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NEWSPAPERS REVIEW: TOP HEADLINES THAT MADE THE FRONT PAGES THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING


Secret trial for officials in Ikoyi cash scandal – Buhari
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said those found guilty in the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Ikoyi cash scandal will be prosecuted secretly, even as his administration plans to overhaul the national security architecture.
In April, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had uncovered $43 million, £27, 800 and N23 million at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Buhari spoke at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja while receiving a report of the panel established to review the operational, technical and administrative structure of the NIA.
Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina, in a statement, quoted Buhari as saying that the Osborne Tower incident and its aftermath had brought to the fore, the need to review the entire national security architecture


$1bn to fight BHaram: Ekiti LG chairmen sue AGF, 36 governors
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The chairmen of the 16 Local Government Areas in Ekiti State have sued the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice as well as governors of the 36 states of the federation for approving the withdrawal of $1bn from the Excess Crude Account for the fight against insurgency.

They, through their lawyer, Ola Olanipekun, filed the suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1264/17, before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday.

A 14-paragraph affidavit deposed to by Everest Igweokolo, a litigation executive in Olanipekun’s law firm, was filed in support of the suit. 

Mrs Jonathan: Reps insist on list of accounts under litigation
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
THE House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to make available the list of accounts belonging to former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan that are not under litigation.
The lawmakers made the request following allegation by the petitioner that the EFCC has repeatedly failed to obey court orders. They directed the EFCC to lift ban on bank account s belonging to the petitioner in the absence of any litigation. Counsel to EFCC, Mr. Ojogbane Johnson had in the course of the hearing maintained that reasons behind the commission’s decision to keep the accounts frozen was because they are still under investigation, a reason he said the commission appealed against court rulings directing that it de-freezes those accounts.

Breaking! Disquiet in Kano as dep gov 'withdraws' support for Ganduje
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
There is crack in the Kano State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) following an alleged leaked audio in which Deputy Governor Prof. Hafiz Abubakar alluded that he would dump his principal, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and return to the university.
 Abubakar, a Professor at the Bayero University, Kano reportedly vented his anger over developments in the Kano chapter of the APC where he was reportedly sidelined in the scheme of things.
He was said to have been “railroaded” by ex- Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso as Ganduje’s deputy ahead of the 2015 gubernatorial election and the “marriage of convenience” had since deteriorated.

Buhari under fire, as Senate says 2018 budget “heavily padded, inconsistent, full of errors
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Returning to plenary after a two-week break during which it reviewed the 2017 budget of the Federal Government against the proposals for 2018, the Senate yesterday returned a damning verdict of incompetence, inconsistency and ineptitude in the planning and execution of the 2017 budget.
Summing up the misgivings of the senators who spoke across party lines, Senate President Bukola Saraki expressed anger, saying that the executive arm must sit up and warning that disaster was lurking if the 2017 budget was not rolled over to 2018. The senate also observed that the 2018 budget is “heavily padded, inconsistent, full of errors and inacurracies.” “Truly, it is very disheartening and disappointing because we know how much we have put into the budget process,” he said.

Obiano distances self from APGAs presidential endorsement
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has refuted the report alleging that he may run for the presidency during the 2019 general elections.
Obiano, in a statement issued yesterday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, James Eze, said the report was a manifestation of speculations carried too far and had no shred of truth.

National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Victor Oye, had after the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) meeting in Abuja, said the party would field a presidential candidate in 2019.