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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 23 June, 2021 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari President Budget to the National Assembly

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Buhari Seeks Senate Approval For N895bn Supplementary Budget

The Senate on Tuesday received President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to approve the 2021 Supplementary Appropriation Bill of N895, 842, 465, 917. Buhari’s letter seeking approval was read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on resumption of plenary on Tuesday.

The supplementary budget contained funds to purchase military equipment and the COVID-19 vaccine programme. The president sought expeditious legislative action on the supplementary budget given the urgency of the request. Buhari, in the letter, said the executive proposed to fund N45.63bn of the N83.56bn required for the COVID-19 vaccine programme.

He said: “The balance of N37. 93bn required for COVID-19 vaccines, salaries and other health-related expenditures totaling N41.6bn and N48.2bn recurrent component of defence and security will be funded by borrowing N135bn from some special reserve levy accounts. We propose to fund the balance of N722.4bn for capital expenditure on defence and security and capital supplementation from new borrowings in the absence of any supplementary revenue sources.”

Fuel Subsidy Bribe: Farouk Lawan Moved To Kuje Prison

Nine years after the scandal that rocked the House of Representatives investigation into fuel subsidy fraud, the chairman of the then ad-hoc investigating committee, Farouk Lawan, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for receiving bribe from billionaire oil magnate, Femi Otedola, the owner of one of the firms that were being investigated.

An FCT High Court sitting in Apo presided over on Tuesday by Justice Angela Otaluka found Lawan guilty of all the three counts that bordered around bribery in the case which had travelled to and from the Supreme Court since it began in 2012.

Credible sources said the former legislator has been moved to Kuje Prisons in the outskirt of Abuja. A source at the prison who does not want to be named confirmed that Lawan was taken there shortly after he was convicted by the court. “Yes, he was brought here (Kuje correctional facility) straight from the courtroom. From today, he has started serving his jail term and will continue until he finishes his sentence unless he appeals his case and wins the appeal at any point before he will be released,” he said.

Buratai Appointed Nigeria’s Ambassador To Benin Republic

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd), has been deployed to Benin Republic. While General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (rtd), former Chief of Defence Staff, has been appointed the head of mission to Cameroon.

At a brief ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, presented letters of credence to the ex-service chiefs. This was disclosed by Mr Kimiebi Ebienfa, information officer of the ministry.

However, the statement was silent on the postings of the other former Service chiefs, Vice Admiral Ibok- Ette Ibas (retired) former Chief of Naval Staff; Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retired), ex-Chief of Air Staff and and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (Rtd), former Chief of Defense Intelligence.

NLC To Resume Mass Action In Kaduna As Negotiation With El-Rufai Suffers Setback

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it is set to resume mass action in Kaduna State.

President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, disclosed this to journalists in Abuja shortly after an emergency National Executive Council meeting on Tuesday.

He said the congress was forced to take the decision after exhausting all avenues to resolve the issue amicably. Wabba said part of their efforts was writing letters to President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, but the actions failed to yield any positive results.

ECOWAS Court Stops FG From Prosecuting People Using Twitter

The ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja has restrained the government of President Muhammadu Buhari from prosecuting Twitter users.

After the Federal Government banned Twitter, many Nigerians circumvented the ban through the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). But the office of Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation, threatened to prosecute those violating the ban.

In its ruling on Tuesday, the court restrained the government and its agents from “unlawfully imposing sanctions or doing anything whatsoever to harass, intimidate, arrest or prosecute Twitter and/or any other social media service provider(s), media houses, radio and television broadcast stations, the Plaintiffs and other Nigerians who are Twitter users, pending the hearing and determination of this suit.”

“The unlawful suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, criminalization of Nigerians and other people using Twitter have escalated repression of human rights and unlawfully restricted the rights of Nigerians and other people to freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom in the country.”

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