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

Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday accused Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris of plotting to frame him up “to settle scores.”

The police rejected the claim, vowing that it would not allow anybody to obstruct the course of justice.

According to Saraki, the transfer of some cultism suspects, who were arrested in Kwara State and were under investigation by the police in Ilorin, to the Force Headquarters in Abuja, was meant to coerce them into  implicating him.

In a statement he read to the Senate at plenary, Saraki said: “Last 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.

“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 turnlng 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.

Thu, 17 May 2018
MINISTER of Information Lai Mohammed said yesterday that the Federal Government is doing everything to get Leah Sharibu freed.

He, however, said the negotiation for her release from the Boko Haram is becoming tortuous.

The terrorists abducted 111 girls from the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State on February.

One hundred and five of them were released on March 21.

Sharibu, a Christian girl, was held back following her refusal to denounce her faith.

Fielding questions from reporters after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, the minister revealed that the negotiation has become tortuous, but assured that Buhari’s administration was “doing everything necessary to get others freed”.

He, however, did not give further details on the present status of the negotiations.

He said: “Mr. President actually addressed that issue in Washington and my position is always the same that we are yet to resolve the issue of six girls. One hundred and eleven girls were kidnapped, 105 were returned and we are busy on daily basis asking and negotiating and asking what happened to those five officially at least and then what is delaying the young girl, Leah Sharibu.

Thu, 17 May 2018
A PLATEAU State High Court sitting in Jos has remanded former Governor Jonah Jang, in prison pending ruling in the bail application over alleged corruption and misappropriation.

The judge, Justice Daniel Longji, gave the order after listening to the arguments and submissions of both defense and prosecution counsels.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on Monday May 7, arraigned Jang on a 12- count charge bordering on alleged corruption and misappropriation.

Jang, who is representing Plateau North Senatorial District, is alleged to have misappropriated over N6.3 billion, two months to the end of his tenure, as governor of Plateau in 2015.

Jang was governor between 2007 and 2015 – a period within which he allegedly misappropriated the said funds.

The senator, who was arraigned alongside Yusuf Gyang Pam by EFCC on a 12-count charge, pleaded not guilty to the counts.

According to the charges, Jang allegedly embezzled over N4 billion from the state coffers through Pam, a cashier in the office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Pam was alleged to have personally enriched himself with N11 million.

The prosecution counsel said the offences contravened Section 315 of the Penal Code.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Thu, 17 May 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari last night sent his greetings to Muslims as the 30-day Ramadan fast begins today.Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Saad Abubakar III last night declared today as the first day of Ramadan, 1439 AH.Making the announcement in his palace in Sokoto, the Sultan said the commencement of the fast followed reports of sighting of the moon across various states of the federation which marked the end of the month of Shaaban 1439 AH.The Ramadan moon, according to the religious leader was s 

Thu, 17 May 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday expressed concern over the claims the Senate President Bukola Saraki.A statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: The PDP is alarmed by the trend of brazen assaults on the institutions of democracy, particularly the National Assembly and the judiciary, in addition to unrelenting attacks on dissenting voices, especially as we approach the 2019 general elections.Nigerians will recall that the PDP had earlier alerted of plots to arrest, harass, 

Thu, 17 May 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari last night urged the Southwest caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to take the mission to rescue Ekiti from the opposition Peoples Democratic Partry (PDP) seriously.The President spoke during a dinner with them at the State House in Abuja.He urged party members to work together and assured the people of his support.He told the group that as he promised, he would not interfere in the internal affairs of the party at any level.Former APC Interim Chairman Chief 

Thu, 17 May 2018
Six months and nine days after President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2018 budget estimate to the joint session of the National Assembly, the Senate and the House of Represnetatives yesterday passed the Appropriation Bill.The estimated expenditure proposd by the President was raised to N9,120,334,988,225 an increase of N508 billion.Senate Appropriation Committee Chairman Danjuma Goje explained that the increase of N508b (6 per cent) was done in collaboration with the Executive.He said it woul 

Thu, 17 May 2018
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved $995 million and N15.45 billion for two roads.Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.With him were Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed, Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, and Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu.Also, Finance Minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said FEC gave approval to obtain a French 

Thu, 17 May 2018
The Sokoto State Police Command has confirmed the death of three policemen at a quarry site in Lambar Mazaru, Bodinga Local Government Area.The quarry site is owned by Triacta Construction Company, and managed by a Syrian, Abul Nasir.The policemen,who guarded the quarry site, were killed when gunmen came to abduct Nasir.Police spokesman Cordelia Nwawe told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday the incident occurred about 7.20 am.Nwawe said the deceased were confirmed dead in hospital.She said i 

Thu, 17 May 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered about N500 billion, according to the Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu.Speaking in Abuja during the inauguration of the anti-graft agencys N24-billion new headquarters, Magu said the commission secured 486 convictions from November 2015 till dateHe said: In 2018 alone, we have secured 89 convictions. We have recovered funds in different currencies and, so far, we have recovered more than N500 billion.Below are some of the notable recov 

Thu, 17 May 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is warming up for next years senatorial election in Delta South District. Three aspirants- former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, Senator James Manager and Micheal Diden-are in the race. Who wins the ticket' Correspondent OKUNGBOWA AIWERIE examines the battle for the ticket.Politicians in Delta State are leaving nothing to chance in their bid to get the tickets of their parties as they prepare for next years general elections. Many have begun consultative visi 

Thu, 17 May 2018
Former Minister of State for Works Prince Dayo Adeyeye has quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following his failure to secure its governorship ticket. His next point of call is unknown. Adeyeye spoke with reporters in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on why he rejected the outcome of the primary. ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA was there. Are you foreclosing any reconciliation with Governor Fayose, following your decision to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after the July 8 primary'There can be 

Thu, 17 May 2018
The Senator representing Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege, on Wednesday resumed duties at the Senate chamber following his victory at the law court on his suspension..Omo-Agege walked into the chamber alongside some of his colleagues and signed the attendance register.He momentarily left the chamber before returning once again to participate in the plenary session presided over by the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki.The Delta Central lawmaker hadon Mondayhinted that he would resume duties. 

Thu, 17 May 2018
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has raised concerns about the persistent threat of Lassa Fever in the country.This was expressed in a communiqu issued at the end of its 38th Ordinary General Meeting (OGM), held at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria between May 6 to 11, 2018.According to the communiqu jointly signed by its President, Dr. Ugochukwu Chinaka, Secretary General, Dr. Osinachukwu V. Nnadi and Publicity and Social Secretary, Dr. Ugochukwu Eze, NARD also rejecte 

Thu, 17 May 2018
The Senate on Wednesday said the passage of the 2018 budget was delayed because of the neglect or refusal by heads of some government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to honour repeated invitations to defend their budget proposals.President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki who stated this at the plenary session shortly after the budget was passed, described the trend as unhelpful.Saraki said, As you will recall, I had indicated the need for the executive and the legislature to come t 

Thu, 17 May 2018
She spends birthday in captivity while the government has been silentIf only one could read the minds of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Sharibu, the parents of Leah Sharibu, the last of the 110 girls kidnapped from Government Girls Technical Science College, Dapchi, Yobe State, by Boko Haram, that has not been released, two questions will surely be agitating their minds. The first is what could be happening to their daughter in captivity' And the second, when will their lovely daughter return home& 

Thu, 17 May 2018
Tom Wolfe, 88, passed on as a writer of two luminariesThe world of letters is mourning the death of a towering figure who held fame and controversy in one breath. Tom Wolfe, the man who was colourful in his wardrobe and in his words, passed on at the age of 88.He inhabited two important universes in his lifetime: Journalism and fiction. Sometimes he pursued the one like the other, and that helped to explain his complexity and appeal.He belonged to that rare group of pen men whose dexterity in bo 

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