FG TO CONVERT FORFEITED ASSETS TO MDAS’ OFFICES – DAILY TRUST PG.9, SUN PG.26
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, says his ministry had compiled a comprehensive profile of Ministries, Departments and Agencies with accommodation challenges to benefit from forfeited assets.
Malami disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday when a delegation from the Management of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism visited him. His media aide, Umar Gwandu, in a statement, said Malami was already drafting a memo to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval.
LPPC TO ANNOUNCE NEW SANS FRIDAY – NATION PG.7
The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) will on Friday announce the successful applicants for the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2020. Director of Press and Information in the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Festus Akande, confirmed this on Thursday in Abuja. Akande said a media briefing on the matter had been scheduled for today at 11.30 a.
GOMBE GOVERNOR ACCUSES DAKWAMBO OF RECKLESS SPENDING – NATION PG.8, DAILY TRUST PG.10
Former Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dakwambo was on Thursday accused of running a financially reckless administration that lacked accountability. Governor Inuwa Yahaya made the allegation while announcing the discovery of 2557 accounts linked to the state government.
UK COURT OKAYS TRIAL OF NIGERIA’S $1.7BN SUIT AGAINST JP MORGAN – THISDAY PG.8
A lawsuit filed by Nigeria against a United States bank, JP Morgan Chase, claiming over $1.7 billion for its role in the Oil Prospecting Lease (OPL) 245 deal, will proceed to trial, London’s high court ruled yesterday. The suit, filed in the English courts in 2017 relates to the purchase of the offshore OPL 245 oilfield in Nigeria by oil majors, Royal Dutch Shell and Eni in 2011, which is the subject of an ongoing trial in Milan.
ALLEGED DEFAMATION: EL-RUFAI SUES ODINKALU, OMOKRI, OTHERS FOR N1.5BN – PUNCH PG.8
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State Governor has filed libel suits against a former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu; a former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan on new media, Reno Omokri; among others. Others named as defendants in the suits are Thisday newspaper, Daniel Elombah, Elombah Communications, Barrister Joseph Onu and Auta Nyada.
JUDGE CHIDES LALONG FOR REFUSING TO PAY JUDGES – DAILY TRUST PG.8
A female lecturer, Grace Adamu, has alleged that the management of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi stopped her salary after she became blind, making it difficult for her to pay for medical treatment. In a suit no. NICN/JOS/21/2020, Justice Muhammad Sirajo and six others sued Governor Simon Lalong, Attorney-General of the State, and the Plateau State Government for refusing to pay their five-year entitlements.
753 NIGERIAN TRADERS BEG FOR EVACUATION FROM GHANA – NATION PG.5, DAILY TRUST PG.4
No fewer than 753 Nigerians living in Ghana, mostly traders, have asked to be brought back home. They alleged consistent harassment, intimidation, torture and threat to life by Ghanaians and their authorities. Their shops, they said, have been locked for almost a year by the authorities. The Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG) said the diplomatic niceties between Nigeria and Ghana have not yielded results.
FALANA URGES COURT TO UNFREEZE ACCOUNTS OF ALLEGED #ENDSARS PROMOTERS – THISDAY PG.10, PUNCH PG.12, SUN PG.7
A Federal High Court in Abuja has been urged to lift the order it made on November 4 this year freezing the accounts of some individuals alleged to have been behind the #EndSARS protest. The request is contained in an application filed by the law firm of Falana and Falana’s Chambers, on behalf of 16 of the 20 individuals and firms affected by the order made by Justice Ahmed Mohammed, upon an ex-parte motion by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
UK AWAITS REPORT ON NIGERIA’S INVESTIGATIONS OF POLICE BRUTALITY – THISDAY PG.12
The United Kingdom Government and Parliament, yesterday responded to the #ENDSARS petition by some Nigerians against the federal government, saying it is awaiting the outcome of Nigeria’s investigations into reports of police brutality. This is coming as the Canadian Government has debunked granting asylum to any Nigerian due to the EndSARS protests.
LAWYERS ASK COURT TO DISBAND LAGOS JUDICIAL PANEL – PUNCH PG.6
Two lawyers, Adekunle Augustine and Semion Akogwu, have gone before the Federal High Court in Lagos to seek an order disbanding the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to look into complaints of human rights abuses by men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The judicial panel, headed by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, also has the mandate to probe the alleged shootings at #EndSARS protesters by soldiers on the night of October 20 at the Lekki tollgate.
81 POLICE OFFICERS ON TRIAL IN LAGOS OVER MURDER, EXTORTION – DAILY TRUST PG.7
At least 81 police officers are on trial for various offences committed within the Lagos metropolis. It was learnt that some of the offences committed include murder, abuse of office and extortion. The Lagos State Police Command said the trial was to promote discipline and core values of policing in the state.
FG TO RECOVER N450BN FROM MDAS – DAILY TRUST PG.12
In a desperate move to shore up government’s dwindling revenue, the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning has begun moves to recover N450 billion unremitted operating surpluses from Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The issue has been a protracted one and the government says it would no longer tolerate excuses for non-remittance.