Thursday, September 17, 2015

Newspaper Review For Friday 18th, September

1. Senator Shehu Sani Backs FG to Negotiate With Boko Haram

The senator representing Kaduna Central at the Uper Chamber of the National Assembly, Shehu Sani has opined that peace talk with the Boko Haram extremists would surely bring insurgency to abrupt end in the country. According to him, Federal Government’s plan to negotiate with the violent group was the way forward for Nigeria. Speaking on Thursday in Abuja, the senator enjoined the government to ensure that the negotiating team was made up of people capable of bringing the insurgents to the negotiating table.

2. We Won’t Be Distracted by Code of Conduct Charges Against Saraki – Senators

Senator Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi (Niger North) and his counterpart from Nasarawa South, Senator Hussain Salihu, on Thursday said charges brought against Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), will not be allowed to cause any distraction to the legislative agenda of the Senate.

3. Bayelsa Guber: I Will Win APC ticket – Sylva Boasts

Former governor of Bayelsa State and governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Timipre Sylva, has boasted that he will emerge as the party’s candidate at the primary scheduled for Tuesday. In a statement on Thursday by his media aide, Doifie Buokoribo, he urged his supporters and loyalists to remain focused and steadfast despite the postponement of the primary.

4. NLC to Collaborate with ICPC in Monitoring Bailout Funds

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has promised to work in concert with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, to monitor the disbursement and use of the N338bn bailout funds which the federal government released to about 27 states of the federation. President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday noted that the congress has directed all state councils in the benefiting states to serve as whistle blowers on any criminal diversion of the bailout funds.

5. Buhari Cancels Visit to Cross River for Groundbreaking of 260km Highway

The proposed visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Cross River State for the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a 260km superhighway has been cancelled. A statement by Christian Ita, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River, on Thursday, confirmed the cancellation.

6. Court Stops ICPC, EFCC, SSS, others From Arresting, Probing Ex- Amnesty Boss, Kuku

A federal high court has barred security agencies and anti-corruption bodies from arresting or probing the former Coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku over alleged fraud. Mr. Kuku is accused of diverting billions of naira meant for amnesty programmes for former militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

7. Burkina Faso Coup: Top Ally of Former Dictator, Compaore, Named Ruler

A Burkina Faso general, who served as top military aide to former dictator, Blaise Compaore, for three decades, was named Thursday as the leader of a coup that sacked the West African nation’s interim government. Gilbert Diendere, a former chief-of-staff to Mr. Compaore, was named the head of the new junta called the National Council for Democracy.

8. ICPC Arraigns 5 Directors in Niger Delta Ministry over N655million Theft

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has charged five directors in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to court for allegedly stealing N655 million and $100,000. The officials were arraigned before an Abuja Federal High Court, Maitama, presided over by Justice Baba Yusuf.

9. Abuja Chief Judge Advocates Bail for Robbery Suspects

The Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Ishaq Bello, on Thursday urged judges to grant bail to robbery suspects and also soften bail conditions when possible. Mr. Bello stated this while freeing 24 inmates on health and age grounds from the Kuje Prisons.

10. Keyamo Wants Al-Makura Investigated Over Assault on Woman

Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Festus Keyamo, has written a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, wherein he accused Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa and his convoy of publicly assaulting a woman, Mrs. Lois Ngi Iorvihi. Keyamo’s letter to President Buhari, dated September 15, 2015, was titled ‘Reckless Impunity and High-handedness of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and his Security Detail’ and made available to us yesterday


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