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Justice Tanko: Mr President, Don’t Insult Nigerians’ Sensibilities
This newspaper is constrained to ask: is there no shame in the Buhari administration? Why the indiscretion of cuddling, who should be given a wide berth? Why will the administration take insensitivity to a whole new level, and without a care in the world about how Nigerians feel about accountability being brazenly thrown out of the window? How much lower can Nigeria be sunk so that the men of power can satisfy primordial cravings and narrow objectives? Isn’t it ironic to hear the President talk about history being kind to someone discredited by his colleagues?
These are questions and reactions that cannot be divorced from President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to roll out the red carpet for the now-retired Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad. From his woeful performance during his confirmation hearing at the Senate in July 2019, discerning Nigerians could see that the then incoming CJN, who tanked a question on Technicality in legal practice, was not prepared for the lofty position he was being railroaded into. It, unfortunately, turned out that ineptitude and corruption are in the same package.
Wike Is PDP’s Jagaban – Atiku
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has described Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State as the Jagaban of the main opposition party.
The former Vice-President made this known through the spokesperson of his presidential campaign, Segun Sowunmi, on Arise Television.
While stating that Wike is a man of revolution, he said that the Rivers State governor is a straightforward person who says things as they are.
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2023 Presidency: Wait For Your Time, Dino Melaye Tells Peter Obi
The former Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye has asked the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, to wait for his time after the 2023 presidential election.
In a video shared on his verified Twitter page on Thursday, Obi stated the former Anambra Governor has a great potential of being Nigeria’s president in the nearest future.
Melaye stated that Obi cannot win the 2023 presidential election but he is one of the finest Nigerians who is intellectually mobile, and administratively sagacious.
He stated that Obi’s agenda to cut the cost of governance as he has listened to in Obi’s campaigns is not as important as unifying the country’s ethnic groups.
Court Rules In Favour Of Ekweremadu, Asks NIMC, Others To Release Ukpo’s Biodata
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday ruled in favour of embattled former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice in a case file where the Nigeria Immigration Service and the National Identity Management Commission were mentioned as defendants.
Senator Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested and detained in the United Kingdom days ago over an alleged conspiracy to bring a child to Britain for organ harvesting.
It was mentioned that the couple had allegedly taken one David Ukpo Nwamini to the UK to harvest his organs. Ekweremadu’s arrest by the London Metropolitan Police had since generated a series of controversies.
The couple were subsequently arraigned before Uxbridge Magistrate Court which ordered that they should be remanded in custody till July 7 while investigations continue into the allegations against them.
Although the Met police said Nwamini was 15, the NIS said it issued an international passport indicating his age as 21 after due process.
Niger Attack: Nigeria Will Not Bow To Terrorists’ Pressure – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said his government will not bow to scaremongering and pressure from terrorists.
He made this known in a statement on Friday issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu while reacting to the terrorist attack on a mining site in Ajata-Aboki, in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State on Wednesday.
The President vowed to punish the terrorists behind the kidnapping of three Chinese nationals and killing of at least 13 persons including security agencies and civilians during an attack on the mining site.
President Buhari labelled the attack as a direct assault on the country, stressing that the massacre only serves to further strengthen the country against the terrorists.
He, however, paid tributes to the gallant men of the security forces who lost their lives in the process of fending off the attack.
Nigerian Lawmaker, Jude Ise-Idehen Is Dead
The lawmaker representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Jude Ise-Idehen, is dead.
The spokesman of the Green Chamber, Hon. Benjamin Kalu made this known in a chat with newsmen on Friday afternoon in Abuja.
The lawmaker disclosed that Ise-Idehen died on Friday morning, stating that the cause of the death was not yet known to the House.
Kalu said he was still speaking with the Leadership of the House on the matter and would issue an official statement later.
We, however, learned that the lawmaker reportedly died from an undisclosed ailment. He is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a former member of the Edo State House of Assembly.
The 52-year-old who is one of the members of the House that won the party ticket to contest the 2023 general election is believed to have been battling an undisclosed ailment.
He was born into the family of Sir George OtutuIse-Idehen (KSM, KSS, JP) and Lady Clara EnoyozeIse-Idehen on the 7th of June, 1969.
‘Wike, Tinubu Initially Slated To Meet In Spain’
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State were supposed to meet in Spain.
According to This Day, the duo were initially slated to meet in Spain but current realities with respect to Tinubu’s itinerary could not make that possible.
Sources told the newspaper that the two leaders resorted to meeting in France, where the APC presidential candidate was holding strategic meetings in furtherance of his presidential aspiration.
However, at the time of filing this report, we could not confirm whether the meeting had indeed taken place.
Recall that the Special Assistant to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sewage and Drainage, Joe Igbokwe in a now-deleted post claimed that Wike had travelled to France to meet with Tinubu.
The post had raised thoughts that Governor Wike might not be supporting the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
Nigerian Army Confirms Killing Of Soldiers During Attack In Niger State, Gives More Details
The Nigerian Army has confirmed the killing of some of its personnel by criminals in Niger State while they were on official duty.
The Army in a statement on Wednesday evening signed by its spokesperson, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu said the dead personnel were on their way to respond to a distress call at the mining site when they ran into an ambush.
A gunfight between the criminals and the soldiers ensued after running into an ambush resulting in casualties on both sides, Nwachukwu confirmed.
He however added that the GOC 1 Division has moved to the location and taken over the area.
The explanation comes after reports that bandit terrorists kidnapped two Chinese nationals and killed thirteen security agents during an attack on a mining site in Niger State.
The attack was said to have occurred on Wednesday afternoon in Ajata, Aboki in Gurmana ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
UK Establishes Migration Deal With Nigeria
British Home Secretary, Priti Patel announced on Twitter the establishment of a new immigration agreement, this time with Nigeria.
Together, the two countries want to fight against illegal immigration, which “will increase the deportation of dangerous foreign criminals to make our streets & country safer. And take the fight to the criminal people smugglers together to tackle illegal migration.”, explained the Minister of the Interior.
Described as historic, this agreement should make it possible to promote “shared bilateral economic interests”.
The British government recently came under heavy criticism over its migration policy, establishing a controversial partnership with Rwanda to send asylum seekers to the African country while their cases are considered.
Justice Nyako Didn’t Deny Nnamdi Kanu Bail – Ejiofor
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, one of the counsels of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has denied reports that his client was denied bail by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja.
Ejiofor, who appeared on Rhythm 94.7 FM Radio program tagged ‘View Point’ on Thursday, said the ruling has to do with the application filed in 2019 which asked the court to vacate the order revoking the bail of Kanu.
Justice Nyako had on Tuesday denied the IPOB leader bail and adjourned his case till November 14, 2022, pending the determination of the Appeal Court.
Kanu is standing trial over charges bordering on alleged terrorism and treasonable felony, filed against him by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
According to Ejiofor, the ruling delivered on Tuesday was not on the bail application, saying that the report of the curt judgement was erroneous and not the real state of the matter.