good morning! Below is today’s summary from a Nigerian newspaper.
1. The House of Commons has summoned 83 federal government ministries, departments and agencies to launch an investigation into the alleged mismanagement of the COVID-19 Intervention Fund amounting to NOK 447.6 billion for the period 2020-2022. At least 22 of the MDAs received no less than NOK 447.6 billion in COVID-19 funding in 2020 alone.
2. The Office of the President on Monday blamed former President Olusegun Obasanjo for the current state of Nigeria’s democracy. Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Special Assistant to the President on Information and Strategy, said the democracy currently practiced in the country was the first time he led the country as a military head of state from 1976 to 1979 and as a civilian president since 1999. He pointed out that this goes back to Mr. Obasanjo’s direct opinion. – 2007.
3. The Peoples Democratic Party has requested the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Aliwula, to establish a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the All Progressives Congress’ alleged influence in the Court of Appeal judgment that removed Plateau State Governor Caleb Muthofan. . PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said the party is appalled by a viral video of APC leader Yusuf Gagdi boasting that he knows people at the Supreme Court.
4. Following the expiry of the earlier deadline given to land allottees to pay rent in Abuja, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has extended the deadline for payment to December 14, 2023. In a publication signed by the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Olusado Adesola said debtors are “advised to pay within two weeks from the date of publication, failing which such rights will be revoked.” “There is a possibility that it will happen.”
5. The factional Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Edison Ehie, has said he is willing to die while doing what is right in the interest of the state. He said some powerful people are following him because he supports Governor Siminalai Hubala and opposes the sinister plan to impeach him.
6. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz yesterday brightened prospects for German investment in Nigeria’s power and rail sectors. This was the second meeting between the two leaders in the past month, and both focused on German investment in Nigeria.
7. Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Wale Edun, said that since the abolition of petrol subsidy, monthly revenue inflows to the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) Fund have increased from N650 billion to N1 trillion. He spoke at the beginning of a four-day retreat organized for FAAC members in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
8. The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Monday confirmed Father Hyacinth Aria of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the validly elected Governor of Benue State. The court rejected an appeal filed by Titus Uba, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and declared Arya the true winner of the March 18 vote.
9. In Lakwe Lekki, Lagos State, a man named Ade Olowopopo took away his two sons, Kunle and Mayowa Olowopopo, for allegedly assaulting his sister Bisi Olowopopo and stealing her property. The Olowopopos were arraigned on Monday before Magistrate OM Ajayi presiding over the Ebute Metta Magistrate Court on five charges bordering on breach of peace, assault, burglary, theft and threat to life.
10. The Lagos State Police Command has said it has not been given the autopsy report of the late singer Ilerioluwa Aroba alias Mohabado, which was conducted two months ago. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Benjamin Fundein, who disclosed this on Monday, called on Nigerians to ignore the rumors being spread.