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Nigerian Newspapers (Saturday, 4th May, 2019 Edition)

House of Representatives

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Saturday morning????. Enjoy!

1.The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party to organised secret balloting in the election of the leadership of the 9th National Assembly.

PDP had argued that the election should be through secret ballot to safeguard the independence of lawmakers in choosing their leaders.

“That is the extent to which they (PDP) are democratic. Why secret ballot? What are they afraid of? That they cannot stand by what they believe in and for the public to know where they stand,” APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said.

2. The Presidency has dismissed insinuation that President Muhammadu Buhari is undergoing medical treatment in the United Kingdom and may not return on May 5 as earlier planned.

Buhari left Nigeria on a private visit on April 25. He is expected back to the country on May 5.

“It is rubbish,” Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu, said.

“This story on the President’s return is absolutely shameful and disgraceful. (It is) disgusting,” he added (as seen on Punch).

3. The Buhari Media Organisation has said that the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been replacing all servers at its headquarters is aimed at preparing the ground for PDP to reject its own alleged INEC server results.

“We have for several weeks now been assailed by PDP’s boldfaced admission of a criminal act of hacking, which it later sought to water down with claims that it got its information from a whistle-blower.

“But ever since the initial attempt to give credibility to the fake result failed, the PDP is now keen on giving the impression that INEC and the  Muhammadu Buhari administration had been working on erasing what it claimed were the authentic result from the server,” Niyi Akinsiju, BMO Chairman, said.

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4. The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, said that some bank staffs are sabotaging the commission’s efforts against corruption.

Magu stated this on Friday at an interactive session with regional compliance officers of commercial banks in Gombe State.

“Within the banking industry, there are actions which deliberately sabotage our efforts and such are unacceptable to the commission.

“Some banks’ staff are in the habit of going behind the commission to notify customers whose accounts are placed on Post-No-Debit Order (frozen), aiding and abetting crime and obstructing the wheel of justice, instead of assisting the commission as stipulated by law,” Magu who was represented by Michael Wetkas, the EFCC head in Gombe, said.

5. The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has set up an investigative panel to probe the alleged sexual assault against some convicted prostitute by police operatives.

The prostitutes who were arrested following raid by the police at some hotels and night clubs revealed that some policemen at Utako Police State in Abuja used pure water sachets as condom to rape them.

Gajere Danjuma, the FCT Police Spokesman, in his statement on Friday noted that officers found guilty would be punished accordingly.

 “The Command, as a responsible corporate citizen, views the allegations seriously,” the FCT police spokesman said.

6. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that constructing the Second Niger Bridge is amongst President Muhammadu Buhari’s priority in his next term.

“The Second Niger Bridge is among the five projects where money has actually been set aside under a Presidential funding initiative to ensure completion,” Osinbajo who was in Anambra State to launch the second phase of TradeMoni said.

The Vice President who inspected the Delta State axis of the Second Niger Bridge noted that the project will be completed as promised.

“The President is committed to ensuring that he brings this to fulfilment. So, we have no fears that it will be completed as promised and scheduled,” Osinbajo said. 

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