Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The Imo State House of Assembly has begun proceedings to impeach the Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere. Madumere is being accused by the lawmakers of gross misconduct. In a petition submitted by the Deputy Speaker, Nnanna Ozuruigbo and signed by 13 of the 27 members of the Assembly, the Deputy Governor was accused of abandoning his office for more than three months without permission.
2. Heavy security was on Tuesday mounted in every corner of Ado-Ekiti as President Muhammadu Buhari led top-notchers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Ekiti state for the grand finale of the party’s rally for Saturday’s governorship election in the state. Reports say that it was not easy for people with no direct relevance to the rally to enter the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, as thorough search and scrutiny were carried out by security personnel.
3. France defender, Samuel Umtiti on Tuesday night put his side ahead of Belgium in the 2018 World Cup semi-final fixtures at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Russia. The Barcelona star scored a header in the 51 minutes to give the Les Blues a 1-0 victory over the Roberto Martinez’s men, hence securing their place in the finals of the competition.
4. A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human rights activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome has accused the Federal Government of paying lip services in its fight against corruption. He alleged that those in the ruling All Progressives Congress involved in one corrupt practice or the other were handled as sacred cows. Ozekhome also called for a radical overhauling of the institutional structures so as to enable democracy to thrive in the country.
5. The Federal High Court in Minna, Niger State, has ordered the interim forfeiture of some assets owned by former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu. Report has it that the forfeited assets comprised two duplex houses in Minna, a farmland with 12 chalets and four resort buildings at Birgi Minna, and the sum of N57m. The EFCC is claiming that the assets were proceeds of crimes the former governor was being prosecuted for.
6. Spanish giants, Real Madrid have announced that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the club in favour of continuing his career with Serie A side, Juventus. The Liga said this in an official statement. He is joining the club in a transfer fee of £100m. The Italian club is also paying €12m in ancillary fees.
7. A University of Ilorin law graduate who was last year denied being called to the Nigerian Bar, Miss Firdaus Amasa has now been called to bar. She was called to Bar with her Hijab on Tuesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital along with other colleagues.
8. The Presidency on Tuesday described the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, R-APC and 38 other political parties as a coalition of corrupt people. Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, on her Twitter page, stated that the coalition formed against Buhari was full of “partakers and defenders of corruption”.
9. The All Progressives Congress, APC, has called on its aggrieved members to take advantage of its window of reconciliation to have their grievances addressed by the party’s leadership. The party made the call in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, on Tuesday in Abuja, and said that its leadership was committed to reconciling “genuinely aggrieved” members.
10. Over 50 People were reported to have been killed in fresh attacks on Monday night in several border communities in Adamawa and Taraba states. The attacks were allegedly carried out by Fulani herdsmen against farming communities around Gojefa, Bujum Yashi, Bujum Waya, Sabonlayi and Bujum Kasuwa villages in the Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State.