NLC PROPOSED SOLIDARITY PROTEST WITH ASUU ILLEGAL –FG – DAILY SUN PG.8, PUNCH PG.2, NATIONS PG.1&5, DAILY TRUST PG.7
The Federal Government has declared as unlawful, the street protest planned by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in solidarity with striking members of university-based unions. NLC had announced that it would embark on a nationwide protest on July 26 and 27 to compel government to resolve the over five-month-old strike that has kept students in public universities at home. However, the Federal Government, yesterday, claimed the planned protest was a plot by the NLC to create anarchy in the country describing it as illegal.
COURT RULES ON ABBA KYARI’S BAIL AUGUST 30 – PUNCH PG.14
Justice Emeka Nwite of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday adjourned till August 30 to deliver ruling on the bail application filed by the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, and his co-defendants. The accused persons were being prosecuted by the Federal Government over alleged illicit drug deal. The judge fixed the date after parties in the matter made submissions for and against the bail of the former Head of the Intelligence Response Team of the Nigeria Police Force and four others arraigned with him.
EFCC, ICPC FAULT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ACJA – PUNCH PG.20
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission have rejected proposal in the ongoing amendment of Administration of Criminal Justice Act to submit case file of a matter to the Attorney-General of the Federation and exposing whistle blower. The Senate, in the amendment of ACJA, had proposed that a case file must be submitted to the Attorney-General of the Federation by the agencies. But, Chairman of EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, kicked against the provision in the bill while appearing before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters chaired by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele during public hearing on the bill to amend Administration of Criminal Justice Act and six other bills.
KYARI: NDLEA TENDERS $61,400 ALLEGED BRIBE CASH IN COURT – THE NATIONS PG.28, THIS DAY PG.5, DAILY TRUST PG.8
A Federal High Court in Abuja has admitted in evidence the $61,400 cash which the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari allegedly offered to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officials as bribe. The court admitted the money and 24 packs of cocaine, which the prosecution tendered at yesterday’s proceedings through its third witness, Peter Joshua, a Chief Superintendent of Narcotics and an Exhibit Officer attached to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command of the NDLEA.Top of FormBottom of Form
MALABU DEALS: WITNESS NARRATES HOW DAN ETETE SHARED $1.3BN – THIS DAY PG.6
Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed, an official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at a Federal High Court, Abuja yesterday narrated how a former Minister of Petroleum, Chief Dan Etete allegedly shared the proceed of $1.3 billion from the sale of Oil Processing License (OPL) 245 among his associates. OPL 245 otherwise known as Malabu Oil was said to be owned by Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd. Its sales said to be enmeshed in complicity and fraud have been contested in the courts even outside Nigeria.
ACJA: EFCC, ICPC KICKS AGAINST CASE FILE SUBMISSION TO AGF – THIS DAY PG.8
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) yesterday rejected a proposal in the ongoing amendment to the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA). The provision makes it mandatory for the ICPC and EFCC to submit case file of a matter to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF). The Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa kicked against the provision in the bill at a public hearing organized by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters. The proposed legislation is titled, “A bill to amend the Administration of Criminal Justice Act” The EFCC said the provision would constitute undue interference by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation who is a political appointee.
KYARI: MY TARGET IS FOR NNPC TO EMERGE TOP 50 IN FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES IN THREE YEARS – THIS DAY PG.10
The Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari yesterday disclosed that working with the Board, management and staff of the company, his target is to make the entity be among the top 50 among the Fortune 500 Companies in three years. The NNPC Limited on Tuesday officially transitioned into a private entity that is now regulated in line with the provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA). Speaking on Arise News Channel, THISDAY’s broadcast arm yesterday, the GCEO explained that with the huge assets available to the company and the new corporate culture of profit orientation, NNPCL would soon become the toast of the entire continent.
ALLEGED N9.4BN FRAUD: COURT ISSUES WARRANT OF ARREST ON LEBANESE, FRENCH BUSINESSMEN – THIS DAY PG.37
Justice Daniel Osiagor of the Federal High Court, in Lagos has ordered the arrest of two businessmen Mobile Edmond Moukarzel and Halawi Fidaa over their refusal to appear in court to take their pleas in an alleged N9.4 billion fraud case filed against them by men of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID). Moukarzel, a Lebanese and Fidaa, a French national were accused of obtaining the sum of N9,442,788,578.93 from a Nigerian Bank under false pretenses. The police after concluding its investigation had filed a three-count charge of conspiracy, fraud and stealing against the foreigners. The charged, FHC/L/260C/2021, was signed by two police prosecutors, Williams Tijani and S. O. Ayod.