Read today's newspaper headlines [Thursday, June 30, 2016]
For today, June 30, 2016
THE NATION NEWSPAPER
For the second time in 48 hours, the Federal Government has urged Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu to face their forgery case and clear their names instead of politicising the matter.
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina on Monday admonished Saraki and Ekweremadu to leave President Muhammadu Buhari out of their fate after Saraki complained that he was being persecuted.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir David Lawal yesterday said the Senate principal officers should not give the impression that the case against them is an Executive versus Legislature war. READ MORE
The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday heard that a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd), charged with laundering N21billion, has returned N2.6billion to the Federal Government.
His lawyer Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), while arguing Amosu’s bail application after he was arraigned before Justice Mohammed Idris, said his client had returned “collossal sums”.
Amosu returned N2.6billion to the Federal Government, The Nation learnt.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned him along with a former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting at the Nigeria Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun, and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo. READ MORE
All hell was let loose in Maryland, Lagos, yesterday when a hawker was crushed by a truck.
His colleagues went wild, destroying about 47 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses belonging to Primero Transport Service Ltd and several others owned by LAGBUS Asset Management.
The debris of the buses filled the road from Maryland to Obanikoro.
Eyewitnesses said the eyeglasses hawker was trying to evade arrest by Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) officials when he ran into the truck’s path.
The accident, which happened around 1.15pm, caused a traffic gridlock, which stretched from the Maryland Independence Tunnel to Fadeyi. READ MORE
THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER
The Federal Government has commenced moves to seize two mansions allegedly belonging to the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.); and a former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun.
The PUNCH on Wednesday learnt that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had traced two houses in the highbrow areas of London to Amosu and Adigun.
An impeccable source told our correspondent that Amosu and Adigun, who are due to be arraigned for alleged N21bn fraud, purchased the houses in 2014. READ MORE
Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Wednesday held their plenary at a major roundabout in Okesa in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, to protest the alleged witch-hunt of Governor Ayodele Fayose by the Federal Government.
The lawmakers conducted their business under a canopy while the area was cordoned off by a detachment of armed policemen, who blocked one side of the two lanes.
They accused Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), and the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, of being the brains behind an alleged plot to remove Fayose from office. READ MORE
A former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, is dead. He died in Abuja on Wednesday evening.
The cause of his death was however unknown, but the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Walid Jibril, confirmed his death.
Until his death, Maduekwe was the secretary of the PDP BoT.
He was said to have died at his Ministers’ Estate residence, Abuja.
Sources close to him said he had a health challenge on his way back to Nigeria from the United States of America. READ MORE
THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER
The Federal Government has hit back at the Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, over statements they made last Tuesday after they were arraigned for allegedly forging the Standing Rules of the upper legislative chamber.
The government said it would be better for Saraki and Ekweremadu to either honourably resign or face the judicial process.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, said statements issued by both Senate leaders targeting the government and President Muhammadu Buhari as an individual as if the executive arm was the initiator of the forgery case against them was not acceptable. READ MORE
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo has sacked Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff as Acting Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The National Caretaker Committee of the party immediately expressed satisfaction with the ruling.
The committee, however, advised him to retrace his steps and join hands with it to move the party forward
The court described the process through which Sheriff emerged as chairman as illegal.
In another development, there was drama in Edo State PDP as Mr. Matthew Iduoriyekenmwen yesterday emerged as factional candidate for the September 10 governorship election. READ MORE
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) yesterday stepped up its action against tax-defaulting companies, shutting some of them in Lagos.
Closed down were the operational headquarters of H.F.P Engineering Nigeria Limited over the company’s alleged tax liabilities of N536million. Its workers were ordered out of the office located at Victoria Garden City (VGC).
The FIRS enforcement unit, led by Anita Erinne, also sealed Meditarian Nigeria Limited on Victoria Island (V.I.), which has a tax debt of over N4billion spanning 2008 – 2013.
Also on V.I., Dimension Data (with alleged tax liabilities in excess of N540 million) and Sirius Energy Resources (that allegedly owes N11million), were also sealed. READ MORE
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir Lawal, has thrown himself into the fray in respect of alleged forgery trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, asking the principal officers of the Senate to resign their positions.
The Senate, in a swift reaction last night, said the two principal officers of the Senate will not resign, insisting that it was being assaulted by the executive arm of government in the ongoing trial of its leaders. READ MORE
The political uproar that saw Thursday’s decision by the majority of British voters to exit the European Union was about at the same level as the upheaval that preceded a similar referendum that formalised Britain’s entry into Europe in 1975.
The decision of Prime Minister David Cameron to resign as leader of the Conservative Party and as such, prime minister, bears a parallel to the rebellion that Prime Minister Harold Wilson faced in the days leading to the referendum on the ratification of British membership of the EEC in 1975.
Just as with the 2016 referendum, the 1975 referendum was the first time in modern history that the historical mantra of collective cabinet responsibility was ditched as senior leaders of the then ruling Labour Party took to opposite sides in the campaign on ratifying the membership of the EEC. READ MORE
One of Africa’s finest novelist, poet and dramatist Captain Elechi Amadi died Wednesday at the Good Heart hospital in Port Harcourt at the age of 82. A member of the family , Bar Wabueze Amadi, confirmed the development to the Vanguard newspaper on phone, saying he passed on at about 3: 45pm at the hospital.
The late captain Elechi Amadi was among the first generation of African writers and novelists. Elechi Amadi Some of his works include The Concubine, The Great Ponds, Isiburu, Sunset in Biafra, Dance of Johannesburg, Peppersoup, The Road to Ibadan, The Slave , Estrangement and the Woman of Calaber. READ MORE