The newspaper review for Wednesday, July 18, leads with the presentation of a supplementary budget to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari over 2019 general elections among other stories.
President Muhammadu Buhari has presented a supplementary budget to the National Assembly in which he sought the approval of N164bn out of the N242bn budgeted for the 2019 general elections.
Buhari said the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies would need N242bn for the elections, asking the legislature to provide N164bn through virement in the 2018 budget or supplementation, while the balance of N78bn would be covered by the 2019 budget.
Buhari, in his letter to the National Assembly, titled, ‘Request for virement and supplementary 2018 budget,’ specifically asked the legislature to re-allocate part of the N578bn voted to the projects inserted into the 2018 Appropriation Act by the lawmakers to fund the elections and critical infrastructure.
The President specifically asked the legislature not to increase the current size of the 2018 Appropriation Act from N9.21tn but to vire N228bn from the N578bn to the elections as well as the critical projects as earlier proposed by the executive in the 2018 Appropriation Bill.
The Nation reports that a Federal High Court in Abuja has formally served an order to release ex-National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) on bail on the Director General of Department of State Services (DSS) and the Attorney General of the federation and minister of justice.
Dasuki’s counsel Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN) confirmed yesterday that the bail conditions of his client have been fulfilled and the ex-NSA’s family and associates are awaiting a positive response from the federal government and the DSS.
Raji said: “I am pleading and begging the federal government and DSS in the name of God Almighty to please comply with court order on my client Col. Sambo Dasuki. We have served them with the court order and in the interest of justice and rule of law, I am begging this government, being a democratic government, to please respect the rule of law on Dasuki.”
The Guardian reports that the police officers attached to the convoy of Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo yesterday attacked and beat up three customs officials in Katsina state.
The incident occurred at Daddara village in Jibia local government area, when the vice president was in the state to condole with victims of the flood disaster, which left more than 50 people dead.
Trouble started when the customs officials had apprehended a vehicle, which allegedly had contraband products smuggled by some youths from neighbouring Niger Republic.
It was while the customs officials were struggling to impound the vehicle belonging to the suspected smugglers that the vice president’s convoy passed the village.
An eyewitness said the customs officials were threateningly brandishing their rifles to ward off several youths who had stormed the scene in show of sympathy to the smugglers.
This Day reports that a former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said he would eliminate the Boko Haram insurgency shortly after his inauguration as Nigeria’s number one citizen in 2019.
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Atiku who is one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the vow while addressing his supporters at the Forshams Hall, Maiduguri.
“Nigeria ended it civil war in only two and half years despite the thick forest in the South east. I wonder why the war against insurgency took us nine years, there must be something wrong somewhere,” he said.
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