Former First Lady of Nigeria Patience Jonathan blew thousands of dollars at highbrow stores. The cash came from $11,849,069.03, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said 31 individuals and companies paid into her two domiciliary accounts. The accounts, which are Skye Bank (2110001712) and First Bank (2022648664) had “questionable deposits” between 2013 and 2017. The Skye Bank account had about $7,452,319.32 lodged in it. Detectives found $4,036,750.00 in the second account with First Bank. The ex-First Lady allegedly spent the cash at TFS stores, Selfridges, John Lewis, Kingsgate, Sainsbury’s, Harrods, Marks and Spencer, Dolce and Gabbana, and Gina. According to THE NATION, she went on a shopping spree in expensive outlets in the United States, Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, UAE, Italy and China. The highest shopping was at Goyard Beijing in Beijing CN on January 28, 2014 where Mrs. Jonathan shelled out $28,388.72.
Moving to security, ‘Governors, Senators Back Osinbajo’s Call For State Police’ heads THE PUNCH. This was at the closing of the two-day summit on national security organised by the Senate, state governors and the federal parliament have agreed to allow states to have their police. They backed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who stated at the opening of the event on Thursday that state police was “the way to go.”
Still on state police, Govs Back State Police is written boldly on NIGERIAN TRIBUNE. Governors of the 36 states of the country have risen in support of state police as an option to tackle the spate of insecurity in the country. Zamfara state governor Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari who spoke o behalf of the governors said the forum had agreed to back the issue of state police.
According To DAILY INDEPENDENT, Constitution Amendment: NASS To Revisit State Police takes the headline. Indications have emerged that the National Assembly may revisit some proposals rejected during the last voting on constitution amendment exercise with the establishment of state police as one of the major issues to be reconsidered. Signals towards this emerged on Monday after the conclusion of the security summit organised by the Senate to garner opinion of stakeholders on how best to tackle the resurging security threat across the country.
THE GUARDIAN reveals; Knocks For FG, Police As Benue Leaders, Panel Meet On Killings. According to the news Benue leaders yesterday expressed their disapproval of the Federal Government’s handling of killings by herdsmen in the state. The forum was a meeting between stakeholders in the state and the committee set up by the National Executive Council (NEC) to look into the matter. According to one of the speakers, President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated it is safer to be a cow in Nigeria than a human. Regretting that some persons in the corridors of power were benefitting from the crisis, Pastor Dave Ogbole told the forum: “He (Buhari) supported the law that prevents cattle rustling. But he is against the law that prevents killings and destruction of crops.
Still on security Buhari is quoted on the VANGUARD this morning saying; Our Security Solutions’ll Stand Test Of Time. PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said that his government has the grasp of the security challenges in the country and was determined to implement solutions that would stand the test of time. President Buhari and heads of security agencies held the routine weekly security meeting where heads of the security agencies brief him on the security situation in the country.
Herdsmen Overrun Varsity as Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University in Bokkos, Prof. Docknan Decent Sheni, has raised the alarmed over deathly grazing of cattle by Fulani herdsmen in the University premises. According to DAILY SUN, Prof. Sheni stated this yesterday during a press briefing at the University in Bokkos explaining that despite the arrest of Fulani herdsmen who carry out aggressive grazing in the university premises, the menace had continued unabated. “There are security challenges in the university because the institution has not been completely fenced, we have seen several strange persons within the university who constitute threat to lives and properties. “Our greatest challenge is the aggressive grazing carried out by herdsmen within the premises of the University. Lectures will be going on and cattle will be roaming around, up to the administrative block and this is not pleasant to the system.”
NEW TELEGRAM reads Herdsmen Poison UNILORIN Dam, Destroy Research Farms. Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, has accused herdsmen of poisoning the university’s dam with chemicals. He also said the herdsmen were destroying the multi-million naira research and training farms by making their cattle to illegally graze on the campus. The university therefore gave the herdsmen notice to quit its campus.
Abdulkareem handed down the notice at a special security meeting held at the institution last Thursday with leaders of the 11 Fulani settlements on the university land. But Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Usman Adamu, told the university management that the herdsmen destroying the institution’s farm land were not living in the community. According to him, there are other ethnic groups embarking on illegal activities like logging and are not differentiated from the Fulani. At the meeting, Abdulkareem told the Fulani settlers that “enough is enough”, stressing that the university could no longer condone the destructive activities of their grazing cattle on its land, “as this is becoming too costly for the institution to bear”.
BUSINESS DAY closes the curtains for newspaper headlines today revealing; Expectations High As Banks Set To Release 2017 Full-Year Results. Full-year financial results of Nigeria’s top banks are expected as early as next week to break the bearish sentiments that have taken over the market. A bullish run in 2017 had seen the market rising 42 percent to emerge the third best performing stock market in the world.