Monday, July 15, 2019

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    Onnoghen sues FG over suspension

Onnoghen sues FG over suspension

Walter Onnoghen has filed a suit against the federal government over his suspension as the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).The suit was filed by Wole Olanipekun, Adegboyega Awomolo, Kanu Agabi and James Onoja — his lawyers.Accused of false assets declaration, Onnoghen who is currently standing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) was suspended on Friday by President Muhammadu [...]

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    Lawyers boycott courts in Kaduna, ignore NBA directive in Lagos

Lawyers boycott courts in Kaduna, ignore NBA directive in Lagos

Lawyers were divided over the directive from the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to stay away from the courts in protest against the suspension of Walter Onnoghen as the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).The association issued the directive at an emergency national executive committee meeting in Abuja on Monday.It said the action which should last for two days is meant to serve [...]

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    FG accuses foreign missions of aligning with its opponents

FG accuses foreign missions of aligning with its opponents

The ministry of foreign affairs has described reactions from United States, United Kingdom and the European Union over the suspension of Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), as inimical to the well-being and development of Nigeria.The executive arm of the government had come under harsh criticism since Friday when President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Onnoghen who is being tried at [...]

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    Lagos assembly moves to impeach Ambode over 2019 budget

Lagos assembly moves to impeach Ambode over 2019 budget

Lawmakers in the Lagos state house of assembly have accused Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of the state, of incurring expenditure from the 2019 budget without presenting it to the assembly.At plenary on Monday, the aggrieved lawmakers gave the governor a week ultimatum to explain his action, saying failure to do so could trigger impeachment proceedings.Majority of the lawmakers at the plenary [...]

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    Visa ban threat: FG asks US, UK to monitor ‘desperate’ opposition

Visa ban threat: FG asks US, UK to monitor ‘desperate’ opposition

The federal government has called on the international community to keep a close tab on the opposition ahead of the elections starting in February.Lai Mohammed, minister of information, said this while responding to the threats of the US and UK to ban those who interfere with the elections.In a statement issued through Segun Adeyemi, his aide on Friday, Mohammed said the stand [...]

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    I tried to be fair, Buhari tells Igbo leaders on ‘marginalisation’

I tried to be fair, Buhari tells Igbo leaders on ‘marginalisation’

President Muhammadu Buhari says he tried to be fair with appointments which he said was done based on merit. He said this at the palace of Nnaemeka Achebe, obi of Onitsha, in Anambra state where he had gone to campaign for reelection.Traditional rulers at the palace had alleged that the south-east states were being marginalised but the president said about five members [...]

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    Report: More trouble for Onnoghen as suspicious transactions traced to his accounts

Report: More trouble for Onnoghen as suspicious transactions traced to his accounts

Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), may have more trouble coming his way as detectives have allegedly traced suspicious transactions to his accounts.According to The Nation, the transactions include a $800,000 Standard Chartered Bank investment subscription, $630,000 lodged in some of the accounts through what is described as "structured payments" in tranches of $10,000 each.Most of the lodgments, effected [...]

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    Danjuma: There’s a plot to use police, soldiers to rig elections

Danjuma: There’s a plot to use police, soldiers to rig elections

Theophilus Danjuma, former minister of defence, says the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has plans to use police and soldiers to rig the coming elections.The retired army general made the allegation on Tuesday at the inauguration of a medical laboratory at the Rufkatu Danjuma Maternity Hospital in Takum, his hometown in Taraba state.Describing Nigeria’s democracy as primitive, he said there is a plan [...]

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    After ‘letter bomb’, Obasanjo and Buhari meet at council of state meeting

After ‘letter bomb’, Obasanjo and Buhari meet at council of state meeting

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo attended the council of state meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja on Tuesday.Obasanjo gave the opening prayer at the meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.The meeting comes in the wake of Obasanjo's scathing letter, in which he accused the president of taking Nigeria back to the Sani Abacha era.Obasanjo had said in the letter: [...]

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    NBA asks FG to retrace its steps over Onnoghen’s prosecution

NBA asks FG to retrace its steps over Onnoghen’s prosecution

The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has called on the federal government to retrace its steps over the trial of Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).The association, in a statement signed by Paul Usoro, its president, said dues process must be followed and rule of law upheld.The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) had filed a six-count charge of false assets [...]

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    N-Power: Any form requesting an applicant’s PVC details is fraudulent

N-Power: Any form requesting an applicant’s PVC details is fraudulent

The National Social Investment Office (NSIO) says any of its programmes' forms requesting information about an applicant’s  permanent voter card (PVC) is fraudulent.This is coming after the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) alleged that there is a plan to involve beneficiaries of the federal government’s N-Power scheme in the forthcoming elections.In a statement on Sunday, Maryam Uwais, special adviser [...]

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    Rann bombing: Falana accuses air force of cover up, demands compensation for victims

Rann bombing: Falana accuses air force of cover up, demands compensation for victims

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has called on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to compensate victims of the accidental bombing in Rann, Borno state.At least 120 people were wounded and 52 killed in January 2017 when a Nigerian air force jet accidentally bombed an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in the town.In a letter dated January 17, 2019, and [...]

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    Report: FG moves to replace Onnoghen as CJN

Report: FG moves to replace Onnoghen as CJN

The federal government has reportedly filed a motion at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) seeking the removal of Walter Onnoghen as the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).In documents seen by PUNCH, the motion was filed on Thursday by Musa Ibrahim and Fatima Danjuma Ali on behalf of Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF).The move is reportedly aimed at [...]

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    US lawmaker worried over ‘harassment’ of Nigerian opposition leaders

US lawmaker worried over ‘harassment’ of Nigerian opposition leaders

Chris Smith, a member of the United States house of representatives says the reports of the harassment of opposition leaders are extremely concerning,In a resolution to encourage peaceful elections, Smith appealed to stakeholders to be committed to peace.He said the elections are critical to the future of the country and should therefor be free and fair.“Reports of President Muhamadu Buhari’s [...]

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    US concerned about neutrality of security agencies during election

US concerned about neutrality of security agencies during election

The United States has raised concern over the handling of security in the elections, starting in February.David Young, a representative of the US embassy in Nigeria, said this during a meeting with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.“One of the concerns is about the neutrality of the security services. For us, it [...]

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    ‘Thousands’ flee to Cameroon as Boko Haram hits Rann again 

‘Thousands’ flee to Cameroon as Boko Haram hits Rann again 

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Monday attacked Rann, leaving "thousands of people" running across the border to safety in neighbouring Cameroon.In December, the insurgents had attacked the town, burning a UNICEF clinic— the only healthcare centre in the town.Médecins Sans Frontières also known as Doctors Without Borders (MSF), an international humanitarian medical organisation, on Wednesday said many are in a [...]

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