The headlines of the mainstream newspapers for Thursday, August 17, are focused on the gunmen attack on EFCC building and the NBS revelation of how much bribe public officials take annually.
The Nation reports that A tighter security ring has been thrown around Ibrahim Magu and key officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after a gun attack on its Abuja office.
Also being protected are the EFCC Acting Chairman’s mother, who lives in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The new security measures were taken after some gunmen yesterday attacked the agency’s office in Abuja. The annex office is where high-profile suspects are investigated.
This Day reports that an estimated N400 billion, or the equivalent of $4.6 billion in purchasing power parity (PPP), representing 39 per cent of the combined federal and state education budgets in 2016, is paid out as bribes to public officials in Nigeria annually, a new report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), has revealed.
The National Corruption Report, which covered the period between June 2015 and May 2016 also showed that almost a third of Nigerian adults (32.3 per cent) who had contact with public officials between June 2015 and May 2016 had to pay, or were requested to pay a bribe to such public officials.
According to The Guardian, the reports which covers between June 2015 and May 2016, law enforcement agencies and the judiciary are the highest receivers of bribes.
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Vanguard reports that one person was feared dead, yesterday, at Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State during a clash between security operatives and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The Punch newspaper reports that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Wednesday admitted that the Federal Government failed to meet its part of the agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities last year, which led to the ongoing industrial action called by the union.
He, however, said the government was not happy that ASUU embarked on the strike without following due process by giving an adequate notice.
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