How Anyim Got N575m For Special Service, By EFCC And Other Interesting Newspaper Headline Today

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation Anyim Pius Anyim is fighting to keep his integrity after being accused of collecting N575m for special service. THE NATION disclosed that the cash according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), came from the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

THE VANGUARD reveals on its headline that Southern, M-Belt Leaders Visit Benue, Insist On Restructuring. The leadership of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, including Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Middle Belt and South South Forum, yesterday, stormed Makurdi, Benue State, urging President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to embrace the call for the restructuring of the country to save it from imminent collapse.

On NIGERIAN TRIBUNE today, Senate Uncovers Excess Petrol Importation Worth N784bn. A report of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downsteam), headed by Senator Kabiru Marafa, has uncovered a N784 billion worth excess petrol imported by the Federal Government in 2017.

Finally Heardsmen Destroy Ex-Naval Chief’s Farms, Taraba Rejects Cattle Colony head THE PUNCH this morning. A former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Samuel Afolayan, said on Wednesday that headsmen had destroyed about 45 hectares of his 500-hectare farm. Afolayan’s cry is coming on the heels of fresh attacks by herdsmen in Benue State during which five people reportedly died.

 

 

APC, PDP Clash Over $1b Cash To Fight Boko Haram And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

The row over the $1 billion anti-Boko Haram battle fund to be withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) grew yesterday, with the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) throwing darts at each other. According to The Nation, the APC described the allegation by the PDP that the government planned to pump the money into its reelection as ‘ludicrous and baseless’.

Senators Uncover Budget Padding shows as the headlines for Daily Sun revealing that the Senate Committee on Power has queried the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Mustapha Baba Shehuri and the Permanent Secretary, Mr Loius Edozien, over alleged duplication of items in the 2018 budget estimates of the Power ministry. In the details of the ministry’s next year’s budget, which were made available during yesterday’s budget defence, N120 million, N480 million and N288 million, respectively, were allocated for purchase of utility vehicles by the Power ministry.

Nigerian Tribune buttresses on the fuel scarcity and PENGASSAN strike of yesterday stating; Fuel Scarcity: No Respite Yet As PENGASSAN Suspend Strike. Despite the suspension on Monday of the industrial action embarked upon by members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), there were long queues at many filling stations across the country as fuel scarcity bit harder, a development that resulted in the return of black market sale of petrol in Lagos and Borno States.

2019: Amosun, Tinubu Battle For Control Of South-West heads the Independent today. According to the news outlet, there are feelers that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State are currently engaged in a supremecy battle over control of the South-West geopolitical ahead of the 2019 elections. There have been recent allegations between the loyalists of the duo over recent developments in the party, especially in respect of the party’s preparations for the 2019 presidential election.

Former Senate President has been exposed in The Punch this morning, stating that David Mark Illegally Acquired Senate President’s Official Residence- FG. In details the Federal Government has accused a former Senate President, David Mark, of Illegally acquiring his then official residence as his private property. In September this year, the government, through the special presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, which is chaired by Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, gave the former Senate President a 21-day notice to quit the mansion.

Moving away from the exposure of David Mark, President Buhari Extends Tenure Of CDS, Service Chiefs. According to The Guardian President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the tenure of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin and the service chiefs; the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Iboke-Ete Ibas.

Finally the Vanguard reveals; Test Nigerian Leaders For Drug Abuse- Emir Sanusi. The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has called for a law to compel Nigerian political and religious leaders, including lawmakers, governors and traditional rulers, to undertake drug test.

 

 

 

 

 

2019: Crisis Looms In PDP Over Vice Presidential Ticket And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

According to Independent, interest groups within the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) are set to engage each other in an open war for the control of the party as the race for 2019 presidential election get underway. A competent source within the party told INDEPENDENT at the weekend that some power brokers within the party who seemed united towards the convention held last weekend have since commenced underground moves to outwit one another in battle for the control of the party.

Meanwhile the The Nation reports that Nigeria plans to lend its neighbours a hand in the anti-Boko Haram war, with its headline reading; $1b Anti-Boko Haramm Battle Plan Sparks Row. The Federal Government requested for $1billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to bolster the military’s capacity to assist neighbouring countries, Defence Minister Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali said.

The Punch moves to the oil sector to report that Fuel Queues Reappear In Lagos, Persist In Abuja, Others. The lingering petrol scarcity in many parts of the country grew worse on Sunday in Lagos, Abuja, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states as many filing stations were shut. The closure of the filling stations followed threats by members of the Petrolum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria to embark on a nationwide strike from today (Monday).

Presidency, Nass May Clash Over $1bn ECA Approval tops the stories for Nigerian Tribune. According to their reports, a fresh crisis is now looming between the executive and the legislature over the planned $1 billion withdrawal from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to fight the Boko Haram war as both chambers of the National Assembly resumes plenary today. It was gathered on Sunday that plan had been concluded for a showdown in the House of Representatives with the Presidency over the deduction from the ECA which they claimed was illegal and unconstitutional.

The Vanguard newspaper has also revealed that UK Court Orders Return Of $85m Malabu Oil Loot. After many years of legal fireworks, the United Kingdom has given the final clearance for Nigeria to draw down a whopping $85 million seized from entities embroiled in the controversial Malabu Oil Scam. This was confirmed by the Attorney General of The Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, saying the money was not yet in the coffers of Nigeria but would soon be repatriated.

Daily Sun draws the curtain today on headlines, giving an exclusive interview as Governors, Others Felicitate With President at 75.

 

 

 

2019: Govs Alone Can’t Endorse Buhari- Tinubu and Other Newspaper Headlines Today

Against the backdrop of a gale of second term endorsements for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 Presidential race, especially by governors, national leaders of All Progressive Congress, APC, and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday, ruled out an automatic ticket for the President. According to the Vanguard this came on a day governors, political leaders and other stakeholders from the North-Central geo-political zone of the country asked President Buhari to re-present himself for election in 2019.

Still on the President’s political ambitions Daily Sun’s headline reads; No Automatic Ticket For Buhari In 2019- Tinubu. National leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said governors have no right to endorse President Muhammadu Buhari for 2019.

Finally on the Buhari’s ambitions, The Nation reveals, Tinubu: Buhari’ll Follow Due Process. All Progressive Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu said yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination for second term will follow the due process. On Buhari’s return bid in 2019, Tinubu said: “I have not heard about that and the APC spokesman has not said that.”

Nigerian Tribune reveals Magu Insits On Arrest Of Ekpeyong, Oke. Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has expressed the anti-graft body’s determination to go after the former Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Ita Ekpeyong and ex Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, over corruption charges.

Sagay, Falana Berate DSS For Stopping Ekpeyong, Oke’s Arrest heads The Punch this morning. The Presidency is still waiting for the official reports on what transpired between the officials of the Department of State Services and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja on Tuesday. Officials of the sister agaencies were on Tuesday involved in a showdown when the EFCC operatives attempted to arrest a former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke.

Finally New Regulation Threatens N466b Power Sector Loans. The nation’s bank could lose over N466 billion ex-posures to the power sector due to new policy by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). According to The Guardian operations in the ailing sector say the regulation would impact negatively on their revenue and ability to pay back loans.

 

 

PDP Crisis Deepens And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

Ahead the December 9 national convention of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), meant to usher in new elected leaders, the crisis which the party has been enmeshed in seems to be worsening, as one of the chairmanship aspirants from the South-West, Professor Tunde Adeniran, accused the Ahmed Markarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of favoring one of the aspirants from the south-south. According to Nigerian Tribune, after the party’s botched Port Harcourt convention, PDP had zoned the chairmanship position to the south, while the party’s Presidential slot had been zoned to the North.

The Guardian however moves further from the present crisies to the request of the Igbos saying; Immortalise Ekwueme, Igbo, Others Tell FG. Tributes have been pouring in for former vice president, Dr Alex Ekwueme, just as the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, called on the Federal Government to immortalize him.

Buttressing on the death of the former Vice president The Punch headline reads; Buhari, Shagari, Obasanjo, Other Mourn Ekwueme. The print media displayed the heart of his close friends and associates.

  • He lived nobly and died in nobility- Obasanjo
  • His demise, end of an era- South-East govs
  • I mourn with Nigeria, for we have all lost a patriot- Tinubu
  • It’s with a deep sense of loss that I heard about the demise of my brother- Shagari
  • He was committed to a united Nigeria- Buhari

Still on the demise of the former leader, Daily Sun reports Ekwueme: Grief, Tears. Both present and past leaders had a lot to say about the death of Ekwueme;

  • Ekwueme was a pillar of Nigeria’s Unity-IBB
  • Nigeria has lost a rare gem- Orji Kalu

Moving away from the tributes given to Dr Alex Ekwueme, Independent closes the curtains for today with Trail of Judges Not To Intimidate Judiciary- Buhari. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday assured the judiciary community that the recent investigation involving some judges was not aimed at intimidating the judiciary. The president stated this while declaring open the 2017 All Nigerian Judges Conference held at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja, further maintained that the action was in no way a prelude to usurping the powers of the National Judicial Council (NJC)

 

 

 

 

PDP Throws Race Open As Consensus Talks Collapse And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

After hours of grilling by People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum in Enugu, all national chairman candidates yesterday opted for an election instead of a consensus choice. According to the Nation they also opposed imposition of any candidate by the Governors Forum, opting to allow the delegates determine their fate at the December 9 convention.

The new development on the case of teachers in Kaduna takes headline on the Vanguard saying Buhari Backs Plans To Fire 21,780 Teachers. President Buhari yesterday gave his backing to plans by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to sack 21,780 teachers, who failed the competency test conducted by the state government.

Nigerian Tribune still follows the same story stating; Educational Reforms: Buhari Backs El-Rufai. Cabinet ministers and other stake-holders in the education sector, on Monday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to without delay, declare a state of emergency in the education sector in view of the rot and decay in the system.

Stay Away From South East, IPOB Warns Buhari fronts Independent. The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari to stay away from the South East Zone or face grave consequences. The group gave the warning in a statement by Emma Powerful, its Media and Publicity Secretary, on Monday.

The Punch’s headline was a contrast from the rest reading; National Chair: PDP Aspirants To Sign Peace Accord In Abuja. Eleven governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party quizzed all eight National Chairmanship aspirants of the party at their meeting in Enugu on Sunday. The meeting ended in the early hours of Monday.

 

 

N10 Billion Bribery Allegation: Senate Confronts IGP And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, yesterday told a Senate ad-hoc committee investigating allegations leveled against him that he would not respond to questions. According to the Daily Sun the IGP, who appeared in company with his lawyer, Alex Izinyon, at about 2:30pm, told the committee, headed by Senator Francis Alimikhena, that since the case was already in court it would be sub judice for him to respond to questions from lawmakers.

Still on the IGP’s response to the Senate, Independent headline reads; IGP To Senators: I won’t Answer Your Questions. This according to the media firm is following the heated arguments at the Senate on Wednesday when the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, appeared before the ad-hoc committee investigating allegations of corruption leveled against him by Senator Isha Hamman Misau, the committee sitting as adjourned indefinitely. The IGP, who has a running battle with Misau, representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, refused to answer any of the questions posed to him by the investigative panel, insisting that the matter is before the court.

The Guardian had its perspective about the IGP with its headline reading IGP Rejects Senate’s Probe Over Misau’s Allegations. Speaking further on his reasons to not respond to the Senate’s probe, the newspaper informed its readers that Idris who appeared in the company of his Lawyer, Alex Izinyon, around 2:30 pm, told the Senate committee headed by Francis Alimikhena that since the case for which the investigation was ordered was already in court, it would be subjudice for him to respond to any queries from the lawmakers.

Nigerian Tribune had a punchier headline reading; I’m Not Here To Answer Your Questions, IGP Tells Senate Panel. Ibrahim Idris supported his stand on not responding to the Senate panel when he cited Order 53(5) of the Standing Rules which states that: “Reference shall not be made to any matter on which a judicial decision is pending in such a way as might, in the opinion of the President of the Senate, prejudice the interest of parties thereto”. He further informed the Senators at the hearing that “I will not make any oral comment or answer any question in respect of the allegations, in view of various civil and criminal cases pending in the law courts, more especially when the senator has already been arraigned in court in respect of this matter”.

The Punch’s headline this morning takes us to the Controversy Over Alleged $1.4m Scam In Defense Ministry. In details, there was controversy on Wednesday over a contract deal totaling $1.4m awarded by the Ministry of Defense for a United Nations project. An online report alleged that the Minister of Defense, Brig. Gen. Munir Dan-Ali, and three senior officials of the ministry were involve in messy scandal, the Defense ministry spokesman Col. Turkur Gusau, said the contract in question followed due process.

Unfair Appointments, Resource Allocation Breed Crises- Sultan heads the Vanguard today. Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of Nigeria Supreme Council On Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad ABUBAKAR III, yesterday warned against any injustice in appointment and allocation of resources in the country, saying such actions are capable of breeding crisis and disunity in the society.  This is even as President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Reverend Sampson Ayokunle, said marginalization is one major issue forcing some people of the Eastern extradition, under the aegis of Biafra, to seek separation from the Nigerian Federation and asked the government to address their grievances.

Lastly The Nation speaks on the Budget 2018: Better Days Are Coming, Say Experts. They further revealed there is optimism in the land over the 2018 budget. The hope of a better time is based on the fact tha economic indicators have improved. Crude Oli prices are rising and the naira exchange rate us stabilizing; the future looks bright for the economy, frontline analyst Ayo Teriba said yesterday.

N10 Billion Bribery Allegation: Senate Confronts IGP And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, yesterday told a Senate ad-hoc committee investigating allegations leveled against him that he would not respond to questions. According to the Daily Sun the IGP, who appeared in company with his lawyer, Alex Izinyon, at about 2:30pm, told the committee, headed by Senator Francis Alimikhena, that since the case was already in court it would be sub judice for him to respond to questions from lawmakers.

Still on the IGP’s response to the Senate, Independent headline reads; IGP To Senators: I won’t Answer Your Questions. This according to the media firm is following the heated arguments at the Senate on Wednesday when the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, appeared before the ad-hoc committee investigating allegations of corruption leveled against him by Senator Isha Hamman Misau, the committee sitting as adjourned indefinitely. The IGP, who has a running battle with Misau, representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, refused to answer any of the questions posed to him by the investigative panel, insisting that the matter is before the court.

The Guardian had its perspective about the IGP with its headline reading IGP Rejects Senate’s Probe Over Misau’s Allegations. Speaking further on his reasons to not respond to the Senate’s probe, the newspaper informed its readers that Idris who appeared in the company of his Lawyer, Alex Izinyon, around 2:30 pm, told the Senate committee headed by Francis Alimikhena that since the case for which the investigation was ordered was already in court, it would be subjudice for him to respond to any queries from the lawmakers.

Nigerian Tribune had a punchier headline reading; I’m Not Here To Answer Your Questions, IGP Tells Senate Panel. Ibrahim Idris supported his stand on not responding to the Senate panel when he cited Order 53(5) of the Standing Rules which states that: “Reference shall not be made to any matter on which a judicial decision is pending in such a way as might, in the opinion of the President of the Senate, prejudice the interest of parties thereto”. He further informed the Senators at the hearing that “I will not make any oral comment or answer any question in respect of the allegations, in view of various civil and criminal cases pending in the law courts, more especially when the senator has already been arraigned in court in respect of this matter”.

The Punch’s headline this morning takes us to the Controversy Over Alleged $1.4m Scam In Defense Ministry. In details, there was controversy on Wednesday over a contract deal totaling $1.4m awarded by the Ministry of Defense for a United Nations project. An online report alleged that the Minister of Defense, Brig. Gen. Munir Dan-Ali, and three senior officials of the ministry were involve in messy scandal, the Defense ministry spokesman Col. Turkur Gusau, said the contract in question followed due process.

Unfair Appointments, Resource Allocation Breed Crises- Sultan heads the Vanguard today. Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of Nigeria Supreme Council On Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad ABUBAKAR III, yesterday warned against any injustice in appointment and allocation of resources in the country, saying such actions are capable of breeding crisis and disunity in the society.  This is even as President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Reverend Sampson Ayokunle, said marginalization is one major issue forcing some people of the Eastern extradition, under the aegis of Biafra, to seek separation from the Nigerian Federation and asked the government to address their grievances.

Lastly The Nation speaks on the Budget 2018: Better Days Are Coming, Say Experts. They further revealed there is optimism in the land over the 2018 budget. The hope of a better time is based on the fact tha economic indicators have improved. Crude Oli prices are rising and the naira exchange rate us stabilizing; the future looks bright for the economy, frontline analyst Ayo Teriba said yesterday.

PDP Crises Grow In States And Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today

The Opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) appears to have slipped back three months after the Supreme Court resolved its leadership tussle. The Nation further revealed that ahead of the party’s December 9 national convention that will produce a new leader, the party is battling to resolve crises in at least six states where the congresses for the election of delegates and state council executives have thrown up problems.

 

Still on PDP’S crises, Nigerian Tribune‘s headline reads; PDP Chairmanship: All Aspirants Free To Contest-BoT Chairmanship stating that the Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT), People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jibrin, has said all aspirants from the southern part of the country are free to contest the chairmanship position of the party. He stated this yesterday while reacting to the report that some aspirants from South-West were disqualified from participating in the race, while three others were appointed to continue by the South-West BoT

 

Away from PDP and its shameful crises, 26 Dead Nigerian Women Found On Spanish Warship appears on the front page of The Punch.  In details it was reported that the remains of 26 Nigerian women believed to be migrants have been recovered from a Spanish warship in the Italian coast city of Salerno.  The newspaper reports from British Broadcasting Corporation on Monday which reveled the Spanish warship, Cantabria, which docked in the city, was found to be carrying 375 rescued migrants and the dead woman. Most of the women who were found in a refrigerator section of the warship were between the ages of 14 and 18.

 

Vanguard draws the curtains for headlines today still on the recovered bodies stating; 26 Nigerian Women Found Dead On Spanish Warship. In details, no fewer than 26 young Nigerian girls, whose ages range from 14 to 18, were found dead in a Spanish warship as they tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea, last weekend. BBC disclosed that Italian prosecutors had commenced investigations into the death of the girls.  This came as 50 children were reportedly lost to a strange disease, while 40 others are currently hospitalized in Gidan Dugus village of Wangara district, Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

 

 

 

Government Slams BudgiT Over Inaccurate Analysis And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

The government of the state of Osun during the week slammed BudgiT, for inaccurate and false presentation of the state’s debt profile and downplaying the government’s developmental project by distorting its economic and revenue prospects. This was discussed in details in Osun Defender newspaper this morning, following a report from BudgiT with wrong explanation of the debt profile of the State.

Moving to the Oil sector, the Federal Government on Thursday said the United Kingdom had returned $85 million as part of the stolen funds from the Malabu $1.1 billion oil deal. This was revealed in the Independent newspaper whose headline reads; $1.1bn Malabu Oil Deal: Uk Returns $85m to Nigeria.

The Guardian informed its readers about the outrage that ensued as the police stopped the meeting of the general assembly of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday. The headline read; Police abort meeting of Niger Delta Leaders, with the elders saying the action was dangerous because it would send a bad signal that the government did not appreciate the efforts of the group.

$2.1b arms deals: Ministers, perm secs, others indicted was the headline for The Nation this morning. According to the paper two ministers, three ex-ministers, six permanent secretaries and more military officers have been indicted in the $2.1billion arms deals scandal.

Nigeria Tribune raps it up for news newspaper headlines today quoting the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris on the car gift controversy saying- I approved 2 vehicles for Aisha’s ADC. In details he denied that he gave two Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to wife of the president, Haija Aisha Buhari, explaining that the vehicles he approved were for police personnel I her convoy.

 

 

Osinbajo Disowns Aide’s Statement On NNPC Crisis And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

The Guardian

Osinbajo Disowns Aide’s Statement On NNPC Crisis

https://guardian.ng/news/osinbajo-disowns-aides-statement-on-nnpc-crisis/

Independent

Presidency Bickers Over Who Signed Controversial NNPC Contracts

http://independent.ng/presidency-bickers-signed-controversial-nnpc-contracts/

Nigerian Tribune

My Role In NNPC Financing Arrangements- Osinbajo

Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo has cleared the sir on his role in Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), stating that he only approved financing arrangements in replacement of Joint Cash Call obligations and not contracts as being insinuated.

The Punch

N120bn Bribery Allegations: IG Asks Courts To Stop Saraki, Senate From Investigating Him

http://punchng.com/ig-asks-court-to-stop-saraki-senate-from-investigating-him/

The Nation

Southwest APC Demands More Powers For States

http://thenationonlineng.net/southwest-apc-demands-powers-states/

Vanguard

Reps To Probe Jonathan, Buhari Over N11.1bn Aso Rock Clinic Budget

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/10/reps-probe-jonathan-buhari-n11-1bn-aso-rock-clinic-budget/

Daily Sun

No Automatic Ticket For Buhari In 2019-Akande

http://sunnewsonline.com/2019-presidency-no-automatic-ticket-for-buhari-akande/

New Telegram

Abdulsalami: PDP Has Failed As Opposition Party

https://newtelegraphonline.com/2017/10/pdp-failed-opposition-party-abdusalami/