These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Monday morning.
1. CUPP accuses Buhari govt of blackmailing Supreme Court judges ahead of Atiku’s appeal
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has kicked against the directive of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) asking banks to provide the account details of all justices of the Supreme Court. CUPP described the directive as an onslaught against judges to harass and blackmail them to submission ahead of the appeal of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, coming before the apex court on the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
2. $9.6BN P&ID DEBT: Blame PDP for the messy handling —AGF Malami
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said the Federal Government decided to negotiate with Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) because at the time the present administration came into office, the time to appeal the judgment of the British court that awarded judgement to the company had elapsed.
Malami also insisted that the previous administration and the lawyers it hired should be blamed for the court case instituted on the matter in a Nigerian court, which was struck out due to lack of diligent prosecution.
3. BUHARI VS ATIKU: Timi Frank wants int’l community to place visa restrictions on 5 tribunal justices
Timi Frank has called on the international community to place visa restrictions on the five justices who presided over the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT). According to the former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the visa restrictions on the five justices provided by the Appeal Court, should be imposed on them over gross miscarriage of justice and flagrant breach of the constitution. Timi Frank who gave the charge in a statement issued to journalists in Abuja on Sunday, also called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Supreme Court to review the tribunal’s ruling and sanction the Justices for deliberate perversion of justice.
4. ‘Fulani assassins’ have laid siege to my country home, Kanu alleges
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on Sunday, alleged that a combined team of security agencies laid siege to his country home in Isiama Afara-Ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State on Saturday. This was, however, denied by the Abia State Police Command, describing such exercise as a waste of time and energy of security agents since Kanu was not around.
5. #XENOPHOBIA: S’Africa sends 3 envoys each to Nigeria, 6 other African countries
The government of South Africa led by Cyril Ramaphosa has sent three special envoys each to seven African countries to deliver messages of pan-African unity and solidarity following xenophobic attacks in the former apartheid enclave. Presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko, who confirmed the development on Sunday, said the special envoys would reassure fellow African countries that South Africa was committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and solidarity.
6. Kano names forest area for initial RUGA take off
The 26 member Committee for the Establishment of RUGA and Milk Market in Kano State, have identified the Dansoshiya Forest in Kiru local government area of the state for the initial commencement of the controversial livestock program. The decision by the committee to settle for Dansoshiya Forest was contained in a report submitted to the governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, after 6 weeks of work by committee members.
7. Era of diverting revenue is over, NASS warns MDAs
The National Assembly has issued a warning to all revenue generating Federal, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) engaging in diversion of revenues to desist from the act. Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Sen. Solomon Adeola, cautioned that the era of diverting revenues generated by MDAs was over.
8. My mandate is divine, Gov Abiodun speaks on tribunal victory
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State says that he went through one of the most turbulent electoral processes to become a governor. Abiodun noted that he had gone through about nine pre-election cases before his emergence as governor. Speaking with journalists on Sunday in Abeokuta, the governor said the tribunal’s verdict on Saturday which validated his victory was further affirmation that with God nothing shall be impossible.
9. YELLOW FEVER OUTBREAK: Bauchi embarks on aggressive vaccination of residents
Following the recent outbreak of yellow fever which has claimed the lives of some people, Bauchi State government has announced its readiness to vaccinate no fewer than 500,000 residents. The residents according to information gathered, would be vaccinated in the Alkaleri and Tafawa Balewa local government areas of the state.
10. 30 regain freedom from bandits in Katsina
No fewer than 30 kidnapped people have regained their freedom from bandits in Katsina State. The victims who included 12 children and 18 women were, received by the state governor, Aminu Bello Masari, on Saturday evening. It was gathered that the victims were from Jibia and Kankara Local Government Areas of the state.
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