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Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Saturday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Supreme Court on Friday set free the Senate President, Bukola Saraki of charges in the case of false assets declaration at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT. The apex court upheld Saraki’s appeal and discharged him of the remaining three charges against him.The court upheld the appeal in a lead judgment delivered by Justice Centus Nweze.

2. The Supreme Court on Friday declined to sack Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State from office. This followed allegation that he was illegally nominated by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to contest the April 11, 2015, governorship election. The court dismissed the suit which was lodged by a chieftain of the PDP in the state, Senator Anyogu Eze as lacking in merit. Meanwhile, Senator Ayogu Eze, Friday congratulated the Governor over his Supreme Court victory on the prolonged legal tussle for the Enugu State guber position.

3. Former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has dismissed any form of reconciliation with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).He said the party which failed in its campaign promises, including assurance that petrol will sell at N45 per litre, would not fulfil any fresh promise arising from negotiations.

4. The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki Friday reacted to the Supreme Court ruling that upheld his earlier Appeal Court victory on Friday. The lawmaker reiterated his confidence in the judicial process and the ability of the Judiciary to do justice to all manner of men and in all circumstances. He, however, said that it was obvious from the judgment that the current anti-corruption war was those perceived to be political opponent.

5. The Transparency International (TI) has asked the Buhari government to respect court orders in the trial of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. Dasuki, who had been granted bail by four different High Courts in Nigeria and ECOWAS Court of Justice had filed a fundamental human rights suit against the Federal Government to obey all court orders for his release. TI Head in Nigeria, Musa Rafsanjani, said, since the country is running constitutional democracy in Nigeria, everything the government does is expected to be based on the respect for the fundamental human rights and the rule of law.

6. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been directed to investigate and take necessary action against Mr Pinnick Amaju Melvin, Mallam Shehu Dikko and three other top board members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). A statement by Nneka, the Media Aide to the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said the probe was sequel to a petition the anti-graft agency received from a former Super Eagles’ Coach, James Peters.

7. Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma has declared that God will not give victory to President Mohammadu Buhari in 2019. The cleric also asked Buhari to ensure that Leah Sharibu was released immediately, warning that Aso Rock would be a living hell for him and his family if the schoolgirl remains in Boko Haram captivity.

8. The Reformed All Progressives Congress, R-APC, on Friday declared that it has enough vote in the National Assembly to successfully impeach President Muhammadu Buhari if the need arises. Buba Galadima, the National Chairman of rAPC issued the warning in a statement. Galadima also dismissed claims by the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole that those behind rAPC were inconsequential.

9. Belgium dumped Brazil from the ongoing World Cup on Friday. Roberto Martinez’s came into the quarter-final tie as underdogs, but raced into a two-goal lead before the break. Fernandinho’s own goal gave Belgium the lead, before Kevin De Bruyne finished off a counter-attack with a blistering strike. The game ended 2:1 in favour of Belgium.

10. A former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, has been granted bail in the sum of N500 million and one surety in like sum. He was granted bail on Friday, after the Federal Government arraigned him on a fresh three-count charge, bordering on illegal possession of firearms and money laundering before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

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