Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fredrick Nwabufo

    Govt will produce my client in court tomorrow, says Kanu’s lawyer

Govt will produce my client in court tomorrow, says Kanu’s lawyer

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says he is convinced that the government will produce his client in court on Tuesday.The IPOB leader, who is facing treason trial, is due to appear at a federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday.He is being tried alongside three others: David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and [...]

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    Agbakoba asks court to sack Buhari as petroleum minister

Agbakoba asks court to sack Buhari as petroleum minister

Olisa Agbakoba, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has asked a federal high court in Abuja to remove President Muhammadu Buhari as petroleum minister.Buhari appointed Ibe Kachikwu as minister of state for petroleum resources, and made himself the senior minister.In a suit which the attorney-general of the federation is listed as a respondent, Agbakoba asked the court to determine if [...]

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    Is Buhari president of Nigeria or the north?

Is Buhari president of Nigeria or the north?

I believe everyone has a redeeming quality. Yes, nobody is impervious to change and influence. This is the reason I have always given President Muhammadu Buhari the benefit of the doubt. I think he deserves it.Before I go into the entrails of my opinion, let me take a traipse in the past.Responding to a question from Dr Pauline Baker, the [...]

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    ’10 years and counting’ — ex-governors still on corruption trial a decade after

’10 years and counting’ — ex-governors still on corruption trial a decade after

It is said that the wheels of justice turn slowly but grind exceedingly fine. However, in Nigeria the broken wheels of justice turn forever and often grind to an asphyxiating halt.Since 2007, five former governors – Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Jolly Nyame (Taraba), Joshua Dariye (Plateau), Danjuma Goje (Gombe) and Saminu Turaki (Jigawa) – have been on trial for corruption. [...]

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    EFCC releases Ekiti commissioner, accountant-general

EFCC releases Ekiti commissioner, accountant-general

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released Toyin Ojo, Ekiti state finance commissioner, and accountant-general.Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, confirmed this to TheCable on Wednesday.The officials were arrested by operatives of the anti-graft agency in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, on September 28.The arrest came at a time Ayodele Fayose, the state governor, was making known his intention to [...]

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    Trial of Boko Haram suspects must be fair, says Amnesty

Trial of Boko Haram suspects must be fair, says Amnesty

Amnesty International says the trial of Boko Haram suspects must be fair.The trial of some Boko Haram suspects commenced behind closed doors on Monday.In a statement on Wednesday, Osai Ojigho, the human rights watchdog’s Nigeria director, said the trial of the suspects held behind closed doors raised concerns.“These trials should provide a much-needed opportunity to deliver justice for the many [...]

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    I have no plan of running for president in 2019, says Osinbajo

I have no plan of running for president in 2019, says Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says he has no plan of running for president in 2019.According to Reuters, Osinbajo was asked at the FT Africa Summit in London if he had considered running, he said he had not thought about it, adding: “None of that is on the cards”.There have been rumours that the vice president may run for the highest elective [...]

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    We’ll have to commercialise Aso villa clinic, says perm sec

We’ll have to commercialise Aso villa clinic, says perm sec

Jalal Arabi, state house permanent secretary, says the Aso villa clinic will be commercialised to generate revenue.The hospital, which was established to cater to the medical needs of the president, the vice-president, their families and presidential aides, has been riddled in controversies.Services in the centre are meant to be free, but patients often buy needed medical supplies.Although over N3 billion [...]

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    Buhari’s aide says Patience Jonathan is in possession of ‘stolen items’

Buhari’s aide says Patience Jonathan is in possession of ‘stolen items’

Lauretta Onochie, special assistant on new media to President Muhammadu Buhari, says Patience Jonathan is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) because she is in possession of stolen items.Onochie tweeted this on her handle @Laurestar on Tuesday.On Monday, the former first lady asked Buhari to call Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the EFCC, to order.Accusing Magu [...]

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    Judge withdraws from trial of Boko Haram suspects

Judge withdraws from trial of Boko Haram suspects

John Tsoho, justice of the federal high court, Abuja, has withdrawn from the trial of eight Boko Haram suspects.Tsoho announced his decision to "recuse himself" from the trial on Tuesday.This followed an application filed by one of the suspects - Abu Musab Al-Barnawi - asking the judge to withdraw from the case for alleged bias.The suspects are facing trial for [...]

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    QUESTION: 70 days in Boko Haram captivity, have UNIMAID lecturers been forgotten?

QUESTION: 70 days in Boko Haram captivity, have UNIMAID lecturers been forgotten?

Boko Haram, the dreaded insurgent group, has used kidnapping as one of its atrocious instruments of war since 2009.However, the sect gained opprobrious notoriety for the crime of Kidnapping when it abducted 276 schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, 2014.The government of Goodluck Jonathan dilly-dallied in responding to the abduction. There were speculations in [...]

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    Alanamu, ex-ICPC nominee, goes on trial for N182m fraud

Alanamu, ex-ICPC nominee, goes on trial for N182m fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned Saadu Alanamu, a former nominee to the board of the agency, before a Kwara state high court for N182m fraud.In August, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who was acting president at the time, named Alanamu as one of the nominees to the board of the ICPC.But he was later dropped [...]

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    MATTERS ARISING: Is Orji Kalu trying to worm his way into Buhari’s heart?

MATTERS ARISING: Is Orji Kalu trying to worm his way into Buhari’s heart?

Orji Kalu, former Abia state governor, has been a blip on the radar of Nigerian politics since 1999.He was one of the pivotal members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before his face-off with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.He left the PDP to establish the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) on which platform he ran for the office of president in the [...]

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    Buhari: I’m disappointed with some south-east leaders over IPOB

Buhari: I’m disappointed with some south-east leaders over IPOB

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is disappointed in some community leaders who failed to caution "hot-headed" youth calling for the dismemberment of the country.The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been seeking a sovereign state, citing marginalisation of Igbo people as its reason.In his Independence Day broadcast, Buhari said his government will not and cannot allow such advocacy.Recalling his days in the [...]

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    How can a Christianised Nigeria be Islamised?

How can a Christianised Nigeria be Islamised?

I have been cogitating on the persistent kvetching of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that the Buhari government is Islamising the country.I have laboured to find a remote or even an obtrusive reason for CAN’s shrieks, which by the way,  have become deafening. I must say, honestly, I have not seen any reason to align myself with the association [...]

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    Onyeama: We didn’t know US was monitoring Jonathan’s men

Onyeama: We didn’t know US was monitoring Jonathan’s men

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says the government did not know that the US was listening to the telephone conversations of members of the Jonathan administration on some “suspicious” investments made in the country.In July, an indicting telephone conversation between Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister petroleum resources, and her associates – Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore – was leaked.Alison-Madueke was [...]

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