Good morning, Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top Newspaper Headlines in Nigeria for today Friday, 10th July 2020
The presidency has moved to give some clarifications about who President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed to replace the embattled Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Speaking via a series of tweets on Thursday, Lauretta Onochie, social media aide to the President said it is better to wait for an official communication before rushing to tell the public unconfirmed news.
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has written the Inspector-General of Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Muhammed Adamu, over claims that he received N4billion from Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Naija News reports that the petition by the Vice President is coming after Jackson Ude, a former director of strategy and communications under President Goodluck Jonathan administration, through his news medium, “PointBlank News”, published that the embattled Magu embezzled over N39 billion and gave Osinbajo N4 billion for a soft landing.
The Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, has accused two state governors and a Minister of being responsible for the crisis rocking the party in the southwest state.
Naija News reports that the Ondo APC Chairman has Henry Olu Olatuja reportedly accused the Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, it’s Kaduna counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai and the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, of being responsible for Ondo APC crisis.
The president of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF), Yerima Shettima has labelled Ibrahim Magu as the worst leader the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has had so far.
This he said as he lamented that EFCC in the hands of Magu had been turned to a witch-hunting tool by politicians.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio on Thursday failed to appear before the Senate Committee investigating the case of alleged misappropriation of funds in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Reacting to the development, the lawmakers condemned the decision of the Minister to shun its committee.
Top Chicago lawyer, Gal Pissetzky, a senior partner at Chicago law firm Pissetzky & Berliner, hired by Hushpuppi, to help extricate him from multi-million dollar fraud charges levelled against him by American authorities, says his client is not guilty of the allegations levelled against him.
Naija News recalls that Dubai Police authorities released a video of how Hushpuppi and Olalekan Jacob Ponle popularly known as Mr Woodbery were arrested for fraud. The Dubai based Nigerian big boy was arrested for an alleged $35 million by Interpol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The former Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) boss, Andrew Yakubu has revealed how he got the over N3.8bn the country’s main anti-graft agency discovered at his house in Kaduna State.
Defending himself during a questioning session by the prosecuting counsel, Yakubu said 98 percent of the cash recovered from a safe in his house in Kaduna State were birthday, naming ceremonies’ gifts from well-wishers.
8. We Never Promised To Reduce Fuel Price And Keep It Low – FG Explains Why It Increased Price Of Petrol
The federal government of Nigeria has explained and justified the recent increase in the price of petrol from N123.50 to N143.8.
The Minister of State for petroleum, Timipreye Sylva, noted that it has become unrealistic in the face of prevailing economic developments to continue to subsidize the price of petrol.
He also added that at no time did the government promise to reduce the price of petrol and keep it permanently low.
The suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has been accused of ‘harassing’ two allies of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Naija News reports that Magu was recently suspended by President Buhari and replaced by Mohammed Umar as the boss of the EFCC.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has revealed that it has relieved Pastor Gideon Bakare of his ministerial duties in the church.
Naija News reports that Pastor Bakare, in a viral video, was caught sitting half-naked in a compromising position with a woman who is described as a wife of a member of the RCCG’s branch in Akure, Ondo state.
That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.