Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Thursday July 12th.
Why FG Is Sharing $322 Abacha Loot To Poorest Nigerians Revealed
President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s decision to share the $322 million recovered Abacha loot to the poorest of the poor citizens was based on an agreement with the government of Switzerland, the Presidency has said. According to the Presidency, the two nations, Nigeria and Switzerland, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for this purpose. Special Assistant to the President on Judicial Reform, Juliet Ibekaku Nwagwu, explained that a Swiss court had ordered the return of the stolen fund on the condition that World Bank would supervise utilisation to prevent mismanagement.
Police To Withdraw Fayose, Fayemi’s Security Ahead Ekiti Election
Security personnel attached to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state would be withdrawn on Saturday, the day of the governorship election in the state, police have said. Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operations, Habila Joshak, confirmed this when he said that security detail of important personalities in the state would will be withdrawn. He also said that no political party would be allowed to hold any political rally that is not approved by the Police until the election is held.
Gov. Fayose In Tears, Says Policemen Slapped Him
Governor Ayodele Fayose has accused policemen deployed in Ekiti state for the governorship election on Saturday of harassing him where the Peoples Democratic Party was holding its rally on Wednesday. Speaking with newsmen after the incident, Fayose burst into tears, saying he was slapped, kicked and shot at by the policemen. Narrating his ordeal, Fayose, with a neck brace, vowed never to be intimidated as he urged supporters of the party to rally behind the PDP candidate Prof. Olusola Kolapo.
Jonathan Condemns Blockade Of Ekiti Govt House
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on security operatives deployed in Ekiti state for Saturday’s governorship election to do their job within the confines of the law. Jonathan was reacting to a Blockade of the the Ekiti State Government House by armed policemen on Wednesday , preventing supporters of Governor Ayodele Fayose from gaining access. It was learned that a rally scheduled to take place at Fajuyi Park, near Government House, was broken up, as policemen fired teargas canisters into the crowd.
NYSC Under Pressure To Cover Up Adeosun, Says PDP
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday urged the National Youth Service Corps not to cover up alleged forgery of NYSC certificate by Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun. An online newspaper had reported that Adeosun forged NYSC exemption certificate. But the minister, who studied in the United Kingdom, has yet to respond to this allegation. And the NYSC, while confirming that Adeosun did request for an exemption letter, said it would investigate” the origin of the purported Exemption Certificate in question.” But the PDP spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan has alleged that the Presidency is mounting pressure on the Scheme to cover up for the minister.
President Buhari Signs NFIU Act, Separates It From EFCC
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday signed the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit bill (NFIU) into law. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting. According to him, NFIU is the Nigerian arm of the global Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) which was before now domiciled within the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as autonomous unit and operating in Africa.
Boyfriend Reveals How Ex-Ondo Deputy Gov’s Daughter Was Killed
Saidu-Shakiru Adeyemi, boyfriend of Miss Khadijat Oluboyo, the murdered daughter of ex-Ondo Deputy Governor of Ondo state Lasisi Oluboyo, has denied having anything to do with her murder. Khadijat was found dead at her boyfriend’s home in Akure, Ondo, on Sunday. Adeyemi, who was paraded by the Ondo State Police Command over his alleged involvement in Khadijat’s demise, said he knew nothing about it.
South Africa President Ramaphosa Visits Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met with his counterpart from South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The two presidents are expected to discuss issues of mutual interest to both Nigeria and South Africa particularly security and economic matters. The Presidency, on July 8, raised the alarm over the increasing killing, for flimsy reasons, of Nigerian citizens in South Africa.
Nigeria Launches Anti-Fake News Campaign
The federal government on Wednesday launched the National Campaign Against Fake News in Abuja, the country’s capital. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said fake news is an epidemic the government needed to fight as it was now sweeping the world. The minister believes that fake news has done more harm than good with regard to farmers-herders clashes in Nigeria.
Football Not ‘Coming Home’ As Croatia Dash England’s World Cup Dream
Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic grabbed an extra-time goal to end England’s dream of winning the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia. The Three Lions took the lead via a Kieran Trippier free-kick in the 5th minute of the game but Ivan Perisic leveled for the 1998 third-place finishers, before English defence went flat-footed to let Mandzukic beat Jordan Pickford in the near post to give Croatia a 2-1 win.
That’s the roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines this morning. More Nigerian newspapers headlines are available on Concise News website. See you again tomorrow.