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Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Sunday morning



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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, may be facing fresh charges of alleged re-looting of funds recovered by the commission as well as bribery. A final report of the Presidential Investigation Committee on the EFCC Federal Government Recovered Assets and Finances from May 2015 to May 2020, obtained by NAN seriously indicted and implicated Magu on various allegations leveled against him. Interest rates accruing from N550 billion recovered by the EFCC in the period under review were allegedly re-looted.

2. Similarly, a report by the Presidential Probe Panel has shown details of how Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), allegedly used a cleric to launder funds abroad. It was disclosed that the founder of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry, Abuja, Dr Emmanuel Omalewas was used by Magu to launder funds.

3.Still on Magu, the presidency has explained why it’s probing the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu. President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Saturday, said a series of documented allegations were made against him and several staff of the agency. He noted that following a preliminary review of the allegations, there were grounds for a detailed investigation to be conducted which led to the constitution of an investigative panel in compliance with the extant laws.

4. The Attorney-Genral of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has denied purchasing a N300 million house for his son. Malami, in a statement on Saturday by his spokesman, Umar Gwandu, said the allegation against him was a blatant lie. The minister also said the claims that he hired private jets for the son’s marriage was preposterous.

5. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Edo State, has accused the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki of bribing his way to emerge as the party’s flag bearer in the coming poll. Ize-Iyamu alleged that Obaseki paid the PDP N15 billion to emerge as its governorship candidate. He made the allegation in a statement signed by John Mayaki, his campaign Director of Communications. The APC governorship candidate charged the state governor to explain to people of the state how he came about such a huge fund.

6. One person has been confirmed dead while six others were rescued after a three-storeyed building collapsed at number 20, Freeman street in Lagos Island on Saturday Morning. The Southwest Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye while speaking to newsmen said occupants were fast asleep when the building collapsed.

7. President Muhammadu Buhari has urged African leaders to ensure the immediate actualization of the Common African Position on Assets Recovery (CAPAR), as the continent celebrated Anti-Corruption Day on July 11, 2020. In a letter to South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairman of African Union, the Nigerian leader asked for a re-commitment to the anti-corruption war by leaders on the continent to engender an “integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.

8. Former Acting Managing Director of Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Joy Nunieh has made some damning allegations against the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, alleging that nobody makes any payment in NDDC without Godswill Akpabio’s approval and that he once compelled her to take a special oath of allegiance otherwise she would be removed from office. She said she was later sacked after she refused to get engaged in many deals initiated by the minister.

9. Suspected Gunmen on Saturday killed 20 people in Chibuak and Kigudu II communities in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State in a renewed violent attack. The Parish Priest of Damakasuwa Outstation, Rev. Fr. Aaron Tanko, who oversees the two communities, confirmed that, 20 persons were killed while some others were still missing.

10. Six persons on Saturday lost their lives in a road accident in Ondo State. The road crash occurred at Kinisho/Olo junction axis of Ondo-Ore highway in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state. According to eyewitnesses, the accident involved a commercial Volkswagen Jetta car with number plate REE 446 KP and an articulated truck. The truck was said to have suffered a break failure before ramming into the car coming from the other end of the road.

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