NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 MAY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Thursday,  17 May, 2018.

Thu, 17 May 2018
A week after the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris failed to appear before the senate, for the third consecutive time, Dr. Bukola Saraki has raised the alarm that the police boss has concluded plans to implicate him.

The senate president alleged that some cultists who were arrested in Kwara have been shipped to Abuja, where he claimed they would be coerced t

• Alleges grand plan to coerce criminals to implicate him, Kwara gov

Fred Itua, Molly Kilete Abuja and Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin

A week after the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris failed to appear before the senate, for the third consecutive time, Dr. Bukola Saraki has raised the alarm that the police boss has concluded plans to implicate him.

The senate president alleged that some cultists who were arrested in Kwara have been shipped to Abuja, where he claimed they would be coerced to make confessional statements to implicate him and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Saraki said the intelligence report was passed to him by Governor Ahmed.
Prior to the announcement, the Senate had a 45-minute closed-door session where the issue was extensively discussed.

At plenary, Saraki announced: “My Distinguished colleagues, there is an issue which I need to bring to your attention very urgently. Last night (Tuesday night), my state governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed revealed to me an information at his disposal that a group of suspects who had been in police cells for several weeks for cultism and whose investigation had been concluded with prosecution about to commence under the state law based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the Ministry of Justice were ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning (yesterday).


 
“According to the information available to the governor, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim directed the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State to immediately transfer the men to the Force Headquarters.

“The plan, as the governor was made to understand is that, under duress, the suspects would be made to alter the statements they already made in Ilorin. They will then be made to implicate the Kwara State Government, and in particular, myself, in their new statement.

“This plot is part of the strategy by the IGP Idris to settle scores over the declaration by this honourable Chamber that he is not qualified and competent to hold any public office, within and outside the country and that he is an enemy of Nigerian democracy based on his usual disrespectful conduct towards lawful authorities.

“In my own view, this plot is an act of desperation, blackmail, intimidation, abuse of office and crude tactics aimed at turning our country into a Police State where top officials cannot be made to obey the law, follow due process and subject themselves to constituted authorities.

“I want to bring this dangerous development to the attention of all of you my colleagues, the entire country and the international community so that you can be aware of the level of impunity in our country and the danger it constitute to our democracy.”

After the announcement, Saraki moved on to accommodate other businesses of the day. He was, however, interrupted by Senator Godswill Akpabio, who raised a point of order that the issue be discussed and a resolution taken.

Akpabio’s position was supported by the Deputy Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, who called on Saraki to step aside and allow his deputy, Ike Ekweremandu, to preside.

At the end, it was resolved that the leadership of the senate meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and formally report the issue to him for necessary action.

Supporting Marafa’s position, Lawal said other issues affecting the senate should also be tabled before Buhari to take action and do the needful.

Saraki, Lawan, Olusola Adeyeye, Akpabio, Danjuma Goje, Adamu, Samuel Egwu, Aliyu Wamakko, Oluremi Tinubu and Fatima Rasaki were named as those to visit Buhari. No date has been announced when the team would meet with Buhari.

Polce reacts
But the police have described Saraki’s claim as unbelievable, untrue, misleading and obstruction of Justice. It advised the senate president to stop interfering with police investigation.
According to the Police spokesman, Moshood Jimoh, in a statement: “The Nigeria Police Force is shocked at the unbelievable claims, unverifiable allegations and unfounded accusations being peddled against the IGP by the senate president, accusing the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, of plot and strategies against him to settle scores.

“The Force, therefore, wishes to categorically state that there is no iota of truth in the allegation and false assertion by the senate president of plot against him by the IGP to implicate the Kwara State Government and the senate president in any criminal matter. Until investigation is concluded, any person(s) or group(s) who tries to interfere in the investigation process by action or utterances is committing an offence.”


Thu, 17 May 2018
The Federal High Court, Abuja has barred the Nigerian Police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Service (DSS) from searching houses belonging to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

Wike had, in 2017, approached the court seeking an order of injunction restraining the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the police, the EFCC and the DSS from obtaining a search warrant to search any of his houses.

Delivering judgment on the matter on Wednesday, Justice Ahmed Mohammed noted that the defendants were in agreement that the plaintiff, Wike, could not be investigated based on the provision of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution.


 
Mohammed said from the combined reading of Section 308 of the constitution, and Sections 149 and 150 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, three situations had been prohibited.

The first, he said, was the provision that no civil or criminal proceedings shall be instituted against the plaintiff.
He further said a person covered by the provisions shall not be arrested, and thirdly, any process of court requiring appearance of a person protected under the provisions shall not be applied.

Justice Mohammed maintained that parties in their submissions, lost the purport and intendment of Section 308(1)(c) of the constitution.

According to him, a careful reading of Section 308(1)(c) shows that the constitution has prohibited court process requiring the appearance of a serving governor before any investigative panel.
He held that the argument of the police and the EFCC that Wike’s residence could be searched without his presence was untenable.

In another development, Wike, has inaugurated the committees on the administration and disbursement of civil servants’ revolving loan scheme and the state’s N200 million monthly traders and young entrepreneurs interest free loan scheme.

The governor inaugurated the two committees yesterday, at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

Wike, while inaugurating the committees, said they (committees) are vital because they revolve around the empowerment of Rivers people.


 
He said the civil servants’ revolving loan scheme was initiated by the Peter Odili’s administration, but, neglected by the Chibuike Amaechi’s administration.

The governor said his administration reintroduced it because of the need to reach indigent civil servants.

“The loan scheme is to reduce the burden of civil servants between levels one and 13. All those qualified should be granted. It is a loan for all civil servants, irrespective of their political affiliation. Civil servants must not abuse the loan scheme.

He said N100 million would be made available monthly to the committee for disbursement, and directed the committee members to start work immediately.

Thu, 17 May 2018
The move by Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to cancel the ward and local government congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in the state has failed, as the party’s Appeal Committee has ratified the exercise.

This was even as Imo Assembly lawmakers, led by the Speaker, Acho Ihim, and some National Assembly members staged a protest at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, yesterday.


 
Okorocha had met President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, to protest alleged malfeasance during the ward congresses in his state and demanded their cancellation.
In its report, the APC Congresses Appeal Panel said based on a report submitted by Imo State Congress Committee, signed by its Chairman, Senator Abubakar Tutare, ward and local government congresses were held in Imo State.
The appeal committee further said those who wrote petition against the congress were unqualified.
The report said: “The congress committee presented video evidence to support its position that congress actually held in the state.”

Meanwhile, the National Assembly legislators from Imo State have dismissed the insinuation that the allied forces, consisting mainly the chieftains of the party, have defeated Governor Okorocha in the recently conducted ward and local government congresses.

Speaking after the close-door meeting with the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the delegation of 24 legislators, led by the Speaker, Imo House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, claimed the governor is still the leader of the ruling party in the state.


 
They insisted that there is nothing wrong in the governor endorsing his son in-law, Uche Nwosu, and dismissed what many believed was the genesis of the problem.

“We are here to reconfirm that there was no congress in all the general and certain wards in Imo State. We are here to reaffirm and demand that an announcement be made for a new date for the ward and local government congresses and we can now talk about the state congresses.

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