These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Friday morning.
1. Kalu’s conviction proof of judiciary’s independence ―BMO
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has reacted to the conviction and sentencing of Senator Orji Kalu for N7.56 billion fraud. BMO said that the conviction of a high ranking APC chieftain was further proof that the war against corruption was in full swing and that the courts were indeed independent in this dispensation. Read more
2. Joining APC gives no immunity from justice, Nwagwu reacts to Kalu’s sentence
Ezenwa Nwagwu, Chairman of Partners for Electoral Reforms (PEF) has said the court’s judgement on former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu has rubbished the notion that once people with criminal record join the ruling party, they were shielded from justice.
After a 12-year trial, Kalu, a serving senator of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was on Thursday, sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted by the Federal High Court in Lagos over N7.1 billion fraud. Read more
3. Buhari harps on challenges from desert encroachment
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja said climate change was steadily taking a toll on income of families as farm lands get narrowed with desert encroachments. He added that the vagaries of the weather posed greater risks for the future. A statement by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu said he stated this when he received letters of credence from High Commissioners of some countries in Abuja. Read more
4. Atiku advocates punishment for govs who divert funds allocated to education
A former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has called on the Senate to carry out a review of the law regarding allocations to education. He advocated that such laws should allow for the punishment of state governors who divert allocations from the Federal Government meant for education in their states.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections made the call on Thursday while making an appearance at a public hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and Tetfund on a bill for the conversation of the Moddibo Adamawa University of Technology to a multidisciplinary university. Read more
5. Melaye may get respite, as court forecloses falsehood case against him
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Maitama, on Thursday declared the prosecution in the alleged falshood suit against a former Senator representing Kogi West at the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, foreclosed.
Melaye has been standing trial for allegedly giving false information to the police concerning an assassination attempt on him. The police alleged that he sometime in April, 2017 deliberately gave false information to incriminate the then Chief of Staff to Kogi State governor, Edward David Onoja. Read more
6. DOUBLE SALARY: I have never collected a kobo as pension from Rivers, Amaechi says
The Minister of Transport and former governor of Rivers, Rotimi Amaechi has claimed that he had never collected a kobo as pension from his state government.
Amaechi was reacting to the court judgment that ordered the Federal Government to recover pensions paid to some former governors by their state after their tenures in office expired. Read more
7. INEC announces January date for 28 election reruns
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set Saturday 25th January, 2019, for the staging of all the 28 outstanding court-ordered rerun elections.
This was revealed on Thursday by the INEC National Commissioner/Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mr. Festus Okoye, at the end of the commission’s 51st regular meeting. Read more
8. ZAMFARA: 2,000 repentant bandits surrender to govt
A total number of 2,000 repentant bandits, who have terrorised Gusau, Zamfara, State, for years have surrendered after handing over 190 locally made rifles and shotguns to Governor Bello Matawalle at the Government House, Gusau.
The development was made known in a statement on Thursday which was signed and issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Zailani Bappa. According to Bappa, the repentant bandits were led to the government house by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Security, Abubakar Dauran. Read more
9. Nigeria to start exporting rice in two years —Minister
The Federal Government, on Thursday said the country will start exporting rice to other countries in the next two years given the impressive rise in the production and processing of rice in the country.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono stated this in Kura, Kano State, while on an assessment tour on the impact of the land border closure on the entire rice production value chain. Read more
10. 75-yr-old man arrested for defiling 3-yr-old blames spiritual forces
A 75-year-old man, Ali Isah, has blamed spiritual forces after he was arrested for allegedly defiling the three-year-old daughter of his neighbour by the Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Isah, who was paraded by the state Commander of the NSCDC, Mohammed Mahmoud-Fari, in Lafia on Thursday, while blaming spiritual forces, said he has two wives and 11 children. Read more
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