Nigerian Newspapers: Wednessday, April 26, 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.

Buhari’s health: Fayose, SANs, PDP, groups condemn PUNCH reporter’s expulsion

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights have condemned the expulsion of the PUNCH correspondent, Olalekan Adetayo, from the Presidential Villa for his stories.

Other groups, which equally condemned Adetayo’s expulsion by Bashir Abubakar, the Chief Security Officer to President Muhammadu Buhari, are the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project; the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders and the International Press Centre.


Jonathan: Obama Made It Clear He Wanted Change of Govt in Nigeria

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has finally admitted that his electoral defeat in the 2015 elections was partly caused by former U.S. President Barack Obama and his officials who made it abundantly clear to him by their actions that they wanted a change of government in Nigeria and were ready to do anything to achieve that purpose.

In an advanced copy of the book,  ‘Against the Run of Play – How an incumbent president was defeated in Nigeria,’ written by the Chairman of the THISDAY Editorial Board, Olusegun Adeniyi, and obtained by THISDAY Tuesday, Jonathan also revealed to the author that the U.S. government “even brought some naval ships into the Gulf of Guinea in the days preceding the elections”.


Nnamdi Kanu denies rejecting bail, pledges to meet conditions in 48 hours

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has denied a media report that he rejected the bail granted him on Tuesday by the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court.

Mr. Kanu and three others, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe, are facing trial before the court on allegations of treason, among other charges.


Nigeria’ll be out of recession by third quarter – Emefiele

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has said that with the current efforts by the Federal Government to revive the country’s economy, the country should be out of recession by the third quarter of this year.

Emefiele also said the CBN would continue with its intervention in the foreign exchange market, adding that efforts by the apex bank so far had been yielding positive results.


Court Grants Nnamdi Kanu Bail

After spending almost two years in detention, respite finally came the way of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, when the Abuja division of the Federal High Court Tuesday granted him bail in the sum of N100 million.

Trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, granted bail to the defendant to enable him attend to his ailing health.


Why court remanded ex-Governor Babangida Aliyu in prison custody

A Minna High Court on Tuesday ordered the remand of former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, in prison custody.

Mr. Aliyu is standing trial for alleged N4.568 billion fraud and abuse of office.

Mr. Aliyu was docked alongside his former Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko, on a six-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, punishable under Section 97 and 312 of the Penal Code.


2015 polls: Jega disappointed me, says Jonathan

The 2015 general election came to the fore again  on Tuesday with former President Goodluck Jonathan and an ex-Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof.  Attahiru Jega, expressing different views about it.

Jonathan said   he was disappointed  by Jega’s  insistence on conducting   the  elections in February  2015.


Osinbajo Panel Interrogates Suspended SGF, Lawal

On Tuesday, it was the turn of the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, to appear before the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee probing allegations of financial impropriety against him on the management of the humanitarian crisis in the North-east.

The committee is also investigating the discovery of N13.3 billion in an apartment in Ikoyi by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has laid claim to the money.


Nigerian govt, states, LGs share N467.8 billion in March

The gross statutory revenue rose by about 14.28 per cent as the three tiers of the Nigerian government shared a total of N467.81 billion for March.

At the end of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, FAAC, meeting in Abuja, the Accountant General of the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris, said gross revenue for the month was about N331.6 billion, against N290.16 billion realised the previous month.


EFCC docks Jonathan’s State House doctor for alleged N258.9 million contract scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arraigned Fortunate Fiberesima, a former Chief Executive Officer, State House Medical Centre, Abuja, before Justice Peter Affen of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on a 6-count charge of money laundering.

Mr. Fiberesima, was alleged to have abused his position as the Chief Physician to the President in 2012 in awarding contract to a company where he has interests. Goodluck Jonathan was Nigeria’s president in 2012, a position he held between 2010 and 2015.



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