14-YR OLD GIRL DISOWNS CHRISTIANITY AND WRITES COURT SHE’S OLD ENOUGH TO DECIDE HER RELIGION, AND MARRY

A girl, Habiba Ishaku, 18, on Wednesday dissociated herself from a suit instituted on her behalf by a foundation and the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) over her conversion to Islam. The church and the foundation went to court when the girl eloped, embraced Islam and married one Jamilu Lawal in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State. Her father, Mr Ishaku Tanko, had gone to a Katsina High Court in collaboration with Trustees of Stefanos Foundation and ECWA to challenge the action, claiming that Habiba was a minor. During…

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SARAKI ORDERS STAFF AUDIT OF NASS

Henry Umoru ABUJA— SENATE President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki has directed the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr Mohammed Sani-Omolori to carry out a holistic audit of staff in the National Assembly. According to Saraki, the comprehensive assessment must be completed within 90 days and progress reports should be submitted regularly until completion of the exercise. Saraki, in a letter by his Chief of Staff, Senator Isa Galaudu to the Clerk to the National Assembly, Sani-Omolori, stressed that the measure was aimed at “verifying the…

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WHY AYO FAYOSE EJECTED CIVIL DEFENCE, OTHERS FROM THEIR OFFICES IN ADO EKITI

Ado Ekiti- Ekiti state government on Wednesday evicted the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) Ekiti State command and other Federal ministries and agencies from their various offices. They were evicted from Fayose Housing Estate, located along Afao Ekiti Road in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. The estate, which housed federal establishments such as NSCDC, Prisons Service, NAFDAC, NOA, NABTEB and others, was built by Fayose during his first term in office as a governor of the state and was named after him. The Public Relations Officer of NSCDC,…

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HOW 25-YR OLD UNDERGRADUATE DISAPPEARED ON HIS BIRTHDAY

 Tweet Afeez Hanafi The whereabouts of a 22-year-old final year student of University of Port Harcourt, Henry Ochioka, has been shrouded in mystery for the six weeks that he left home on his birthday. PUNCH Metro learnt that the 400-level student of Banking and Finance left his residence in Ogbunabali, River State, where he lived with his parents, at about 7pm on November 25. It was gathered that Henry, who went away with his laptop, was discovered missing around 8pm when his elder brother, Emmanuel Ochioka, returned from church. He reportedly…

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ABIA GUBER TUSSLE: READ WHAT A SUPREME COURT JUDGE DID TO THE CASE

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA— Justice Amina Augie of the Supreme Court, yesterday, disqualified herself from a five-man panel the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, constituted to hear appeals seeking to sack Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State. The appeals were lodged by two contenders for the governorship seat, Mr. Sampson Ogah and Sir Friday Nwosu. The appellant went before the apex court to challenge August 18, 2016 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which reversed the high court verdict that removed Ikpeazu from office over…

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14 WITNESSES LINED UP AGAINST JUSTICE ADEMOLA AND WIFE

 Tweet Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government has added some prosecution witnesses against a judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, and his wife, Olubolade, following Wednesday’s amendment of the gratification charges preferred against them last December With Wednesday’s amendment, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Joe Agi, whom the prosecution accused of giving N30m and a BMW car worth N8.5m to Justice Ademola as gratification, has been joined as a defendant. It also increased the number of counts from nine to 16. The three defendants pleaded not…

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SAHARA REPORTERS PUBLISHER, SOWORE WRITES ON HIS ARREST

Omoyele Sowore of Sahara Reporters has released a report on his ongoing arrest. Here is what he posted on his page. It is very obvious that this was planned between Lekan Fatodu and the police. They offered him unbridled support as he continued attacking me in the presence of the police. I could have been I am familiar with this style of the Nigerian police. We are now being driven to Panti in Yaba res of Lagos

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SARAKI’S TRIAL AT CODE OF CONDUCT RESUMED ON WEDNESDAY, SEE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), the Federal Government’s Chief Prosecutor in the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) trial against Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today begged the court to re-cross-examine the government’s primary witness, Michael Wetkas, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Jacobs, in his comments, stated that Wetkas had made some ambiguous statements regarding bank transfers and ownership of the properties, No. 15A and B, MacDonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos State. Commenting on Jacobs request, Barrister Atedze Agwaza, told Jacob that his request could be seen as…

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APC SENATORS TELL EKWEREMADU, DECAMP TO APC OR BE REMOVED

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has been told in clear terms that he risks losing his coveted seat unless he defects from his party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Ekweremadu was elected into that office in 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Daily Sun gathered that APC Senators, predominantly those in the Unity Forum, are making a daring move to wrest power from Ekweremadu. It was learnt that some APC Senators are already scheming to battle Ekweremadu, if the current efforts to convince…

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THREE REMANDED IN PRISON FOR STEALING 50,000 DOLLARS FROM FAYOSE’S MAN

An Ado-Ekiti Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday ordered the remand of three men in prison custody over alleged theft of $50,000 from the Government House Lodge, Ado-Ekiti. The Magistrate, Mr Adesoji Adegoye, who ordered the remand of the accused – Bamidele Temitope, 36, Sunday Afolabi, 42 and Shuaib Amidu, 67, said they would be there pending when they would apply and secure bail. He adjourned the case to Jan. 16 for further hearing. The counsel to the accused, Mr Busuyi Ayorinde, had applied for their bail but the court told him…

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