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Buhari gives Osinbajo bigger task as EFCC traces N500m to governor’s account


The war against corruption and the return of President Muhammadu Buhari from his medical vacation in London has been one of the most talked about topics since Friday, March 10. This is what some Nigerian newspapers are focused on this Tuesday, March 14.

Vanguard reports that President Buhari resumed duties on Monday and he wrote to formally notify the National Assembly that he has resumed his functions as the president with effect from Monday, March 13.

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He later had a long meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who had been standing as acting president in his absence.

Osinbajo briefed the president, bringing him up-to-speed on recent happenings.

After relinquishing power formally to Buhari, Osinbajo and other presidential aides received briefs from the president.

Buhari gave Osinbajo a few directives on what we should be doing on so many areas; the North-East, budget, the economy and a wide range of issues.

Apparently pleased with Osinbajo’s performance while he was away, Buhari gave Osinbajo the task of heading the special presidential delegation which is to resolve the crisis in the Niger Delta region.

In other news, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating the N19billion which was illegally deducted from the London-Paris Club loan refund, The Nation reports.

The federal government released N388.304billion of the N522.74 billion refund to 35 states as over-deductions on the London-Paris Club loans.

States on top of the list with huge reimbursements are those controlled by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The big earners are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Katsina, Kaduna, Lagos, Imo, Jigawa, Borno, Niger, Bauchi and Benue.

Seven governors have been accused of playing key roles in diverting part of the N388.304billion refund into two accounts opened by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).

A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “The details of how the refunds were diverted will soon be made public, especially those involved.”

Also, the commission has traced about N500million to the account of a governor. Operatives of the anti-graft agency are investigating how the money, which was meant to pay a consultant, found its way into the yet unnamed governor’s account.

Meanwhile, The Punch reports that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) discovered 165 rounds of ammunition, a pump action rifle and other weapons in properties belonging to one Sanusi Mohammed, a former aide to ex-Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi state.

The commission also seized 220 flats, located in 20 estates, allegedly belonging to Mohammed.

The discovery was said to have been made following a tip-off by a whistle blower.

It was learnt that Mohammed was arrested by the ICPC and quizzed but was later released on administrative bail.

Watch Nigerians reactions as Buhari returns.

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