Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the Chairman of the Dangote Group, while speaking at the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa, said that the revenue of his group of companies will hit $30billion by 2020. According to him, this was as a result of the bold steps taken to venture into spaces others were running away from. “Ten years ago, if you mentioned to me or even if I actually saw it in a dream that our company would have revenue of $30bn, I would have said it was impossible. “But today, by 2020, we will have $30bn of revenue. Why? Because we have gone into a very bold product and while people are running away from investing, we are investing,” Dangote said.
2. The undisclosed contractor who is behind the videos showing the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, receiving bribes in US dollar is reportedly ready to appear before the Kano State House of Assembly panel. The contractor had reportedly through his lawyer, Saeed Twada, told the investigative panel that he would also appreciate if the governor also appeared at the panel. Two of the video clips were published by Mr. Jaafar Jaafar, the publisher of Daily Nigeria. Jaafar denied responsibility of the third clip which was published recently.
3. Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is reportedly expected to return to the Department of State Services (DSS) for further interrogation over allegations against him by aggrieved members of the party following the outcome of the party’s primary elections. According to investigation by Punch, President Muhammadu Buhari was actually aware of the investigation of Oshiomhole as he gave the DSS the authorization to go ahead and do their job when he was told about the allegations against the APC Chairman by the Director General of the DSS, Mr. Yusuf Bichi.
4. Mr. Mustapha Maihaja, the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, has been indicted by the National House of Representatives, for allegedly embezzling about N33billion. The House further indicted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for approving N5.8billion North-East Intervention Fund, which according to the House was illegal. Consequently, the House asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Mr. Maihaja, while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) were directed to prosecute him and recover the funds.
5. The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday denied the Federal Government a request to issue a warrant for the arrest of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property had urged the court to order the arrest of Ekweremadu following the absence of the senator who was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday on charges of non-declaration of assets. “He decided not to obey the summons. We therefore apply for a bench warrant to be issued against him,” the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Celcus Ukpong, told Justice Binta Nyako. The judge however ruled that she would not issue an arrest warrant against Ekweremadu after Ekweremadu’s lawyer, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), told the judge to disregard the application, saying that “On November 5, 2018, the Court of Appeal delivered a judgment to the effect that the panel had no prosecutorial powers.”