Wike Present As Buhari Inaugurates Body Of Benchers Complex In Abuja

 

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other dignitaries were present on Thursday when President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated a new complex for the Body of Benchers in Abuja.

The Chairman of the Body Of Benchers, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), said the Rivers State Government under the leadership of Wike donated N500m to the construction of the edifice.

 

 

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Also present at the event include the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola; the Attorney-General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN); amongst others.

 

 

Wike, a lawyer, and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a critic of the policies of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

Ex-Soldiers Picket Defence Ministry Over Unpaid Allowances

Retired members of the Nigerian Armed Forces protests in Abuja over unpaid allowances on September 26, 2022.

 

Retired Members of the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Coalition of Concerned Military Veterans on Monday picketed the Ministry of Defence in Abuja.

The protesters staged the third phase of their protests over the non-payment of their Security Debarment Allowance, among others by the Federal Government.

They displayed banners which read, “Review the wide disparity in pay and pension across the ranks of serving and retired personnel.”

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Among other demands is for President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the immediate payment of pensions to Nigerian civil war veterans that were verified in the 2015 pension payroll.

During their demonstrations, the aggrieved ex-soldiers blocked access to the Ministry of Defence located at Ship House on Olusegun Obasanjo Way in the Federal Capital Territory.

This is not the first time they were call on the Federal Government to pay their allowances. In January, they picketed the ministries of finance, defence, and the National Assembly earlier in pursuit of the same demand.

The National Secretary, REMENAF, Ambassador Roy Okhidievbie said that the demonstration was to demand the payment of their security debarment allowance owed them by the Federal Government.

He accused the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.) of refusing to disburse the allowances despite approval by President Buhari.

“We have had meetings with the Defence Minister, Magashi, but he appears to be headstrong, heartless, and unperturbed concerning the grievances of retired military officers, as he never paid nor showed any interest or concern to pay these allowances, especially the Security Debarment Allowance,” Okhidievbie said.

“Interestingly, President Buhari-led regime has approved the payment of this allowance, but Magashi has refused to make disbursements.”

Obi Salutes Newly-Wedded Couple Who Joined Labour Party Rally In Abuja

The couple joined a huge crowd of supporters for the rally in the nation’s capital. Tw[email protected]

 

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi has hailed a newly-wedded couple who joined supporters of the party in Abuja for a rally on Saturday.

In a video shared on his official Twitter handle, the couple could be seen in their wedding attire marching in support of the former Anambra State governor, a development that attracted plaudits from LP supporters and Obi himself.

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“Salute and congratulations to this newly wedded couple in Abuja, whose special day coincided with the Obidient Family March in Abuja; and they marched too!” the presidential candidate tweeted.

“Wishing you both a blissful and happy married life and children, who will grow up in a united, secure, and productive Nigeria.”

2023: Why People Are Funding, Holding Rallies For Labour Party — National Chairman

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Obi’s support base, made majorly of youths, has continued to swell.

 

The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Barrister Julius Abure, has reacted to the rallies being held by the party’s supporters across the country.

“The rallies are not surprising, it is because the Labour Party has a people-oriented candidate that will work for the people and that will effectively serve the interest of the party,” he said in a statement on Saturday as hundreds of the party’s supporters rallied in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

For him, the rallies showed that the people are driving the process and realise what the party means to them and the future.

“Of course, the people must own the process, the people will fund the process because they say he who plays the pipe dictates the tune. And therefore the people are the owners of the party and that is why they are funding these activities,” he said.

“People are contributing money, N1000, N10,000, and so on to carry out rallies for themselves. People are donating their buildings and the people of Nigeria are gradually owning the Labour Party.”

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When campaigns begin proper ahead of the elections, he expects the trend to be sustained and even ramped up because people identify with what the party stands for.

He said, “You know that the Labour Party is a party for the poor, the artisans, students, market women, the downtrodden, civil servants, hewers of wood and fetchers of water, and the ordinary man in the street. They own the party and they form more than 90 percent of Nigerians.

“By the time campaigns starts, you will see people campaigning for the party. All these movements and activities you are seeing all over, Labour Party has no contribution to it.

“The people are mobilising themselves, they print the logo of the party themselves,  they print campaign materials from their pockets and they are driving the process of the campaign by themselves and that is what we are seeing.”

Ultimately, he said the objectives for the party and its supporters are to change the political narrative in the country and for Nigerians to take their destinies into their own hands.

“The people are now asking questions about how they are being ruled, they want to sack the looters, they want to change the status quo,” he said.

“They want to put an end to activities of some people who have stolen from the common purse. The people have always been at the receiving end, but all those scenario are about to change. The party is the voice of the voiceless, and that is what you see in those rallies, that is what is replicated all over the nation.

“So, Labour Party is changing the political narratives in Nigeria. This is the first time it is happening. God on our side, knowing that the voice of the people is the voice of God, the destiny of the people is now in their hands.”

Appeal Court Declines Oyetola’s Request To Move Tribunal To Abuja

A file photo of Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

 

The Appeal Court in Abuja has rejected Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s request to relocate the sitting of the tribunal to Abuja.

The Chief Registrar Court of Appeal, Bangari Umar, in a letter titled: RE: PETITION NO, EPT/OS/GOV/01/2022, ADEGBOYEGA ISIAKA OYETOLA & ANOR V. INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION & 2 ORS, on Friday rejected the proposal of Oyetola, the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate in the July 16 governorship election.

According to the note, Oyetola on August 23, wrote to the President of the Court, Justice M.B Dongban Mensem, on the subject matter.

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The Court of Appeal noted that after due consultation on, and consideration of Oyetola’s request, the President of the Court was unable to accede to the proposal as the security agencies in the state have assured the Court of their cooperation and support in enhancing the security of the Tribunal and its sittings.

The letter read: “Kindly refer to your letter to the Hon. President of the Court of Appeal, dated 23rd August 2022 on the above subject matter.

“I am directed by the Honourable President, Hon. Justice M.B Dongban Mensem to inform you that after due consultation on, and consideration of your request to move the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal currently sitting in Osogbo to Abuja, the Hon. President is unable to accede to your request as the security agencies in the State have assured the Court of their co-operation and support in enhancing the security of the Tribunal and its sittings.”

Dauda Lawal Re-Elected As Zamfara PDP Guber Candidate 

A file photo of Dauda Lawal .

 

Dr. Dauda Lawal-Dare has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Zamfara State in the just concluded primary election ahead of the 2023 general election. 

Dauda Lawal-Dare polled 422 votes and emerged as the PDP candidate for the northwestern state while Ibrahim Shehu and Hafiz Mohammed got one vote each.  Another contestant, Wadatau Madawaki, score zero votes in the election on Friday.

The chairman of the election committee, Hassan Hyet, announced Dauda Lawal-Dare as the winner having scored the highest number of votes and is returned as the governorship candidate of the party in the state for next year’s poll.

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“Based on the rules and guidelines of the party, I have the singular honour to return Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare as duly elected to be the flag bearer of Zamfara state PDP comes 2023,” he said.

Hassan, who was sent from the PDP headquarters in Abuja to conduct the fresh exercise, described it as peaceful, transparent, and credible.

In the re-run primary, over 455 delegates participated but 431 were accredited while 428 were the total number of votes cast.

Friday’s re-run came after a Federal High Court judgment that nullified the previous primary that elected Dauda. The judgement followed a suit filed before by Ibrahim Shehu and two other aspirants challenging the credibility of the primary.

The judgement delivered by Justice Aminu Bappa of the Federal High Court in Gusau last Friday nullified the primary election that produced Dauda and ordered a fresh exercise in line with the constitution and guidelines of the PDP.

Professor Accused Of Assaulting Her Orderly Arraigned, Remanded In Prison

A photo combination of a lawyer, Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola, and her assaulted orderly, Inspector Teju Moses. Credit: Force Headquarters.

 

A Magistrate’s Court in Wuse, Abuja, has remanded Professor Zainab Duke Abiola in the Suleja Custodial Centre after she was arraigned for assaulting her orderly Inspector Teju Moses.

She was arraigned on Friday along with domestic aide Rebecca Enechido a day after their arrest.

They were arraigned by the Chief magistrate court in zone 6 for the offenses of
criminal conspiracy, causing criminal hurt without provocation, attempt to commit culpable homicide, and an intentional insult to cause a breach of trust.

The police arrested both women on Thursday after a video showing her injured police orderly went viral.

In the video, the officer is seen in uniform bleeding, seated on the floor, and asking to be taken to the hospital for medical attention.

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The police accused her of attempting to commit culpable homicide and breach of trust.

At the arraignment, both women were denied bail and the Magistrate ordered them to be remanded in the Suleja Custodial Centre.

The Magistrate adjourned the case till October 5.

On Thursday, the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, condemned the assault.

According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer CSP Muyiwa Adejobi announcing the arrest of both women, the police were still on the hunt for a male aide of the professor believed to have been involved in the assault.

“The IGP strongly condemned the grievous assault of a female Police Officer, Inspector Teju Moses, by her principal who is a legal practitioner and human rights activist, Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola, and her domestic staff comprising the housemaid, one Rebecca Enechido and a male suspect currently at large,” the statement read in part.

Meanwhile, Professor Abiola, who is a human rights activist and lawyer, has denied assaulting the officer.

According to a statement issued by the Afro-European Lawyers League on her behalf, the allegations against her were not true.

The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to a fallacious malicious defamatory publication against our respected Alumnus of the National Institute of Policy and Security Studies, NIPPS, Professor Zainab Duke Mni alleging assault on one of her police Orderlies. We categorically state that this is NOT true and Nothing could be further from the truth. For the records, our respected revered Professor Zainab has Never assaulted anybody anywhere at any time. It is not in her character.

“The facts are: 1. That on the 20th of April 2022 the IGP approved the revalidation and deployment of police Orderlies to our leader based on the fact that she is the Chief Legal Consultant to the Nigerian Police and has her office at the Force headquarters, Abuja.

“2. That the police consequently assigned a female police officer who was among the perpetrators of Violence against innocent Nigerian Citizens during the ENDSARS imbroglio.

“3. That consequent upon discovery of her Orderly’s involvement in police brutality against Nigerians that Professor Zainab rejected the posting of a brutal officer and returned the said Orderly back to Force Headquarters to her bosses and told her Bye bye on the 19th of September.

“4. That to our surprise around 10 pm the former Orderly returned with a Vengeance banging on our gates with some dangerous weapons including a gun threatening to kill everybody in the compound and that the police Orderly beat up family members in the Professor’s household.

“5. That as can be seen in the video a crowd soon gathered and there was street brawling crowd fighting and loss of properties.

“6. That it is very strange that the IGP will forcefully, brutally and illegally violate the fundamental Rights and liberties of a distinguished law-abiding citizen and proceed to forcefully take her pictures and maliciously publish same in the print and electronic media in this nascent democratic dispensation.”

FG Confirms Ethiopian Airlines As Major Partner For Nigeria Air

In this file photo taken on November 28, 2017, an Ethiopian Airline Boeing 737-700 aircraft takes off from Felix Houphouet-Boigny Airport in Abidjan.  ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP

 

The Federal Government says Ethiopian Airlines, with forty-nine percent share-holding, will be its major partner for the Nigeria Air project.

The Minister of Aviation, Mister Hadi Sirika, disclosed this during a press briefing in Abuja where he says the national carrier is well on its way to being launched with three Boeing 737-800 that will shuttle between Abuja and Lagos.

“On 10th June 2022, the Ministry received on time one closed bid by the Ethiopian Airline Consortium. A few others attempted to submit but unfortunately could not meet the deadline. Since we did not collect the bids, we are not in a position to say who they are,” he said on Thursday.

“The evaluation Team, 11 Experts from ICRC, FMFB&NP, FMA, and the TA met on the 20/21st of July 2022 and again on 1st August 2022.

“The Ethiopian Airline Consortium bid was formally opened in the presence of a representation of Ethiopian Airlines, checking that all envelopes were closed and sealed at that point, 11 am on 20th July, starting with the Technical Bid. The Financial Bid was opened, again under the observation of the Ethiopian representative, on 21st July 2022.

“All 10 forms, as required by the RFP, were evaluated by the team. Unanimously, the assessment team cleared the Technical Bid, which had a total score of 89% out of 100.

“In a further meeting on 1st August 2022, the team assessed the Financial Bid further and graded it with a score of 15% out of 20.

“The Ethiopian Airline Consortium got a combined score (Technical and Financial Bid) of 86.7%.”

He added that the Ethiopian Airline Consortium was declared the Preferred Bidder and the evaluation Team will proceed with the:

a. Due Diligence Phase (completed for all consortium partners on 15 Sep. 2022)

b. Contract Negotiation between the Preferred Bidder and FGN

c. Development of the Full Business Case (FBC)

d. Issuance of Compliance Certificate for the FBC by ICRC

e. Approval of FBC by FEC.

“We aim to finish this PPP process by mid-Nov. 2022,” he said.

Mister Sirika, while responding to questions about the involvement of local airlines in the project, denied shutting out local airlines from participating in the bid process.

 Al-Mustapha Weeps Over Insecurity In Nigeria

Hamza Al-Mustapha, a former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to late General Sani Abacha could not hold back his tears over the state of security in Nigeria.

He broke down in tears on Saturday when he received a coalition of northern Christian women at his residence in Abuja.

“What Nigeria wants now is leadership. We have to get out of where we are and people will come and use the name of religion to say ‘Because he is a Muslim, he can not be this; because he is a Christian, he can not be this,'” the presidential candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) said at the meeting.

“These are ingredients that killed Nigeria yesterday that they are also using to kill Nigeria tomorrow. We can’t accept that. I am seated next to you; you are my sister. Amongst you are mothers. We would die protecting you.”

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He says the country is being taken for a ride.

 

He also accused some unnamed persons of trying to destroy the country.

“We as a country have been taken for a ride. God Almighty exposed some of us, almost as teenagers, I was 19 years old when I began to know power play in Nigeria,” Al-Mustapha added. “They are only interested in destroying us the more and people don’t understand.”

He thanked the delegation for the visit and for having confidence in him.

The delegation’s visit was to assure the host of their support in the forthcoming general elections, owing to their belief that he has the capacity to address the insecurity in the north.

Police Discover Cannabis Farm In Abuja, Arrest Suspected Owner

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Police say further investigations are on to track the supply.

 

The Police have arrested a thirty-two-year-old man who farms plants suspected to be Cannabis Sativa in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

A statement by the FCT Police Command Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, says the suspect, Thaddeus Joseph, was arrested by a team of the Command attached to the Anti-Narcotics Section.

According to her, the arrest was based on credible information that the suspect cultivates a large farm of the prohibited plant at Godab Estate in the Life Camp Area of the FCT.

Mrs Adeh, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said upon the arrest, the suspect in a voluntary statement confessed to having been in the practice for about two years.

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She explained that the Command has perfected all arrangements to hand him over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further prosecution.

“While the suspect and exhibits are being transferred for onward investigation/prosecution, the police investigation has been intensified to track down the chain of supply and other criminal affiliations to this suspected criminal enterprise,” Adeh said in the statement.

“The Commissioner of Police while urging youths and the residents as a whole to eschew drug and prohibited substances-related crimes noted that the involvement in the production and the consumption of such substances isn’t just a crime against the law but also against one’s self.

“He also reassured the good people of the Territory of the Command’s unalloyed commitment to the sustenance of peace and the onward March against crime and criminality till it is brought to the barest minimum.”

2023: Jonathan Urges Nigerians To Vote For Credible Leaders 

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Jonathan says voters must pick those with a heart for the country.

 

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has advised Nigerians to vote for credible leaders who have the country at heart and would see Nigeria as their project.

He gave the advice during an interview with newsmen in Minna, Niger State on Thursday after a visit to the former Head of State, General Abduisalam Abubakar, who recently returned from foreign medical treatment.

Jonathan urged youths in the country to ensure that they elected a president who will have the interest of the people and country at heart without compromise.

He noted that General Abduisalam Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the National Peace Committee, must be under serious pressure ahead of the 2023 general elections to ensure free, fair, credible, and peaceful exercise.

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The former president applauded the role of the elder statesman in the country s elections and in the African region while praying for his good health.

Jonathan also paid homage to a former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, at his residence in Minna before his departure to Abuja.

Brazilian Returnee Excretes 92 Wraps Of Cocaine At Abuja Airport

 

A Brazilian returnee and father of two, Okolie Paulinus Nwabueze has been arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for importing Ninety Two (92) wraps of cocaine, which he ingested and eventually excreted after days under observation in the Agency’s facility.

The 53-year-old trafficker who hails from Mmaku village, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State was arrested on Friday 2nd September upon his arrival on Qatar Airline flight enroute Brazil-Doha-Abuja. He claimed to have left Nigeria to Mozambique in 2004 and finally relocated to Brazil in 2017, where he obtained a residence permit before deciding to import the illicit substance for a $4,000 fee.


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In the same vein, a 42-year-old man, Aliyu Bello Kwasare, has been arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, MAKIA, Kano, for attempting to export a consignment of new psychoactive substance, Akuskura, to Saudi Arabia.

The indigene of Kware LGA, Sokoto, who lives in Goron Dutse area of Kano, was arrested on Monday 5th Sept. during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airline flight to Riyadh.

At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos, no fewer than One Million and Ninety Nine Thousand (1,099,000) tablets of Tramadol 225mg have been seized through inter-agency collaboration between NDLEA and the Nigerian Customs.

The pharmaceutical opioids packed in 50 cartons weighing 2,058.90kg, were imported from Pakistan via Addis-Ababa on Ethiopian Airways. The consignment was concealed among other non-controlled pharmaceuticals.

Also, a freight agent, Aliyu Abubakar was on Friday 9th Sept. arrested at the NAHCO export shed of the airport over attempt to export a consignment of cannabis concealed inside bottles of Caro white body lotion.

Meanwhile, attempts by drug cartels to export 7.805 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine to the United States and Australia have been thwarted by NDLEA operatives attached to some courier companies in Lagos. The meth consignments were concealed in the linings of local fabric, wooden statutes, printer cartridges, handle of travel bag and cassava flakes.

From other parts of the country, a 25-year-old pregnant woman, Haruna Favour, was arrested in Auchi, Edo state on Friday 9th Sept with 82 pinches of methamphetamine as well as various quantities of Loud, Arizona, Colorado variants of cannabis and codeine based cough syrup.

In Gombe, One Hundred and Nineteen Thousand (119,000) tablets and capsules of tramadol, D5 and Exol5 were recovered from two drug dealers, Nasiru Abubakar, 22, and Umaru Bayero a.k.a Hadiza when NDLEA operatives raided their stores at the Gombe main market on Tuesday 6th Sept.

In Kogi, a suspect, Paul Ali, 47, was arrested along Okene-Abuja highway with 1,404 bottles of Codeine based syrup weighing 190.94kg and 2,040 ampoules of pentazocine injection coming from Onitsha to Sokoto. A follow up operation in Sokoto has also led to the arrest of the receiver of the consignment on Tuesday 6th Sept.

A raid at the cannabis plantation camp in Emure forest, Owo LGA, Ondo State has led to the arrest of Monday Onoja, 20; Daniel Kehinde, 25; and Obinna Okechukwu, 35, where sixteen (16) bags of the illicit substance weighing 179.5kg were seized from them.

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) in his reaction to the arrests and seizures, commended the officers and men of the NAIA, MMIA, DOGI, MAKIA, Kano, Kogi, Edo, Ondo and Gombe Commands for their resilience. He charged them and their compatriots in other commands to remain focussed and vigilant in their areas of responsibility.