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Nigerian Newspapers (Thursday, 18 April, 2019 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

1.President Muhammadu Buhari in a recent statement said that he is more qualified to contest the February 23, 2019 presidential election than former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the President Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Buhari further challenged Atiku to produce his educational certificates showing the schools he attended with dates before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

In his petition, Atiku alleged that Buhari did not possess the secondary school certificate he claim he had, adding that the school he said he obtained the qualification from was not in existence as of when he claimed he sat for the exams.

President Buhari however in his reply through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun, said that Buhari possessed more than the constitutionally required educational qualifications to contest the election.

“The respondent (Buhari) avers that he is far more qualified, both constitutionally and educationally, to contest and occupy the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria than the 1st petitioner; and that in terms of educational qualifications, training and courses attended, both within and outside Nigeria, he is head and shoulder above the 1st petitioner in terms of acquisition of knowledge, certificates, laurels, medals and experience.

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2.Kyliuk Morris, a 52 year old Canadian, on Tuesday revealed that police operatives in Ogun State assisted him to deliver N2.5million ransom paid to his kidnappers to regain his freedom.

“A policeman, who collected the ransom, paid the kidnappers to get me released from my abductors,” he said.

The Canadian revealed that his sister in Canada had to provide the ransom they demanded before he regained his freedom.

“A policeman, who collected the ransom, paid the kidnappers to get me released from my abductors,” he revealed.

“Aside from the ransom, they (police) asked my wife to give them N20,000 as transportation fare. They said they risked their lives to get me out.

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3.The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said that despite the increase in landing cost of petrol, it will still sell at N145 per litre.

Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, the NNPC Group General Manager Public Affairs, who spoke to Punch, said that the NNPC would continue to bear the cost.

“The Federal Government has made it clear; petrol will continue to sell at N145 per litre. NNPC is not operating subsidy. What we have done is under-recovery of which we make up from other sources.

4.The Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Wednesday paraded a man identified as Essien Okon, who reportedly killed his 12-year-old son, Joseph, over alleged witchcraft.

Report has it that Joseph’s father and his mother, Peace, prepared a poisonous concoction with a seed called ‘asene’ and forced the boy to drink it.

Essien who did not deny the crime said that his son was a wizard, adding that he (Joseph) killed his first wife.

The man married Peace, his second wife, after the death of Joseph’s mother.

He further accused the boy of being behind most of his misfortune.

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5.Justice Danladi Senchi of the Federal High Court in Jabi, Abuja, on Wednesday ordered the arrest of Mr. Mohammed Adoke, an ex-Attorney-General of the Federation; Dan Etete, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources; and 4 others (Raph Wezels, Casula Roberto, Pujato Stefeno, Burrato Sebastino and Aliyu Abubakar).

The 6 of them were accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as major suspects in the $2.1billion Malabu Oil scam.

The charges against them bordered on fraudulent allocation of Oil Prospecting Licence 245 and money laundering to the tune of $1.2billion, forgery of bank documents, bribery and corruption.

The anti-graft commission on Wednesday told the judge through its lawyer, Aliyu Yusuf, that it needed an arrest warrant to enable it liaise with International Police Organisation to apprehend the suspects and make them appear before the court for arraignment on charges against them.

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