These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Wednesday morning.
1. THE BUHARI PRESIDENCY: Court yet to rule on main petition —PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that its main petition is still before the Presidential Tribunal and has not been decided on. The Supreme Court, earlier on Tuesday, struck out an appeal by PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, at the ongoing Election Tribunal on the controversial Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) server.
2. ‘Sowore should languish in detention for another 45 days.’ DSS tells Court
The Department of State Services (DSS) has said its investigation so far revealed that Omoyele Sowore, the candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the last presidential election and his allies planned “to topple the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” According to DSS, Sowore planned to violently change the government using “RevolutionNow” as a smokescreen to conceal his actual intentions while stressing that they may return to court to seek an extension of the 45 days granted it by the Federal High Court, Abuja, to detain him.
3. Kanu tells why there would be no hiding place for some Igbo politicians
Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has alleged that some Igbo politicians want to see him dead.
According to Kanu, not only do these politicians want him dead, they also want the death of IPOB and freedom for all. Kanu made this statement while giving reasons his members would continue attacking Igbo leaders in foreign countries.
4. Messy details emerge of how lawyers allegedly foiled EFCC’s moves to plant foreign currencies in Ambode’s home
Three young lawyers, who said they witnessed the raid by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the Epe home of the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, have narrated how they stopped the EFCC operatives from planting foreign currencies in the house during the raid on Tuesday. The lawyers — Fatai Adebanjo, Busari Olanrewaju and Samson Okuneye — in a joint statement on Tuesday, explained that the operatives wanted to stop them (lawyers) from being a part of the search, but allowed them after they had engaged them in arguments.
5. kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, confesses soldiers aided his escape
Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume, a suspected kidnap lord in Taraba State, has revealed how men of the Nigeria Army aided his escape on August 6 after he was arrested by the Police.
6. Who cares about Ministers? See 5 Human Development Index issues Buhari must fix
Ripples Nigeria, in this special report which coincides with President Buhari’s inauguration of Ministers, identifies 5 socio-economic conditions with worrisome statistics. It notes that while politicians clamour for offices, Nigerians may be less interested in who becomes a Minister but more on the overall impact of government policies on their living conditions. It also notes that though the stats on the country’s Human Development Index appear scary the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Buhari must rise take responsibility since they elected to deal with them. It concludes that the government must understand that Nigerians now have their eyes firmly glued on all disturbing data, and are hoping for significant improvements in the next four years, justified by the mandate they freely gave the ruling party.
7. BUSINESS REVIEW: Beyond the cheap CAC registration, the backlash you should prepare for as a business owner
Another special report by Ripples Nigeria, notes that beyond the cheap N5,000 fee for registration of ones business at the Corporate Affairs Commission, the Federal Government, only uses it as a bait to make people pay for taxes ranging from the basic Company Income Tax (CIT) to Stamp Duty Tax (SDT), and from Education Tax (ET) to Capital Gains Tax (CGT). Others include: Personal Income Tax, Pay As You Earn (PAYE), Value Added Tax, Withholding tax, Consumption tax on hotel and restaurant patronage if you run any
8. Obono-Obla fights back, sues ICPC, ignores invitation
The suspended Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, has filed a suit to challenge his probe by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). Obono-Obla was suspended on August 14 in an announcement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari over allegations of falsification of records, abuse of office and extortion.
9. Breakdown, disorder won’t be allowed in state assemblies, Gbajabiamila warns
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has warned that the National Assembly will not allow breakdown of law and order in any State House of Assembly in the country. Gbajabiamila stated this through his deputy, Idris Wase, who represented him, at a roundtable with the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly on Tuesday in Lagos.
10. Nasarawa deputy governor escapes death as gunmen kill four in his convoy
Three Policemen and a driver in the convoy of the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, were on Tuesday killed as gunmen, suspected to be armed robbers, attacked his convoy. Akabe, who was on his way to Abuja on an official engagement, reportedly ran into the robbers who were operating a few kilometres away from Akwanga at about 6pm.
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