These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Thursday morning, September 19, 2019.
1. FEC approves N8.2billion for roads across Nigeria
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N8.2billion for the completion and construction of roads across the country. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this on Wednesday at the end of the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
2. Buhari’s new economic team ‘first class’ by all standards —Emir Sanusi
Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up an Economic Advisory Council (EAC) comprising “first class” professionals and academics. Buhari had on Monday dissolved the Economic Management Team chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and constituted the EAC with Doyin Salami as its chairman. Reacting, the Emir on Wednesday described the move as “timely and reflective of Buhari’s determination to re-energize the management of the economy.”
3. PDP accuses tribunal of frustrating right of appeal
The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal of frustrating its right of appeal in the judgment delivered in the petition filed by Omosede Igbinedion against the election of Hon Dennis Idahosa. The three-man panel of the tribunal sitting in Benin City, had in its judgment, dismissed Omosede’s petition for lacking in merit.
4. Osinbajo’s office has been rendered useless, Afenifere laments
The Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has reacted to the recent undercurrents at the Presidency, concluding that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s office has been rendered useless, impotent and irrelevant. The group however said it would be too early to speculate if Osinbajo’s “ordeal” was caused by any misdemeanor on his part or if it was based on permutations ahead of the 2023 general elections. Afenifere’s spokesman, Mr. Yinka Odumakin stated this when he spoke to reporters on Wednesday.
5. $9.6BN P&ID DEBT: Reps to review all agreements and treaties signed by Nigeria
The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, set up a 17-man ad hoc committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the $9.6bn judgment recently secured by Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID) limited, in a court in the United Kingdom against Nigeria. As a part of the investigation, the committee is to invite the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.
6. More intrigues in Bayelsa politics as ex-PDP senator decamps to APC
A former member of the Nigerian Senate, representing Bayelsa East constituency, Nimi Barigha-Amange has decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Barigha-Amange stated this in a letter to the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, which he submitted on Wednesday to the party’s Acting National Secretary, Victor Giadom. The former senator who was a founding member of the PDP in Bayelsa, said he decided to join the APC because of the alleged authoritarian attitude of Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa.
7. NIGER: Tribunal throws out petition by PDP’s Nasko against Gov Bello
The camp of Umar Nasko of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was thrown into sadness after the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Niger State, threw out his petition against Governor Abubakar Bello of the All Progressive Congress (APC). The petition by Umar Nasko was on Wednesday thrown out by Justice John Igboji-led tribunal, which ruled that the petition constitutes an abuse of court process, because it had been heard and decided by a Federal High Court.
8. XENOPHOBIA: Reps take resolutions on Air Peace boss Onyema
The House of Representatives on Wednesday took a number of resolutions concerning Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema over the airline’s decision to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa affected by the recent xenophobic attacks on that country. A motion was moved by AbulRasak Namdas (APC, Adamawa) that Mr. Onyema be honored with a higher national award and that members should make Air Peace their favorite airline. The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila therefore, directed the clerk of the House to immediately transmit the resolution of the House to the President.
9. Flooding forces relocation of Kogi court
The High Court of Justice and Magistrate Court in Koton Karfe, Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State was on Wednesday sacked from sitting as the area was completely submerged by water overflowing from River Niger. The flooding, which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, rendered the courts inaccessible. Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, who was on the spot for an assessment of the premises along Okparakpe Road, ordered the immediate relocation of the High Court of Justice and Magistrate Court.
10. EFCC arrests six ATM, SIM swap fraudsters in Kaduna
No fewer than six fraudsters who specialize in defrauding people by using bank details obtained through SIM swaps and Automated Teller Machines (ATM) were arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Kaduna. The suspects include Urulo Ikenna Henry, an Inspector with the Enugu Command of Nigerian Correctional Service. Others are Ugonna Nelson Owete, Ugonna Samuel Okafor Obinna, Chigbo Paschal Chidiebere, Oha Chukwujekwu Kingsley, Ahamefula Francis Izuchukwu