Nigerian Newspapers: Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

Outrage as Covenant varsity suspends students for missing Easter programme

Parents and students at the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, have described as ‘unjust’ the suspension of undergraduates at the institutions for not attending its Easter Youth Alive programme.

According to them, the rules of their admission did not say it is compulsory for them to attend the programme organised by the faith-based institution.


Osinbajo Panel Asks Senate for Documents on PINE Probe

The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee probing the alleged mismanagement of funds meant for humanitarian assistance in the North-east, has written to the Senate ad hoc committee which probed the allegations, requesting it to submit documents relevant to the irregularities and due process violations under Presidential Initiative on the North-East (PINE).

The letter, which was addressed to the chairman of the ad hoc Senate committee, Senator Ahmed Sani and was dated April 21, 2017, also requested for the committee’s report.


What we recovered from Senator Goje’s home — Nigeria Police

The Nigerian Police have debunked claims by the Chairman of the Senate committee on appropriations, Danjuma Goje, that files containing work on Nigeria’s 2017 budget proposals were carted away during a raid on his Abuja residence last week.

Mr. Goje, a former governor of Gombe State, had told the Senate on Wednesday that police officers took away cash, a laptop and 18 documents on the budget proposal being worked on by his committee during the raid on his residence, located at Asokoro, Abuja.


PDP, CLO attack Buhari over decision to work from home

The Peoples Democratic Party and Civil Liberties Organisation have criticised   President Muhammdu Buhari’s decision to perform  his official roles from home.

Buhari was   absent  from  a meeting of the Federal Executive Council  inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.


It’s Not Compulsory for President to Preside over Cabinet Meetings, Say APC Govs

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) wednesday  explained that President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence at the weekly cabinet meeting was preceded by a formal request to the council, informing it of his decision to rest and work from home.

The government also said the president consequently asked Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to preside over wednesday’s meeting on his behalf.


Provide us your evidence against Babachir Lawal, Osinbajo’s committee tells Senate

The three-man presidential committee tasked to investigate allegations of contract frauds in which the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal is involved, has asked the Senate which originally indicted Mr. Lawal, for evidence, according to correspondence seen by PREMIUM TIMES.

The committee, chaired by the Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo wrote Shehu Sani, the senator heading the Senate ad-hoc committee on mounting humanitarian crisis in the north east.


Saraki, El-Rufai instigated Buhari not to pick me as VP – Tinubu

A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has alleged that Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, worked against the plan to make him President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the 2015 presidential election.

Tinubu stated that Saraki, El-Rufai and other stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party, who defected to the APC in the build-up to the 2015 elections, instigated Buhari and some APC chieftains not to pick him as the would-be Vice-President.


Police Raid on Goje’s Home Stalls Passage of 2017 Budget

The passage of the 2017 budget has been delayed by last week’s raid on the Abuja home of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje, by officers of the Nigeria Police.

Goje, speaking at plenary wednesday in his first public comments since the incident, said the policemen carted away his personal laptop and critical files relating to the budget from his study.


EXCLUSIVE: My case against Punch reporter — Buhari’s CSO, Bashir Abubakar

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief Security Officer, Bashir Abubakar has defended his decision to expel a reporter for The Punch from the State House, saying journalists have a responsibility to be patriotic in reporting matters of national importance.

In an internal memo he distributed Tuesday to several presidency officials, including Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr. Abubakar detailed alleged transgressions and ethical concerns observed in Lekan Adetayo’s reporting of activities of the State House, and pronounced him unfit to continue on the beat.


APC governors meet Oyegun, defend Buhari’s absence from FEC meetings

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have said that it was not compulsory for President Muhammadu Buhari to preside over the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting.

Governor Nasir El- Rufai of Kaduna State made this known on Wednesday in Abuja, while addressing journalists on the outcome of the governors’ meeting with members of the APC National Working Committee, NWC.


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