Tension in House of Reps, militants to face death sentence – Newspaper Review

The problems in the Nigerian National Assembly and the issues within the Niger Delta have taken over the front pages of Nigerian Dailies.

Below are the stories that made the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on this day, August 2.

There was a palpable tension in the House of Representatives on Monday over an alleged plot to remove the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, over the budget padding allegations made by a former Chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Mr Abdulmumin Jibrin.

It was gathered that many members were ruffled, forcing a large number of them to rush from their vacation spots to meetings in Abuja where the alleged plot was discussed. Findings showed that the Majority Leader, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, however, doused the tension among factions by urging members to have faith in the leadership of the House under Dogara.

The All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Lagos State has kept sealed lips over the budget crisis since it started on July 21. Gbajabiamila had refused to speak openly in support of Jibrin or Dogara, and the three other principal officers whom Jibrin had accused of padding the 2016 Budget.

The others are the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun; the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor.

It was learnt that some persons in the House in a text message that members of the House received on Monday accused Gbajabiamila of siding with Jibrin to remove Dogara because of his silence.

“This group circulated a text message among members, giving the impression that there would be a leadership change in the House. “They attempted to re-open the old Dogara-Gbajabiamila rivalry and create mayhem,” a senior legislative official told The Punch in Abuja on Monday, August 1. In the same vein, Daily Trust reports that the former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, yesterday asked law enforcement agencies to begin investigation and prosecution of some leaders of the House and jail them for allegedly padding the 2016 budget.

Jibrin spoke while addressing journalists at the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, where he personally submitted petitions   against Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yussuf Lasun, Minority Whip Alhassan Doguwa, Minority Leader Leo Ogor and nine other members of the House who served as committee chairpersons. He said: “We were at the ICPC, where we met with the chairman; also the DSS, we were also at the EFCC and concluding here at the Police Force Headquarters.”

He added that: “We have submitted the petitions, so I have done my own part, I have given my word that I will give maximum support and cooperation to the security and anti corruption agencies to commence investigation with immediate effect, so that by the grace of God prosecution can start.” He demanded “thorough investigation and very quick prosecution so that we can send some people to jail.”

Abdulmumin Jibrin accused the House Members in the petition of padding the 2016 National budget, while denying allegations of doing same as  Chairman House Committee on Appropriations. Guardian takes an economic look with the headline: “Nigeria loses N2.56 trillion to eight-year oil pricing dispute”.

According to the report, Nigeria may have lost an estimated N2.56 trillion ($8 billion) to the lingering price dispute between the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).