[contextly_auto_sidebar id=”B0L87H2lVnTEuG5p0MtkPcf0lAaiuSJZ”]Major dailies under review today, December 3, are focused on a number of issues in the country from the bloody pro-biafran protests in Onitsha to mind blowing revelations made by the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki.
The Nation reports that Dasuki fingered some prominent politicians in the $2billion “phoney” arms contracts. The money was meant for procurement of arms but it went down the drain during Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
The Department of State Services (DSS) arrested Dasuki on Tuesday and he was later transferred to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A source in the EFCC disclosed that Dasuki wrote a long list of PDP chieftains who collected money from the office of the NSA.
“He mentioned the names of a former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, ex-governors and ex-ministers and many others,” the source said.
The major headline on the front page of Vanguard reads: “9 killed as pro-biafra protests turn bloody.”
For some time now, pro-biafra agitators have been protesting in parts of the country. Their protest however turned bloody yesterday as the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) killed nine of the protesters and injured 18 in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra state.
The JTF comprising army, navy, police and civil defence troops opened fire at protesting members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), who blocked the Niger Bridge and refused to give way to motorists.
On hearing the news that some people had been shot by security agents, some miscreants started another protest, marched to the central mosque near Onitsha main market and set it ablaze. They also burnt a Hilux pick-up van with federal government number plate.
On the same issue, The Punch reports that a soldier was killed in the bloody clash between security agents and the pro-biafra protesters.
According to a man who claimed to be an eyewitness, he saw the body of a soldier after he was killed close to the head bridge market in Onitsha.
For fear of more violence, banks, schools and other business enterprises, quickly shut their buildings and fled for their lives.
Ali Okechukwu, the police public relations officer in the state confirmed that a police sergeant attached to MOPOL 3 Enugu, was killed in the mayhem.
Speaking on the issue, the state governor, Willie Obiano appealed to the pro-biafra agitators to maintain peace, saying he would enforce the law to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the state.
In other news, the major headline on Daily Sun reads, “Senate orders Jonathan’s probe.”
The Senate yesterday ordered a probe into the missing N200 billion education tax collected between 2012 and 2013, during former president, Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
The funds were diverted to unknown and unspecified uses not recognized in or permitted under the Act setting up the Education Trust Fund.
The Senate mandated its committee on tertiary institutions and testfund to invite the fund’s executive secretary to appear before it to explain and clarify issues of misappropriation of the fund.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that major and independent marketers of petroleum products have continued to sell the product above the official pump and ex-depot prices.
This is despite measures taken by the Department of State Services (DSS), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to end such practices and ensure that fuel is available to the public.
Report has it that some marketers are determined to frustrate government’s effort to ensure the availability of the product at filling stations due to the unpaid subsidy claims.
Some are said to have started bribing officers of the DPR to prevent them from imposing necessary sanctions on them for hoarding the product.