Nigerian Newspapers: Tuesday, May 23, 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.

$2.1bn: EFCC seizes 18 houses from Dasuki’s associate

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized 18 houses in an estate allegedly belonging to Alhaji Aliyu Usman, an associate of the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

Usman as well as two companies linked to him- Leaderettehe Nigeria Limited and Nordeen Global Resources – were among 300 others listed as persons who allegedly received contracts from the Office of the National Security Adviser.


Osinbajo, IBB, Abdulsalami, Dangote, Others Save Sanusi from Kano Assembly Probe

The Kano State House of Assembly Monday suspended the probe of the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II, following the intervention of several prominent Nigerians including acting President Yemi Osinbajo, former military rulers, General Ibrahim Babangida, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III.

The prominent Nigerians were reported to have prevailed on the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to ask the state assembly to let go of the probe in the interest of peace in the state.


WHO admits slow response to Ebola

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday admitted it responded “too slow” in its handling of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The Director-General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, at the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, also regretted that the virus had recently re-emerged near the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.


Resist any coup attempt, Balarabe, Tinubu, NBA VP, Reps tell Nigerians

A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; the Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Monday Ubani; and the House of Representatives, on Monday, told Nigerians to resist any attempt to remove the current democratic government in the country by force.

Also, a former governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, warned the military personnel against throwing the nation into turmoil in their bid to seize power.


Akiolu Says He’s the Bona Fide Oba of Lagos in Obaship Tussle Suit

Fourteen years after his installation, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, Monday appeared at an Ikeja High Court as a defendant in a suit challenging his emergence as the paramount ruler of Lagos, saying he is the bona fide traditional ruler.

“I am here to justify my appointment, you cannot build something on nothing, it will be broken.
“By native law and customs and by law, I am the bona fide Oba of Lagos,” said Akiolu, who was accompanied to the court by 10 white cap chiefs.


How Ex-Naval Chief Used Family Company to Acquire N600m Property – Witness

Peter Oguebie, managing director, Petrus Ogu Nigeria Limited, who is also a witness in the trial of a former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, on Monday told Justice A. S. Umar of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, that his company sold a property worth N600million to the former naval chief through a family company, Harbor Bay International Limited.

Mr. Jibrin is facing trial alongside Rear Admiral Bala Mshelia, Rear Admiral Shehu Ahmadu (all retired) and Habor Bay International Limited on a four-count charge of criminal conspiracy preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.


We must produce enough fuel by 2019 or I’ll resign — Kachikwu

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has vowed to resign if the country fails to attain self-sufficiency in the refining of petroleum products by 2019.

Kachikwu, who spoke as a guest on BBC Hard Talk in London on Monday, also stated that he recently signed an agreement with the international oil giant, Agip, for the firm to build a refinery in Nigeria.


House Commences Investigation of Presidential Arms Probe Panel

Barring any further hitches, the Joint Committee of House of Representatives investigating the Jon Ode-led Presidential Arms Probe Panel will commence public hearing tomorrow at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.

The Chairman of Public Safety, National Security and Intelligence, Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji, told PRNigeria that arrangements had been concluded to conduct the hearing.


Court Adjourns Patience Jonathan’s $5.8m Forfeiture Hearing Till Sept.

Justice Mojisola Olaterogun of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has fixed September 24 for hearing in the application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, seeking a final forfeiture order of $5.8m allegedly belonging to Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The adjournment came following a Court of Appeal order on stay of proceedings sought by Mrs. Jonathan.


I will contest in 2018 to complete my truncated first term – Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Monday said he would contest the 2018 gubernatorial election ‎so that he could serve his term which was truncated in 2006.

Fayose was impeached in 2006.

However, the Supreme Court in 2014 nullified the impeachment that ousted him from office about seven months to the end of his first term.



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