BUHARI: UNBURDENING NIGERIA FROM WRONGFUL CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENTS – THIS DAY PG.17
There’s a swirling belief that most of Nigeria’s foreign debt are attributable to bad contracts entered into by the previous administration. Thus, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, from day one, did not hesitate to free the country from many of these humongous debts by challenging suspected agreements in various international arbitrations and engaging in meaningful negotiations to resolve genuine ones. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, once said, “Our national debt is not only a function of sovereign borrowings – it is swelled by legal claims brought as a result of contractual disputes”. She added that, “Terminating bad contracts is often as costly as entering into bad contracts”.
FIRM SUES FED GOVT, AGF, OTHERS OVER CARGO TRACKING SYSTEM CONTRACT – NATIONS PG.18
The Federal Government, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and three others have been sued over alleged plan to manipulate the process of appointing a consultant for the implementation of the “Advanced Cargo Declaration/Cargo Tracking Note Regime to include crude oil export.” The suit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja by a firm, Donnington Nigeria Limited, through its lawyer, Dr. Reuben Atabo (SAN), also has the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transportation, listed as defendants.
COURT ORDERS POLICE TO PROBE 2 LAWYERS OVER FALSE INFORMATION AGAINST EX-AGF, AONDOAKAA – DAILY SUN PG.5
An Abuja Magistrates’ Court has directed the police to investigate two practicing lawyers, Odusanya Damlola George and Fidelis Bemsen Mnyim, for allegedly supplying false information against a former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Michael Aondoakaa, SAN, in a suit filed before the Abuja division of the Federal High Court. The Chief Magistrate, Zone 6, Wuse, Abuja, Elizabeth Wonini, made the order yesterday, following a direct criminal summons filed by the former AGF. The direct criminal summons was brought against the lawyers pursuant to section 109 (e) and 110 (c) of the Administration of Act, 2015.
KANU’ DETENTION: BUHARI ENJOYING INSECURITY IN S’EAST, SAY IGBO YOUTHS – DAILY SUN PG.27
The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) has condemned the continued detention of leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, despite the verdict of the United Nations (UN). The Igbo youth group, in a statement by its President General, Goodluck Ibem, yesterday, also accused President Muhammadu Buhari of enjoying the consequence of security challenge posed by the continued detention of the IPOB leader.
SIT-AT-HOME: ANY END IN SIGHT ONE YEAR AFTER? – NATIONS PG.24
What the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) every Monday in the entire South-eastern region of the country has continued to take its toll on the socio-economic life of the zone is no longer debatable. Aside the trillions of naira that had been lost, lives and property have been wasted in the ugly situation forced by the restriction on human and vehicular activities. When the secessionist group came up with the idea one year ago, little did it realise the huge impact it would have on the zone and its populace. This new dimension of agitation for the actualisation of the dream republic, no doubt, is not unconnected to the re-arrest and detention of its leader and arrowhead, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
GROUP DECRIES AKEREDOLU’S OUTBURST OVER SURVEILLANCE CONTRACT AWARDED TO TOMPOLO – THIS DAY PG.34
The Coalition of Niger Delta (CND) yesterday berated Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu over his alleged opposition to the award of Pipelines Surveillance Contract to former militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo. The group in a statement signed by its National President Tamarapreye Tareware and National Secretary, Meshach Bebenimibo, wondered why the opposition from the governor when his colleague, the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Korowai, had supported the move knowing its positive effect. Akeredolu recently criticised the award of the pipelines surveillance contract to a private security outfit owned by the former Niger Delta agitator.
KYARI DENIES OWNERSHIP OF SHOPPING MALL, ESTATE OTHERS – PUNCH PG.10
Suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, on Monday, said the allegation by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, linking him to the ownership of 14 assets, including shopping mall, residential estate, polo playground, lands and farmland, was untrue. Kyari, a former Commander, Intelligence Response Team, in a statement by his lawyer, Hamza Tani on Monday, said the reports were orchestrated by the NDLEA to further tarnish his image. According to him, the agency resorted to cheap blackmail because “NDLEA’s case in court against Abba Kyari and four others is not going well for them.”
FRAUD: EFCC ARRAIGNS OGUN SPEAKER, ASSEMBLES 10 WITNESSES – PUNCH PG.14
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed an 11-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and stealing against the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, and three others. The charge was filed by the EFFC’s Lagos Head of Legal Monitoring Unit, Rotimi Oyedepo, at the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State on September 1, 2022.
POLICE RESCUE HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIM, ARREST TWO FACILITATORS IN SOKOTO – DAILY TRUST PG.7
The Soto State Police Command has rescued a female victim of human trafficking while two facilitators at the Illela border town have been apprehended. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Mohammed Gumel, while addressing newsmen in Sokoto on Monday, explained that it was part of the mandate of the X-Squad quick reaction force recently launched by the command. According to Gumel, “It is in pursuance of this mandate, the command on September 2 responded to a distress call by one of the migrants who was trapped at Illela border town to Niger Republic.”