Nigerian Newspapers: Friday, April 14, 2017

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Buhari appoints new chief executives for 23 federal agencies (FULL LIST)

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Chief Executives for 23 federal government agencies.

Bolaji Adebiyi, the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation stated this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.


Buhari fires PenCom, CPC, BPE bosses, 20 others

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday relieved the heads of 23 Federal Government agencies of their appointments and approved the appointment of their replacements.

Among those fired are the erstwhile Director-General, National Pension Commission, Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu; her counterpart in the Consumer Protection Council, Mrs. Dupe Atoki; and the Acting Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Dr. Vincent Akpotaire.


Wike: Amaechi Withdrew N53bn from State’s Coffers without Due Process

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the administration of former Governor Chibuike Amaechi of withdrawing N53 billion from the state’s stabilisation fund without the following due process.

He said the recklessness of the immediate past administration was reason for the Rivers State Reserve Fund (Repeal) Law Number 3 of 2017 as the former law was no longer relevant.


Another three police officers killed in Lagos, four civilians kidnapped

Four days after three four police officers and an army captain were killed by armed persons in Lagos, another three police officers have been killed in a different Lagos community.

The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday confirmed the killing of three of its officers and two community leaders by unidentified gunmen at Oko-Asagun village in Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos.


Wike, Fayose recruited Jonathan to scuttle PDP peace process –Sheriff

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party took a new dimension on Thursday when its National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, accused the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyeson Wike, and his Ekiti State counterpart, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, of recruiting former President Goodluck Jonathan to scuttle the party’s peace process.

He alleged that the two governors gave the former President the task of scuttling the efforts of the party’s Peace and Reconciliation Committee headed by the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson.


EFCC Gets Court Order to Seize $43.6m Belonging to Sister Security Agency

In a bizarre twist that got many in government circles expressing shock at the reckless breach of security protocol, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday got a Federal High Court in Lagos to grant a temporary forfeiture of the sums of $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 (totalling $43.6 million or N13.3 billion) belonging to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).


INEC staff indicted in N3.4 billion scandal refund bribe money – Chairman

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday said some of its staff accused of benefitting from a N3.4 billion bribe money in the 2015 general elections have refunded their share.

The INEC Chairman, Mahmud Yakubu, disclosed this when he visited the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, in Abuja.


Three NNPC chiefs fired over missing N11bn petrol

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Thursday sacked three of its senior officials and deployed four others in vacant positions.

Although the corporation did not state why the officials were sacked, it was gathered that the affected directors and a manager were allegedly involved in the N11bn missing petrol scandal that was recently established by the corporation.


Again, Court Insists EFCC Must Retract False Statement on Dasuki’s Aide

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja has insisted that the trial of Colonel Nicholas Ashinze, a former aide to the ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), along with seven others in the alleged N1.5 billion corruption case, would not resume until the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) retracts the misrepresentation of the court’s proceedings that the defendants are being tried for N36.8 billion fraud.


‎Senator questions El-Rufai’s budget declaration, calls for public asset declaration

The All Progressives Congress Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, on Tuesday, attacked his home state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, advising the public to regard the latter’s recent claims on transparency and accountability as subterfuge and fiction.

Mr. El-Rufai has been involved in a fight with the National Assembly, particularly the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, as both sides have challenged each other on transparency in matters of disclosure of security votes as well as local government funds and transparent National Assembly .


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