The Big 5: Jonathan accuses Buhari’s government of “lies and propaganda,” Senate to investigate Buhari’s approval of Paris Club refund, and other top stories

Good morning.

Here are the top 5 stories you should be monitoring today:

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, in a scathing remark, has accused the incumbent party, All Progressive Congress (APC), of being “full of lies and propaganda.”

Speaking in Abuja yesterday while receiving one of the chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof Tunde Adeniran, at his residence, Jonathan claimed that his party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), did better than the present administration during their 16 years in power.

Apparently, not everybody agreed with his statement. Here are some reactions.

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Meanwhile, the ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience Jonathan, has been buried in fraud in corruption allegations over the past months. However, she has refused to go down without a fight.

On Thursday, she blocked the Federal High Court in Abuja from hearing an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seize two properties in Abuja that were traced to her.

Here’s the details on how she was able to wiggle her way out of this one.

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With the recent demand by state governors for 50 percent balance of the Paris Club refund from the federal government, the Senate has decided to investigate how the Paris Club refunds and other bailout funds to state governors were approved.

It turns out, there are rising questions surrounding the legality of the funds given to governors by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Here’s the next step the Senate plans to take.

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Banks across the country will soon begin a major crackdown on customer’s accounts, following new strict rules by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The new set of rules include sanctions for banks that default in ensuring the the proper capturing of Bank Verification Number (BVN) and also the watch-listing of fraudulent customer’s accounts.

Find out more about the new bank rules, here.

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In another recent development, staff of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have begun a 3-day warning strike.

The Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria (ASCSN) and Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) of the agency commenced the industrial action yesterday.

Here’s their reason for embarking on the strike.

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