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Nigerian Newspapers (Sunday, 31 March, 2019 Edition)

President Buhari appoints new acting CJN, Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed

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

1.The tenure of the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Muhammad Tanko, ends in 3 weeks (as reported by Punch).

He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari following the suspension of CJN Walter Onnoghen on the order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

After Tanko’s tenure expiration in 3 weeks, Buhari cannot reappoint him unless he is recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

The NJC could recommend another 3 months for the acting CJN, but he is also being probed for allowing himself to be sworn in by Buhari without the recommendation of the NJC.

Onnoghen was accused of not declaring some his assets. He is currently facing trial at the CCT.

Will Onnoghen be discharged and acquitted? Will the acting CJN’s tenure be extended? We wait patiently to see what happens in 3 weeks time.

2. Senate President Bukola Saraki, former Senate President David Mark, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Senator Ben Murray Bruce, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Senator George Akume, Senator Shehu Sani, Senator Binta Garba and over 200 other lawmakers who are not returning to the 9th National Assembly will reportedly receive severance allowances amounting to N1.3billion.

Severance allowance for senators, senate president and House of Representatives members are N6,079,200, N7,452,727.50 and N5,955,637.5 respectively.

66 senators and 151 members of the House of Representatives will not return back to the 9th National Assembly.

3. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly set up teams to probe some governors whose tenures are ending on May 29, 2019.

Some of the governors including Governors Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Rochas Okorocah of Imo State, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State will allegedly face the EFCC team at the end of their tenures.

Amosun who is currently under suspension by his party, APC, was accused of misappropriating N4billion Anchor Borrowers Fund meant for Ogun farmers.

Okorocha who is a top chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-East region was accused of diverting over N1billion meant for the campaign of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu.

Ahmed of Kwara state who is Senate President Bukola Saraki political godson was accused of diverting N1billion state funds a week before the February 23 elections.

Yari was accused of diverting about N500million and $500,000 from the Paris Club refunds.

4. Senator Isah Misau, the Chairman Senate Committee on Navy who represents Bauchi Central Senatorial District in the Senate said that he left the Nigeria Police because of injustice, but however met the same thing in politics.

“I participated in the presidential election and contested election into the Senate. I dare say that our leaders are not what they preach. If you look at the presidential election, a lot of things happened. There was intimidation of voters; we had open use of money with video evidence to prove that; even in a state, we saw the Commissioner for Finance giving money to the people to go and vote on the day of election. And for the security men, they were aware of some of these things. They said they did not take action because they were waiting for the Independent National Electoral Commission to tell them to arrest. But when it comes to the opposition, you would see their overzealousness. What I am saying is that the presidential election was not free and fair. Some candidates were going to the governor to get clearance, begging him to be declared winners. What is the connection between the governor and INEC?,” he asked.

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I saw the kind of injustice the government was trying to do to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and I supported him 100 per cent. I have no regrets. For not winning a re-election, I am not bothered. I left the Nigeria Police and went into politics because I saw the injustice in the police and I was thinking that in politics, I will be able to correct those things. I saw that even in politics, it is still the same thing; it is just the Nigerian society. I have done my best. I am happy and not bothered because power belongs to God,” the senator added.

5. The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, alleges that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) worked against the APC in the 2019 general elections.

“I have huge reservations about the way INEC conducted this election. INEC bias against APC is so clear”, he said on a programme on Channels TV.

“INEC was biased even in the way it dealt with our primaries, INEC was biased in the way in which it selectively used the card readers or the non-use of card readers in some states where it suits them,” he added.

6. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the APC, while speaking to journalists on Friday in Lagos said that party discipline is key and members of the APC either obeys the APC or leave the party.

“Party discipline is key, we must be discipline in the party. We were a little careless in 2015. We created the opportunity for serpent to get into our party and that did not allow Nigeria to make the desired progress.

“You have seen the result of it and we are not going to allow that to happen again. We are going to respect our party and we are going to apply the whip.

“It is either you stay with us or you follow us or you leave. You have the freedom to choose but the freedom does not give you as a minority to go and collaborate and protrude our mandate given to you to another party who was our opposition and who is still our opposition.

“We would not take that this time, no matter who you think you are,” Tinubu said, apparently referring to APC members who are against the endorsement of Ahmed Lawan for senate president by the party.

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