Saturday, November 17, 2018

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    Dasuki’s corruption trial to commence November 16

Dasuki’s corruption trial to commence November 16

A high court in Abuja has ruled that the trial of Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser (NSA), will commence on November 16.Dasuki is accused of diverting about $2.1 billion meant to purchase arms to combat the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east.On Wednesday, Rotimi Jacobs, counsel to the federal government, and Joseph Daudu, counsel to Dasuki, had agreed [...]

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    Jibrin slams N1bn suit on reps after suspension

Jibrin slams N1bn suit on reps after suspension

Abdulmumin Jibrin, suspended member of the house of representatives, says he has filed fresh charges against the lower chamber of the national assembly, seeking, among seven reliefs, N1 billion in damages.In a statement on Friday, Chukwuma Nwachukwu, his counsel, said Jibrin asked the court to declare that the resolution passed by the house suspending him was in breach of Section [...]

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    Justice Ngwuta: Amaechi wanted to influence Ekiti, Rivers appeals

Justice Ngwuta: Amaechi wanted to influence Ekiti, Rivers appeals

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, a judge of the supreme court, says the raid by the Department of State Services (DSS) on his home was because he did not influence appeals from the Ekiti and Rivers elections in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).In a letter dated October 18 and addressed to Mahmoud Mohammed, the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ngwuta [...]

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    Banning IMN is like banning Islam, Shi’ites tell el-Rufai

Banning IMN is like banning Islam, Shi’ites tell el-Rufai

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as the Shi'ia sect,says the ban on its movement by the Kaduna state government shows that it is intolerant of religions in the minority.Likening the ban to outlawing the practice of Islam, Ibrahim Musa, spokesman of the group, said if it was left unchallenged it would lead to the ban of other religions [...]

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    Arewa youths: DSS raid on judges’ homes shows Buhari is protecting citizens’ right

Arewa youths: DSS raid on judges’ homes shows Buhari is protecting citizens’ right

Northern youths under the platform of Arewa Youth Leaders Forum (AYLF) have described the recent raid on judges' homes by the Department of State Services (DSS) as proof of President Muhammadu Buhari's determination to ensure that corruption does not deny citizens their rights.Addressing a press conference on Thursday in Abuja, Abubakar Abubakar, president of the group, extolled Buhari for his respect to the [...]

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    Senate threatens to ‘invoke powers’ against Enelamah

Senate threatens to ‘invoke powers’ against Enelamah

The senate has threatened to come down hard on Okechukwu Enelamah, minister of industry, trade and investment, over his failure to participate in the investigative hearing on the alleged illegal repatriation of $13.92billion out of the country by MTN.The minister, who owns CELTELCOM and is said to have invested in MTN, was to explain before the senate committee on banking, [...]

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    Melaye: Those who know me know that I’m a private investigator and whistle-blower

Melaye: Those who know me know that I’m a private investigator and whistle-blower

Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi west at the national assembly, says those who have followed his records know he is a private investigator and a whistle-blower.Melaye said this on Thursday at an investigative hearing into his allegation that MTN, a telecommunications firm, colluded with Okechukwu Enelamah, minister of industry, trade and Investment, to illegally move $13.92billion out of he country, between [...]

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    El-Rufai: We banned the IMN, not the Shi’a sect

El-Rufai: We banned the IMN, not the Shi’a sect

The Kaduna state government says it banned the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) led by Ibrahim Zakzaky, and not the Shi'ia sect.Speaking on Wednesday, Samuel Aruwan, spokesman to Nasir el-Rufai, the Kaduna governor, said the ban on the IMN was misconstrued to mean a ban on the Shi'ia sect.He said that the state had suffered and endured too many calamities, triggered by [...]

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    At his screening, Buhari’s NCC nominee says senate should be scrapped

At his screening, Buhari’s NCC nominee says senate should be scrapped

Saidu Abubakar, a nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari to the board of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), says the senate should be scrapped.Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Abubakar said the senate should be scrapped because it gulps a lot of resources in the name of salaries and allowances."It is not true that I told members of the committee that the senate should [...]

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    EFCC arrests 2 Enugu commissioners over N23bn ‘disbursed by Diezani’

EFCC arrests 2 Enugu commissioners over N23bn ‘disbursed by Diezani’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Charles Egumgbe and Rita Mba, Enugu state commissioners for water resources and tourism, respectively.According to PUNCH, the commissioners were arrested in connection to a $115 million (N23 billion) allegedly disbursed by Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum resources, in the run-up to the 2015 general election.Egumgbe and Mba were the chairman [...]

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    US invites EiE Nigeria to attend final Trump-Clinton debate

US invites EiE Nigeria to attend final Trump-Clinton debate

Enough is Enough Nigeria (EIE), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has been invited to attend the United States (US) final presidential debate.In a statement on Tuesday, EIE said the invitation by the US National Democratic Institute (NDI) was due to the recognition it got from hosting and funding of debates in Nigeria over the past five years.“It is deeply gratifying that our [...]

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    Oyegun’s APC can’t help Buhari fight corruption, says party spokesman

Oyegun’s APC can’t help Buhari fight corruption, says party spokesman

Timi Frank, deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says John Oyegun, the national chairman, is being controlled by some forces.Speaking on Wednesday, Frank said the APC was not in the position to support the anti-corruption crusade of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.According to him, the APC needed a chairman who could unify the party rather than one [...]

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    Ambode fires 3 commissioners

Ambode fires 3 commissioners

Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, has sacked Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, Mustapha Akinkunmi and Ekundayo Mobereola - commissioners for tourism, finance and transport respectively.In a statement on Wednesday, Tunji Bello, secretary to the state government, said the governor had reshuffled his cabinet.Bello said that the governor directed that the special adviser on transportation, the permanent secretary in the ministry of finance [...]

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    Court sacks 2 PDP reps, says their emergence was unlawful

Court sacks 2 PDP reps, says their emergence was unlawful

The federal high court in Abuja has sacked Stella Ngwu and Dennis Agbo from the house of representatives over their "unlawful emergence".Okon Abang, the judge, ruled that the emergence of the duo representing Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani and Igbo-Eze North/Udenu federal constituencies, respectively, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was unlawful.The ruling was sequel to prayers by Gabriel Okafor and [...]

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    Osinbajo: A few individuals stole the funds meant to equip soldiers

Osinbajo: A few individuals stole the funds meant to equip soldiers

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the political class has found the will to fight corruption.Osinbajo said this on Monday, while speaking at the opening of a two-day conference on the role of the legislature in the fight against corruption organised by the senate and house of representatives committees on anti-corruption.He lamented that funds meant to equip soldiers in a war that [...]

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    EXTRA: 63% of senate absent as lawmakers review Buhari’s supreme court nominations

EXTRA: 63% of senate absent as lawmakers review Buhari’s supreme court nominations

Only 37 percent of the 109-man senate showed up at the upper chamber of the national assembly for legislative business on Tuesday.The significantly poor turnout was observed when the senators voted electronically to confirm Ejembi Eko and Amina Augie as justices of the supreme court.President Muhammadu Buhari had sent the nominees to the senate on September 22 for confirmation.While voting [...]

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