Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. Afro-pop act, Davido, has released a statement, through his lawyers, stating that his late friend, Tagbo Umeike, never entered his car. He also released CCTV footages of the night’s events leading to Tagbo’s death. The statement by the lawyer, Norrison Quakers (SAN), entitled The Unfortunate Death of Tagbo Umeike; Davido’s Story, also claimed that the police was aware that his client was not behind his friend’s death.
2. The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has clarified that he approved financing loans for NNPC and not contracts as reported in the media. He said that the law actually provides for such authorisation, hence he did grant two of the loans and those were specifically for financing joint ventures and that they were loans not contracts.
3. The Commissioner of Police in Abia, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, has said that lethal weapons, including petrol bombs and one double-barrel gun, were recovered during Sunday’s raid on the residence of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. Ogbizi said this on Thursday during a chat with with newsmen in Umuahia. He said the items were recovered during a joint operation by security personnel, including the Police and the Army, in the state.
4. The International Press Centre (IPC) has condemned the continuous attack on journalists by security men at the Kogi State Government House. The Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, in a statement described the assault on journalists by security men attached to the Kogi state government house, as a great concern to the press and all its stakeholders.
5. Leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in South West geopolitical zone on Thursday declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has not informed them he will re-contest in the 2019 general elections. The APC stalwarts shortly after a stakeholders meeting held behind closed doors for about two hours, thirty minutes at the Executive Chamber in the Governor’s office, Secretariat Ibadan, remarked that anyone who is qualified for the post is free to contest.
6. The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has disclosed that the EFCC has recovered at least N29bn based on tips from whistleblowers. He urged Nigerians to continue to help in the fight against corruption by providing information to the anti-corruption agencies. He spoke on Thursday in Abuja.
7. The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday, filed a suit before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja, seeking an order to restrain the Senate and the Senate President Bukola Saraki from going ahead with their plan to investigate allegations of malpractices against him.
8. The House of Representatives has said it will investigate the deplorable state of the State House Clinic in Abuja and its inability to deliver basic medical services. The investigation will look into how the clinic utilised the N10.98bn budgeted for its operations since 2015. This follows a motion moved by a member, Mr. Henry Archibong, at its plenary session in Abuja on Thursday.
9. The President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, has said that the bank was concentrating on the northern region of Nigeria in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s request. Kim and the Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, who spoke at separate press conferences in Washington DC, United States, on Thursday also advised Buhari to invest in things that would enhance economic growth.
10. A landlord in Owerri, the Imo State capital, Paul Oparaugo, and five of his six children allegedly stabbed to death their tenant, Udochukwu Iwuoha, on Wednesday.
Iwuoha’s traditional marriage was scheduled for today. Report says the entire family had already fled their home.
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