Saraki Directs ADC To Force Headquarters To Receive Police Invitation

Senate President Bukola Saraki said on Monday that he has sent his aide-de-camp to the Force Headquarters to pick up an invitation letter — if the police have such a message for him.

The police said on Sunday that an invitation had been extended to Mr Saraki to answer questions bordering on murder allegations at their intelligence department in Abuja. Some suspects arrested in connection to the April 5 armed robbery attack in Offa, Kwara State, allegedly owned up to the murder of at least 33 persons in the heist, which also affected five banks.

The police said five of the suspects incriminated Mr Saraki as their main financier and arm supplier. Mr Saraki issued a fierce denial to the police’s claims Sunday night, dismissing all the allegations as unfounded and a pedestrian plot to frame him up in criminal investigations.

The Senate President described the murder allegations against him as a further manifestation of a desperate plot to frame him up.

Nonetheless, the top lawmaker said he would honour the police invitation, but only after receiving formal communication, even though Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris repeatedly ignored Senate invitations for several weeks this year.

The police did not say whether an invitation had actually been sent out to Mr Saraki, they only announced that he had been summoned for questioning. They also said he should see detectives at the intelligence monitoring unit in Guzape, about seven kilometres south of downtown Abuja.

The police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, did not immediately respond to newsmen requests for clarification about the status of Mr Saraki’s invitation.

After waiting throughout Sunday and Monday morning without a formal communication from the police, Mr Saraki announced in a Twitter update that his top security official had gone to demand the invitation from the police.

Bukola Saraki

@bukolasaraki

I have just informed my ADC to get the letter of invitation from @PoliceNG in respect of the allegations raised yesterday — so that I can immediately honour the alleged invitation.

“I have just informed my ADC to get the letter of invitation from @PoliceNG in respect of the allegations raised yesterday — so that I can immediately honour the alleged invitation,” the Senate President wrote at 12:18 p.m.

Police Invite Saraki, Kwara Governor Ahmed Over Offa Bank Robberies

Almost all the Nigerian National Newspapers for review today report the reactions and comments that greeted the story of the Nigerian Police Press Conference held yesterday by Force PPRO, Mr Jimoh Moshood on the suspects arrested in connection with the April 5 Offa bank robberies in Kwara State.

According to the Police, the suspects confessed to be thugs of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed. The Police have however invited the duo due to the claims by the suspected bandits. The PUNCH, VANGUARD, NIGERIAN TRIBUNE and The NATION all make it their lead story.

The police spokesman said, “The gang leaders namely, Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salawudeen Azeez, Niyi Ogundiran and some of the other 17 suspects arrested for direct involvement and active participation in the Offa bank robberies admitted, confessed and volunteered statements that they were political thugs of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and the Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.”

He stated, “The five gang leaders further confessed during investigation that they are political thugs under the name Youth Liberation Movement aka “Good Boys” and confessed to have been sponsored with firearms, money and operational vehicles by the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, and the Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.

“Meanwhile, the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, is being invited by the Nigeria Police Force to report to the Force Intelligence Response Team Office at Guzape, Abuja, to answer to the allegations levelled against him from the confessions of the gang leaders,” the police stated.

The groups gang leader, Akinnibosun in an interview with journalists said he worked as a political thug for Saraki in Kwara South, Kwara North, and Kwara Central Senatorial Districts, while he was in the Peoples’ Democratic Party. He explained that the gang assisted the Senate President to disrupt elections at polling centres his party could not win, adding that he had been working for Saraki since he was the Kwara State governor.

However in separate reactions, the Senate President and Kwara State Governor denounced being the financiers of the group. Saraki said in a statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, dismissed the allegation, describing it as baseless. He said he had no link with any band of criminals.

The Kwara Governor whose Chief of Staff, Abdulwahab Oba was alleged to have been providing guns to the robbers but was not aware of the robbery said through his media aide, Muideen Akorede that in response to a Nigeria Police statement accusing him of sponsoring political thugs allegedly linked to the Offa armed robbery incidents, described the allegations as false.

Robbers: Police Invite Saraki For Questioning

The Police have summoned the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Mr Saraki is to be questioned over his alleged relationship with suspects arrested following the bank robbery in Offa, Kwara State, an official said.

The police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said this on Sunday in a statement.

Consequently, Mr Saraki has been summoned to appear before a police team in Abuja for interrogation, Mr Moshood said.

Mr Moshood said at five of the 22 suspects arrested in connection to the April 5 attack on five banks in Offa which also led to the killing of at least 17 people, including nine police officers, confessed their allegiance to Mr to Saraki.

Mr Moshood’s statement read in part: “Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki is being invited by the Nigeria Police Force to report to the Force Intelligence Response Team office at Guzape, Abuja to answer to the allegations levelled against him from the confessions of the Five (5) Gang Leaders, namely; Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibukunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salawudeen Azeez, Niyi Ogundiran and some of the other Seventeen (17) suspects arrested for direct involvement and active participation in the Offa Bank Robbery and the gruesome killing of THIRTY THREE (33) innocent persons which includes (some pregnant women and nine (9) Police personnel).”

The announcement comes three weeks after the police transferred some criminal suspects on an unrelated matter to Abuja. Mr Saraki raised an alarm at the time, saying the police were plotting to implicate him.

The police, however, denied the allegations, warning the top lawmaker to desist from jeopardising an ongoing criminal investigation

Senate President Makes Move to End JOHESU Strike

The Senate has intervened in the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), in a bid to end the strike and make the nation’s hospitals functional once again.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, after a meeting with the leadership of JOHESU on Thursday, where he listened to their grievances and demands, yesterday, met with the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, to hear their own side of the issue.

While meeting with the JOHESU leadership led by its Chairman, Biobelemonye Joseph, the President of the Senate, had pledged that the Senate would ensure that the right thing is done to end the strike.Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate, Sanni Onogu, in a statement in Abuja, said Saraki’s meeting with Adewole and Ngige was meant to hear their side of the issue and to forge a way forward, not only to end the strike, but to ensure that there is lasting peace and industrial harmony in the nation’s health institutions.

During his meeting with the leadership of JOHESU, Saraki said the Senate and, indeed, the National Assembly would ensure that the right thing is done to end the strike.He noted that it is not in the interest of the country to have its hospitals closed while he pledged that the Senate would work with all stakeholders to ensure that the strike is called off.

Saraki said: “Our interest here in the Senate and the National Assembly in general, is to find a solution to this problem. It is not in the interest of the country for us to have our hospitals closed and we must work to ensure they are reopened promptly.“I have heard your remarks, I will spend some time to discuss with you and get more details to see how we can put an end to this strike.

“On our own part, we will bring all parties involved together to ensure that where commitments have been made, those who made the commitments honour them.“The only thing I can assure you is that we will make sure that the right thing is done and that this matter is resolved,” he said.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued a 10-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to resolve the ongoing strike action by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHSU).Speaking at a press conference yesterday in Abuja, NANS President, Aruna Kadiri, also pleaded with JOHESU to suspend its strike in the interest of millions of Nigerians and their families who were bearing the brunt of the action.

He said: “NANS after careful study of the situation is pleading with JOHESU to suspend the strike in the best interest millions of millions of Nigerian students and their families, but also gives the federal government a 10-day ultimatum to dialogue with the striking health workers and resolve every issues keeping the Nigerian Medical Association, the doctors at bay since they have already received salary adjustment since 2014.”

Kadiri advised doctors who were still in the hospitals not to obstruct the ongoing talks between the government and JOHESU.He added that NANS would rise against any group that will disrupt doctors’ agitation for improved welfare in the future.

According to him “The health union is requesting for the implementation of the adjusted consolidated salary structure. “We gathered that the medical doctors have been addressing conferences and trying to distract the Federal Government from resolving the issues with JOHESU. We warn that the doctors must work to resolve the crisis and not to fuel it further.”

IBB Terrorises Buhari As Saraki Transmits I-G

By Tunde Odesola

You can call me a fool for all you care, I won’t bat an eyelid. I have the right to be foolish, anyway. But move away from my arm’s length if you call me stupid, for stupidity is mental retardation simplified. Foolishness is a choice. Stupidity is not, it’s endowed. It’s wired to the DNA. As adjectives, ‘foolish’ is lacking a good sense or judgment but ‘stupid’ is lacking in intelligence or the inability to think. Stupidity is the crown on an empty skull. Foolishness is the obstinacy that dares the lamb to look at the tiger in the eyes. With a little more caution, the lamb could, by keeping silent in hiding, escape a bloody journey into the belly of the black-striped, gold-furred tiger with flaming eyes, stalking the jungle.

Then Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari blazed into power in the very last minute of 1983. His coup was a welcome blow that broke the spine of the inept and corrupt Shehu Shagari administration which was more popular for wearing long caps on idle heads than arresting the debilitating inflation crippling the economy. Fire bellowed down the nostrils of the Buhari tiger, clawing, tearing and mauling perceived impediments to national greatness. Everybody feared the tiger until a certain lamb from the largest state in the country, Niger, came to tame it two years after. This Niger lamb was beautiful and pleasing to the eyes, its baaing was melodious to the ears; everybody who feared the tiger loved the iamb of the lamb. The furry lamb was a paradox that unnerved and reassured simultaneously. Not very long after being crowned king, however, the corrupt-wind of genetic mutation blew the way of the lamb, which sloughed its fur for scales and metamorphosed into a snake. The lamb’s harmless mouth turned into striking serpentine jaws of poison, savagery replaced genteelness, and evil stalked the land unstoppably. Sometime in the August of 1985, the snake chased out the tiger from the lair, taking over the kingdom.

I’ve never set my eyes on a scrotal sac with one ball. But I’ve often heard the Yoruba describe any man wailing meaninglessly as having only one ball in his sac. What’s the link between wailing and one scrotal ball? Does wailing complement a missing ball? Does wailing alleviate the pains or absence of a missing ball? With the way Nigerians wail meaninglessly on social media, compulsory medical check on scrotal sacs across the country won’t be a bad idea. However, it’s not only Nigerian proletariats that wail, Nigerian leaders wail, too. Last week, former man of steel, President Buhari, lamented in Abuja during the inauguration of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s headquarters in Abuja. He said he was ousted in 1985 and detained for three years by Brig Gen Ibrahim Babangida because he (Buhari) was fighting corruption as of the time. The President said, “I was removed as the head of state, detained for three years and people whom we recovered stolen money from were given back their money and I remained in detention up until my mother had to die to save me from detention.”

Mr President, you’re free to think Nigerians are fools, but don’t you think we are stupid. In our foolishness, we can clearly see the lie in your statement that your mother waited three years to save you from detention. Why would a mother wait for 1, 095 days to save her son? What if death had knocked on your soul before her intervention? Oh, your media aides would say, “The President was speaking figuratively.” Yes, he was speaking politically, too. When a figure of speech borders on representing an idea better or worse than it really is, it is called an exaggeration. So, is the President blowing issues out of proportion in order to gain political sympathy? The President said he was toppled 33 years ago because of corruption and that the money he retrieved from corrupt politicians were returned to them, right? And Babangida, who toppled him, is still alive. Please, where should the anti-corruption war of Buhari begin from, if it is only to set the records straight and debunk the claims that his military administration was vindictive? So, Buhari knows some individuals with stolen public wealth, and he keeps quiet and feels comfy about it? What manner of leader is he? A weakling? There, surely, exists a difference between foolishness and stupidity.

Foolishness and stupidly rule the Nigerian online political space where innumerable people talk inanities all at once. Some talk and say nothing. Some applaud roguish politicians defecating on our collective sensibilities. In Animal Farm, George Orwell depicts the proletariats as stupid. Are Nigerian proletariats better? Foolishness and stupidity went round the bend last week as another President, Bukola Saraki, tackled the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. Saraki, the President of the Nigerian Senate, last Wednesday, accused the IGP of planning to implicate him in the trial of some suspected hired killers arrested in Kwara State. Hitherto, there was no love lost between Saraki’s flimsy Senate and the unmeet police boss as Saraki and his gang of senators had repeatedly invited Idris to appear before the Red Chamber futilely. If the Senate was planning not to pass the budget of the police – in retaliation of the I-G’s scorn, a quick rethink wasn’t unlikely as Idris wouldn’t think twice before withdrawing police orderlies from our self-serving senators. Who wan die? Not these senators gulping billions of naira in taxpayers’ funds monthly with nothing to show for it.

In the heat of the back-and-forth kafuffle between the senate and the I-G, a video clip went viral. In the video, Idris, who was reading an address at a public function, was portrayed as being unable to coherently read his address, needlessly repeating the word ‘transmission’. A man in a dark suit and blue shirt stepped in to help with the speech which being ruffled by the wind while Idris bungled on. A closer look at the video, however, shows that Idris’ lips and the audio don’t sync. The IG, though a lawyer, doesn’t possess the gift of the garb. He speechifies the English Language in a laborious way. With its back pinned against the wall, the police force released its version of the video showing the IGP reading an error-free address. The two versions were from the same Kano event, but the part wherein the man in suit stepped in to offer a helping hand was excised from the version released by the police – suggesting that Idris truly made a couple of mispronunciations while delivering his speech. His traducers, however, fanned the embers of the innocuous error into a horrible conflagration by manipulating the audio to make the I-G sound as repeating himself. The Presidency later joined in the fray by describing the video as doctored. I’m not a fan of the IGP as I consider many of his actions unbecoming since he was appointed by Buhari on March 21, 2016. But a fool worth his salt would see through the deft doctoring of the video. That a lot of Nigerians believe that the IG could, in a two-minute, 18-second video, publicly repeat ‘transmission’ 13 times, and ‘I mean’ six times, shows why the political class continues to manipulate us with the stupidest of ploys. A bosom friend, Shola Ogunjimi, however, has a different opinion. He said Nigerians knew that the video was doctored, but that they believed it because of the brainlessness that attended some of Idris’ past actions. A former Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council, Prince Ayoade Adedayo, who felt no pity for Idris, believes there is more to the video than what the police are claiming.

I ask, why is Idris suddenly being portrayed as deficient in speech and reading now that some powerful people are being linked to some suspected hired killers? Why?

APC Kwara Holds Congress in Two Locations

Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki and Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed are in serious battle for the soul of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara, with both participating in parallel state congress in Ilorin on Saturday, to elect state executives.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while the faction loyal to Saraki held its congress at the Banquet Hall opposite the Government House, the faction loyal to Lai Mohammed, held theirs at the Arca Santa Event Hall.

Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed, APC National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, Sen Shaaba Lafiaji and lawmakers representing the state at the National Assembly and state House of Assembly were present at the congress which had Saraki in attendance.

Saraki, while speaking at the congress commended members of the party for the peaceful conduct of the ward and local government congresses.

He said most of the executive members at the wards and local government level were youths, adding that “this was a sign of good things to come in 2019”.

The Senate President said: “In 2019, it will be a test for the youths to demonstrate their ability to take charge in the state,” he said.

Saraki, however, appealed to the delegates to comport themselves in an orderly and peaceful manner.

The party’s Chairman, Alhaji Ishola Balogun-Fulani, commended members for their conduct during the last two congresses of the party.

The congress held at Arca Santa Hall had Moshood Mustapha, a former Special Assistant to the Senate President on Special Duties and Inter-Parliamentary Affairs in attendance.

Alhaji Raheem Adedoyin, a former Commissioner for Information under the Saraki administration, was also in attendance.

Also present was a former Secretary to the State Government under the Saraki administration, Alhaji Ganiyu Cook-Olododo.

The executive members of the two factions emerged through consensus arrangement.

While delegates at the Banquet Hall still cast their votes in spite of the fact that the candidates had no opponents, those at the Arca Santa Hall only affirmed the return of candidates.

Alhaji Moshood Bolarinwa emerged the State Chairman of the faction loyal to the minister, while Malam Abdullahi Samari was elected as the Deputy Chairman.

Others were Alhaji Abdulganiyu Saka (Secretary); Abegunde Goge (Assistant Secretary); Rahmat Abolaji (Women leader) and Samuel Isaac (Youth Leader).

Also included were Mr Olayemi Olabanji, Kwara South Senatorial Chairman; Sulyman Yahaya, Kwara Central Senatorial Chairman; and Raheem Usman, Kwara North Senatorial Chairman.

Kayode Oyin-Zubair emerged Publicity Secretary of the faction, while Abiola Nasir was elected as Financial Secretary.

Wahila Sakariyah emerged as the Organising Secretary.

IGP Idris: Murder Suspects Reportedly Identify Saraki, Kwara Govt As Sponsors

The murder suspects recently arrested by the Kwara State Police Command in Ilorin last week and transported to Abuja, have named the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Kwara State governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed, as their sponsors.

This was contained in the confessional statement made by the suspects, according to SaharaReporters.

The suspects reportedly confessed to have been on the payroll of the Kwara State government and Mandate Office of Saraki.

One of the suspects and leader of the killer squad, who is the son of Salihu Woru, the spokesman of Magajis in Ilorin Emirate, told the police that he was placed on salary Grade Level 16, while his colleagues are on Levels 10 to 15.

The suspects also said that they were being paid from the Office of the Senate President, who allegedly gave them Toyota Corolla cars a few months ago as a way of securing the loyalty ahead of the 2019 elections.

The suspects, in their statement, reportedly said those marked on their list for execution before the election are: Kayode Oyin, Yinka Aluko, Baba Rex, one Mustapha and one Ogunlowo.

A Police source told the online platform that bank statements retrieved from the suspects indicated that they received money on a monthly basis from Saraki and the Kwara State government.

According to the report, the Senate President and Ahmed may soon be invited by the Police.

The Senate President had on Wednesday raised an alarm during plenary of a plan by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to implicate him using some arrested murder suspects.

Again, Saraki Summons IG, Others Over Abductions

Senate President, Bukola Saraki has once again summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, alongside the Department of State Service and the Army to appear before the Senate to explain the reasons behind recent abductions in the country.

Saraki on his Twitter handle on Wednesday noted that another 87 persons have been abducted off the “nation’s highways.”

He added that the trend cannot be allowed to continue and therefore urged the security outfits to appear before the Senate.

Bukola Saraki

@bukolasaraki
Another 87 people abducted off our nation’s highways. We cannot continue like this! We have once again requested the presence of the IGP, together with the SSS and the Army to explain to us, your representatives, why this continues to happen.

 

2018 Budget to Face Further Delay Despite Passage

The 2018 budget is set to face further delay despite its passage by the National Assembly yesterday.

Our correspondents report that after the passage of the budget in the House, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, announced the setting up of a conference committee to harmonize some ‘little changes’ in the budget with the Senate.

Some of the changes, it was observed, had to do with the title of the Appropriation Bill and the date it is to take effect.

The lawmakers agreed that the budget should commence immediately after the president assents it into law. The harmonization process may take days to be completed.

Further hurdle before the budget also include, transmission of a clean copy for presidential assent, consideration by the executive prior to the assent. In 2017, the budget passage and assent lasted for May 11 to June 12.

The 2018 budget details

The 2018 budget was passed by both chambers of the legislature yesterday; six months after President Buhari presented the proposal.

The fiscal document was premised on the exchange rate of N305 to a dollar, benchmark of $51 per barrel and 2.3 barrel per day of crude production.

The budget details showed that the ministry of works, power and housing would spend N682.9bn under capital projects, while the ministries of transportation and education got N251.4bn and N102.9bn respectively.

Under the service wide votes, N350bn was approved for special intervention programme; N193.3bn for power sector reform programme; N78bn for Operation Lafiya Dole and other military operations; N65bn for the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

Others are N2.3bn as entitlements of former presidents and heads of states as well as ex-vice presidents and chief of general staff; N10bn for the settlements of MDAs’ electricity bills; N4bn for Treasury Single Account (TSA) operations, among others.

How N/ Assembly added N508bn to budget

The National Assembly increased the budget figure from N8.6trillion presented by President Buhari to N9.1trillion with an increase of N508bn.

At both chambers, chairmen of Appropriations committees, Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe) and Mustapha Bala Dawaki (APC, Kano) explained how the N508bn was added.

The increase, they said was a collective agreement between both the Executive and the Legislature as a result of increase in oil price benchmark.

They said the increase was applied in some critical sectors such as reduction of deficit, N50.88bn; security, N46.72bn; health, N57.15bn and power, works and housing, N106.50bn.

Others are infrastructure for the 12 newly established universities and meal subsidy for unity schools, N15.70bn; judiciary, N10bn; Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), N44.20bn.

Buhari’s $496m fighter jets request dumped

It emerged during the consideration of the budget that Buhari’s $496m request for the purchase of Supper Tucano was not included.

President Buhari had in a letter dated April 13, this year requested for the inclusion of the $496m in this year’s budget. The President in the letter explained that the money was wired into the US government directly.

Speaking during the consideration of the budget, Goje said “The $496m was not included because of the budget size. We thought it should come in through supplementary budget.”

Again, N/ Assembly raises own budget

The budget of the National Assembly was increased from N125bn to N139.5bn under statutory transfers. The parliamentarians had last year increased their budget from N115bn to N125bn.

Unlike last year, detail of the National Assembly budget was not made available to the public. It’s a one line item in the budget.

Contacted, Senate Spokesperson, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger) said details of the National Assembly budget would be made available at appropriate time.

Saraki wants supplementary budget for fuel subsidy

Speaking after the passage, Senate President Bukola Saraki demanded for the submission of a supplementary budget on fuel subsidy.

“ In the area that we could not address, which is the issue of fuel subsidy, I want to make an appeal again that the Executive needs to look into this for the interest of transparency where an expenditure close to over N1 trillion must be captured in the budget,” he said.

SOURCE: DAILYTRUST

Saraki, IGP Fight Dirty Over Arrested Killer-Cult Suspects And Other Headlines Today

It seems the ongoing war between the Senate and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris over the arrest, detention and prosecution of Senator Dino Melaye is taking another twist. Yesterday, the situation deteriorated with the duo throwing jibes at each other.

Papers like NEW TELEGRAPH, The NATION, VANGUARD, DAILY SUN and NIGERIAN TRIBUNE took the story as their frontpage headlines with different captions. As reported, The Senate President, Bukola Saraki accused Idris of plotting to frame him up to “settle scores.”

The police rejected the claim, vowing that it would not allow anybody to obstruct the course of justice. Saraki says “This plot is part of the strategy by the IGP Idris to settle scores over the declaration by this honourable chamber that he is not qualified and competent to hold any public office.

On his part, the police boss retorted by saying “The statement by the Senate President could dissuade and discourage living victims/deceaded families of those who must have been killed…from coming forward to give evidence against them.

In other news, THE PUNCH leads with the story I didn’t beg to be VP, I can leave at short notice – Osinbajo. The Vice President was reported to have during the question and answer session posed by Christian leaders at the stakeholders’ meeting at the Benue State Government House, Makurdi on Tuesday night, Osinbajo said “Let me assure you that under no circumstances, none whatsoever, will I give up my faith or refuse to stand up for my faith.”

He was responding to allegations by Christian Leaders for not exonerating himself in the claim that the killing of Christians across the country did not even move the Vice President to condemning it.

In other headlines, The GUARDIAN says Power, Works, Housing Get Lion Share in 2018 Budget as National Assembly Approves N9.120 trillion; DAILY INDEPENDENT – 2018 Budget Raise To N9.12trn Not Done Unilaterally – NASS; BUSINESS DAY – Devaluation Takes  Toll As Nigerian Banks Absent From S&P Top 30 with South Africa, Egypt Banks Dominate In Africa.

Saraki Accuses IG Of Planning To Implicate Him

The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has accused the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, of plotting to implicate him in criminal activities.

Speaking at plenary Wednesday, Saraki said he was informed by the Kwara State Governor, Mr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, that the IG directed that some cultists, who were arrested in the state, be transferred to Abuja.
“The plot is to get them to alter their statements already taken in Kwara State. They would then be made to implicate the Kwara State Government and myself in their new statement,” Saraki said.

The matter is currently being discussed at the Senate.