Here Are The Major Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Wednesday, 1st August, 2018
1. President Buhari elected as ECOWAS chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari was Tuesday in Lome elected the new Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The President’s election was one of the highpoints of the 53rd Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS which held in the Togolese capital.
2. Senate President Bukola Saraki dumps APC for new party
Senate President Bukola Saraki has finally taken his leave from the ruling All Progressive Congress .
Saraki took to his twitter account on Tuesday to announces his departure from the party after consultations.
3. EFCC grills Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu
The deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, was on Tuesday, reportedly questioned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The anti graft agency is grilling Ekweremadu over multiple allegations of sharp practices as well as local and foreign assets.
4. Court discharges and acquits Attahiru Bafarawa of fraud charges
Former governor of Sokoto State Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa and four others, standing trial on a 22 count charge of conspiracy, criminal misappropriation, theft and receiving of stolen funds have received their freedom today.
The accused, now discharged and acquitted persons were first arraigned on the 16th day of December, 2009 before the Sokoto State High Court.
5. IGP orders shut down of Benue House of Assembly complex
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has ordered his men to shut down the Benue State House of Assembly (BNHA), complex indefinitely.
The Police had earlier in the week, besieged the complex, preventing workers from gaining access to the complex.
6. Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara dumps APC for PDP
Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has defected to the People’s Democratic Party(PDP).
In a press release by Dr. Muyideen Akorede the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the Kwara State Governor, Fatai, Ahmed said APC can no longer serve as a platform to serve and meet the aspirations of his people.
7. EFCC begins probe of Fayose, wife and others
The Economic Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC has begun the investigation of Ayodele Fayose, the governor of Ekiti state, his wife, Feyisetan Fayose, and his top aides.
The agency is also investigating Lere Olayinka, spokesperson to the governor; Toyin Ojo, the state’s commissioner for finance; Oluyemisi Owolabi, the state’s accountant general.
8. Court stops swearing in of Calistus Ekenze as Imo deputy governor
The swearing-in of Calistus Ekenze, as the new Deputy Governor of Imo State, has been halted by a High Court in Owerri, the state capital.
The court ruling came in on Tuesday morning just as Mr Ekenze was about to be sworn in.
9. Nigeria’s ambassador to South Africa, Ibeto leaves APC for PDP
A former Deputy Governor of Niger State and Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa, Alhaji Ahmed Ibeto, has decamped from the All progressive Congress for the People Democratic Party in the state.
Ibeto was Deputy Governor for eight years to former Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu and decamped from PDP during the 2014/2015 general election.
10. Lagos government denies it is planning to pay religious leaders salary
A viral report making rounds on social media, stating that the Lagos State government was planning to commence the payment of salary to religious leaders in the state, has been debunked by the state government stating that the claim was totally untrue and misleading.
A press release signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, states that the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mr. Abdulateef Abdulhakeem, made the clarification while speaking during an interview on a television programme monitored in Lagos.
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