Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know Tuesday morning July 09

Nigerian Newspapers

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has filed a fresh charge at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory against the embattled former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele. EFCC in the charge accused Emefiele of approving the printing of N684,590,000 at the rate of N18.96 billion.

2. The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, on Monday, declined the request to transfer the N80.2bn fraud trial of Kogi State ex-governor, Yahaya Bello, from Abuja to Kogi State. The Judge, in a letter dated July 2 and signed by his Special Assistant, Joshua Aji, said he agreed with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that Bello should be tried in Abuja and not Kogi State.

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3. The Federal Government, on Monday, announced a planned 150-day duty-free import window for food commodities as it stepped up efforts to tackle rising inflation which had impoverished many Nigerians. The government also expressed its decision to collaborate with states to expand land cultivation across the country.

4. There was anxiety within the Dong community in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State on Monday following the escape of a hyena at the wildlife park. It was learnt that the hyena escaped from its confinement at the park located in the community on Sunday thereby causing panic among residents.

5. As part of the ongoing probe of the N2.6 billion allegedly spent on Nigeria Air, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has debriefed top officials of Ethiopian Airlines on some of its findings on the botched project. It was gathered that during the interface, the team led by Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mesfin Tasew claimed that the Ministry of Aviation owed them $211, 000.

6. Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, on Monday, said the recent bombing in Gwoza and Pulka towns of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, were meant to embarrass the government. When he paid a courtesy call on Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State on Monday, the Defence Chief assured Nigerians that the perpetrators of such evil acts would not succeed.

7. A Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna has adjourned to 17th July, 2024, the hearing of the case filed by a former governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai, against the State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of the State. El-Rufai is challenging the House committee report which accused him of corruption.

8. The Rivers State House of Assembly led by Martin Amaewhule has issued a 7-day ultimatum to Governor Siminalayi Fubara to re-present the 2024 budget. The order was given at the first sitting of the pro-Wike assembly after the Appeal Court ruled in their favour.

9. A boat accident, which occurred on the Kwalgai River in Jigawa State on Sunday July 7, claimed the lives of two persons, among them an 18-year-old girl. One passenger was still missing when policemen, local divers and fishermen recovered the two corpses on Monday.

10. The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Monday in Abuja asked the National Assembly to work with the tripartite committee on the new minimum wage to establish mechanisms for regular and systematic review of wage levels to ensure they keep pace with inflation and cost of living.

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