The headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Tuesday, April 24, are focused on the call from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the National Assembly over President Muhammadu Buhari's spending of $1 billion from ECA, south-south APC leaders meeting over Oyegun, a Nigerian killed in South Africa, amongst other stories.
The Guardian reports that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, April 23, called on the National Assembly to sanction President Muhammadu Buhari for spending $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account.
PDP alleged that the president violated his oath of office by withdrawing the fund without the required legislative appropriation.
In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said: "Unilateral spending of $496 million (N151.374 billion) from the ECA, without recourse to the legislative approval of the National Assembly, is a gross violation of the laws and constitution of Nigeria and a direct affront to our statutory order as a democratic state.”
The Nation reports that the south-south zonal leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had a stormy meeting in Benin, Edo state, on Monday, April 23, where the zone rejected Chief Odigie-Oyegun's return as national chairman of the party.
The leadership backed the aspiration of the immediate past governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as the choice of the zone.
Vanguard reports that a Nigerian identified as Clement Nwaogu was on Sunday, April 22, burnt to death by a mob in South Africa while the police looked on.
According to the Nigerian community in South Africa, the victim, who was from Njikoka in Anambra state, was attacked and killed by a mob in Rustenburg, North-West Province.
The federal government, on Monday, April 23, described the development as unfortunate and called on the South African authorities to find a lasting solution to the incessant killing of Nigerians in that country.
This Day reports that the members of the National Assembly would be taking on the executive over the withdrawal of $496 million (N151.4 billion) from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) for the procurement of 12 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States government without appropriation by the federal legislature.
According to This Day, in order to meet the deadline given by the US government for the aircraft order, President Muhammadu Buhari gave anticipatory approval for the withdrawal of the said sum from the ECA and transferred it to the US treasury in February 2018 without recourse to the National Assembly.
The Punch on its part reported that on Monday April 23, armed riot policemen laid siege to Shanga street, Maitama, Abuja residence of the lawmaker representing Kogi West in the Senate, Dino Melaye, to arrest him.
One end off the street was blocked with a Toyota Hiace bus by the security operatives. A pick-up was used in blocking the other end.
The operatives also prevented people in the building from going out, but later allowed family members, friends and guests to enter and exit the premises.
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