Friday, August 16, 2019

Chinedu Asadu

    Appeal court orders Ademola to continue with Sule Lamido’s trial

Appeal court orders Ademola to continue with Sule Lamido’s trial

The court of appeal in Abuja has upturned a decision which re-assigned the trial of Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa state, from Adeniyi Ademola to Babatunde Quadri, both justices of the federal high court, Abuja.Ibrahim Auta, former chief judge of the federal high court, Abuja, had directed that the trial be transfered from Ademola to Quadri for a [...]

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    ‘I was manhandled from Kaduna to Abuja’ — released BudgIT staff recounts ordeal

‘I was manhandled from Kaduna to Abuja’ — released BudgIT staff recounts ordeal

Moses Motoni, a project tracking officer at BudgIT, civic technology organisation, has recounted his ordeal in the hands of the police.Motoni was arrested on Tuesday in Kaduna by policemen suspected to be attached to the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).His arrest had triggered criticism in the media but he was released on bail less than 24 hours.Speaking at a press conference [...]

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    Buhari signs three bills into law

Buhari signs three bills into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed three bills earlier passed by the national assembly into law.The bills include Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy (Establishment) Bill, 2017; the Air Force Institute of Technology of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2017; and the National Intelligence Agency Pensions (Establishment) Bill, 2017.Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, said in a statement on Wednesday that the bills were [...]

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    SARS ‘arrests BudgIT staff on senators’ directive’ but police deny claim

SARS ‘arrests BudgIT staff on senators’ directive’ but police deny claim

Officers of the Nigeria police force have reportedly arrested Moses Motoni, a tracking officer with BudgIT, Nigerian civic social enterprise.Motoni was reportedly arrested in an operation coordinated by the police’ special anti-robbery squad (SARS) working in Metro police station, Enugu road, Kaduna.BudgIT said Tuesday that Motoni was tracked to Jabi, Abuja and subsequently arrested by an IGP special squad.In a series [...]

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    Reps query timing of Gwarzo’s suspension, resolve to probe saga

Reps query timing of Gwarzo’s suspension, resolve to probe saga

The house of representatives has resolved to probe the suspension of Mounir Gwarzo, director-general of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, suspended Gwarzo over allegations of financial impropriety levelled against him.At its sitting on Tuesday, the house resolved to probe the ongoing conflict between the duo.The resolution followed a motion by Diri Douye, member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma [...]

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    Osinbajo visits Adamawa over farmers, herdsmen clashes

Osinbajo visits Adamawa over farmers, herdsmen clashes

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday visited Numan in Adamawa state, over reported clashes between farmers and herdsmen.The most recent attack, which took place on Monday, left two district heads dead.Osinbajo said his visit is to get a first hand report of the various attacks as instructed by President Muhammadu Buhari.He promised the residents that a permanent solution will be worked [...]

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    Court orders forfeiture of $4.8m properties linked to Diezani

Court orders forfeiture of $4.8m properties linked to Diezani

A federal high court sitting in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of two penthouses which are linked to Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum resources.The properties, located in Lagos, are said to be valued at $4.760 million.At its sitting on Tuesday, Mojisola Olatoregun, the presiding judge, ordered that the two properties be temporarily forfeited to the federal government pending [...]

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    Falana writes Buhari: DSS embarrassing your govt with unlawful arrests

Falana writes Buhari: DSS embarrassing your govt with unlawful arrests

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of “embarrassing” the current administration through “illegal” arrest and detention innocent citizens.In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, the lawyer alleged that the secret police is using its operations to settle personal scores.Falana said contrary to Buhari's promise to ensure “responsible and accountable governance at all levels [...]

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    Air force ‘bombs large gathering of insurgents’ in Borno

Air force ‘bombs large gathering of insurgents’ in Borno

The Nigerian air force (NAF) says it has neutralised a "large gathering" of Boko Haram insurgents in Bogumeri and Gwoza areas of Borno state.In a statement on Tuesday, Olatokunbo Adesanya, NAF spokesman, said the insurgents were killed during NAF aerial attacks in the areas.He said while the first attack was on November 24 in Bogumeri, the second one took place [...]

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    Police to beef up security in FCT, six states over terror alert

Police to beef up security in FCT, six states over terror alert

The police have allayed the fears of Nigerians over the alert recently issued by the US and UK on possible attacks in the federal capital territory and six states.In a statement on Monday, Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, urged residents of the identified states not to panic as adequate security measures had been put in place.The six states are Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa [...]

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    FG abandoned Ekwueme to die in London hospital, says CD

FG abandoned Ekwueme to die in London hospital, says CD

The Campaign for Democracy (CD) has accused the federal government of contributing to the death of Alex Ekwueme, former vice-president.Ekwueme died on November 20 in a London hospital.The federal government had directed that the former vice-president should be flown abroad for treatment and had taken responsibility for his medical expenses.Speaking on Monday, CD, through Uzor Uzor, its national publicity secretary [...]

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    Sultan: I will NEVER call on Fulani to kill anybody

Sultan: I will NEVER call on Fulani to kill anybody

Mohammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, sultan of Sokoto, says he will never urge the Fulani to pick up arms to kill any Nigerian.Abubakar said this on Monday while reacting to reports which quoted him as making inciting comments concerning the recent killing of some Fulanis in Numan, Adamawa state.Represented by Muhammadu Sanusi II, emir of Kano, he was quoted to have [...]

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    IGP orders immediate reorganisation of SARS

IGP orders immediate reorganisation of SARS

Ibrahim Idris, inspector general of police (IGP), has ordered the immediate reorganisation of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).The IGP's directive came on the heels of calls for the proscription of SARS whose operatives have been accused of maltreating innocent Nigerians.In a statement on Monday, Idris also ordered the immediate investigation of alleged crimes of torture levelled against the anti-robbery squad.The IGP said the move [...]

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    Gunmen kill two district heads in Adamawa 

Gunmen kill two district heads in Adamawa 

Two district heads have been reportedly killed by militias who raided Lawaru and Dung communities in Demsa local government of Adamawa state.The gunmen were also said to have burnt down houses in the villages during the attack.Ahmad Sajoh, the state commissioner of information and strategy, described it as "unfortunate".Sajoh said the state government had held an emergency security meeting on [...]

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    No plan to increase fuel price, says NNPC

No plan to increase fuel price, says NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says there is no plan to increase the prices of petroleum products both at the ex-depot level and pump price.The NNPC said this in a statement made available to TheCable on Monday in reaction to rumours of an impending fuel price hike ahead of the yuletide.In the statement issued by Ndu Ughamadu, its general [...]

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    Atiku: APC promised 3m jobs annually — but has rendered almost 3m Nigerians jobless

Atiku: APC promised 3m jobs annually — but has rendered almost 3m Nigerians jobless

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has alleged that almost three million Nigerians have been rendered jobless by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.Atiku said this on Sunday while announcing his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) via his Facebook page.The former vice-president, who had resigned from the APC in November, said he joined the ruling party hoping it will be [...]

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