Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Saturday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1. Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alleges that fraudsters now work in some banks to enable politicians launder money.
“The banks also help the politically exposed persons to steal and launder public funds. You will also agree with me that the banks give lifelines to internet fraudsters; the one we call Yahoo boys.
“They (banks) provide market for them through MoneyGram and Western Union that are readily available. So, this is the reason we say we must come here. We have to talk. Unfortunately, we have fraudsters working in the banks; working right inside the banks,” Magu said while speaking during a meeting with compliance officers of different banks in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday.
2. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has described the education of the girl child as very important to the future of Kano State.
The governor stated this while receiving his certificate of return at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kano on Friday.
“We must ensure all our girls are educated, so we can unlock 50 per cent of the economic output currently not being accessed by our society due to the low participation of women,” he said.
3. The Nigerian Air Force offers free medical services to over 3,000 residents of Gwallaga community in Bauchi State.
The two-day free medical outreach programme was organized by the Nigerian Air Force Special Operations Command.
Air Vice Marshal Napoleon Bali, the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, Bauchi, in a statement on Friday said that; the programme was organized in collaboration with MAHEMA Foundation in line with NAF vision to give back to the society.
“There would also be health education, counselling, dental screening, free medicated glasses, screening for hypertension, basic laboratory screening and free drugs, amongst others.
“It is expected that over 3, 000 members of the community will benefit from this outreach which was designed primarily to alleviate the suffering of the people who might not be able to afford quality medical care,” AVM Bali said.
4. Report has it that the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, have been advised to lobby senators of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to support their anointed candidate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, for the position of Senate President of the 9th Assembly.
APC had noted that Senator Ahmed Lawan must be the next Senate President, adding that the party does not even need the support of PDP senators.
However, two other APC senators, Ali Ndume and Danjuma Goje, also want to be senate president too, but without the support of their party.
Ndume had since rejected the decision of his party leaders to support Lawan, saying that it was his constitutional rights to contest the senate presidency.
5. Prince Dayo Adeyeye, a former PDP spokesman who is now a senator-elect under the APC, said that it would be against global parliamentary norms if any PDP senator decides to contest for Senate Presidency on inauguration day.
“Nigerians have given the APC the majority of the seats in the Senate and they expect the party to control the Senate.
“Nobody should therefore try to subvert the will of the people by trying to play any game or create a division, even among the majority party, such that the will of the people, freely expressed at the polls, could be subverted.
“I do not expect any PDP member to contest the leadership positions meant for the party with the majority seats during the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly,” he said.
6. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement issued by the party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi, has criticized the leadership of the APC for wanting to have total control of everything, both the executive and the legislature.
The party noted that it is cooking up plans and would certainly shock the APC.
“It is normal for the APC to lobby the PDP lawmakers. It is however unfortunate that the leadership of the APC, like Oshiomhole and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, have advocated “winners take all” for their members which is not possible.
“This has altered whatever is expected to be a healthy lobby with the PDP and I can assure the APC and Oshiomhole of a shock.
“Just as Senator Dino Melaye said, INEC will not be involved in the election to select the leaders of the chambers. This is an election that cannot be declared inconclusive neither can it be manipulated.
“As a political party, we obviously have our joker and plans and will display it at the appropriate time. Nigerians should wait for our last-minute card.”
7. Report has it that suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has resigned voluntarily.
Onnoghen was suspended from office by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 25 following his failure to declare some of his assets.
His resignation letter was reportedly sent to President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday night.
Earlier, the National Judicial Council (NJC) had allegedly recommended Onnoghen’s compulsory retirement in its investigation report which was sent to President Buhari.
8. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its reaction to the resignation of CJN Walter Onnoghen said that the Federal Government had frustrated Onnoghen to the point where he had to resign.
Diran Odeyemi, the PDP Deputy National Publicity Secretary, stated this following news of Onnoghen’s alleged resignation.
“It is a pity that the FG has frustrated Justice Onnoghen out of office therefore achieving a premeditated plan against the topmost hierarchy of the judiciary. Nigerians obviously have not heard the whole story of why Onnoghen is being persecuted. But we are sure that very soon the fear of the APC government and the reasons behind the orchestrated plan will be revealed.
“The whole world is watching and it is unfortunate the negative message we are passing with the treatment meted out to officials of the judiciary being third arm of government will definitely affect our rating in the comity of nations.
“We wish Justice Onnoghen happy retirement.”