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.