Nigerian Newspapers: Tuesday, April 18, 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

Malabu deal: Reps should compel Jonathan’s appearance, says MEND

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta has charged the House of Representatives to compel former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear before it should he refuse to honour an invitation over the controversy surrounding the OPL 245 Malabu oil deal.

MEND said in a statement by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, on Monday that the role played by the former President in the deal had tainted the country’s image locally and internationally.


13 Killed in Yet Another Attack in Southern Kaduna

No fewer than 13 persons were reportedly killed at the weekend in Asso village, Jama’a Local Government Area in the southern part of Kaduna State after suspected herdsmen attacked the community.

The incident, according to a source in the village, occurred about 7.30 p.m. on Saturday when the herdsmen in large numbers invaded the community and started shooting sporadically.


EXCLUSIVE: Chanchangi Airlines, Nigeria Industrial Court officials in alleged plot to deny ex-pilot’s dues

The troubled indigenous airline, Chanchangi, and top officials of the National Industrial Court are at the centre of an alleged conspiracy to deny a retired pilot, Eric Adegbite, 67, his due benefits, several years after serving the company.

Mr. Adegbite who worked for the airline for nine years resigned in 2010 after working for several months without salaries.


Seized N13bn cash: Amaechi demands N2bn from Fani-Kayode, Fayose’s aide

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has written to a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, and an aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Mr. Lere Olayinka, citing character defamation over the allegation that he (the minister) owns the $43m (about N13bn) seized by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Amaechi, in letters dated April 14, 2017, written on his behalf by his lawyer, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), to the two men, said his client had been defamed by the claims of the two men.


CBN Introduces Form X for SMEs Requiring Basic FX Documentation

As part of its objectives to increase foreign exchange liquidity and make it accessible to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and other retail businesses, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the use of Form X for SMEs that require basic documentation.

Confirming this in a statement on Monday, CBN spokesman, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, said the innovative measure is meant to ease the bottlenecks associated with documentation usually encountered by this category of businesses.


Why I was stoned by my constituents – Senator

The senator, who alongside other public officials, was stoned by irate protesters in his constituency has given reasons for the Saturday incident.

Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina south) blamed his political opponents for the disruption of Saturday’s All Progressives Congress, APC, rally in Funtua.


Buhari panel discussing with N’Assembly on rift with executive –Presidency

Talks on how best to resolve the rift between the Presidency and the National Assembly are already ongoing behind the scene, The PUNCH investigation has revealed.

President Muhammadu Buhari had set up a committee chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to look into how to resolve the rift.


AfDB President Predicts Dangote will Become Largest World Rice Exporter

The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Mr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, will become the largest exporter of rice in the world by 2021.
Adesina said this at the Mo Ibrahim Forum in Morocco at the weekend.

He said Africa should focus on agriculture to drive growth and employment on the continent.


Nigerian govt to recover pensions paid ghost workers – Adeosun

The Nigerian government has announced its plans to recover all pension payment made to ‘ghost workers’ on its payroll.

The minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, made this known in a Facebook Live session on Monday.


NNPC didn’t remit $81.2bn in four years – Reps’ panel

The House of Representatives believes that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation did not remit a total of $81.2bn crude oil proceeds to the Federation Account in four years.

Its ad hoc committee, which is investigating the alleged export of $17bn worth of undeclared crude oil and gas resources, has demanded explanations from the corporation.




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