Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Friday, August 10th.
NASS Invasion: Police IG Requests To Search Daura’s House
Police boss Ibrahim Idris has written to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo seeking permission to search the home of the fired Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura. Concise News learned that the Inspector General of Police made the request in an interim report on the incident to the stand-in president.
EFCC Frees Ex-DSS DG Ita Ekpeyong
Former Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Ita Ekpeyong, has been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), hours after his arrest. It was learned that Ekpeyong, who served as the head of the DSS from 2010 to 2015, was arrested over his alleged role in the arms scandal involving former National Security Adviser Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retired).
National Assembly To Reconvene Next Tuesday
The National Assembly would reconvene next week Tuesday, to consider President Muhammadu Buhari’s request of funding the 2019 general election. Nigeria’s federal legislative arm of government is currently on recess, to resume in September. But Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yussuff Lasun, said at a press briefing in Abuja, on Thursday, that the lawmakers were willing to ensure smooth elections next year.
Sagay Restates Why Saraki Must Resign
Senate President Bukola Saraki must vacate his position for the sake of morality, says Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption Itse Sagay (SAN). Saraki had last week joined the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). And speaking on Thursday, Sagay said that a member of the minority being the Senate President is an aberration.
Saraki Replies APC Over Incompetence Remark
Bukola Saraki says comments credited to the ruling All progressives Congress (APC) that he is not qualified for the position of Senate President are baseless. ”We can’t descend into the gutter with these characters. Apparently, they have not recovered from the shock of their Tuesday’s failed attempt to subvert democracy,” Saraki, who recently decamped from the APC to the opposition PDP, said in a statement.
Adeleke Finally Speaks On Certificate Controversy
Senator Ademola Adeleke, the governorship candidate of the PDP in Osun state, has revealed that he gained admission into the university he attended in the US without presenting his senior school certificate examination result. The lawmaker was reacting to the dismissal of a suit filed against his eligibility before the Osun State High Court.Speaking in Ede, his hometown in Osun, Adeleke said he sat for a qualifying examination before he was given admission to the university.
Lai Moh’d Speaks On Running In 2019
Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has said he would not contest any elective position in 2019. Mohammed, who is leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state, disclosed this on Thursday in Ilorin at a meeting of Congress of Kwara Progressives.
Courtois Completes Real Madrid Move
Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois has completed his move to Real Madrid after signing a six-year contract reportedly worth around £35m. Concise News understands that, as part of the deal, Croatia international Mateo Kovacic would be joining the Blues on a season-long loan as part of the agreement. The Belgium goalkeeper spent seven years at Chelsea but his first three were on-loan at Real’s city rivals Atletico.
Falconets Revive W/Cup Dream With Haiti Win
The Falconets revived their hopes of making it to the quarter-final of the 2018 U-20 World Cup after a 1-0 win over Haiti. Rasheedat Ajibade grabbed the lone goal for the 2010 runners-up via a spot-kick to hand the West Africans their first win in the competition. The team had on Monday lost 1-0 to Germany in their opening Group D encounter in the tournament holding in France.