- Court orders federal government to reveal the identities of looters who have returned some part or all part of the looted funds
- Governors are angry at EFCC for trying to recover $3 million refund from Zamfara state governor
- Fulani leaders ask herdsmen to boycott anti-grazing bill hearing
NAIJ.com brings to you the major headlines from mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, July 5, 2017.
The Nation reports that the governors were up in arms yesterday against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which they accused of “shadow boxing” one of their own.
The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) asked the EFCC to allow Zamfara state Governor Abdulaziz Yari face his job.
But the anti-graft agency claimed that a member of the House of Representatives had offered to surrender for investigation on how $3million was laundered for a governor from the London-Paris Club refund.
The EFCC source did not name Yari, who is also the chairman of the NGF.
According to a report by This Day newspaper, a Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the federal government to immediately release to Nigerians information on the names of high ranking public officials from whom public funds have been recovered and the circumstances under which the funds were recovered, as well as the exact amount of funds recovered from each public official.
Reacting to the ruling, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), said the federal government would comply with the judgment of the court by publishing the names of public officials who have returned looted funds to the treasury.
Meanwhile, the standoff between the Senate and the Presidency on the propriety of the legislative body confirming nominees into federal executive bodies, yesterday, cascaded to a split in the Presidency.
The disagreement in the executive arm of government was brought to the fore, yesterday, at a press conference after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting when Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami, dissociated FEC from the stance taken by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on the propriety of the Senate confirming persons into certain federal executive bodies, Vanguard reports.
Punch also reports that the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, on Wednesday said Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s statement on the confirmation of acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, was a personal opinion.
In another news, Guardian reports that the national body of the Fulani, known as Kawtal Fulbe-Nigeria, has directed all its members nationwide, especially the Miyetti Allah cattle breeders, to boycott the ongoing public hearing on the anti-grazing bill in Taraba State.
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In a statement yesterday in Jalingo, the national leadership of the group, which alleged the persecution of the Fulani in the state, urged the government to “address the current issues in Taraba, especially as they affect our people.”
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