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Nigerian Newspapers Summary: 10 top stories that made the front pages this Monday morning



1. Presidential ticket: Atiku wont disregard Jonathans advice on Obasanjo, says aide
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says he has not ruled out the possibility of holding talks with his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, in pursuit of his political ambition.
Atiku’s Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, stated this on behalf of his principal during a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja on Sunday.
Ibe explained that Atiku, a master of consensus building, would not discountenance the importance of carrying everyone along.

2. Kanu has jumped bail, his $800m suit purposeless FG

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The Federal Government has urged the Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States sitting in Abuja to dismiss a fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

It stated that Kanu having been granted bail and allegedly escaped from his ongoing trial before the Federal High Court in Abuja, the judgment of the ECOWAS Court on the suit would serve no purpose.

3. LASG moves to demolish more structures in Ikoyi, VI
The Lagos State Special Committee on the Clean Up of Lekki, Victoria Island and Ikoyi says it has served contravention notices on owners of illegal structures, abandoned buildings and workshops along highways in the areas.
The Chairman of the committee, who is also the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, on Sunday, stated that serving the notices was preparatory to the commencement of enforcement on the affected structures from Monday (today).

4.  500 prominent Nigerians get tax status letters today
Tax status letters will be issued to no fewer than 500 high net-worth Nigerians by the Ministry of Finance today.It shows that the Federal Government’s Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) is already paying off, according to Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun.
VAIDS is a government tax amnesty programme that allows a nine-month window for defaulters to voluntarily self-assess and declare their correct local and foreign assets/incomes for taxation purposes.
The project, which began on July 1 this year, is expected to end on March 31, 2018, after which defaulters will be treated as tax evaders in accordance with the country’s ‘criminal’ law, Adeosun stated.

5. Maina: Over 66 accounts used in pension fraud 'Malami
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Shehu Abubakar Malami (SAN), has revealed the existence of over 66 accounts allegedly operated by an unnamed pensions’ fraud syndicate.
This comes amid growing criticism that has rocked the Buhari-led administration following the reinstatement of an embattled former chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Pension’s Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.
Many have said the controversy surrounding Maina’s return and promotion to the position of director of the Federal Civil Service has put a question mark on the Federal Government’s commitment in the fight against corruption.

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6. IBB's 2015 plot against Buhari exposed
Former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida made frantic efforts to convince the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu to dump Muhammadu Buhari in support of Goodluck Jonathan, weeks before the 2015 general elections, a new book has revealed.
The book, ‘On a platter of gold: How Jonathan won and lost Nigeria,” written by former minister of sports and current National Publicity Secretary of APC claimed that Babangida tried to get Tinubu to back Jonathan ahead of the last presidential contest. The book is yet to be released to the public.
In the book described by Jonathan as “a tissue of lies” Abdullahi claimed that a meeting was held in the Abuja residence of Babangida, at the instance of Jonathan, where the former military leader tried to convince Tinubu to jump ship.

7. Atiku plots mass movement to PDP
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has begun the process of rejoining the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with a meeting with key leaders of the party in Adamawa and the North East zone.
Last weekend, he  kick-started the process, which is expected to ensure mass defection, with series of meetings in his Adamawa home, after he formally resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC), which he helped to form in 2014.
A source close to Abubakar told Daily Sun that he first held a consultative meeting with the PDP executive in Adamawa led by the chairman, Mr. Tahir Shehu.

8. Why CBN retains rates, by Godwin Emefiele
Contrary to speculations that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is afraid of taking risks by retaining monetary policy rates (MPR) at the same level for the eighth time consecutively, the apex financial sector regulator has said its actions are based on researches that it conducted.  

CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with The Guardian in Abuja, also explained that industry operators actually preferred that be retained to avoid exchange rate fluctuations.

9. Your votes'll count, Etiebet assures APC supporters
FORMER Petroleum Minister and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Otuekong Don Etiebet, has assured supporters of his party in Akwa Ibom State that their votes in the December 2 local government elections will count.The post Your votesll count, Etiebet assures APC supporters appeared first on Vanguard News. 

10. How $70 million Lagos redevelopment scheme will transform Oshodi
A fresh attempt is being made to resurrect, an ambitious development effort in the heart of Lagos under moves by the authorities in the state to meet growing demands of its mega city status.

At the centre of the new effort is the redevelopment of Oshodi into a transport interchange and create a world -class central business district, which will gulp $70 million.


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