MALAMI, DSS: EL-ZAKZAKY’S PASSPORT NOT IN OUR CUSTODY – NATION PG.1&6
Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami and the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, have denied seizing the international passports of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenah. They also distanced themselves from the couple’s claim of being prevented from travelling abroad for another round of medical checks. Malami and Bichi faulted the allegation by El-Zakzaky and his wife that the Federal Government frustrated their last medical trip to India in 2019.According to the AGF and the DSS boss, the IMN leader’s “cantankerous acts” accounted for their being sent back from India.
SERAP SUES BUHARI OVER FAILURE TO PUBLISH NAMES OF ALLEGED LOOTERS OF N6TR NDDC FUNDS – THISDAY PG.6
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sued President Muhammadu Buhari and Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, at the Federal High Court, Abuja. It accused the duo of failure to publish names of persons indicted in alleged misappropriation of over N6 trillion meant for running Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) between 2000 and 2019, as documented in the recent Forensic Audit Report on NDDC.
‘HIDDEN’ N19.3BN BAILOUT: KOGI GOVT GIVES EFCC 48 HOURS TO RETRACT STATEMENT – DAILY TRUST PG.50, NATION PG.5, THISDAY PG.63, PUNCH PG.3, SUN PG.29
The last may not have been heard about the controversy surrounding the alleged hidden N19.3bn bailout fund in a Kogi State Government account. The state government on Sunday described as “mischievous, false and politically motivated” the statement credited to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that it has returned the N19.3bn bailout fund allegedly “hidden” by the state to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
PROSECUTE OPERATORS OF ILLEGAL UNIVERSITIES, BABALOLA ADVISES EFCC, NUC – DAILY TRUST PG.6, NATION PG.5, PUNCH PG.3
The founder, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), has advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the National Universities Commission (NUC) to prosecute and confiscate property belonging to operators of illegal universities in the country. He gave the advice Sunday at the 9th convocation ceremony of ABUAD where a total of 1,415 got various degrees.
90 SHIPS SEIZED BY EFCC ROT AWAY IN LAGOS, OTHERS – PUNCH PG.2
Some of the ships seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have begun to sink in waters across the country, while many of those temporarily and permanently forfeited by suspected corrupt persons are being damaged due to lack of maintenance, The PUNCH has reliably learnt. Sources in the know of the development at the House of Representatives told our correspondent that the Nigerian Navy, which was mandated to oversee the seized, recovered or forfeited assets, had no budgetary provision to maintain them, leaving them damaged and submerged eventually.
NDLEA ARRESTS DRUG DEALER BEHIND COCAINE HIDDEN IN LAGOS AIRPORT TOILET – DAILY TRUST PG.41, NATION PG.4, THISDAY PG.65, SUN PG.5, PUNCH PG.4
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a Brazil-based drug dealer, Okafor Okwudili Moses, over 2.55kgs of cocaine recovered from a toilet at the E-Arrival Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. The drug was discovered in the toilet of the airport on Friday 12th November after it was dumped there by a trafficker who was obviously scared of being caught by narcotic officers positioned at the airport.
ERA OF SIT-AT-HOME OVER IN SOUTHEAST, SAYS OHANAEZE – NATION PG.7
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide yesterday urged Southeast residents to go about their normal business every Monday because “the era of sit-at-home is gone”. It asked schools, transporters and traders not to be afraid of any attack. Ahead of the yuletide, the organisation called on market associations, road transport unions, labour leaders and interest groups to sensitise their members on the need to resume full economic activities in Igbo land on Mondays.
UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF NNAMDI KANU LIES WITH EXECUTIVE NOT JUDICIARY –COUNSEL – SUN PG.6
Counsel to detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Aloy Ejimakor, has said the unconditional release of his client lies with the Executive arm of government and not the Judiciary. Kanu had fled Nigeria in 2017, jumping bail, after his Afaraukwu home in Abia State was invaded by soldiers. Extradited from Kenya in June, he is facing trial bordering on treason at an Abuja court.