Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers
1. The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday passed the Police Reform Bill.
The Bill will now be transmitted to the House of Representatives for concurrence.
2. The Olowo of Owo in Ondo State, Oba Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi, CFR, is dead.
The monarch died last night at the age of 77.
3. The governorship election of John Kayode Femi of Ekiti State has been upheld by the Supreme Court.
In a unanimous judgment of a five-man panel led by Justice Amiru Sanusi, on Wednesday, the apex court held that the appeal by Segun Oni, was statute barred.
4. Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for his government’s inability to pay workers’ salaries and pension.
According to his spokesman, Kingsley Fanwo, the last PDP administration embarked on failed projects through bonds, which indebted the state.
5. President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to produce his academic credentials before the Presidential Election Tribunal.
Buhari, in a response filed on April 16 by a team of lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), said that the claim by Atiku and the PDP that he was not qualified to stand for election to the office of the President was a lie.
6. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of members of the Board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), a parastatal agency of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Mrs. Rhoda Iliya, Assistant Director Press in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, said the board will be headed by Mr. Austin Enajemo-Isire, a Chartered Accountant, professional Insurance Executive and Banker with Mrs. Ijeoma Okoronkwo as Secretary.
7. President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered no fewer than 13 heads of parastatals and agencies under the federal ministry of finance including his ex-chief of staff and Customs Comptroller General, Hameed Ali, to submit their handing over notes latest by April 23.
The directive was contained in a circular with reference no: FMF/PSSD/HON/32 signed by the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed.
8. A group, under the umbrella of Coalition of Joint Civil Society Action against Extra-Judicial killings, on Wednesday, asked the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to apologise to the family of late Ogah Jumbo, who was murdered last month.
At a peaceful rally organised by the coalition in Abuja on Wednesday, the group also faulted the Commandant General (CG) of Civil Defence, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, for playing down the death of one of his men.
9. A Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Wednesday dismissed a suit filed by Spectrum Wireless Communications Limited against Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services (EMTS), owners of 9mobile, challenging the sale of the company.
The court, Presided by Justice CJ Aneke, in a ruling on the preliminary objections file by counsel to EMTS, upheld that the defendant’s prayers in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/153/2018 that there was no direct shareholding relationship between Spectrum Wireless and EMTS, thereby vesting on Spectrum the right to sue EMTS to protect its alleged shareholding in EMTS.
10. The Senate, on Wednesday passed a bill for an Act to Prohibit Gas Flaring in Nigeria.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bassey Apkan, seeks to ensure that any person who acted on behalf of a licensee to supply inaccurate data to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) or to any other person duly empowered by a lawful authority, commits an offence.