The Big 5: Troops kill 27 Boko Haram terrorists, recover arms, ammunition; NBC DG faces trial over N2.5bn FG grant | Other top stories

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I did not confess to hiding my bank accounts – Onnoghen

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has scheduled judgment  for Thursday in the trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen.

Onnoghen is being tried on a six-count charge in which he is accused of breaching the Code of Conduct for public officers by allegedly making false declaration of assets and also failing to declare some. He denied confessing to hiding his bank accounts. The prosecution insisted that his guilt had been proven.

I’ll advice Buhari on fuel subsidy – Kachikwu

Against the backdrop of the International Monetary Fund’s call for the removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has said he will advise President Muhammadu Buhari on what to do. Kachikwu, while fielding questions from journalists on the sidelines of the annual international conference of the Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday, said the removal of fuel subsidy in 2016 helped the country.

NBC DG faces trial over N2.5bn FG grant

The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Dr Moddibbo Kawu, will appear before Justice F. O. Giwa of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday over allegation of financial crime worth N2.5bn.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission said on Monday in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, that Kawu would be tried alongside the Chairman of Pinnacle Communications Limited, Mr Lucky Omoluwa, and the Chief Operating Officer of the company, Mr Dipo Onifade.

Troops kill 27 Boko Haram terrorists, recover arms, ammunition

Twenty seven insurgents believed to be  Boko Haram members were at the weekend killed by troops of Sector 1 of Operation Lafiya Dole and Cameroonian Defence Forces in Borno, the army said yesterday.

The terrorists, according to army spokesmam Col. Sagir Musa, met their waterloo when they clashed with the troops on clearance operations in northern parts of Wulgo, Tumbuma, Chikun Gudu and Bukar Maryam villages.

FG probe panel recommends NHIS boss sacking, board’s dissolution 

The panel set up by the Federal Government to investigate the crisis in the National Health Insurance Scheme has recommended immediate dismissal of the Executive Secretary of the agency, Prof Usman Yusuf. A copy of the report accused Yusuf of breaching the Public Procurement Act as well as the Public Service Rules.

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