NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [11 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday,  11 April, 2017.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
More controversies have continued to trail the Federal Government’s handling of the $322.51 million Abacha loot repatriated to the country by the Swiss government in December 2017.

The new twist to the recovery saga comes on the heels of the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun’s admission that government actually received $322.51 million from the Swiss Government as part of looted funds by former Head of State,  late General Sani Abacha. She however denied writing a strong worded letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, objecting to payment of about N6 billion to lawyers that facilitated the recovery.

According to the spokesman to the Minister, Oluyinka Akintunde, the government received the money since December 18, 2017, but added that there was no controversy surrounding the recovery of stolen funds by the former head of state from the Swiss Government.

“The minister wishes to dissociate herself and the Federal Ministry of Finance from recent reports on the Abacha refunds.

“The minister had at no time written any letter to the President or any member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the payment to lawyers for the Abacha recovery.

“She also refutes the flawed reports of controversy surrounding the Abacha recovery.

“We wish to state that the sum of $322,515,931.83 was received into a Special Account in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on December 18, 2017, from the Swiss Government.

“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no controversy concerning the recovery of the Abacha monies from the Swiss Government,” he said.

Akintunde however said the Minister of Finance, frowned at a recent report that she objected to the payment of $16.9 million to two lawyers who recovered the Abacha funds.

The Federal Government had in 1999 hired Mr Enrico Monfrini, a Swiss lawyer to fasttrack the recovery of Abacha loot.

But, the Federal Government yesterday  distanced itself from the statement credited to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adesoun, over the refusal to remit the legal fees charged by lawyers for recovering the $322.51 million Abacha loot.

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It was reported that the Finance Minister refused to approve the payment of $16.9 million dubious fees to two lawyers for the recovery of the $322 million.

She was also said to have written a strong-worded letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, to raise objections to the payment following revelations on a suspected sleaze.


 
The recovered sum was repatriated to Nigeria by the Swiss Government in December 2017 following the execution of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries for the judicious use of the recovery.

The government denial of the report came through the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Justice Sector Reform and Open Government Partnership, Mrs Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu.

Speaking at a media briefing at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Nwagwu, said the issue was addressed and a disclaimant to the statement earlier credited to Adesoun has been withdrawn.

‘If you visit the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance, you will see that that statement has been withdrawn. I think there was a problem and the statement was mistakenly issued without the consent of the Minister. The issue has been addressed and that particular statement had been retracted.’ She explained.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Deputy Senate President Ike  Ekweremmadu has commenced legal moves to stop the hearing of an ex parte application filed by the Federal Government seeking a temporary forfeiture of some of his undeclared properties worth billions of naira to government.

Ekweremadu, representing Enugu West Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), commenced the moves yesterday through two applications filed by his counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN.

While his first application is seeking the leave of the court to be heard in the ex parte motion, the second is challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.

The Federal Government had told the court that, without its order attaching/forfeiting the said properties, “the likelihood of the frustration of investigations as well as the dissipation of the said properties is very high.”

It was the contention of government that the matter was of utmost public interests and concern, and as such,  “an order will enable the government to carry out a thorough investigation into the activities of the respondent in the acquisition of the said properties as it relates to the allegation of a breach of Code of Conduct for Public Officers.”

The Federal Government said the interim order would lapse as soon as investigation and further inquiry by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property  is concluded.

In addition,  the Federal Government said the respondent might face arraignment after investigations.

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Festus Keyamo, SAN, had filed the ex parte application on behalf of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property.

However, when the matter came up yesterday, Bala Dakum, announced appearance for the applicant (Federal Government), while Awomolo entered appearance for the respondent (Ekweremadu).

Dakum informed the court that, being an ex parte application, ordinarily, the respondent was not supposed to be in court.


 
He said what happened was that, while waiting for the court to fix a date for hearing of the motion,  the respondent filed an application, seeking to be heard.

She adjourned the matter to April 26.

The FG’s lawyer informed the court that he had filed a counter affidavit in opposition to Ekweremmadu’s application.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom, has advised those who were displaced from their homes by Fulani herdsmen attacks in the state to return to their homes and defend themselves with stones, if need be.

Ortom spoke against incessant Fulani incursions which led to the fresh killing of a soldier last Monday. The governor gave the advice in Naka, headquarters of Gwer West Local Government Area of the state, yesterday, when he spoke with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).


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The governor visited Naka to condole with families who lost loved ones in last week’s attack on Agagbe district of the area, by armed bandits, which left 24 people dead. Ortom stressed that he is tired of keeping IDPs and also, explained that the killings in the state have become too many that “time is now ripe for people to stop running from their homes, but to stay and defend themselves…”

The governor also said he has no intention of decamping from the ruling All Progressives Party (APC), as being speculated in some quarters. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has alleged that the nation’s security degenerated dangerously because the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government chose to play politics with the security challenges in the country.

Wike also called on professionals to show interest in political developments in the country to ensure the APC-led federal government returns to the right track.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) at the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, Governor Wike said when Rivers had the issues with kidnappings, instead of addressing the security challenge, the federal government and its agents, allegedly plotted how to declare a state of emergency.

“The Federal Government politicised the issue of security in Rivers State at a time  her intervention was required. That is why the whole country has been engulfed by insecurity.

“Everyday you hear people being killed like chicken in Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, Benue, Zamfara, Kwara, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Yobe and Borno States. The case of Offa, where 50 persons were killed, is disheartening.

“After 50 persons were murdered in cold blood, the very next day, the authorities claimed that seven persons had been arrested. If the security agencies have the capacity to arrest almost immediately, why not stop the killings?” he wondered.


 
Wike decried the situation where Nigeria answers Big Brother Africa, but remains unable to uphold the rule of law, conduct credible elections and institute basic governance process.

He said every profession has the responsibility to play a role in the development of the country, especially by speaking out against the destruction of the tenets of the rule of law.


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“If there is no rule of law, it negatively affects the professions. Professionals can no longer stand aloof while the country degenerates,” he said.


 
Earlier, President of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Alhaji Muhammadu Zakari, commended Governor Wike for rolling out projects that have stimulated the economy of the state.

He disclosed ICAN’s desire to partner the state government on issues that concern the organisation’s core values and urged Governor Wike to promote ICAN’s Accountability Index among political leaders in the country.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
That the peace still reigning in Nigeria is fragile and might shatter if preventive measures are not put forward is a common knowledge. In the East, West, North and South of the country, there are pockets of agitations, fears and mutual suspicion among the different ethnic nationalities that make up the country especially among the three major ethnic groups: Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba.

In the South-East geopolitical zone occupied by the Igbo people, the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other pro-Biafra groups on daily bases seek for seceding of the Biafra Republic from Nigeria. Part of the many reasons for their agitations included marginalization and persecution of Ndigbo by the federal government.

In the north, Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen are reportedly killing people in their numbers virtually on daily bases. In fact, from available reports, the herdsmen have advanced to the southern part of the country with their wanton killings of defenceless Nigerians.

In the Niger Delta, militants have sworn never to allow peace to reign until they are given fair share from the resources exploited from their land even as the South-West is not spared as there are pockets of agitations in the zone too.

These and more have contributed to the apparent disaffection and mutual suspicion among Nigerians in the recent time.

But in all these, there seemed to be a glimmer of hope for the long sought after peace and unity of the country and its people. This was demonstrated by members of Abakaliki Urban Community Forum during their election held to usher in new executives that would pilot the affairs of the association in the next four years.

The association is a social cultural organization founded more than 30 years ago with the vision to bring all the inhabitants of Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi State together so that they could have a common voice to take decisions politically and otherwise.

The new executives have a membership figure of 140 officers for men, women, and the youth executives. For men, 30 officers make up the executive while the women, youths and the stakeholders have 45, 35 and 30 respectively.

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Speaking to Daily Sun shortly after the election, the Secretary of the Electoral Committee, Dr A. C. Eze, said the members of the executives were selected such that the six geopolitical zones and the three major ethnic groups: Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba would be represented.


 
He explained that positions were zone to states which people in turn elected who would occupy the position so allotted to them in the association.

Indeed, there were thunderbolts of claps when the newly elected members of the executives were called out for inauguration. The men’s executive has the Bishop of Greater Riches of Grace Bible Church, Bishop Anayo Ilo, as president while Chief (Mrs.) Rose Ezeadikwa and Mr. Chidi Alo emerged the chairperson for women’s wing and youth leaders respectively.

In his acceptance speech shortly after their inauguration, Ilo said: “Today marks a new beginning. It is a new dawn in the history of Urban Forum. I am so delighted that all the inhabitants of urban, not just a group, could come together and elect me as their president. I think that it is something worthy of celebration and giving thanks to God.”

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka When in the middle of February, the incest story between 25-year-old Chiadikobi Ezeibekwe and her younger sister, Chibuzor, 17, of Agba village Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State went viral, it came with it a rude shock to the community. First, never in the history of the community or...The post Cleansing at Ekwulobia community over incest appeared first on The Sun News. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Okey Sampson, Aba Abia State is among the nine oil producing states. For the state touted as 'God's Own' to be amid the honoured nine that lay the proverbial golden egg which keeps the country rolling economically, Owaza, a rustic and sleepy community in the Southwestern fringe of the state, has more than a dose...The post Oil exploration causes anguish, anger in Owaza, Abia community appeared first on The Sun News. 

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Wed, 11 Apr 2018
It's not true ' Gov's aide George Onyejiuwa, Owerri; Okwe Obi, Abuja As the 2019 general electionThe post APGA accuses Okorocha of planting moles in party appeared first on The Sun News. 

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Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Partners Microsoft to empower Nigerian youths Chinenye Anuforo The Technology landscape in NigeriaThe post Tek experts debuts in Nigeria appeared first on The Sun News. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
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Wed, 11 Apr 2018
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