Nigerian newspapers lead with different headline today, October 8 with majority reporting the extradition request of oil magnate, Kola Aluko from Switzerland by UK.
The Punch leads with the report on the extradition request of Nigerian oil baron, Kola Aluko, from Switzerland by the United Kingdom.
Aluko who is an ally of arrested former minister of petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke is believed to be involved in the several multi billion naira oil scams in Nigeria.
The report said office of the attorney general of Switzerland confirmed that the UK is seeking for mutual legal assistance from the country.
“I refer to your request of today and we can confirm that the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has received a request for mutual legal assistance from England in this context,” office of the attorney general of Switzerland told the newspaper.
Also, the spokesperson for the UK High Commission in Abuja, Joe Abuku, did not confirm or deny the extradition request. “I can’t give any information on the extradition issue because the official that would brief me is out of town and cannot be reached on the phone, but I will try and get him tomorrow (today),” he said.
On the front page of The Nation is the report that arrested former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke cannot leave the United Kingdom (UK) until April, next year.
According to the report, the directive is because investigations into allegations against her are expected to have been concluded, Judiciary several sources told the newspaper.
Diezani is expected to be arraigned before the magistrate for alleged money laundering and bribery.
Thisday leads with the report on the planned increment of the house committee by the House of Representatives. Nigerians have urged the incumbent administration to curb profligacy and slash the cost of governance.
According to the report, the House of Representatives have concluded plans to increase the number of committees in the lower chamber from 84 in the seventh assembly to 95 gets the final seal of approval.
The plan to increase the committee is believed to be due to ranking lawmakers intense lobbying for the headship of “Grade A” committees or what are otherwise considered “plum” committees.
The Guardian leads with reaction about the President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to be minister of petroleum resources. Critics, especially lawyers have taken positions over the matter, some for, others against.
According to the report, those in favour of Buhari’s stance are elder statesman and constitutional lawyer, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, another constitutional lawyer, Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN), two other Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Olusola Bayeshea and Abeny Mohammed and the Convener, Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reform (CODER) and former National Secretary of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Ayo Opadokun.
However, Ebun Olu Adegboruwa, lawyer and human rights activist spoke against the idea of the president becoming minister of petroleum.
Both sides are relying on provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to justify their positions.
Vanguard newspaper reported that about 100 terrorist were killed in a battle with the Nigerian army while the military lost 7 men after the outlawed Boko Haram group attempted to take over the headquarters of the 120 task force battalion in Damaturu, Yobe state.