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For today, Thursday, March 16, 2016:

THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER

Government reverses self, okays helicopter services at Abuja airport

The Federal Government has approved the operation of private and commercial helicopter services at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja which was shut down last week for the rehabilitation of the runway and other facilities. The work, which costs N5 billion, is to end on April 19.

Senate awaits new nominee after rejecting Magu again

After about two hours of intense questioning, the Senate yesterday rejected the second nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

Minister urges banks to increase agric funding

The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has urged the Organised Private Sector (OPS), especially Nigerian banks, to increase funding in agriculture and make the country food self-sufficient.

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THE NATION NEWSPAPER

How governors, senators, others stopped Magu

Ibrahim Magu’s confirmation for Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chairman was rejected again yesterday – no thanks to some governors, senators and high-profile suspects.

Customs shelve old Vehicle duty collection plan

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Comptroller-General Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) has bowed to pressure from the Senate, announcing suspension of the proposed vehicle duty payment.

Federal Government to allow helicopters fly to Abuja   

THE Federal Government is set to allow helicopters fly to Abuja as repair works are on-going at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

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VANGUARD NEWSPAPER

EFCC Confirmation Screening: How DSS helped Senate stop Magu

The   Acting Chairman of the  Economic & Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, was for the second time in three months, rejected by the Senate, yesterday, as the upper chamber  refused to confirm him as the substantive chairman of the anti- graft agency after screening him for about one hour forty minutes.

Senate threatens arrest as Customs C-G fails to appear

Despite the intervention of the Presidency, Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd), again, yesterday, shunned the invitation of the Senate to appear in complete uniform to explain his agency’s controversial policy on vehicle duty

Illicit transfers: Minister dares NSA, redeploys Unity College principals to Abuja

The rift between the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and the National Assembly Committee on Education has deepened, following his refusal to recall 47 Unity College principals who were reportedly transferred by two officials in the ministry in controversial circumstances.

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THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER

Presidency keeps mum as Senate blocks Magu again

The Senate has requested that President Muhammadu Buhari nominate a replacement for the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, following the rejection of his nomination by the legislature on Wednesday.

Police, FRSC abandon kids after mother dies in crash

Two kids between the ages of eight months and two years are currently at the General Hospital, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, seeking to reunite with their family.

Fanta-Sprite ruling: Consumer groups consider class action aginst NBC

Some consumer advocacy groups in the country have threatened to institute a class-action suit against the Nigerian Bottling Company if it is established that an infraction has been committed against consumers of its beverage products, Fanta and Sprite.

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DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER

After Senate’s second rejection, Anti-corruption war continues… - Magu

The Senate yesterday rejected the renomination of Ibrahim Magu as substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Hameed Ali must appear today - Senate

Senator George Sekibo (PDP, Rivers) in a motion said the Senate as an institution should not join issues with individuals in the other arms of government, saying the issue was a Constitutional matter.

‘How accused burgled Medview’s aircraft, stole N22 million goods’

A police prosecutor, Inspector Essien Ndarake, yesterday told an Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court how a 44-year-old businessman allegedly burgled an aircraft belonging to Medview Airline at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.

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