Monday, June 17, 2019

Femi Owolabi

    TIMELINE: From delayed confirmation to resignation — Onnoghen’s days as CJN

TIMELINE: From delayed confirmation to resignation — Onnoghen’s days as CJN

Walter Onnoghen is the first chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) to be thrown into a dock labeled "defendant box".The exalted seat of the CJN makes it almost impossible to see the other side of the judicial process.Weeks before the commencement of his trial over alleged false assets declaration, TheCable reported that the Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI), a civil [...]

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    Police dismiss officer who killed Kolade Johnson

Police dismiss officer who killed Kolade Johnson

Ogunyemi Olalekan, a police inspector involved in the killing of Kolade Johnson, has been dismissed from the force. Olalekan was found guilty after an orderly room trial that started on Monday.A stray bullet had hit the deceased during a raid by the anti-cultism unit of the police command at Onipetesi, Lagos-Abeokuta road on Sunday.Following a nationwide outrage, the police had identified Olalekan [...]

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    Ex-Boko Haram member vows to expose sect

Ex-Boko Haram member vows to expose sect

Bappah Mura, an ex-member of the Boko Haram sect who used to be a farmer, has promised to expose the lies of the insurgent group.He made the vow during a de-radicalisation exercise and graduation ceremony from a vocational training organised by the federal government for repentant insurgents in Gombe, on Wednesday.“I beg Nigerians for forgiveness. I regret totally what we [...]

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    OBITUARY: Johnson, the ‘gentle guy’ who escaped xenophobia in SA but fell to SARS bullets

OBITUARY: Johnson, the ‘gentle guy’ who escaped xenophobia in SA but fell to SARS bullets

In one of the videos circulated online hours after Kolade Johnson was shot dead by policemen, the deceased was seen cooking in a kitchen as music blared from speakers in the background. Shouts of "K Low", his nickname, rented the air while he stirred a pot of soup.During a visit to 1 Beeco street, Onipetesi, Mangoro, Lagos, residence of the deceased, [...]

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    Amaechi loses LGA to Wike as INEC resumes collation of Rivers results

Amaechi loses LGA to Wike as INEC resumes collation of Rivers results

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has resumed collation of results for the governorship poll in Rivers state.On March 10, INEC had suspended all electoral processes in the state as a result of violence and widespread disruption of collation of results.The commission later announced that the results of 17 local government areas were intact, and it rescheduled collation for April [...]

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    Boko Haram sets Chibok village on fire

Boko Haram sets Chibok village on fire

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have again attacked a community in Chibok local government area of Borno state.The attack comes three days after the insurgents burnt houses in Gatamwarwa ward, Chibok."They came in through Sambisa forest at about 7pm and they have been setting the village on fire," a Chibok resident told TheCable.Kaumutiyahi is at least 13 kilometres away from Chibok.A military source [...]

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    Workers engaged under SURE-P were ‘laid off via text messages’

Workers engaged under SURE-P were ‘laid off via text messages’

Workers who got engaged under the subsidy reinvestment and empowerment program (SURE-P) were laid off via text messages, according to Egahi Ada, director of audit under SURE-P’s national primary health care development agency.About 159 employees under the SURE-P scheme, an initiative of the Goodluck Jonathan administration, had sued the federal and Plateau state governments over alleged unpaid N400 million in [...]

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    Mob shuts down Lagos-Abeokuta expressway over fresh ‘killing by SARS’

Mob shuts down Lagos-Abeokuta expressway over fresh ‘killing by SARS’

Angry youth have shut down the Onipetesi axis of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway in Lagos over the killing of a yet to be identified man by operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).A Twitter user, who posted a video about the incident which happened on Sunday, said the man had gone to watch football when he was hit by a stray [...]

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    Akpabio: Some clerics have been calling me killer herdsman since I joined APC

Akpabio: Some clerics have been calling me killer herdsman since I joined APC

Godswill Akpabio, senator representing Akwa Ibom north-west, says some clergymen in Akwa Ibom state have been casting aspersions on him since he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).In August, 2018, Akpabio who was minority leader at the senate, resigned his position and renounced his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Responding to how his critics have taken his decision [...]

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    Boko Haram burning houses in Chibok

Boko Haram burning houses in Chibok

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents are currently burning houses in Gatamwarwa ward, Chibok local government area of Borno state. The insurgents came in around 5pm through Askira, shooting sporadically leaving many villagers running for safety."They came in tens of motorcycles. They started shooting and setting houses ablaze," a resident told TheCable.Gatamwarwa is about 19 kilometres away from Chibok town.Sources told TheCable that [...]

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    Adamawa poll: Voter turnout low, APC agents shun polling units

Adamawa poll: Voter turnout low, APC agents shun polling units

Many voters have refused to partake in the ongoing supplementary governorship election in Adamawa state.Adamawa was among the six states where the March 9 governorship election was declared inconclusive and supplementary elections scheduled for March 23.But the exercise could not hold on Saturday as a high court in Yola, the state capital, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not [...]

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    Rivers AAC dep gov candidate joins PDP, accuses Amaechi of hijacking party

Rivers AAC dep gov candidate joins PDP, accuses Amaechi of hijacking party

Akpo Yeeh, deputy governorship candidate of the African Action  Congress (AAC) in Rivers state, has resigned his membership of the party, and announced defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This was contained in a letter addressed to Biokpomabo Awara, the AAC governorship candidate in the state."I write to most respectfully notify of my resignation from the membership of the African Action [...]

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    Sowore’s movement rejects plan to increase VAT

Sowore’s movement rejects plan to increase VAT

Take It Back movement,the group which coordinated the presidential campaign of Omoyele Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters, says plans by the federal government to increase value added tax (VAT) is cruel.Babatunde Fowler, chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), had on Tuesday said Nigerians should brace up for a VAT increase, adding that the impending increase was one of the [...]

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    Rivers APC: INEC determined to rig for Wike

Rivers APC: INEC determined to rig for Wike

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is determined to rig governorship election in the state in favour of Nyesom Wike, the incumbent governor.On March 10, INEC suspended all electoral processes in the state as a result of violence and widespread disruption of collation of results. The commission eventually announced a rerun [...]

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    PDP will take over Kano, says Kwankwaso

PDP will take over Kano, says Kwankwaso

Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano state, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win Saturday supplementary election in the state.Kwankwaso spoke through Binta Spikin, his media aide.“Sen Rabiu Kwankwaso hereby calls on the people of Kano, cutting across political divides, to conduct themselves peacefully during the oncoming re-run election while voting for the candidate of their choice,” Spikin [...]

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    ‘This is pure evil’ — Dogara speaks on inconclusive elections

‘This is pure evil’ — Dogara speaks on inconclusive elections

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against setting a dangerous precedence by declaring elections inconclusive.INEC had declared elections inconclusive in at least six states, including Bauchi where the speaker hails from.Addressing a national executive council meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday in Abuja, Dogara cited election cases [...]

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