Nigerian Newspapers: Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Commendation as DSS foils ISIS plot to attack US, UK embassies

The Department of State Services said in Abuja, on Wednesday, that it had burst a ring of ISIS-linked Boko Haram members based in Benue State and the Federal Capital Territory.

It said during the operation, which was carried out on March 25 and 26, five key suspects were arrested.


FG Declares Friday, Monday Public Holidays to Mark Easter Celebration

The federal government has declared Friday, April 14 and Monday, April 17, 2017 as public holidays to mark the Good Friday and Easter celebrations.

The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government, enjoined Christian faithful and Nigerians in general to extend the spiritual benefits of Easter, which are love, peace, justice, sacrifice and kindness to their daily living, and through this contribute to unity and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.


Why we blocked Patience Jonathan from withdrawing her $5.8 million — Skye Bank

Two days after Patience Jonathan was blocked from withdrawing from the $5.8 million she deposited in Skye Bank, the financial institution has explained its action.

Mrs. Jonathan had on Monday visited the Maitama Branch of Skye Bank in Abuja, seeking to withdraw from her account.


How EFCC recovered $43m, £27,000, N23m during house raid

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday raided a house in Ikoyi, Lagos recovering about $43m, N23m and £27,000 in cash.

The total cash when converted using the current  rate of the Central Bank of Nigeria amounts to N11,661,314,000.


Buhari’s Absence at Weekly FEC Meeting Causes Stir

President Muhammadu Buhari’s conspicuous absence from Wednesday’s weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, caused a stir, reawakening speculations about his health and capacity to run the country.

Owing to the president’s absence, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the meeting.


Malabu Scandal: Why we must question Jonathan – Reps

The Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Justice, Razak Atunwa, on Wednesday reiterated that former President Goodluck Jonathan would be thoroughly investigated for authorising the $1.3 billion lease of OPL 245 oil block licence.

In a statement to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Atunwa said his committee had been mandated by the House to “conduct a thorough examination of the process and circumstances surrounding OPL 245 and identify culpability of any persons, groups or organisations.”


We won’t replace Magu, says Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has ruled out the possibility of President Muhammadu Buhari replacing the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, whose nomination has been rejected by the Senate twice.

He said the President did not find the security report prepared by the Department of State Services which is the basis of his rejection a strong reason to replace Magu.


Again, CBN Sells Fresh $250m through FX Forwards

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Wednesday offered $250 million through seven to 30-day foreign exchange (FX) forwards for agriculture, airline, petroleum products and raw materials.

The bank also called for bids for wholesale spot auctions of $100 million for business and personal travel allowances, medicals and tuition fees.


Nigeria govt confirms further negotiation with Boko Haram to free Chibok girls

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has said negotiations are ongoing for the release of more Chibok schoolgirls still in the custody of the Boko Haram terrorists.

He also expressed optimism that the dialogue would yield the desired result in due course.


APC Crisis: Ngige, Momoh chair fact-finding, reconciliation committee for Kogi, Bauchi

The All Progressives Congress on Wednesday raised two fact-finding and reconciliation panels to look into disquiet among the party’s members in Kogi and Bauchi states.

The party said in a statement that its national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, named the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and party chieftain, Tony Momoh, to lead the committees in Bauchi and Kogi States, respectively.


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