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NAIJ.com Digest: 6 big stories that broke on this day, February 16

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After what has been a very crucial day in terms of news, NAIJ.com team has gathered the most important news that hit the headlines this Thursday, February 16.

1. Buhari has a right to his vacation - Femi Adesina

NAIJ.com Digest: 6 big stories that broke today, February 16, 2017

Buhari with Bola Tinubu, APC leader

Femi Adesina who is the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity has said that the president will not speak to Nigerians as he has a right to his vacation.

The president’s extended vacation in the UK has caused a stir in the country with many speculating about his state of health.

2. Breaking: Diezani Alison-Madueke loses N34billion to FG

NAIJ.com Digest: 6 big stories that broke today, February 16, 2017

Diezani Alison-Madueke

A federal court in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of N23.4 billion, N9.08 billion, and $5 million (about N34 billion in total) linked to Nigeria's former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Premium Times reports.

Justice Muslim Hassan, on Thursday, February 16, gave a “final forfeiture order” on the funds.

3. Political tornado: 6 PDP lawmakers defect to APC, as ruling party consoles Ekwueme

NAIJ.com Digest: 6 big stories that broke today, February 16, 2017

Speaker Mudashiru Obasa with some of the defectors

A wave of defection has swept across the camp of the Peoples Democratic Paarty (PDP), carrying off 6 of the 8 PDP members of the Lagos state House of Assembly, and dropping them off in the camp of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The defection was announced on Thursday, February 16.

NAN reports that the lawmakers spoke after the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, read a letter dated February 16 and signed by the defectors, indicating that they had decided to join the APC.

4. Scores of B'Haram members killled as sect attacks Air Force helicopter in Gwoza

NAIJ.com Digest: 6 big stories that broke today, February 16, 2017

Some arrested Boko Haram suspects

One person sustained injury as a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter conveying personnel on medical outreach programme at Gwoza in Borno state on Wednesday, February 15, came under attack by Boko Haram members.

This was disclosed by the Nigerian Air Force spokesman, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa in a statement on Thursday, February 16.

5. President Buhari vows to end corruption in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to end corruption in all ramifications in Nigeria.

Buhari made the promise at the launch of an anti-corruption campaign, tagged “The Value Project” in Abuja on Thursday, February 16.

6. Governors dare EFCC over alleged probe of Paris fund spending

NAIJ.com Digest: 6 big stories that broke today, February 16, 2017

Ibrahim Magu, chairman of the EFCC

The Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) has dared the Economic and Finance Crimes Commission (EFCC) and its chairman, Ibrahim Magu, to go ahead and probe them over the scandal rocking the N552.74 Paris Club loan refunds.

There are allegations that the governors diverted the funds instead of paying salaries and engaging in infrastructure development.

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