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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nigerian Newspapers' Headlines Today

Nigerian major newspapers today, January 13, focused on  and   
Vanguard reports that a web of conspiracy was, yesterday, January 12, being woven around the circumstances that led to the disappearance from the Senate, of hard and soft copies of the 2016 Appropriation Bill presented to the National Assembly last December.
The absence of the budget document, it was learned, led to the failure of the Senate to commence formal deliberations on the budget yesterday.
The controversy was further stoked at a closed-door session of the Senate where the issue reportedly split senators along partisan lines with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators accusing presidency officials of conspiring with the National Assembly bureaucracy to steal the budget document.
Vanguard front page today
According to The Guardian, for two hours, senators locked
themselves up inside the hallowed chamber of the Senate expressing anger over the unofficial manner in which the 2016 budget document was allegedly given back to the Executive for review.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on December 22, 2015 presented to the joint session of the National Assembly a budget proposal of N6.08 trillion for 2016.
But few days after, the president was said to have been embarrassed by the bloated nature of some aspects of the budget, a situation that warranted an immediate review of the document.
The Guardian front page today
A senator, who attended the session, told Daily Sun that the disappearance of the document was announced by the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume. The session lasted for over 90 minutes.
The Senate, as well as the House of Representatives were supposed to commence the consideration of the budget yesterday, but instead, adjourned after it considered only one motion.
During the brief plenary,  Senate President did not make any reference to the supposed consideration of the budget. The Senate Leader, who ordinarily should have made the announcement, also kept mum about it.
Daily Sun front page today
Meanwhile, the national publicity secretary of the PDP, a top operative of the commission has said.
The top officer of the commission, who confided in The Punch on Tuesday, January 12, alleged that Metuh tore the statement when it was brought to him for his signature.
The source alleged that the PDP spokesman tore the statement he had earlier made to shreds and attempted to put the pieces in his mouth when operatives stopped him.
The Punch front page today
In a related development, security agencies are “watch-listing” former PDP chairman, Adamu Muazu and a former principal private secretary to former President Goodluck Jonathan,  Hassan Tukur, The Nation reports.
The two influential personalities are said to have been placed on the watch list over the alleged diversion of cash meant for arms into the 2015 election campaign and payment of huge ransom to unknown Boko Haram agents.
The Nation front page today