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Nigerian Newspapers (Wednesday, 17 April, 2019 Edition)

Femi Gbajabiamila

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

1.The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has endorsed Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila for the speakership position of the 9th National Assembly.

The position of the party was revealed on Tuesday by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu.

“The APC has adopted Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as its candidate for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th Assembly.

“This position was reached after an intensive deliberation with the APC’s House of Representatives members-elect at a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Banquet Hall of Aso Villa.

“The Deputy Speaker position has been zoned to the North-Central.”

Read More on Naija Buzz

2. Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), a human rights activist, during an in-house forum organised by Punch, lamented the corruption in the judiciary, saying that the judiciary must be reformed to redeem its image.

He also criticized President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption, saying that he must start the fight from his cabinet. Falana further noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is not fighting corruption, but only recovering money.

Falana further compared Nigeria’s judiciary to those of developed countries, saying that some corrupt lawyers were exploiting the system to frustrate cases against public officials.

“If you steal money in China, it is public execution. Nigeria is the only country where you hire drummers and people wear aso ebi to court premises. There is nothing more contemptuous because you are challenging the state for charging you to court. Here, out of the money you have stolen, you get a bad lawyer who will adopt all manner of delay tactics to get the state frustrated from prosecuting you,”

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had this week in Washington D.C. said that the next Buhari administration would be frontal on the fight against corruption.  

3. Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, on Tuesday during the NTA Good Morning programme, said that the landing cost of petrol is now N180 per litre.

According to Kachikwu, it is N35 higher than the pump price of N145 per litre, adding that the rise in global crude oil prices after the 2016 hike in petrol prices brought back subsidy.

“You have very positive argument that says, ‘Why is this happening; let’s get it out.’ Once you do it, the streets get flooded by protesters. You have five or six or 10 days of no activity in the country. So, any attempt to remove the subsidy must be very well-managed,” Kachikwu said.

4. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will call Microsoft, Oracle and IBM experts as witnesses to authenticate his claim that the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election.

Atiku revealed this in his response to the reply of INEC regarding his petition.

INEC had stated that Atiku’s server results were fake as no server was used to collate results. According to INEC, results were collated manually and not electronically.

The former Vice President however provided details of the server where INEC kept the result s INEC_PRES_RSLT_SRV2019 and its unique Mac address as 94-57-A5-DC-64-B9 with Microsoft Product ID 00252-70000-0000-AA535.

“The servers from which the said figures were derived belong to the 1st respondent (INEC). The figures and votes were transmitted to the 1st respondent’s Presidential result’s server 1 and thereafter aggregated in INEC_PRES_RSLT_SRV2019 whose physical address or unique Mac address as 94-57-A5-DC-64-B9 with Microsoft Product ID 00252-70000-0000-AA535. The descriptions are unique to the 1st respondent’s server.”

Atiku further noted that to prove the INEC results were true, he would; “rely on experts on Microsoft, IBM and Oracle, amongst others.”

Read more details on how Atiku intends to prove that INEC server results are genuine on Naija Buzz

5. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arrested Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia at the premises of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja after charges against her were struck out by Justice Hakeem Oshodi.

The High Court judge struck out the 30 count bordering on corruption and abuse of office brought againt her and Godwin Obla, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

She was arrested by about 10 EFCC operatives and taken away in a Toyota Hilux with plate number BWR 637AT.

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