Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has seized the passports of the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, and her predecessor, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, over the ongoing investigations into scandals in the ministry. Edu, who arrived at the EFCC headquarters, Abuja, at 10am on Tuesday, was still being quizzed by the commission’s investigators as of the time of filing this report at 7pm.
2. The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the receipt of the petition by Nigerian singer and songwriter, Tiwa Savage, over alleged bullying and threats to her life by Grammy nominee, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin on Tuesday, said investigation had begun into the allegations.
3. A public affairs analyst and member of the Synagogue Church of all Nations, Mr Dare Adejumo, on Tuesday, faulted the BBC documentary on the founder of SCOAN, late Temitope Babatunde Joshua, known as TB Joshua. He described the documentary as unfounded, noting that the characters interviewed in the report were unknown to the church.
4. The Federal Government, on Tuesday, launched a probe of degree racketeering in foreign and local private universities. A seven-member inter-ministerial committee will investigate the allegations within eight weeks.
5. The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved judgments in the governorship election appeals against Governors Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau) and Sheriff Oborevwori of (Delta). A five-member panel presided over by Justice John Okoro said parties would be notified when the judgments are ready for delivery.
6. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu moved yesterday to cut the cost of governance by ordering the reduction of the number of persons in his entourage and other government officials on local and foreign trips. First Lady Oluremi Tinubu, Vice-President Kashim Shettima and his wife Nana, are also affected by the new policy which takes immediate effect.
7. There will be no hiding place for corrupt persons in Nigeria, Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ola Olukoyede said on Tuesday. He said President Bola Tinubu has the political will to frontally tackle economic and financial crimes and other acts of corruption.
8. No fewer than 20 persons have died in a boat mishap which occurred in Rivers State. The tragic incident, which occurred on Andoni waterways in Andoni Local Government Area of the State, Tuesday night, reportedly involved two passenger boats heading for Bonny, a neighbouring coastal council area.
9. Three suspects linked with the Christmas eve attacks on Plateau State communities were on Tuesday paraded by the police. Sophisticated arms seized from them were also on display. Close to 200 people were killed during the multiple attacks on communities in Bokkos and Barkin Ladi local government areas of the state.
10. At least 10 people were killed in explosions targeting motorists on a highway in Borno State near the border with Cameroon where jihadists are active, anti-jihadist militia and residents said on Tuesday. The people were killed when their flatbed truck carrying nine people hit a landmine suspected to have been planted by jihadists in Kunibaa village outside the town of Gamboru, the sources said.