EFCC GRILLS EX-KWARA GOV, AHMED, OVER ALLEGED N9BN FRAUD – THISDAY PG.6, DAILY TRUST PG.26, NATION PG.6, PUNCH PG.28, SUN PG.26
The immediate past Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, was yesterday grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
over allegation of N9 billion fraud. A source said the former governor was being grilled by a crack team of operatives at the headquarters of the EFCC in Jabi, Abuja.Ahmed was said to have arrived at the EFCC headquarters at about 10 am in response to the invitation extended to him by the agency.
JUSUN STRIKE STALLS MAINA, DIEZANI, WADUME, OTHERS’ TRIAL – PUNCH PG.26
Trials of the alleged Taraba kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala (Wadume) and his co-defendants; the corruption case involving a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke; and the corruption case against a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abulrasheed Maina, are among prominent cases currently stalled at different courts as a result of the ongoing industrial action by members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria. The PUNCH had reported on April 13 how the strike which started on April 6 had resorted to overcrowding at police detention facilities across the country as it prevented the police and other law enforcement agencies from arraigning suspects in courts.
TELL TERRORISTS TO SURRENDER, DHQ TELLS HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS – DAILY TRUST PG.3, NATION PG.8
The Defence Headquarters on Monday charged the human rights community to deploy the same energy being used to mount pressure on the government to respect human rights provisions in the country on terrorists to lay down their arms. The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, gave the charge in Abuja at the commencement of three-day training on African Commission Guidelines on Human Rights in Counter Terrorism Operations, organized by the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies of the National Defence College in collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.
ANTI-TERROR COURT: PLAN OR PIPEDREAM? – NATION PG.18
Mechanics Taye and Kehinde Hamza must have thought it was a routine job when a man drove his vehicle to their workshop in Bauchi State in 2010 and asked that they serviced it. The identical twins from Oyo State negotiated their fee, worked on the car, and the satisfied customer drove off after paying them.Some days later, operatives of the State Security Service (SSS), stormed their shop and arrested the brothers; it turned out the vehicle belonged to a Boko Haram member.
ACF BACKS SOUTHERN GOVERNORS’ DECISION TO END OPEN GRAZING – DAILY TRUST PG.3, SUN PG.8
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has called for an end to open grazing to tackle insecurity and address farmer-herder crisis in the country. Audu Ogbe, ACF chairman, disclosed the forum’s position in a statement issued in Kaduna, on Monday.Ogbe said “the ACF does not see any reason to object to a decision taken in the best interest of all”.
GOVS MEET TOMORROW OVER EXECUTIVE ORDER 10 – THISDAY PG.1& 8, PUNCH PG.14, SUN PG.6
The governors of the 36 state of the federation would be convening their 30th teleconference meeting on Wednesday (tomorrow) to address matters such as the contentious Executive Order 10 and the third wave of COVID-19. The Director General of the Governors Forum, Mr. Asishana B Okauru, is expected to brief the forum on the series of Executive Order 10 meetings with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, about the ongoing industrial action by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PSAN).