Buhari Swears-In Acting CJN, Ibrahim Mohammed

President Muhammadu Buhari shakes hands with acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed, at the State House in Abuja on January 25, 2019. Inset: Justice Walter Onnoghen.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday suspended the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

The President, thereafter, appointed Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as acting CJN.

Justice Mohammed was sworn in at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

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According to the President, the suspension of Justice Onnoghen is based on the request of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), pending the completion of his trial.

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) had accused Justice Onnoghen of failing to declare his assets.

Meanwhile, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, and some members of the President’s cabinet witnessed the swearing in of the acting CJN.

Ministers present include Abubakar Malami (Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation), Audu Ogbeh (Agriculture), Adamu Adamu (Education), and Zainab Ahmed (Finance), among others.

Justice Mohammed hails from Bauchi State.

Highlights of the event are captured in the pictures below;

OPSH Inaugurates Strike Force Base In Plateau

OPSHThe special task force maintaining law and order in Plateau State, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) has inaugurated a strike force base in Gashishi district of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

This is coming as part of efforts by the OPSH of the Nigerian Army to maintain the relative peaceful coexistence among the people within the area.

Speaking during an interactive session with concerned parties in the conflict area, the Commander of the Operation, Major General Tagbo Ude, noted that the establishment of the force was to restore confidence among the people and shorten the response time to distress calls from the residents.

He added that the strike force base has stationed 60 soldiers to assist Sector Seven Command of the operation stationed at Barkin Ladi and the Force Operation Base in Gashish, to reduce cases of isolated killings and prompt response to security challenges in the area.

Expressing gratitude, the Management Committee Chairman of Barkin Ladi LGA, Bitrus Doro, commended the OPSH officers on their professionalism and for reconciling hostile communities in the peace building process.

Some representatives of the indigenous Berom and the Fulani, Mark Danboyi, and Ibrahim Mohammed, also expressed confidence that the peace efforts of the task force has been yielding positive results which should be maintained by all the parties concerned.

The newly inaugurated OPSH strike force base is under the command of Lieutenant Bright Okoronkwo and is shouldered with the responsibility of maintaining law and order within that area as well as responding to distress calls promptly.

Alleged Boko Haram Sponsors: ACF Seeks Probe of Sheriff, Ihejirika

Boko HaramThe Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to order the probe of former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Azubuike Ihejirika, over their alleged sponsorship of Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

In a statement issued on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed, in Kaduna, the forum also called for the immediate halt to the brazen seizure of Nigerian territories from the Boko Haram sect.

It demanded that the insurgents be confronted decisively.

While demanding that the President should inaugurate a panel to probe the allegations levelled by the Australian negotiator, Stephen Davis, against Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Lt-Gen Azubuike Ihejirika and others, ACF also urged President Jonathan to implement the recommendations of all the committees and panels set up by his government without further delay.

Lamenting the incidence of bloodshed and terror attacks in the country, especially in the North-East, the forum blamed the Federal Government for not taking serious measures to tackle insurgencies in the country.

On attempts by the Federal Government to rescue the abducted Chibok girls in Borno State, the forum also berated the Government for not taking serious measures to ensure the rescue of the girls.

NGF Crisis: Reconciliation Moves Begin As Senate Delegation Visits Amaechi

Worried by the current challenges plaguing the country and the crisis in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Senators’ Forum of Nigeria paid the Rivers state governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, a visit as part of its effort to resolve the crisis.

The Acting Chairman of the Senators’ Forum of Nigeria, Senator John .K. Brambaifa who led the delegation on a visit to the  Government house in Port Harcourt said they were “very concerned about the current political developments that is threatening the national polity and peaceful co-existence”.

According to him, the Forum in the discharge of its mandate resolved to consult major stakeholders in the country with a view to strengthening and consolidating the nation’s democracy.

On the NGF crisis, Senator Brambaifa recalled that the Senators’ Forum had already met with Plateau state Governor, Jonah Jang for peaceful resolution of the crisis.

While thanking the senators, Governor Chibuike Amaechi described them as patriots and spoke on the need to uphold democracy in the country where aspirants should simply accept victory or concede defeat, adding that he clearly won the NGF election.

Members of the delegation included Senators Nnamdi Ereobuna, Haruna Zigwaziz, M. T. Ombu (Jnr.), Abubakar Muadi, Ibrahim Mohammed, Ifeanyi Ararume, Sylvanus Ingele and Dogwa Jibril.

Jaji bombing: SSS parades 2 suspects

Two suspects linked to the bombing at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, in Kaduna state have been paraded by the State Security Service (SSS).

A 50 year old yam hawker from Jalingo, Taraba state who allegedly acts as a motivational preacher for members of the Boko Haram Sect in Kaduna state has been paraded by the SSS.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, explained that the suspect, Mohammed Idris also conducts surveillance on selected targets using the cover of a yam hawker.

“Following the incident, a thorough investigation was initiated by this service and the military which led to the arrest of some suspected masterminds of the attack,” spokeswoman for Nigeria’s secret service” Mrs Ogar said.

15 lives were lost in the twin attack on the Saint Andrew military protestant church located within the premises of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

Also paraded is 18 year old Ibrahim Mohammed from Osun state who confessed to actively participating in several attacks in Kaduna state including the suicide bomb attack on St Rita’s Catholic Church in Badarawa area of the state.

“Mohammed and Idris will be handed over to the military for further investigation. However, other suspects apprehended in the same vein are still being … (questioned).”