Major Headlines in Nigerian Newspapers Today

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Some of the major headlines in select Nigerian newspapers for today,December 15,2015:

Dasuki, others will abscond if granted bail –EFCC,PUNCH

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has opposed the bail applications filed by the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and two others before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja, where they were on Monday arraigned on 19 counts of misappropriation of about N32bn meant for the purchase of arms.

The prosecution, led by Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), in separate counter-affidavits to the bail applications, said the accused persons could abscond if granted bail by the court.

Those arraigned along with Dasuki, before Justice Yusuf Baba on Monday, are a former Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, and Aminu Baba-Kusa.Read more here

Alleged N13bn land deal: Tompolo’s real transaction with Jonathan’s govt-VANGUARD

THE Federal Government, under former President Goodluck Jonathan, actually approved the payment of N11 billion to ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, out of which he collected 90 per cent of the money, but it was not for land deal as claimed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

A reliable source told Vanguard, yesterday, that the money paid to Tompolo was for purchase of the buildings and other facilities at the International Diving School he built at Kurutie, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government, Delta State, allegedly valued at N15 billion, which the Federal Government acquired for the Maritime University, Okerenkoko.

The buildings include lecture halls, multi-purpose pavilion, administrative block, vice chancellor’s lodge, lecturers’ lodge and hostels for male and female students.Read more here

Petrol may sell for N97-THE NATION

Nigerians were yesterday told to prepare for some tough decisions next year.

Petrol subsidy will go to save cash for capital projects. This will likely push up price from N87 a litre to the former N97.

“Price of refined products today is N87. It was N97 before it was reduced and we really have to go back to that because we don’t really have the finance to remove it,” Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu said.

“There are lots of safety barometer between the N87 and N97per litre regime between which government doesn’t not have to fund subsidy.Read more here

Buratai: How I Escaped Shi’ite Sect Members’ Attack-THISDAY

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, has given his own account of how he escaped death at the hands of suspected members of the Shi’ite Islamic sect who, he claimed, attacked his convoy at the weekend in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Buratai disclosed on Monday during an interview with journalists shortly after he appeared alongside other service chiefs before the Senate Committee on Defence in the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, that his convoy was attacked despite pleas by a detachment of soldiers for the sect members to remove the blockade they mounted on the highway.

He said that the refusal of the Shi’ite sect members to clear the road and after their pleas were rebuffed, did they try to force their way out, resulting in the loss of many lives as the soldiers reportedly opened fire on them.Read more here

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