Friday, 30 June 2017

Saraki: Judgement Against Sahara Reporters Shows Justice Will Always Prevail

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday commended the judgment of an Ilorin High Court that ruled that the publisher of the online news platform, Sahara Reporters, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, should pay him the sum of N4 billion ($11.1 Million) as damages over a series of libelous stories published against him by the medium in 2015.

Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that the judgement issued against Sahara Reporters for constantly publishing false, libelous and misleading stories that were aimed at defaming his person, was a testament that the moral arc of the universe will always bend towards justice.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Saraki Mourns Ex-Governor Danbaba Suntai

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed sorrow over the death of a former Governor of Taraba State, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, and said he was a man of peace.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the demise of Suntai has robbed the country of a worthy leader and a gentleman.

Senator Sekibo To Appeal Tribunal Judgment...

... Urges Supporters to remain Calm.

The Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial district in the National Assembly;  Senator George Thompson Sekibo has indicated his readiness to  appeal the verdict of the Rivers  state National/ State Assembly election petitions tribunal sitting in Abuja  which Wednesday upturned his electoral victory  at the December 10, 2016  rerun polls.      
Reacting to the tribunal' s yesterday  the  Senator Sekibo expressed every hope that his appeal will justify his victory and restore his people's  belief in Democratic values.

Trump Takes Picture With Chibok Girls

Photo shows President Donald J. Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump, and Chibok schoolgirls, Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu at the U.S White House.

Tribunal Sacks Rivers Senator

Rivers state elections petition tribunal has sacked PDP's George Thompson Sekibo, Senator representing Rivers East at the red chambers declaring Andrew Uchendu of the APC as the winner of the Rivers east Senatorial  district.‎
The Tribunal's decision was hinged on the fact that Mr Uchendu won the lawful majority vote cast during the Rivers Re-run legislative election.

Ekweremadu mourns Suntai

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has described as an incalculable loss to the nation, the death of the former Governor of Taraba State, Mr. Danbaba Suntai.

Reacting to the news of the death of the former governor, Ekweremadu said Suntai gave a good account of himself as a politician, public administrator and party man.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

NULGE Says 26 States Owe LGA Workers’ Salaries

The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) said that 23 states of the federation currently owed local government workers’ arrears of salary ranging from one to 16 months.

National President of the union, Ibrahim Khaleel stated this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

2017 Budget: Fashola Replies NASS, Decries Resort To Name-Calling

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has expressed concern over the reaction of the National Assembly to his observations on the 2017 Budget as passed the legislature.

Fashola had in a recent interview, complained that the legislators had in approving the budget, reduced funds for some key projects of his ministry and allocated the money to some frivolous ones.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Goes Off Air Indefinitely As MTN Pulls Out

Who Wants to be a Millionaire, popular TV game show, will be going on hiatus in Nigeria after telecommunications company MTN reportedly pulled out as a sponsor.

Multiple Suicide Bomb Attacks Kill 16 In Borno

More than 16 persons were killed after a coordinated suicide bombings at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) and Zannari Community in Maiduguri on Sunday night.
An eyewitnesses told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that the bombing started around 10p.m
“The noise of the explosion coming from the university woke us up from the sleep around 10p.m.

Id-eL-Fitr: Why We Must Sustain The Virtue Of Ramadan - TUC

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria has congratulated all Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and also urges them to use the occasion to reflect on the lessons learnt during the period which are primarily premised on selflessness, sacrifice, patience, modesty and spirituality.

Fire Guts House On The Rock Church Abuja

The fire which gutted House on the Rock Church in Abuja on Sunday began on the top floor of the N3 billion edifice, according to a witness.

The church building, which is known as `Citadel and Towers’ with a sitting capacity of 10, 000 , went up in flames at about 2pm as the rain was falling.

José Mourinho's Father, Felix Is Dead

José Mourinho’s father Félix has died at the age of 79.

Paying tribute to his dad on Instagram, the grieving Manchester United boss posted a touching black and white picture of them together from when he was a child.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Budget 2017: Fashola Should Stop Spreading Half-Truths, Says Senate

The Senate has cautioned Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, to stop spreading wrong information and half-truth about the 2017 budget as the legislators worked to ensure equity across the country on all new and outstanding projects.

Presidency Releases Buhari’s Voice Message Debunks Media Report On Speech Impairment

The Presidency has released President Muhammadu Buhari’s voice message to Nigerians to debunk reports that he is suffering from speech impairment.

It would be recalled that recently, reports in the social media claimed that the President was suffering from speech impairment and memory loss.

Kidnap kingpin: Police Arrest Soldier In Lagos As Evans Gang Member

The Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has arrested a soldier in  Lagos for allegedly being part of the gang of the notorious kidnapper, Chukwudi  Onuwamadike, alias Evans.

A police source, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, said that the team led by ACP Abba Kyari arrested the soldier after weeks of  surveillance.

The source said that the soldier,  a Lance Corporal, was arrested on Friday at about 9 p.m in Ojo area of Lagos.

Saraki Congratulates New Saudi Crown Prince

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, on his appointment by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as the Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Eid el-Fitr: Let Fasting Continue In Our Conducts- Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called on the Muslim Ummah to sustain the virtues of endurance, discipline, and love imbibed during the holy month of Ramadan.

Ekweremadu made the call in his Eid el-Fitr message to the Muslim Ummah on Saturday.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Supreme Court Voids Herman Hembe’s Reps Membership, Declares Dorothy Mato Winner

The Supreme Court, on Friday, has declared as null and void the election of Herman Hembe into the House of Representatives, while also declaring Mrs. Dorothy Mato the winner of the All Progressives Congress ticket for Vandikwa/Konshisha Federal Constituency of Benue State.

Hembe was elected into the House of Reps in 2015.

The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue certificate of return to Mato.

Supreme Court Sacks Senator Danladi, Orders Him To Refund Salaries, Allowances

The Supreme Court of Nigeria on Friday, ordered Sen.Sani  Abubakar Danladi, representing Taraba North Senatorial District, to vacate his seat and refund all salaries and allowances he received within 90 days.

The court also declared Alhaji Shuaibu Isa Lau, as the senator representing Taraba North.

The order was contained in the judgement of the court on the appeal filed by Lau.

Nigerian Airports Ready For Sallah Celebration - FAAN

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has assured all airport users that Nigerian airports under its management are fully ready to play host to all air travelers especially during this Sallah celebration.
A statement signed by the Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu (Mrs) said Airport security and other logistics have been upgraded and strengthened to provide for the expected increase in passenger traffic in and around our airports.

Saraki Unperturbed By FG's Appeal Against CCT Ruling

Following the decision of the Federal Government to file an appeal against the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), which upheld the plea of no case submission he made on the 18-count charge of false asset declaration preferred against him, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, wishes to reiterate his earlier position that he remains unperturbed by the development.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

NCPC To Commence Pilgrimage For Judges And Magistrates Next Year

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) Rev. Tor Uja has said that the Commission would commence a special pilgrimage to Israel for Judges and Magistrates next year. He made this known in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice, Walter Onnoghen at the Supreme Court, Abuja. 

Nnamdi Kanu: South East CSOs Defend Ekweremadu, South-East Senators

*Blames Federal Government for Escalation of Pro-Biafra agitations
The Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations and the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Intersociety, have thrown their weight behind the role played by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and the South East Caucus of the Senate in the perfection of bail of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

It blamed the Federal Government for the escalation of pro-Biafra agitations and feelings of alienation by South East people, which, it said, resulted in the total shut down of the South East on the 30th of May 2017 in commemoration of Biafra Day.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Man Jailed For Dangling Baby From Window In Algeria

A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling his baby out of a window in order to attract "likes" on Facebook.
The father posted a picture of himself holding the baby out of a window in a high-rise building with the caption: "1,000 likes or I will drop him."

Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN Made Historic Milestone in System Stability

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has, for the first time in the last 20 years, maintained grid frequency stability within the operating band of 49.5Hz to 50.5Hz for 24 consecutive hours.This important milestone, which was achieved on the 14th of June, 2017, is a key pointer to the gradual and consistent improvement in the stability of the nation’s transmission grid.

In a statement signed by the General Manager (Public Affairs), Seun Olagunju, the Interim Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed and the entire management once again expressed appreciation to the Generation Companies nationwide for complying with the Grid Code rule, which requires them to maintain the required frequency control.

Constitution Amendment: Why Government May Not Fund Political Parties Now - Ekweremadu

…Says high level consultations ongoing
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has blamed the withdrawal of government subventions for political parties on abuse, noting that it was still inadvisable to reintroduce it.

He also said that high level consultations were in top gear to obtain the views of critical stakeholders about the ongoing constitution review.

The Deputy President of the Senate spoke when the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) visited him at the weekend on the ongoing constitution amendment.

Senate Orders Committee to Start Treating Petitions on Corruption

The Senate has expanded the responsibilities of one its Committees to include taking petitions from members of the public on allegations of corrupt practices in any government establishment across the country.

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who stated this in his speech at the 11th Annual Business Law Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association - Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL) in Lagos, on Sunday, said the decision was part of its anti-corruption policy aimed at eradicating the menace in the country.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Statement By Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki On His CCT Acquittal

Today, June 14, 2017, the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja discharged and acquitted me on a case of false declaration of assets, which started in September 2015. 

You would recall that at the beginning of the trial, I maintained that I will clear my name. The conclusion of this trial has vindicated my position. With the outcome of this case, our faith is renewed in our courts and our hope is restored that the judiciary in our country could indeed provide sanctuary for all those who seek justice. 

CCT: Saraki’s Acquittal, Sweet Victory for Democracy- Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has described as “victory for democracy”, the discharge and acquittal of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Reacting to the Tribunal’s verdict on Wednesday, Ekweremadu said it did not come to him as a surprise given that, like the trumped up forgery and conspiracy charges slammed against himself and the Senate President, but which was later withdrawn by the Federal Government, the CCT trial was hatched in the coven of evil politics and was, therefore, bound to fall like a pack of cards.

CCT Clears Saraki of false asset declaration charges

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has dismissed charges of false asset declaration against Senate President Bukola Saraki.
On May 4, the senate president told the tribunal that he would file a no-case submission, which implies that he is not opening a defence but asking the tribunal to discharge him of the charges because there is no case against him.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Buhari Directs Osinbajo To Sign 2017 Budget

Following the receipt of a full brief on the 2017 Appropriation Bill as passed by the National Assembly, and to buttress the unity at the highest level of government, President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated that it is in the interest of the nation's economy for the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to sign the Appropriation Bill into law.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Asking If I’m Biafran Is Like Asking If My Name Is Asari Dokubo – Ex-Militant Leader

Ex-leader of Niger Delta militants, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, has noted that anyone in the South-south and South-East region of the country, who denies Biafra and its struggle, is only doing so for fear of death or being incarceration.

He admitted that there are so many Igbos, Ijaws and other tribes in the “Biafran land” who have refused to identify with the on-going struggle, adding that those persons are doing so out of fear that the Nigerian state will deny them their rights.

Ignore Quit Notice: South East Senate Caucus Tell Igbos

The South East Senate Caucus on Thursday asked Igbos residing in the North to ignore the quit order handed down by some Arewa youths.

The Caucus in a statement in Abuja by its Chairman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe described the quit order by the Arewa youths as poisonous, irresponsible and one that was aimed at dealing a deadly blow to Nigeria's unity.

Ethnic Agitations: Saraki Appeals For Tolerance Among Nigerians

Amid rising ethnic agitations in some parts of the country, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on Nigerians to tolerate each other and display understanding because there is strength in unity.

Saraki spoke when the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, led by its Chairman, Rev. Yakubu Pam, visited him at the National Assembly in Abuja. 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Manchester United: Richest club in Europe

Manchester United have moved clear of Real Madrid as the most valuable football club in Europe, a report by auditors KPMG has found.
United have been valued at €3.004 billion (£2.61bn), ahead of both Real (€2.895bn) and Barcelona (€2.688bn). KPMG had estimated Madrid and United as being worth €2.9bn at the end of the 2015-16 season.