Today’s Daily Brief: Ekiti APC lawmakers uncover illegal Assembly inauguration plot, EFCC re-arraigns Arisekola’s son, others for N1bn subsidy fraud, and more

The lingering fuel crisis in the country has compelled the Joint Senate Committees on Petroleum Resources to order the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and her counterpart in the Petroleum Resources Ministry, Diezani Allison-Madueke, to appear before it on Monday next week.

Those also summoned alongside the two ministers are the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Managing Director, Petroleum Pricing and Regulatory Agency and the Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources.

YNaija

The Chairman of the Media and Publicity Sub- Committee of the Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee, Chief Edem Duke, on Friday said over 50 presidents and heads of government across the globe will attend the inauguration of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.

He made the remark while briefing journalists in Abuja on the preparations for the one week programme, which started on Friday with Jumaat prayer at the National Central Mosque, Abuja.

According to him, invitation cards have been dispatched to all the 54 countries in the African continent and other countries of the world.

Nation

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday re-arraigned three oil marketers — Opeyemi Ajuyah, Abdullahi Alao and Olarenwaju Olalusi — over an alleged N1.1bn fuel-subsidy fraud.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defendants were charged before Justice Lateefa Okunnu of an Ikeja High Court.

They were re-arraigned on an amended eight counts alongside their companies — Majope Investment Limited and Axenergy Limited.

NAN also reports that the defendants had been previously arraigned on October 10, 2012 on a nine counts of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretences, forgery and use of fake documents.

Punch

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers said on Friday that it did not release voters’ registers to the State Independent Electoral Commission to conduct council polls.

The state electoral commission had said it would use the voters’ registers from INEC for the May 23 council polls.

In a statement in Port Harcourt, the INEC’s Administrative Secretary in Rivers, Mr Roy Obijuru, denied releasing the registers to the state electoral body for the election.

Leadership

The 19 All Progressives Congress members of Ekiti State House of Assembly have uncovered a plot to inaugurate the new Assembly four days before the end of their tenure.

The alarm was consequent upon an announcement on the state radio and television, directing the APC lawmakers to pack their belongings from the Assembly complex to allow for renovation work ahead of June 1 when the government plans to swear in the lawmakers-elect.

The APC legislators maintained that having been sworn into office on June 6, 2011, their tenure still subsists till June 5, 2015.

They said any attempt to inaugurate the Fifth Assembly before June 5 amounts to treason.

Nation

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