The stories that made the covers of Nigeria Newspaper today are as follows:
Punch Newspaper: Atiku to call Microsoft, IBM experts as witnesses, gives ‘details’ of INEC servers
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last election, Atiku Abubakar, is set to call Microsoft, IBM and Oracle experts to authenticate his claim that the servers belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission showed that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari by over 1.6 million votes.
As part of his petition, Atiku and the PDP will also be expected to tender INEC’s training manual on elections, a printout of the votes of candidates from smart card readers and a printout of the forensic audit report on INEC’s server as evidence.
The former Vice-President and the PDP claimed to have polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress who he said scored 16,741,430 votes.
However, INEC’s Director, Information and Communications Technology, Mr Chidi Nwafor, under oath in his witnesss statement has denied the “server results” which the PDP and Atiku were laying claim to. He said all the results were collated manually and were never transmitted electronically.
Guardian Newspaper: Drama as EFCC rearrests Ofili-Ajumogobia for retrial
A High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos yesterday struck out the suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the embattled former Federal High Court Judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, saying it lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit.
Ofili-Ajumogobia was charged alongside a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Obla, before Justice Hakeem Oshodi on a 31-count charge. Ofili-Ajumogobia was arraigned for alleged perversion of the course of justice, unlawful enrichment and forgery, while Obla was alleged to have offered N5 million gratification to the judge.
The Court of Appeal judge held that serving judicial officers could only be prosecuted for offences like murder, stealing etc. done outside the discharge of their duties. He ruled that if the offence was committed in the discharge of their duties, they must first be tried by NJC.
There was however a mild drama on the court premises as the EFCC sought to apprehend Ofili-Ajumogobia after the charges were struck out. About 10 officials of the commission approached her as she tried to leave the courtroom. On sighting them, she beat a retreat and sought the protection of the court.
When Oshodi was notified about the development, he said there was nothing he could do as “the file has been closed.” The former judge and her husband who was with her were seen frantically making phone calls. Obla left the premises immediately after ruling.
EFCC officials thereafter whisked Ofili-Ajumogobia away in a white Hilux van with Abuja number plate BWR 63780. The commission in a statement said it re-arrested Ofili-Ajumogobia to prefer a fresh criminal charge against her.
The Nation Newspaper: Buhari rallies APC Reps for Assembly leadership battle
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives members-elect to stand firm in the battle for the Ninth Assembly’s leadership.
The President made the plea over dinner last night at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja, according to a source, to ensure unity among the newly elected members of the National Assembly ahead of the election of their leaders.
The Ninth Assembly opens in June. The party’s leadership has maintained that its candidates must lead the National Assembly. The party nominated Senator Ahmed Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila for Senate President and Speaker.
Sun Newspaper: Judge freed, arrested, faces fresh charges
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, re-arrested Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, few minutes after a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja struck out the suit against her. The Commission defended her re-arrest, which it said was done to enable it prefer a fresh criminal charge against her.
Although the court dismissed the suit against Ofili-Ajumogobia, a Federal High Court judge, Ilorin, Kwara, for lack of jurisdiction. She was arraigned for unlawful enrichment and breach of code of practice. The EFCC alleged that about $667,000 and N54 million were deposited into her personal and company accounts by clients and associates. She was charged together with Godwin Obla, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.