The Newspapers: Things You Need To Know This Monday

20th February 2017
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Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Sunday night again met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Abuja House in London.

Though details of the meeting remain sketchy at the moment, but the handle of the President @NGRPresident confirmed the development.

2. Embattled former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Andrew Yakubu, has asked the court to return the $9.8million and £74,000‎ recovered from him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Yakub, in a suit filed at the Federal High Court, Kano asked the court to set aside the order of forfeiture granted to the Federal Government last week by the court, saying that it had no jurisdiction to grant the order.

3. Founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet T.B. Joshua has called on his members to pray for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s health.

The controversial cleric, in his latest prophecies predicted that the Nigerian currency, naira would hit N650 per dollar. He asked his congregants to rise up in prayer for President Muhammadu Buhari’s “strength where there is weakness”.

4. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the proposed plan to build a new official residence for the Vice President was a project initiated by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Osinbajo, in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, on Sunday, said the project, which started in 2010, was initiated and funded by the immediate past administration, but had never featured in the two budget proposals of the Buhari administration: neither in the 2016 nor the 2017 spending plans.

5. Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has insisted that he won’t recognise Ali Modu Sheriff as PDP chairman.

According to him, those that said they will work with Sheriff were misguided and naïve, adding that anyone that called for members of the PDP to “rally behind him and recognise him as our National Chairman is a simpleton and a fool”.



6. There are reports that the Federal Government is currently investigating its team of special prosecutors to fish out those who may be operating with conflict of interest.

Sources said five Senior Advocates of Nigeria out of the 20 on the team are said to have been found wanting by the Federal Ministry of Justice. The team of special prosecutors comprises 80 lawyers, mostly in private practice, and those drawn from the Federal Ministry of Justice.

7. The National Auditor of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Adewole Adeyanju, has claimed that eight out of twelve PDP Governors may have agreed to work with the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led National Caretaker Committee of the party

According to him, members of the national working Committee were working seriously to bring lasting peace to the troubled party.

8. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has called for an immediate court action by the Federal Government against those states that allegedly diverted or mismanaged the London Paris Club refunds.

The group, therefore, urged the Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris to pass information to the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, regarding the release of N388.304 billion London Paris Club loan refunds to 35 states by the federal government to enable the AGF initiate legal action against states that allegedly siphoned the money.

9. All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State has distanced itself from being part of the celebration of the return of Chief James Ibori, a former governor of the state, who was jailed in the United Kingdom over money laundering.

Leonard Obibi, state acting Publicity Secretary of the party, in a statement, weekend, said in the course of those events, it was observed that its party members were not part of the team that gave Ibori a rousing welcome upon his return from jail.

10. Most Rev. Oliver Dashe, the Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese has called on Nigerians to offer prayers to the military to consolidate its successes in the current war against Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

Dashe, who spoke at the inauguration of Patrons and Grand Patrons at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic Church at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, said although the military had recorded success in the operations, it needed spiritual help to crush the insurgents finally.


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