CJN Faces Tribunal Over Alleged Non Declaration Of Asset

The Code of Conduct Tribunal has scheduled Monday, 14th of January for the commencement of trial against current Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justce Onnoghen Nkanu Walter Samuel for alleged non declaration of asset.

This was consequent to application filed by the Code of Conduct Bureau to the CCT Chairman for the trial to commence against the Chief Justice of Nigeria on six count charges.

The application was filed on Friday by the operatives of CCB, dated 11st January, 2019 and signed by Musa Ibrahim Usman (Esq) and Fatima Danjuma Ali (Esq), containing 6 count charges all borders on non declaration of asset

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Don’t Politicize IGP Tenure Extension, Pro Buhari Group Warns CUPP

A political group, Grassroots Mobilizers for Buhari/Osibanjo (GMB&O), has warned the Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP) against politicising the extension of tenure of the incumbent Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris.

In a press statement made available to pressmen in Abuja on Friday evening, the group noted that Cupp is only “trying to undermine the good efforts of IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris in the fight against crime and criminality.”

The statement partly reads:

“In matters that are purely the exclusive prejudice of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as contained in Section 215, sub 1, Paragraph (a)., the noise makers in their wild imaginations are imagining the subjugation of the privileges of the President of the Federal Republic and that of the Police Service Commission by insinuating to whom and when appointments are made.

“Taking from the precedence of the case of the extension of tenure of IGP Sunday Ehindero, whose tenure elapsed in March 20, 2006 but was twice.

“First, for one year which should elapse March 20, 2007 and subsequently extended till May 29, 2007. Again, IGP Mike Okiro during his tenure, enjoyed the privilege of the President and Police Service commission with an extension of one year.

“The issue of the extension of tenure of a security chief should not be the subject of any political debate except for those politicians who have sworn to protect the interests of criminals and of criminality and are trying to heat up the polity with rumours and insinuations.

“We at the Grassroots Mobilizers for Buhari/Osibanjo( GMB&O), are advising opposition politicians to use their time and energy in focusing on canvassing for votes rather than circulating lies and the campaign of calumny. Nigerians are wise enough to know that their ill intended cries are only meant to divert attention as they are lost for words or explanation for their past mistakes.

“IGP Ibrahim Idris Kpotun should be left to focus on the tedious task of policing without undue interference by politicians.

“Politicians should also learn to understand the good intentions of Mr. President who in his wisdom extends the tenure of Security Chiefs in the past to maintain stability in the fight against insurgency without any loss of tempo.”

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Defection Of Top Notchers, BMO Advises Atiku To Give Up

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has advised the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar to consider throwing in the towel in order to avoid a shattering defeat at the polls on February 16.

The Buhari group gave this advice in reaction to the defection of four top notchers of the PDP to All Progressive Congress (APC). Confirming the defection earlier Bauchi State PDP publicity secretary Yayanuwa Zainabari described it as “shocking and a big slap to the party ahead of the 2019 polls.”     

The group says the way and manner Atiku Abubakar, as well as his party PDP, is daily losing support from prominent members of the party to the opposition is absolutely unbecoming.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said that even the party cannot deny that the loss of its Deputy Chairman Babayo Garba Gamawa, amongst others, to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is quite massive.

“We have nothing but sympathy for Atiku at this time that he has lost some of his trusted supporters who have abandoned him to team up with President Buhari.

“Nothing could be more demoralising than losing the number two man of your party with few days to what is almost certain to be his last attempt to clinch a seat that he had coveted since the 1990s.

“Babayo Gamawa is not only PDP’s deputy National Chairman but also a member of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council from the same North-East geo-political zone as the former Vice President.

“So we at BMO believe that it may be ideal for the PDP candidate to pull out of the Presidential race to save himself from what is almost certain to be a crushing defeat that would end up demystifying him as a political force”, it said.

The group also noted the defection of the former PDP National Chairman Adamu Muazu who is known in the opposition ranks as the ‘game changer’.

“If there is any defection that is bound to hit Atiku hard it is that of the former Bauchi governor whose election as the PDP chairman just before the 2015 election was a popular choice.

“Here is a man whose daughter is married to the former Vice President’s son but opted to ignore family ties to support President Buhari’s re-election bid because he clearly knows the difference between the two.

“If there are people who know Atiku well, Muazu certainly would be numbered among them and now that he has joined the governing party, there is no clearer message to undecided voters across the country that President Buhari is the better choice.

“With Muazu’s decision to dump PDP, it is safe to say that the little chance the PDP has to improve on the 86,085 votes it had in 2015 when APC polled 931,598 votes in one of the President’s traditional strongholds has virtually disappeared.”

BMO added that contrary to the impression created by PDP elements to water down their loss, none of the politicians who may have joined the ruling party to escape the glare of anti graft agencies would be spared if found to have pending corruption cases.

This it says is in line with what President Buhari said in a recent interview with This Day’s Board of Editors that defection to the governing APC is not a blank amnesty from prosecution for anyone found to have breached public trust.

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President Buhari Urges Media To Report Reliable Information

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday called on the media in the country to make an extra effort to report actual and reliable information and avoid fake news stories.

Speaking during a courtesy call by Jamie Angus, the Executive Director of the BBC World Service at the State House in Abuja, President Buhari said facts must form the basis of all news reports.

He congratulated the BBC for the high reputation they earned through difficult times, such as the period of the Nigerian civil war.

The President noted that by devoting time and resources to research into their stories before going public with them, “the BBC has earned a reputation for being an impartial news medium that is relied upon by the people for correct information about events and happenings.”

He commended their sacrifices in conveying news and information to the vast communities in Hausa across the Sahel region, and their recent commencement of broadcasts, from Nigeria, of news and programming in Igbo, Yoruba and Pidgin.

The BBC team explained their plans for coverage of the upcoming elections in the country, including state gubernatorial debates.

The team also spoke about the elaborate deployment of correspondents in the states for elections as well the just concluded conference sponsored by the broadcasting organisation to tackle the growing menace of fake news.

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President Buhari Mourns Emir Of Lafia

President Muhammadu Buhari has received with profound sadness news of the passing of the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isah Mustapha Agwai I.

On behalf of the Federal Government, the President extends heartfelt commiserations to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, the Lafia Emirate Council, the people of Lafia and Nasarawa State on the passage of the highly respected monarch who ascended the throne of his ancestors in 1974.

The President assures them of the fullest sympathy of the Federal Government as they mourn the chairman of the Nasarawa State Council of Emirs and Chiefs and state chairman of Jama’tul Nasril Islam (JNI), who will be fondly remembered for his exemplary leadership and tireless efforts at improving the lives of his people.

In the course of his remarkable 44 years on the throne, President Buhari affirms that Alhaji Agwai’s devoted himself to championing inter-religious harmony, tolerance, peacebuilding and conflict prevention as well as promoting the role of education in nation building.

As the remains of the late Emir is buried on Friday, the President prays Allah to receive the monarch’s soul and grant him peaceful repose.

He also prays that Allah will grant the people of Lafia a worthy successor.

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BMO Commends Buhari On Fuel, Labour Issues

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has praised the Federal Government for reaching an agreement with the Nigerian Labour Congress on the protracted national minimum wage issue. 

It also excoriated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar for wishing hardship on Nigerians over the same issue. 

It will be recalled that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if there was no agreement on the N30,000  national minimum wage. 

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secreatary Cassidy Madueke, the group said it is elated that “with the latest memorandum of understanding signed between the Nigeria Labour Congress and the federal government, a bill for the N30,000 minimum wage will be presented to the National Assembly on 23rd January, 2019 for consideration and enactment into law. 

“We consider this milestone as a sign of a responsive and responsible government that understands the plight of its workforce.

“We also praise the Buhari administration for resolving so many intractable social problems that in the past posed a huge challenge to Nigerians. For example, the effort of the present administration which ensured the availability of premium motor spirit during the Christmas and New Year celebrations is worthy of commendation.” 

BMO recalled that the Major Oil Marketers of Nigeria and the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, DAPMA had threatened to embark on a nationwide strike before the yuletide, and the negative impact of such action can only be imagined. “We therefore commend the Buhari administration for taking the bull by the horn and stopping this potentially debilitating action.

“We further note that in a bid to resolve the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU strike; the federal government has successfully engaged them and resolved the outstanding issues, which has resulted in the payment of outstanding allowances and salary arrears with the imminent reopening of the universities for uninterrupted academic activities. This again is a demonstration of the federal government’s commitment to the education of Nigerian youths.

We therefore note with satisfaction that the Buhari administration is meeting the expectation of Nigerians in various areas to the disappointment of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential flag bearer, and urge Nigerians to keep faith by re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari and his Professor Yemi Osinbajo for a second term.”

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Vice President Osinbajo Advocates Support For Democracy

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has encouraged Nigerians
to show more commitment to national unity and democratic development.

Osinbajo gave the advice during the funeral service of the founder of Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Late Dr  Fredrick Faseun at  the Saint Stephen’s Anglican Cathedral Church,  Ondo City, Ondo State. 

Professor Osinbajo maintained that Late  Faseun spent his lifetime and resources on the restoration of democracy through June twelve and OPC.

Also speaking, governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said the late pro democracy activist and nationalist who always spoke his mind no matter how controversial would remain indelible in the history of Yoruba race for his struggle through OPC

In a sermon, the Archbishop of Ondo Province, Anglican Communion, Most Revd Gabriel Akinbiyi who said death was inevitable for all irrespective of position or status described late Dr Frederick Fasehun as a patriotic Nigerian whose life was devoted to the liberating the people regardless of religious and political affiliations. 

Aged, eighty three, late Dr Fredrick Faseun is survived by wife, six children and thirteen grandchildren.

Dignitaries at the event included , Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, former Ondo State  governor , Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Minister of State for Niger Delta, Professor Claudius Daramola and Reverend Cannon Adebayo Eso of the Ondo Diocese of  Anglican Communion.

 

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Emir Of Lafia, Isa Agwai Is Dead

The Emir of Lafia, Doctor Isa Mustapha Agwai the First is dead.

Until his death, he was the Chairman, Nasarawa State Traditional Council of Chiefs.

In a statement by a cabinet member of the Emirate Council, Ajiyan  Lafia, Alhaji Suleiman Abubakar says Doctor  Mustapha Agwai the First died after a protracted illness at Nazemiya Turkish Hospital Abuja.

Late Doctor Mustapha Agwai the First was born in 1934 and ascended the throne as Emir of Lafia in 1974.

He is survived by three wives and two children.

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Defence Headquarters To Close Some Routes In Abuja For Armed Forces Day

As part of activities to ensure the smooth celebration of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day Parade, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters has announced that certain routes will be blocked in the morning within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, during the event.

The event takes place on Tuesday 15 January, 2019 at the National Arcade Abuja by 9am, and is a day celebrated  on January 15th every year to honour the nation’s fallen heroes who paid the supreme price for peace and security in the nation.

According to a statement from the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General   John Agim, the following routes will be affected by the activities:
a. Court of Appeal junction
b. Foreign Affairs junction
c. Bayelsa House junction
d. Benue House junction
e. Phase 3 flyover
f. Aso Drive by phase 3
g. Mopol gate behind National Arcade.

Defence Headquarters however regrets all inconveniences and called on the entire public to join the Armed Forces in remembering the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for peace and security of the nation.

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Ondo Police Command Arrest Four Suspected Kidnappers

The Ondo State Police Command has arrested four persons suspected to be kidnappers in Owo area of the state.

The suspects who were believed to be herdsmen were arrested by the newly set up Ondo State Joint Security Operatives following a tip-off.

The suspects were found to be in possession of sophisticated guns, daggers and charms.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph who said he was yet to be briefed said details about the arrest and the suspects would be released as they unfold.

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FG Approves Four Private Universities

The Federal Government has approved four new universities and a National Public Building Maintenance Policy and Framework

Briefing Newsmen after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola said the policy institutionalized a maintenance culture in the country.

Mr Fashola explained that some of the benefits of the policy would be to provide an inventory of government assets, and job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Nigerians.

Mr Fashola also said that government approved the first contract of over 800 million naira, for demarcation of specific area of land for the project, leading to enumeration and resettlement preparatory to construction of the Mambilla Hydro Power Project.

The four new private Universities approved are in Kaduna, Oyo, Ogun and Osun states.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said they are Greenfield University Kaduna, Dominion University, Ibadan, Oyo state, Trinity University, Laloko, Ogun state and Westland University in Iwo, Osun state.

According to the Minister, the approval was given because they met the requirements for establishing a university following a visitation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The number of private universities established so far comes to 79.

The Minister of Aviation Alhaji Hadi Sirika said contract for procurement and installation of the second phase of the Controller Pilot Data Link Communication for the Kano flight information region which covers Abuja and Lagos Airports valued at over 5 million dollars.

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Zamfara Sharia Court Sworn-In 17 Judges

Seventeen new sharia court judges were sworn in in Zamfara state to run the affairs of various courts across the state.

At the occasion, the Acting State Grand Khadi, Alhaji Dahiru Mohammed Gusau who sworn in the judges urged them to discharge their duties in accordance with the ethics of the profession.

He also advised them to shun any act that will tarnished their image and that of judicial system in the state and the country at Large.

Alhaji Mohammed Gusau further enumerated some qualities of judicial staff which are expected on them too.

In her speech, the State Chief judge, Justice Kulu Aliyu warned them against collecting extinction or bribe from plaintiffs adding that any one found wanting will be dismissed.

She also warned judges against lateness, personal interest, and other unwanted behaviors during and after their court proceedings.

The Chief judge also declared a two day refresher course for the newly sharia court judges.

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