Nigerian Newspapers: Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

Tolu Awe:


1. Why US will support Buhari’s anti-corruption fight – John Kerry

The United State Secretary of States, John Kerry, on Tuesday, said his country will support the President Muhammadu Buhari’s-led Federal Government’s fight against corruption.

Speaking during a visit to the President at the State House, Abuja, Kerry commended Buhari’s courage in fighting corruption.

Explaining that the President inherited a “big problem,” the US Secretary of State said, “We applaud what you are doing. Corruption creates a ready-made playing field for recruiting extremists.


2. Nigerians voted massively for Buhari, nobody can take his election glory – Obasanjo

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Tuesday, asserted that nobody can claim the glory for the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The former president also denied making the insinuation that he was among a clique of persons who made it possible for the president to get into office.

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3. NNPC hidden funds: Details of 9 banks banned forex transactions revealed

Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has barred nine commercial banks from all foreign exchange transactions and operations.

The banks were barred for allegedly hiding some $2.12billion belonging to the nation’s oil corporation, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and failed to remit the funds into the Treasury Single Account.

A senior CBN official told Channels Television on Tuesday, that President Muhammadu Buhari had been briefed on the matter and the sanctions to be imposed on the defaulting banks.

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4. Port Harcourt Lawyer calls for resignation of INEC boss, Prof. Yakubu

A Port Harcourt-based legal practitioner, Osi Olisah has called for the resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.

Olisah in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt said the INEC had shown incompetence in the conduct of elections in different parts of the country.

He said Professor Yakubu cannot sustain the precedence set by his predecessor, Professor Attahiru Jega. The Lawyer said the INEC boss was causing insecurity in the country, stressing that the decisions of the Commission were provocative.


5. I will wipe out Boko Haram from Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, expressed his administration’s resolve to flush out Boko Haram and extremism from Nigeria’s territory.

Speaking at an event in Abuja, the President condemned the activities of Boko Haram terrorists.

Represented by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari who described the activities of the terrorist group as “mindless,” said, “The government is determined to ensure that the safety of every single Nigerian is a priority; this is why I have repeatedly ordered our law enforcement agents to ensure that perpetrators of violent acts are arrested and made to face the law.


6. ‘Probe Obasanjo or forget anti-corruption war’ – Senator Joseph Waku

A former Chairman, Senate Committee on Water Resources, Senator Joseph Waku,  on Tuesday in Kaduna asked President Muhammadu Buhari  to either probe former President Olusegun Obasanjo  or forget about his current war against corruption in the country.

He also predicted that without Buhari, the governing party was bound to lose the 2019 general election.

He said Nigerians would not take President Buhari’s fight against corruption seriously if Obasanjo  was left untouched by anti-graft agency, the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.


7. Libya repatriates 241 Nigerians to Lagos

No fewer than 241 Nigerians, who were stranded in Libya, have been repatriated to the country.

It was learnt that the returnees arrived in the country on Tuesday around 3.45pm through the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos State.

They were said to have been received by the officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, who assisted them with food and transport fares.

Some of them, who were sick, were reportedly taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, for treatment.


8. Hotel workers kill boss, disappear with CCTV, car

The Niger State Police Command has started investigations into the killing of the owner of Deploo Hotel and Suites, Mr. Lucky Okonkwo, who was murdered in his hotel in Suleja, Niger State. It was learnt that 59-year-old Lucky was stabbed to death on Friday by a three-man gang, suspected to be workers at the hotel, shortly after he returned from a trip to Kaduna.

He was said to be at the hotel for the purpose of supervision. It was learnt that after killing the victim, the suspects took away the Closed Circuit Television decoder of the hotel, the victim’s phones and fled in his Peugeot 406 saloon car. They also took away a file containing certain information about the hotel.


9. JTF kills two Avengers, arrests three militants

The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, has killed two members of the Niger Delta Avengers and arrested three others over the killing of four soldiers in Bayelsa State.

Gunmen, suspected to be militants, had on August 8, 2016, attacked and killed four soldiers stationed at a military checkpoint at the entrance of Nembe community, in Nembe Local Government Area of the state.

The gunmen, who were dressed in mourning outfit as if they were on a funeral procession, ambushed the detachment of the ODS, killed the soldiers and carted away their arms, ammunition and military gunboat.

The arrested suspects were on Tuesday paraded at the headquarters of the ODS at Igbogene, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa.


10. 272 firms shut down in one year – MAN

Manufacturers and other private sector operators on Tuesday painted a gloomy picture of how the foreign exchange restriction placed on 41 items by the Central Bank of Nigeria had affected operations in the business sector.

They said that since the restriction order was placed last year, about 272 firms had been forced out of business, 50 of which were manufacturing companies.

While some of the affected manufacturers have relocated to neighbouring countries, according to Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, at least 222 small-scale businesses have closed shops, leading to 180,000 job losses.

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