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Welcome to the Factszone roundup of top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today, Friday, June 28th, 2019.

The immediate past Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has been asked by the Independent Corrupt Practice and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to appear at Federal High Court in Abuja over an alleged N2.5 billion fraud case involving the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). Factszone reports that ICPC is prosecuting Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, NBC Director General, over “abuse of office and money laundering”.

2. ECOWAS Reacts To Ethiopia Failed Coup Attempt

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday condemned the coup attempt in Ethiopia. ECOWAS Chairman, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, in a statement in Abuja, expressed sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of the coup attempt, as well as the people and government of Ethiopia. Buhari said the commission was committed to the ideals of the African Union on Democracy, Elections and Good Governance adopted at the 8th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2007.

3. Only Six Parties Endorsed 2019 Presidential Election – IPAC

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has said that only six political parties endorsed the 2019 presidential election that culminated in the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. Factszone reports that a group, under the aegis of the G-60 Forum, had hailed the election and passed a vote of confidence on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

4. Presidential Election Dispute: Tribunal Rules Against INEC, Buhari On PDM’s Petition

Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Thursday dismissed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid to have the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) and its presidential candidate in February 23, 2019, Pastor Haminchi Habu thrown out. By their petition, Habu and the PDM are challenging the victory of Buhari and his All Progressives Congress at the poll.

5. Insecurity: How Nigeria Can Win War – Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election Atiku Abubakar has said only actions will curb insecurity in the country. Atiku, a former Vice President also asked the Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai to relocate to the North-East zone, particularly Borno so Nigeria can win the war.

6. INEC Is Most Debased Public Institution In Nigeria – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is the “most debased institution” in the country. Factszone had reported that INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Wednesday said that the electoral body is the most improved public institution in Nigeria, given the level of improvements recorded in the nation’s electoral system from 1999 to date.

7. What Osinbajo Discussed With Trump’s Deputy, Mike Pence, Revealed

Nigeria’s Vice-President, Yemi Osinbanjo, and his United States equivalent, Mike Pence, discussed economic ties between Africa’s most populous nation and the superpower. Factszone learned that the two leaders also talked about acquisition of arms and ammunition to tackle Boko Haram in Nigeria’s northeast region. Osinbajo and Pence, whose boss, Donald Trump is seeking re-election, met on Wednesday at the White House in Washington DC.

8. Nigeria Cannot Afford To Rush Into Africa Free Trade Agreement – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria cannot afford to rush into Africa Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) without full and proper consultation with all stakeholders. He said this on Thursday in Abuja when he received the report on the impact of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement. Factszone reports that the African Union Heads of States had on March 21, 2018 adopted the Phase I Agreement on the AfCFTA at its 10th Extraordinary Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

9. Insecurity: How I Foresaw Herdsmen Menace, Kidnappings In Yorubaland – Fayose

A former Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose has revealed that he warned Yoruba leaders about kidnappings and alleged herdsmen killings but was not taken seriously. Factszone understands that governors of states in Nigeria’s South West sub-region as well as other leaders in the area have raised the alarm over killings by suspected herders. They have now vowed to tackle it headlong and warned herdsmen to fish out perpetrators of the alleged killings.

10. Alleged $9.5m FIFA Grant: What Happened In Court On Thursday In EFCC Vs NFF Case

An FCT High Court, Maitama, on Thursday reserved ruling in the application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to join the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, and Secretary-General, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, in the alleged misappropriation of 9.5 million dollars FIFA grant. Concise News reports that EFCC dragged three officials of the Federation before the court in an alleged 9.5 million dollars FIFA grant misappropriation before applying on April 30 to join both Pinnick and Sanusi in the matter as co-defendants.

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