Nigerian Newspapers: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Good morning Nigerians, we have aggregated today’s major headlines from top Nigerian Newspapers for you here on naija-news.com; Newspapers reviewed include: Punch, Vanguard, Premiumtimes, The Nations, National Mirror, Dailypost, Tribune, The Sun etc.

Wike, NIA fight over ownership of N13bn seized by EFCC

The controversy surrounding the ownership of the N13bn ($43.4m, N23m and £27,000) found by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at the Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, took a dramatic turn on Friday evening when Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the National Intelligence Agency claimed ownership of the money.

-Punch

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)

-Thisday

N13 billion Ikoyi money stolen from Rivers under Amaechi, Wike says

Rivers State has claimed ownership of the money uncovered in an apartment at a luxury apartment building in Ikoyi, Lagos State, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Governor Nyesom Wike made the claim Friday night in Port Harcourt, the state capital, bringing a fresh twist to the controversy over the real ownership of the money – $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000 – and the apartment where it was recovered by the EFCC on Wednesday.

-Premiumtimes

Northern elite trying to silence me –Sanusi

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, says members of the Northern elite are trying to silence him.

Sanusi said this while delivering his speech at the Inaugural Annual Chibok Girls Lecture held in commemoration of the third anniversary of the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok Government Girls Secondary School by terrorists in Borno State.

-Punch

My Relationship with Buhari not Strained by Memo, Says El-Rufai

For the first time since the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to the country from medical vacation in London, Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru el-Rufai

yesterday joined him for Jumat prayers at the State House, Abuja, and said that he had no regret writing his controversial memo which strongly criticised the Buhari administration, saying his intentions were right.

-Thisday

EXCLUSIVE: Untold Story of the N13billion recovered from Ikoyi, Lagos apartment

The $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from an Ikoyi apartment in Lagos was a discreet allocation released to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) for major but covert security projects, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

The total value of the money at the Central Bank of Nigeria official exchange rate is over N13 billion.

-Premiumtimes

Jubilation in Edo as tribunal upholds Obaseki’s election

There was jubilation on Friday after the Edo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, challenging the declaration of Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress as winner of the September 28, 2016 governorship election.

In a two-hour ruling read by the Chairman of the three-man panel by Justice Ahmed Badamasi, the tribunal also upheld the return of Obaseki as governor of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

-Punch

Makarfi: Gusua, Mark Convinced Jonathan to Hold PDP Peace Meeting

he Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said that the former National Security Ad- viser, Gen. Aliyu Gusau and former Senate President, David Mark convinced ex-President Goodluck Jonathan to convene the last botched peace meeting of the party, and not Governors Nyesom Wike and Ayodele Fayose, as alleged by the Sheriff faction.

Reacting to allegations by Sheriff’s deputy, Cairo Ojougboh, that the ex-president was drafted into the peace initiative by Wike and Fayose, the Makarfi faction explained that the decision to mandate the two top party members to go and persuade Jonathan was reached at a meeting attended by Sheriff, Professor Wale Oladipo, Senator David Mark, Ahmed Makarfi, Ben Ndi Obi and General Gusau.

-Thisday

I was never banned from Presidential Villa, El-Rufai says

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State says he was never banned from coming to the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The governor stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after joining President Muhammadu Buhari to perform the two-raka’at Juma’at weekly prayer at State House Mosque, Abuja, on Friday,

-Premiumtimes

Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed, Joan Okorodudu win African award

The new United Nations Deputy Secretary and immediate past Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, was on Thursday named the New African Woman in Politics and Public Office.

Mrs. Mohammed was named in the New African Woman magazine’s award ceremony held in Dakar, Senegal on Thursday.

 

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