Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Thursday morning. Our top picks from Nigerian Newspapers 🙂. Enjoy!
1. A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered a temporary forfeiture of a land worth N325million to the federal government. The land located at Plot 13, Block 11, Oniru Chieftaincy Family Private Estate, Lekki, Lagos State, is reportedly belonging to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. Justice Babs Kuewunmi granted the order following a motion filed by the counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Anselm Ozioko.
2. Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Wednesday accused President Muhammadu Buhari of treating killer herdsmen with kid-gloves. According to Soyinka, Buhari was yet to speak in the language that the murdering herdsmen understand. He accused the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, of promoting on behalf of the federal government the language of the leaders of Myetti Allah whom he described as self-vaunting instigators in the nation’s herder colonization. He noted that the Defence Minister was qualified to be used as the guinea-pig to test the outrageous hate bill speech contemplated by the National Assembly, saying that Dan-Ali continues to defend the indefensible through his arrogant, provocative dismissals of an agenda of ethnic cleansing, dehumanizing the victims anew, and camouflaging the failure of the government by his gratuitous blame-passing.
3. Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed an application for bail filed by former Governor Jolly Nyame of Taraba State who was convicted and jailed for fraud. The former governor seeks to be released from prison because he was hypertensive and diabetic and also to allow him gain access to his traditional herbal medicine pending the determination of his appeal against his conviction at the Federal High Court. He was on May 30, 2018, sentenced to 14 years in jail for criminal breach of trust, 2 years for criminal misappropriation, 7 years for gratification and 5 years for obtaining by dishonesty. All sentences would however run concurrently.
4. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday met with his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, at the Gusau Institute on ‘A New Era for China-Africa Cooperation’. Atiku was in company of former President of Benin Republic, Boni Yayi; former President of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane; and former National Security Adviser, Aliyu Gusau (rtd).
5. The National House of Representatives on Wednesday condemned the excessive and estimated billing by electricity distribution companies in the country, saying that the Discos were being operated by fraudsters with the mindset to rip off citizens. The lawmakers accused the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission of colluding with Discos or being helpless while Nigerians were being ripped off. This was stated during a public hearing held at the National Assembly on the need to curb excessive electricity charges levied on consumers by Discos.
6. Human rights activist Femi Falana alleges that the National Assembly perfected budget fraud under the administration of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. His statement came following the recent controversy surrounding the 2018 national budget.
7. The Federal Government says that it is now impossible to re-loot recovered loots because mechanisms have been put in place to prevent it. This was revealed on Wednesday in Abuja by Mrs. Ladidi Mohammed, the Director of the Asset Recovery and Management Unit, of the Ministry of Justice. Mrs. Mohammed spoke at a citizens dialogue on Post-Global Forum on Asset Recovery roadmap and asset recovery in Nigeria organized by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ).
8. Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has warned the state’s civil servants against selling their votes to the All Progressives Congress on July 14. According to Fayose, offers to buy votes could be trick to arrest workers and hand them over for prosecution by the Electoral Offences Tribunal. He noted that any worker caught take money for vote for any candidate on the Election Day would be on his own as those offering money might not be able to secure their freedom. The July 14 Ekiti State Governorship election would be between Fayose’s deputy, Prof. Olusola Kolapo, who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and a former Minister of Mines and Steel, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).