must hold to account those responsible for the fight between the DSS and prison officials over the custody of Emefiele.

“The administration must obey the court order granting him bail, and end the attack on the integrity of our justice system.”

Nigerian Newspapers: 10 major events this Friday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The National Economic Council, comprising 36 state governors and Vice President Kashim Shettima, on Thursday concluded a plan for state governments to implement cash transfer programmes using state-generated social registers. It said state-generated social registers would better reflect the number of vulnerable Nigerians to be reached with such cash transfer or palliative schemes.

2. The military high command says it has discovered and destroyed no fewer than 23 illegal crude oil refineries and arrested 60 suspected oil thieves in the last two weeks. The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. Edward Buba, disclosed this on Thursday during the military’s biweekly press briefing in Abuja.

3. The Independent National Electoral Commission has bowed to pressure and finally recognised the Youth Party as a registered political party in Nigeria. The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, Festus Okoye, in a statement on Thursday, said the commission recognised the Youth Party following an order by the Supreme Court.

4. The National Vice Chairman for North-West, Mallam Salihu Lukman has warned against replacing the ousted National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, with former Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, saying the action may upset the zoning arrangement of the party.

5. A court in the United Kingdom (UK) is set to order the seizure of more than 100 million pounds ($129 million) from James Ibori, former Delta State governor who was convicted of fraud and money laundering in Britain. Ibori was among the class 1999 governors who visited President Bola Tinubu at Aso Rock last week.

6. The National Public Relations Officer of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Yakubu Suleiman, on Thursday said that even with the sudden hike in the pump price of petrol in Nigeria, the country still has the cheapest price of the product among other African countries. He stated this during a chat with ARISE TV concerning the recent hike in the price of fuel.

7. The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the appointment of two Deputy Inspectors General of Police and the promotion of CSP Olumuyiwa Oladunmoye Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer to the next rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police. PSC also confirmed 9,016 unconfirmed Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP).

8. All Progressives Congress (APC) governors under the platform of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) have clarified that no powerful bloc in the ruling party coerced erstwhile National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu and the Secretary, Iyiola Omisore, to resign their positions in the party.

9. Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Dankwara, on Thursday, said 53 persons had been arrested in connection with cult-related activities in the state. Dankwara disclosed this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Benin, the state capital. He warned citizens and organisations in the state to stop backing cult groups by providing logistics for their nefarious activities.

10. A lady identified as Chinyere Awuda has allegedly been beaten to death inside Cosmila Hotel in Awka, Anambra State capital, where she went clubbing. The corpse of the deceased, who hailed from Nnobi, in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state, was said to have been found the following morning near the hotel’s swimming pool where it was dumped.

EFCC declares former Zamfara gov., Matawalle wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared the immediate past governor of Zamfara, Bello Matawalle, wanted over alleged corruption while in office.

A top security source confided in Sunday Tribune that the EFCC, on Saturday, asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest EFCC declares Matawalle wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared the immediate past governor of Zamfara, Bello Matawalle, wanted over alleged corruption while in office.

A top security source confided in Sunday Tribune that the EFCC, on Saturday, asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Matawalle “anywhere he is seen” in the country.

A few days to the end of his tenure, Matawalle had accused the now suspended EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, of demanding a $2m bribe from him, an allegation that the anti-graft agency denied.

Matawalle, who had made the allegation in a Hausa Service interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), had pilloried the EFCC for going after governors while ignoring federal officials with big budgetary allocations.

In denying the allegation, the EFCC said it was investigating Matawalle for allegedly siphoning state funds running to N70 billion through unexecuted contracts awarded to his cronies and for which money was received.

Sunday Tribune investigation revealed that the ex-governor might have gone into hiding for fear of being nabbed by the anti-graft agency.

“Have you seen him anywhere lately?” asked rhetorically by a security official while responding to Sunday Tribune’s enquiry about the development.

(Tribune)

Gusau varsity students protest over kidnap of five colleagues

Hundred of students of the Federal University Gusau in Zamfara State have blocked Gusau-Kaduna road to protest the abduction of five students of the university.

Five students of the institution were abducted by bandits last Friday night, a situation which has angered the students to block the road as a result of which several motorists were left stranded for several hours.

Efforts by the security agents to disperse the students proved abortive as many of them sat on the main road, calling on the appropriate authorities to take urgent action on the security situation in the institution.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Muazu Abubakar who was at the scene of the incident appealed to the protesting students to allow motorists to pass through the road but they refused to listen to his plea.

Professor Muazu assured the students that efforts would be made by the institution to ensure adequate security in the institution, but the students insisted that they would not go anywhere.

At the time of filing this report, hundreds of vehicles were packed on the road, while the students kept on shouting saying that the governments have failed.

One of the students Musa Shehu who spoke to PUNCH stated that many students were kidnapped in the past but no action was taken to rescue them.

“He said, “A lot of students have been kidnapped from this institution but no positive action is taken to rescue them.

“There are some students currently in bandits camp and the authorities are not making any move to rescue them”.

(Punch)

EFCC arrests FMC staff, 50 others over alleged internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal office, has arrested a staff of Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta in Ogun, and 47 others for alleged involvement in internet fraud.

This is contained in a statement signed the commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren and made available to newsmen on Friday in Ibadan.

Uwujaren said that the suspects were arrested on Wednesday at Idi-Aba area of Abeokuta, following intelligence on their alleged fraudulent activities.

He said that items recovered from the suspects included seven exotic vehicles, several mobile phones, laptops, hi and apple wrist watches among others.

Uwujaren said that two suspects were arrested same day at Idi-Igba area of Ibadan in Oyo state, and two cars and other valuables recovered from them.

He said that the Oyo State Command of the Nigerian Police also arrested and handed over a cybercrime suspect to the EFCC.

Uwujaren said that the suspect was arrested at his house on suspicion of involvement in fraudulent activities.

He said that an Honda Civic car and mobile phones were recovered from him.

Uwujaren said that all the suspects would be charged to court after completion of investigation.

DSS confiscates Emefiele’s passport, grills EFCC’s Bawa over alleged selling of 244 trucks

The Department of State Services (DSS) has confiscated the international passport of suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, The Punch reports.

Emefiele was arrested by the DSS on Saturday, a day after his suspension by President Bola Tinubu.

On Friday, the embattled apex bank boss secured the order of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, which directed the Director-General of the DSS, Yusuf Bichi, to allow him access to his lawyers and family members.

He is currently undergoing interrogation at the secret police’s headquarters in Abuja for alleged terrorism financing, economic sabotage, mismanagement of forex and the naira redesign policy, among others.

Meanwhile, Emefiele’s passport has been confiscated, while his home and office may be searched by operatives during the week, sources revealed.

“The suspended CBN governor is yet to be arraigned by the service as he’s still detained and being interrogated. It’s not certain whether or not he’d be arraigned this week,” a source had told The PUNCH earlier in the week.

Another source stated, “If the service had wanted to hurriedly charged him to court, it wouldn’t have arrested him during the weekend and he would have be arraigned since Tuesday,”

Following Emefiele’s suspension last Friday as a result of the ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the financial sector, the DSS arrested him in Lagos and flew him to Abuja in a private jet last Saturday.

Afunanya had confirmed in a statement that Emefiele was taken into custody and was under investigation.

However, a source in the DSS said that it was standard procedure for his travel document to be seized pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.

The source added that the office and residence of the suspended apex bank governor would be searched.

“Emefiele’s travel document will be confiscated as part of the standard process pending the conclusion of our investigation. Also, as part of the investigation, his house and office will be searched for documents that can aid the ongoing investigation on his management of the CBN,” the source said.

It was earlier reported that other top directors of the CBN might also be arrested or invited for questioning over their roles in the administration of the apex bank.

It was learnt that the DSS might revisit the criminal charges it earlier filed against Emefiele, which bordered on terrorism financing and fraud.

The secret police similarly accused Emefiele of mismanaging the CBN subsidiary, Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, and the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.

Meanwhile, indications have emerged that the suspended Chairman of the EFCC, Bawa, is being investigated by the DSS for alleged misappropriation of proceeds of assets seized by the anti-graft agency from suspects, among other issues.

It was learnt that Bawa was arrested and detained by the anti-graft agency in 2019 for allegedly selling at least 244 trucks worth between N20m and N30m each to his cronies at the cost of N100,000 per unit, hence depriving the country of about N4.8bn in potential loot recovery.

Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, disclosed that the forfeiture proceedings of most of the trucks were yet to be concluded when Bawa allegedly disposed of them.

The source said, “In 2019, Bawa was arrested and questioned over the sale of about 244 trucks that were seized by our Port Harcourt zonal office, where he worked then as zonal head. That case is one of the major reasons why he was suspended and is being investigated.

“He sold the trucks worth between N20m and N30m each to his proxies at N100,000 per unit, depriving the country of about N4.8bn in potential loot recovery.

“This prompted the former EFCC Secretary, Ola Olukoyede, to confront the EFCC boss in 2019, as he was said to have received complaints that Bawa was tampering with assets undergoing forfeiture proceedings.

“But when Bawa was queried about what happened to the trucks, he claimed that he was acting on the instructions of the former Chairman, Magu, but he never wrote that in his statement.”

Another source privy to the matter revealed that the allegation by former governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, of a demand for $2m bribe by Bawa was one of the reasons for the ongoing investigation against him.

The source also noted that the suspended EFCC chairman allegedly collaborated with the suspended CBN governor, Emefiele, to carry out fraudulent deals with Bureau De Change operators.

Last month, Matawalle accused Bawa of demanding a $2m bribe from him.

Matawale made the allegation during an interview with BBC Hausa amid ongoing rift between the governor and the anti-graft agency.

The source said, “You’re very much aware that Matawale also accused the chairman of demanding a $2m bribe from him. That’s also part of the allegations levelled against him that led to his suspension.

“Also, there’s an allegation that Bawa collaborated with the suspended CBN governor, Emefiele, in some fraudulent dealings with Bureau De Change operators.”

(Punch)

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