CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT: ELECTORAL, LOCAL GOVT, JUDICIAL REFORMS TOP REPS’ AGENDA – NATION PG.3, SUN PG. 26, DAILY TRUST PG.46
House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Idris Ahmed Wase has said the House will pay special attention to Local Government,
Electoral and Judicial reforms in the course of amending the 1999 Constitution. Wase spoke yesterday at a retreat for members of the House Ad Hoc Committee on Constitution Review.
FINANCIAL CRIMES: BANKERS UNDER EFCC SEARCHLIGHT – NATION PG.18&19
They hatched the plan – a simple one – in her Abuja office: move the money, through whatever means, from the company’s Abuja headquarters to a secret bank account in Lagos. But the sum was so huge, probably unlike anything either the bank director or the customer had physically transferred before, that they could not execute the plan alone. So, they involved two of the company’s former directors and, together, they moved the cash to the bank’s Lagos headquarters. From there, much of the money found its way to her secret accounts in two other banks and some to bank officials.
OPL 245: THE MILAN PROSECUTION AND LESSONS FOR NIGERIA – THISDAY BACK PAGE
I have written on this subject before now: the politics and drama of OPL 245 involving ENI, Royal Dutch Shell, Malabu Oil and Gas and the manner in which President Goodluck Jonathan’s officials were dragged into the matter, particularly Emeritus Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke. The big issue is that there were allegations of corruption, money laundering and unsavoury practices in the transactions.
SOME SUPREME COURT DECISIONS NO LONGER MAKE SENSE — JUSTICE RHODES-VIVOUR – DAILY TRUST PG.4, THISDAY PG.8
Departing justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, has challenged judges not to rely so much on the doctrine of judicial precedents because some of them do not make sense. Rhodes-Vivour spoke in Abuja on Monday at a valedictory session in his honour after clocking the mandatory retirement age of 70.
ANTI-OPEN GRAZING KILLER GANG: ARREST HIT SQUAD NOW, CAN, ACF TELL POLICE, SECURITY AGENCIES SILENT – PUNCH PG. 2
The pan-northern Nigerian socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum and the Christian Association of Nigeria, on Monday, challenged security agencies to immediately fish out and arrest members of the Fulani Nationality Movement. The groups told Newsmen that security agencies should swing into action by the investigating threat by the hit squad.
NDLEA PLANS TRACKING DRUG BARON WITH IMMIGRATION DATABASE – PUNCH PG.11, SUN PG.5, DAILY TRUST PG.43, THISDAY PG.37
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency says it will make use of the database of the Nigeria Immigration Service to track drug barons and traffickers. The NDLEA Chairman, Brig. Gen Buba Marwa (retd.), said this on Monday during a courtesy visit to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede, in Abuja.
ALLEGED $100M FRAUD: TRIAL OF IBRAHIM MAHMUD RESUMES APRIL 20- SUN PG.5
Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja, has fixed April 20, 2021, for definite hearing of the six-count charge of forgery and attempt to obtain $100,000,000 brought against Ibrahim Olanrewaju Mahmud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The offence contravenes Sections 6 and 8 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, and Section 362, 366, and 364 of Panel Code.
POLICE REPORT ON AYENI’S ALLEGATION AGAINST OKUNBO PREMATURE – FALANA – PUNCH PG.16, DAILY TRUST PG.6&12
Femi Falana, the lawyer to a former chairman of Skye Bank Plc, Mr Tunde Ayeni, has dismissed reports that the police have investigated his client’s petition and absolved Capt. Hosa Wells-Okunbo of wrongdoing. Apart from inviting Ayeni to adopt his petition, Falana stated that the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit had not taken any other step in the matter.
AMERICAN MURDER SUSPECT DETAINED DESPITE DPP CLEARANCE – ADEGBORUWA – PUNCH PG.23
Human rights lawyer, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), has decried the continued detention of his American client, Kari R’ouke, by the Lagos police in connection with the death of one Ayomide Michael. Adegboruwa said the police had refused to release the American, who had been in custody for almost six weeks, despite the legal advice by the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions absolving R’ouke and three Nigerians of complicity in the death of Michael.
COURT REMANDS FOUR POLICEMEN IN PRISON OVER ALLEGED MURDER IN KANO – THISDAY PG.37
Four police personnel were arraigned yesterday before a Kano Senior Magistrate Court no. 58 sitting in Nomansland on two count charges bordering on criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide. The charge sheet stated that the suspected policemen namely, Sergeant Adamu Ubale and Muritala Ismail were culpable in the death of one Ibrahim Suleiman, 25 years-old, and Abubakar Isah, 30 years old.
ISWAP: ISIS ATTACK NIGERIA 112 TIMES IN 81 DAYS –PENTAGON – SUN PG.8
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed that its fighters carried out 517 attacks around the world between January 1 and March 17. The grope ranked Nigeria second on the list with 112 attacks.Other countries listed are Iraq, 162; Syria, 106; Egypt, 30; Afghanistan, 68; DRC,18; Niger, nine; Pakistan, seven; Tunisia, two; Chad, one; Mali, one and Somalia, one.
1,000 TERRORISTS PROSECUTED, 500 JAILED, SAYS MILITARY – THISDAY PG.6
The military yesterday put the number of Boko Haram terrorists who have been prosecuted at 1,000 while 500 have been jailed. In addition, more members of the terror group are to go on trial in June. The decision to put the insurgents on trial came as the federal government affirmed its determination to secure the country against threats to its corporate existence.