Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Friday morning


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

1. The former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, PRTT, Abdulrasheed Maina has returned to Nigeria to face his ongoing money laundering trial.

The aircraft carrying the former pension boss landed at the Airport at 2.15 pm amid tight security.

2. The trial of Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman, Pension Reform Task Team, (PRTT) continued on Thursday.

The prosecution witness nine (PW9), Rouqayyah Ibrahim, who testified at the Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Justice Okong Abang, narrated how Maina acquired properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United States of America, and a $2 million property in Jabi, Abuja.

3. A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has said President Muhammadu Buhari needs to seek forgiveness from God because he has failed Nigerians.

Lamido, who stated this during an interview with BBC Hausa, lamented the killing of farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram and insisted “something is wrong somewhere”.

4. Justice A. M. Liman of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered the final forfeiture of N235,451,969 traced to the account of a convicted fraudster, Obinwanne Okeke, to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, announced this in a statement on Thursday.

5. The three suspected bombers who allegedly detonated a dynamite at the church attended by Elder Wike, father of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike at Azikiwe Street in Diobu, Port Harcourt have confessed that they carried out the actions to gain prominence within the ranks of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Progress Onwudinjo, Apuro Victor and John Okorie, who made the confession while being paraded at the command headquarters on Moscow road, said their leaders promised to give them juicy positions when Biafra is restored if they succeed in carrying out the action.

6. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Thursday, urged Nigerians to hold President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC responsible for the spates of killings in different parts of the country.

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In a statement issued by spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party recalled “how the APC chieftain, as opposition leaders in the APC as well the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, allegedly showed sympathy to terrorists and took steps that frustrated genuine efforts by the then PDP government to fight terrorism.”

7. An attack by bandits in the Gwaram community, Talatan Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State has left the village head dead and eight others abducted.

Zamfara State Police Command spokesperson Superintendent Shehu Mohammed said one of the abducted victims is the wife of the District head, Musa Makeri, who is also the former ward chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

8. The Defence Headquarters has dismissed the claim by the Boko Haram terrorists that the recent massacre of rice farmers in Borno was retaliation for the arrest of one of them.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, while giving an update on the operations of the armed forces between November 26 and December 2 on Thursday in Abuja, said the claim was the practice of the sect with the sole motive of instigating fear in the minds of the people to discourage them from cooperating with the security agencies.

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9. Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted Israel Ejiro Inyanabor, a councillor representing Ewohimi Ward One in Esan South-East Local Government Area of Edo State.

The incident happened along Ewatto-Ubiaja-Okhuesan Road near Ena River in Esan South-East LGA of the state on Wednesday, December 2.

10. The Federal High Court, Abuja, has sacked Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, Mr Cairo Ojougboh, Dr Joi Nunieh and others from functioning on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC).

Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a ruling on an application by a Civil Society Organization, Forum for Accountability and Good Governance restrained them from parading themselves as Board members of the NDDC.

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