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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Tuesday morning, December 10, 2019

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Tuesday morning, December 10,  2019.

1. A’Court president attributes completion of Kalu’s case to ACJA

The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has commended the completion of the corruption case against the Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, attributing it to the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA). According to Justice Bulkachuwa, the provision of the Administration of Criminal Justice, 2015, which allows judges elevated to the Court of Appeal to return to the high court to conclude their part-heard criminal cases pending in their court before their elevation made the completion of the case possible. Read more

2. EFCC boss Magu flaunts Orji Kalu’s jailing, says it’s a mark of relentless determination. What do you think?

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday said the conviction of the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Ozor Kalu, was a pointer to the relentless determination of the agency that turning corrupt do not go unpunished. Magu engaged in the chest beating while speaking at the theme, ‘Zero tolerance to corruption: A clarion call,’ at the 2019 International Anti-corruption Day organised by the commission in conjunction with Nigeria Shippers Council. Read more

3. ASO ROCK WATCH: When Buhari’s aides danced out of tune. 2 other things

Perhaps, no other story attracted as much attention last week as the drama orchestrated by the Department of State Security (DSS), an agency under the watchful care of the presidency. The now familiar story is that Nigeria’s secret police last Friday stormed a Federal High Court, Abuja, to re-arrest Omoyele Sowore, the RevolutionNow convener and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare. Read more

4. BMO hails Buhari for appointing new FIRS boss, says Fowler failed

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has applauded the President for replacing Babatunde Fowler has the Chairman for the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). The group, which observed that the FIRS performed with limited capacity under Fowler, described the appointment of a new chairman, Muhammad Nami, as timely and auspicious. Read more

5. Omo-Agege introduces new electoral bill

Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, on Monday, said he had introduced a bill for comprehensive amendment of the Electoral Act No. 6 of 2010. Omo-Agege said this at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Stakeholders Forum on Elections organised by the coalition of more than 70 civil societies in Abuja. He said the bill, co-sponsored with Senator Abubakar Kyari of Borno North Senatorial District, was now making its way to public hearing, having scaled Second Reading with overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate. Read more

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6. Soyinka speaks on dangers of passing Hate Speech Bill

Professor Wole Soyinka on Monday maintained his stand against the Hate Speech Bill and pointed out some of the dangers associated with its passage into law. The Nobel Laureate spoke at a summit to mark the United Nations (UN) International Anti-Corruption Day in Abuja, an event organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and agencies under the Ministry of Transportation. Read more

7. Fashola says Nigerian govt owes contractors N306bn, wants N1tn fuel subsidy cash

Contractors working on federal roads in the country are owed N306 billion by the Federal Government, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has said. The Minister stated this on Monday in Abuja when he received the Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association, adding that his ministry would have loved to have the N1tn being spent on petrol subsidy. Read more

8. EFCC saved us from ‘bankruptcy’ in Kwara – AbdulRazaq

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said on Monday he would have inherited an empty treasury if the account of the state government had not been frozen on the eve of his inauguration. The governor, who disclosed this at the International Anti -Corruption Day Rally organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Office, said only the N4.8billion tax refund seized by the Commission was inherited from the Abdulfatah Ahmed’s administration. Read more

9. Multiple taxes, charges responsible for airline failure in Nigeria —AMCON

Ahmed Kuru, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) has ascribed the high incidence of airline failure in Nigeria to multiple taxation and high charges imposed by regulatory bodies on airline operators. He said the lifespan of local carriers had been cut short by these fiscal policies in addition to uncertain and unstable foreign exchange as well as other problems peculiar to the country.  Read more

10. INSECURITY: Kidnapping suspect arrested as police dismantle hideout in FCT

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has revealed that it dismantled kidnappers’ camps and arrested a suspect along Kwali-Kwaita axis of the territory. Deputy Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, ASP Mariam Yusuf, in a statement on Monday, said the camps were dismantled during Counter-Kidnapping Operations in the FCT, particularly those located along Kwali-Kwaita axis. Read more


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