NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 13 April, 2018.


Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) has been punished for his comments on the floor of Senate during the heated debate over the re-ordering of the election sequence.

The Senate yesterday suspended the senator for 90 legislative days, which translates to six months, for saying that the rescheduling of the 2019 election sequence by the National Assembly was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

The senator was, however, conspicuously absent from plenary when his suspension was announced.

LEADERSHIP Friday recalls that Senator Omo-Agege, alongside nine other pro-Buhari senators, had kicked against the new sequence of elections adopted by the upper legislative chamber in its amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act. They had angrily walked out of plenary.



Consequently, 24 hours after the senators’ protest,  the Senate quickly mandated the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions led by the chairman, Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP, Imo East), to investigate the matter.

But Senator Omo-Agege, who was present, quickly apologised to his colleagues, citing Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rules.

He was, however, later told to make his submission to the committee since the matter had already been referred to it.



Yesterday, apart from suspending Senator Omo-Agege, the Senate also requested him to compulsorily withdraw his suit against the Senate on the election sequence reorder.

Also, the Senate yesterday disbanded Parliamentary Support Group (Senate) for President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it was against the Senate.

The Senate’s resolutions followed recommendations in the report of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions which investigated the senators.

The report presented by Senator Anyanwu recommended that Senator Omo- Agege be suspended for 181 legislative days, or one calendar year, for dragging the upper chamber to court and for his attempt to denigrate the National Assembly.

The sanctions, the committee said, would serve as a deterrent to other would- be errant lawmakers.



However, the Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan, and Kabiru Marafa immediately appealed to Senate for leniency, and Senate President Bukola Saraki halved the suspension, reducing it to 90 legislative days.


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Ruling on the matter, Senator Saraki said: “Distinguished colleagues, a number of points have been raised. One borders on the issue of preserving the integrity of this institution. To me, that is what I think is the most important thing for us.

“Second is where we take actions that are not sincere. I think in this chamber, if we want to talk about who has the right to say he is chairman of a Parliamentary Support Group for Mr. President, both by action and by what we have done, I think that I have the right to lead that more than anyone else here.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The House of Representatives yesterday resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the engagement of two Nigerian lawyers, Oladipo Okpeseyi, (SAN), and Temitope Adebayo for a fee of $16.9 million, which amounts to about N6 billion.

The House also requested that President Muhammadu Buhari, should   suspend the payment of the said fee of $16.9 million, pending investigation on the matter.

The member representing Gwer East/Gwer West federal constituency of Benue State, Hon. Mark Terseer Gbilla, in a motion titled “Need to Investigate the Proposed Payment of $17million to lawyers by the Attorney General of the Federation for Recovery of ‘Abacha Loot,’ noted that one Enrico Monfrini, a Swiss lawyer was engaged by the Nigerian government since 1999 to work on recovering the  Abacha Loot.

According to the motion,   the sum of $321 million was a part of the negotiation and the Swiss Lawyer had finished the Luxembourg leg of the job since 2014 when Mohammed Bello Adoke was the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Gbillah while presenting his motion, alleged that the minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN,  had curiously engaged the services of another set of Nigerian lawyers in 2016, without due process.



He also revealed that both lawyers had worked for President Muhammadu Buhari’s Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a legacy party of the All Progressives Congress (APC) when Malami was the legal adviser of CPC.

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Gbillah  stated that the actual work had been concluded by Mr Enrico Monfrini, and was paid by the Nigerian government for the recovery of the sum of $321 million, part of the Abacha loot from Luxembourg.

According to the motion,  the terms of the agreement reached with Mr. Monfrini for the recovery clearly spelt out that no other lawyer would be engaged for the return of the money to Nigeria; “That Mr Monfrini had since been paid by the federal government for his legal services for the recovery of the money which was then domiciled with the Attorney-General of Switzerland pending the signing of an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nigeria to avoid the issues of accountability around previous recoveries,” he said.



Gbillah argued that all that was left was the signing of the MoU which is a government-to- government communication for the money to be repatriated to Nigeria.

He said the recovery of the Abacha loot used to be shrouded in secrecy, but said revelations have shown that there is the danger that Nigeria may have breached the contract terms by recruiting the second set of lawyers to conduct a job already done and completed.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
I am not one of those who are indignated that President Muhammadu Buhari has bitten the bullet for the fifth time for power. It may be a record only him holds in the country and one that drips with either special love for power, country, self-actualisation or all rolled together, yet the leadership aspirations fall within the bounds of both his inalienable and constitutional rights.

Though he has violated such rights of ours to have a leader of our choosing with the barrel of the gun, we have since dealt with our loss. However, I am sure Buhari understands or will understand that his desire for political power, which we first noticed way back 1983, when he muscled his way to power as a military officer, brushing aside former President Shehu Shagari, elected in that year’s general election, is a story, the end of which must come in 2023.

My bigger worry, as the president challenges for power again, is that he is no longer a spring chicken. If he gets re-elected by next year, he would be few months adrift 80 by the time he would be vacating office in 2023. Old age comes with ravages.

Mid-June, 2015, while attending the 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, his first, he confessed that the ravages of old age would hobble him in government.

“I wish I became head of state when I was a governor, just a few years as a young man. Now at 72, there is a limit to what I can do,” he told Nigerians living in South Africa. This was a straight-talk, yet there abounds those who would throw both tantrums and punches to prove that old age has rather been the president’s strongest enabler.



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In spite of the direction some of his sidekicks may think, we, the everyday people, have seen and the president himself can testify that presiding over Nigeria guts every fibre in his being. Since he assumed office, sickness has knocked him down with a frequency and intensity he confesses he has never known before in his life.

Let’s return to his Johannesburg straight-talk. As an employee, if my newly-employed 72-year-old staff comes to me and confesses that age would hobble him in carrying out his job description and I manage to ignore and abide him and at 76 when his service period expires, he comes keenly to me for a renewal of his appointment, I will hazard some quick guesses: First, I would wonder perhaps if he has been growing younger. Second, that perhaps he thinks I have no option. Third, that I may be stupid. I will, however, renew his appointment and allow all these thoughts fade into futility if I am convinced by his performance outcomes that he has been my best employee on the job.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
It is indeed a dark period for National Assembly. In the last two weeks, the federal legislature lost two serving lawmakers. Kindly permit me to dedicate today's discourse to the late member of the House, Hon Buba Jubril, in recognition of his value to his constituents and Nigerians in general. Jibril, gave-up the ghost at []The post Tributes, Tears As Reps Mourn Late Deputy Leader appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Prof Abubakar Olarewaju Sulaiman is the immediate past minister of National Planning under the Goodluck Jonathan administration. In this interview with RUTH CHOJI, thechieftain of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) speaks on the accusation of looting against the estwhile ruling party, the Third Force alternative, among other topical issues in the polity What legacies did []The post What Obasanjo Needs To Do To Ease PMB Out In 2019 PDP Chieftain appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspap 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Democratic People's Congress (DPC) recently held its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting where the party outlined its agenda to capture power, including the Presidency, in the 2019 general elections. PAUL UWADIMA writes on some of the highlights of the NEC meeting. On Friday, April 6, 2018, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the opposition []The post As DPC Repositions For 2019 Presidency appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested the managing director, Platinum Multi-purpose Cooperative Society Limited, one Michael Osasogie Obasuyi, for alleged offences bordering on conspiracy, cybercrime and money laundering to the tune of N 11, 498,944,038.29. According to the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the story, 'the suspect, who is also the []The post EFCC Arrests Cooperative Boss, Obasuyi For N11.4bn Fraud appeared first on Leadership Nige 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Aminu, yesterday urged a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere to nullify the decision of the Magistrate Court, which awarded custody of his two children to his ex-wife, Unmi Fatima Bolori. Aminu, in an appeal before Justice Kazeem Alogba, claimed that the Magistrate did not grant him []The post Atiku's Son Challenges Award Of Children Custody To Ex-wife appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Despite the presence of the Inspector General of Police, who is on a three- day official visit to Taraba, herdsmen, on Wednesday evening, invaded Jandeikyula village in Wukari local government area of the state, killing at least, 25 people. Special Adviser to Governor Darius Ishaku on Students' Affairs, Engr Samson Tor-Musa, who []The post Fulani Militia Kill 25 In Fresh Attack appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
There was pandemonium yesterday at the popular Tombia market in Etegwe area of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, following a clash between suspected cultists and indigenes of Hausa community over the stabbing to death of a Hausa tricycle operator. The tricycle operator was reportedly stabbed after the attempt to dispossess him of his monies and []The post 2 Killed As Cultists, Hausa Indigenes Clash Over Death Of Tricycle Operator appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Women from Bokkos local government of Plateau State who were displaced during the recent attacks on several communities of the council area, stormed the Plateau State House of Assembly appealing for proper compensation and rebuilding of their damaged communities destroyed by the unknown gunmen. The displaced women, in their hundreds, wore black dresses and arrived []The post Displaced Plateau Women Appeal To FG For Rebuilding Of Burnt Communities appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Nigeria Super Eagles moved up five places from 52nd to 47th position in the latest FIFA world ranking released, yesterday by the world soccer governing body, FIFA on it's official website. The Eagles' performance in their international friendly games against Poland and Serbia played a significant role which saw them moved up in letest []The post Eagles Move Up 5 places In New FIFA Ranking appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Nigeria's Oyinlomo Quadri continued her eye-catching display at the ongoing ITF/CAT African Junior Championship U-16 in Tunis, Tunisia, with a 6-1 6-2 win over Ramadan Hagar of Egypt to advance to the semi-final, yesterday. The 14-year-old Quadri is showing the kind of form that saw her recorded an unprecedented three-straight ITF Circuit wins in 2016 []The post 2018 ITF/AJC: Quadri Advances To Semifinals appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Korea Cultural Centre (KCC) is supporting Nigeria's charge for medals hervest in taekwondo at the 2024 Olympic Games by organising Mini Teakwando's pomsae/gyorugi championship for kids. The event held at the korean Cultural Centre's Dojang in River House, Abuja is to expose the kids to Korean culture, martial art, and build confidence towards 2024 Olympic []The post Taekwondo: KCC Boosts Nigeria's Drive For 2024 Olympics Success appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Chairman of Mapcotec Nigeria Limited, Surveyor (Dr.) Segun Osifeso, will on Wednessday kick off the second edition of the annual Ota Police Area Commander's football championship at the Nigeria Distilleries Limited (NDL) Ota, Ogun State sports ground. According to the organisers, AYSON Promotions, the competition will feature twelve teams []The post OBJ Osifeso For Ota Area Commander Football Tourney appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
It was mixed fortunes for Nigeria in the Men's Singles Table tennis event, yesterday as Aruna Quadri advanced into the quarterfinal while his compatriot, Segun Toriola, crashed out injured. Aruna qualified for the quarter-final ahead of Singapore's Xue Jie Pang, and it was by no means an easy task for Nigeria's highest-ranked player. Aruna in []The post CWG :Aruna Quadri Through To Quarterfinal appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
About 15 kilometers after leaving Gombe Airport, on the way to the city, the first major landmark that tells you serious governance is taking place in Gombe State is a sprawling edifice that looks every inch like a five star hotel. It is the International Conference Centre built by the incumbent government in the state, []The post 2019 Presidency: Does Dankwambo Have A Choice' appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
When President Muhammadu Buhari hosted a delegation of the judicial arm of government led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on October 6 last year, he decried the state of the nation's prisons, noting that it was a national scandal that many prisons were overcrowded by []The post Prison De-congestion And Criminal Justice System appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Overtime, I have observed the character of terrorism as a complex, unpredictable and dynamic phenomenon. Terrorists are very determined rebels, who hardly flinch like Lucifer in perpetrating evil and atrocities. They have a resolve that is almost unbreakable and exhibit empty boldness even in the face of defeat. Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) embody all of []The post Nigerian Army's Re-assuring Victory Over Terrorism appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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