The newspaper headlines for Monday, July 24, 2017, report on the visit of some APC members to President Buhari in London and the investigations by the EFCC on former chief of army staff, Kenneth Minimah and former minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said he would return to the country immediately his doctors certify him fit to do so.
Vanguard reports that the president has described negative reports concerning his health as lies.
Buhari made the statement when he received a delegation of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, ministers and party officials in London on Sunday, July 23.
The newspaper reported that some party members who made the delegation to London included the APC national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun; Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
Presidential media aide, Femi Adesina, in a statement said Buhari was pleased to receive the delegation and sent his best wishes to Nigerians.
This Day reports that presidency sources stated that Buhari would return to the country very soon, possibly before August or sometime in August.
Presidential media aide, Femi Adesina, in a statement said Governor Rochas Okorocha, who was in the delegation told him on the phone that the president was very cheerful and had not lost his sense of humour.
“According to the governor, Nigerians don’t have to worry at all, adding that President Buhari will be back as soon as the doctors give him the green light,” Adesina said.
“By our visit to London today, the merchants of lies have been put out of business and Nigerians will not buy the garbage they have been selling. All those who look up to fake news can find a better use for their time,” Okorocha was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, a former chief of army staff, Lt.-Gen Kenneth Minimah (retd.), and a company, Stoke Synergy Nigeria Limited, have been accused of diverting about N13.6bn belonging to the Nigeria Army, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).The EFCC alleged that the total sum of N13,650,795,245 was diverted by the two suspects into the accounts of four other companies given by the EFCC as Gogori Bureau De Change, My Honey Oil Interbiz Limited, Gogori University Link Limited and M&M Babies Nigeria Limited.
According to the Punch, the anti-graft agency had on June 30, 2017, secured an order from the Federal High Court in Abuja freezing Minimah’s account with the United Bank of Africa Plc and Stoke Synergy Nigeria Limited’s with Zenith Bank Plc.
The court’s order, according to the judge, will last for 90 days from June 30, when the ruling was delivered, but subject to renewal through an application by the EFCC.
With the time lag, the court’s order will expire on September 28, 2017.
In another incident, two detectives of the EFCC have been dispatched to the United Kingdom (UK) with more evidence in the investigation of former petroleum resources minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The Nation reports that the latest investigation on Madueke was triggered by the uncovering of $1.7billion contracts involving the former minister and her two business associates.
The anti-graft agency is also investigating the ex-minister on the whereabouts of $15.8billion NLNG dividends.
She is being investigated alongside some former officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), which is the upstream arm of the NNPC in charge of oil exploration and production.
But the United States, the UK, the EFCC and other agencies in some jurisdictions may harmonise the investigations.
To some business news, the Guardian reports that about 300,000 of the cargoes imported through the nation’s airports and seaports yearly have no genuine insurance papers.
The newspaper stated that being an import-dependent economy, the country gained about N112 billion between 2010 and 2016 from insuring over 700, 000 out of the 1.1 million imported cargoes on a yearly basis.