Sunday, February 17, 2019

Femi Owolabi

    TheCable partners Situation Room for reporting elections

TheCable partners Situation Room for reporting elections

TheCable, Nigeria’s independent online newspaper, has partnered with the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, (PLAC), conveners of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation, for the coverage of the elections, starting on Saturday.In a statement on Thursday, Abiose Adams, programme office of Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF), said the partnership is aimed at promoting the goals of free, fair and credible elections [...]

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    NBA says Onnoghen’s suspension is a slide into anarchy

NBA says Onnoghen’s suspension is a slide into anarchy

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) says the suspension of Walter Onnoghen as the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) is a slide into anarchy.President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Onnoghen on Friday, citing an order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).In a statement issued after the suspension, Paul Usoro, president of the NBA, said Buhari's action cannot stand.“We are told that this [...]

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    Buhari: I missed presidential debate because of hectic schedule

Buhari: I missed presidential debate because of hectic schedule

President Muhammadu Buhari has attributed his absence at the ongoing presidential debate to his "hectic schedule".Of the five candidates who were supposed to partake in the exercise, Buhari was the only one who was absent at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, venue of the exercise, on Saturday.Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had withdrawn from the debate, [...]

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    Onnoghen’s trial: SANs call for due process, respect for constitution

Onnoghen’s trial: SANs call for due process, respect for constitution

The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) has commented on the trial of Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria.In a communique issued on Saturday, BOSAN called for respect of the constitution, rule of law, separation of powers due process and the proper administration of justice.“The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria deplores the situation that has arisen from the [...]

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    Opposition candidate wins DR Congo election — first time since independence

Opposition candidate wins DR Congo election — first time since independence

Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDSP), has been announced winner of the presidential election in Democratic Republic of Congo.In the provisional results released by the country’s electoral commission, Tshisekedi defeated Martin Fayulu, his rival who had since rejected the outcome— describing it as having “nothing to do with the truth of the ballot box".If [...]

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    FG orders military to vacate Daily Trust offices

FG orders military to vacate Daily Trust offices

The federal government has issued a directive for soldiers to vacate the offices of Daily Trust newspaper.Soldiers on Sunday invaded the head office of the newspaper in Abuja and its regional offices in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, and Lagos.The reason for the invasion is yet to be known, but the armed soldiers arrested Uthman Abubakar, the newspaper’s regional editor, [...]

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    Editor, reporter arrested as soldiers invade Daily Trust offices in Lagos, Abuja, Borno (updated)

Editor, reporter arrested as soldiers invade Daily Trust offices in Lagos, Abuja, Borno (updated)

Soldiers on Sunday invaded the head office of Daily Trust newspaper in Abuja and its regional offices in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, and Lagos.The reason for the invasion is yet to be known, but the armed soldiers arrested Uthman Abubakar, the newspaper's regional editor, and Ibrahim Sawab, a reporter.The soldiers barricaded the gate of the Maiduguri office, after arresting the [...]

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    Sowore’s party sues NEDG, BON over exclusion from presidential debate

Sowore’s party sues NEDG, BON over exclusion from presidential debate

The African Action Congress (AAC) has filed a suit against the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) over the exclusion of Omoyele Sowore, the party’s presidential candidate, from presidential debate.NEDG and BON had excluded AAC, naming only five political parties to participate in 2019 vice-presidential and presidential debates.In a statement on Thursday by Malcolm [...]

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    CSOs ask Buratai for details of money spent on anti-Boko Haram war

CSOs ask Buratai for details of money spent on anti-Boko Haram war

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Enough is Enough (EiE), and BudgIT have written to Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff to provide details of money spent on its operations.This is coming two months after TheCable’s investigation on how soldiers beg enemies for food and wear slippers to the battlefield.In a a joint freedom of information (FoI) request sent [...]

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    Sowore’s party threatens legal action over exclusion from presidential debate

Sowore’s party threatens legal action over exclusion from presidential debate

The African Action Congress (AAC) has threatened to sue the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) if Omoyele Sowore, the party’s presidential candidate, is not included in the presidential debate.The Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and BON had excluded AAC, naming only five political parties to participate in 2019 vice-presidential and presidential debates.In a letter addressed to John Momoh, BON chairman, [...]

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    Fayemi lifts embargo on Ecobank, GTB, Zenith Bank

Fayemi lifts embargo on Ecobank, GTB, Zenith Bank

Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti, has lifted an embargo placed on Guaranty Trust Bank, Zenith Bank and Ecobank from operating in the state.Ayodele Fayose, immediate past governor of the state, had in 2016 ordered a non-patronage of the banks following the freezing of his accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)In a statement signed on Sunday by [...]

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    Despite endorsing Atiku, Obasanjo insists he won’t campaign for any party

Despite endorsing Atiku, Obasanjo insists he won’t campaign for any party

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigerians should vote for the party that would improve the country’s economy and alleviate the people's suffering.He said this on Saturday at the 27th Owu national convention held in Iwo, Osun state.Obasanjo, who recently endorsed Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said he will not campaign for any candidate or party.He [...]

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    NEMA: One killed, 65 houses razed in Borno attack

NEMA: One killed, 65 houses razed in Borno attack

The National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) says one person was killed while 65 houses razed when Boko Haram insurgents attacked Bale-Shuwa community in the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno.Bashir Garga Idris, NEMA north-east zonal coordinator, confirmed the attack on Sunday.He said about 500 animals were also carted away by the insurgents.The injured victims, Garga said, have been provided with first aid and [...]

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    Lagos APC set to commence fresh primary

Lagos APC set to commence fresh primary

Clement Ebri, chairman of the primary election committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, says a fresh poll is about to be conducted in the state.Ebri said this at a press conference which held hours after his committee met with executive officials of the party in the state.He had earlier distanced the panel from exercise which held [...]

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    Ribadu pulls out of Adamawa guber race, says APC primary won’t be fair

Ribadu pulls out of Adamawa guber race, says APC primary won’t be fair

Nuhu Ribadu, governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa, has withdrawn from the race.The development was contained in a statement signed on Sunday by Salihu Bawuro, director-general of his campaign.The pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the APC in the state did not agree to a direct primary election demanded by [...]

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    Adelabu emerges sole aspirant in Oyo APC guber primary

Adelabu emerges sole aspirant in Oyo APC guber primary

Adebayo Adelabu is the only aspirant left in the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state.Five of the seven aspirants jostling for the ticket had withdrawn, and the sixth, Christopher Alao-Akala, a former governor of the state, did not participate in the exercise.Alao-Akala had alleged that governor Abiola Ajimobi planned to impose his candidate, [...]

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