REPS MEMBER BEMOANS BANDITRY, KIDNAPPINGS IN KATSINA

Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Loans, Aids and Debt Management, Ahmed Safana (APC, Katsina), has called on the federal government to save Katsina State from the menace of armed bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers. Safana, who made the plea via a press statement in Abuja yesterday, lamented that his Safana/Batsari/Dansuma Federal Constituency has been taken over by armed bandits, who constantly harass and kidnap the people for ranso According to the lawmaker, just two days ago, five persons were killed at Kasai village in Batsari LGA,…

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AFTER CALLING WITNESSES, EFCC CLOSES CASE AGAINST ONNOGHEN BEFORE NJC

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Unknown to many, as Onnoghen battles the CCT, the suspended CJN is also battling the EFCC in a petition filed by the EFCC. Meanwhile, we can tell you that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has rested its case of alleged misconduct against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the National Judicial Council, The PUNCH has learnt Our correspondent learnt from multiple sources conversant with the proceedings of the five-man investigation panel of the NJC that the EFCC rested its case after calling…

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CONTROVERSY AS 6 SUSPECTED KILLERS OF ABUJA BIZMAN ARE SET FREE ON FLIMSY EXCUSES

By Emmnuel Elebeke An Abuja High Court sitting at Maitama District has discharged and acquitted six persons suspected to have killed a popular businessman in the city, Tony Eze, in November 2014, after an outing at Tunga-Maji area. In a judgment that nearly sparked protests in Abuja, the six suspects— Anayo Eze, 19; Idris Shaibu; Alisa Calamity; Okechukwu Nelson alias Barracks, 27; Emmanuel Igwe, 22; Samuel Okoro, 19, and Austine Nwanba, 47— accused of killing the businessman were freed on grounds considered by many to be flimsy and unattainable. The suspects were…

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ANGRY FCT MINISTER SUSPENDS FCT FIRE SERVICE BOSS AS COMMISSIONING TURNED SOUR

The gross incompetence that has permeated FCT in the last four years rared its head a few days ago at the commissioning of some vehicles for FCT Fire Service. Indeed, the cmmissioning turnsed Sour as FCT Minister Suspended the director of the FCT Fire Service, Mr Opetunsin over alleged dereliction of duty and perceived incompetence. The FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello went to commission some Fire Service facilities and vehicles. Trouble started when the FCT Minister finished commissioning the vehicles and moved to inspect them. To his shock, the ambulance had…

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CISLAC ACCUSES INEC OF DOUBLE STANDARDS, SABOTAGE OVER KANO ELECTIONS RERUN, SAYS RESULT WILL NOT STAND

PRESS RELEASE Kano supplementary elections: CISLAC berates deliberate sabotage, unchecked intimidations, inefficiency of police The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) condemned in totality the open display of lawlessness and rascality involving indiscriminately massive deployment of hoodlums in the conduct of supplementary gubernatorial elections with resultant sabotage of electoral process and loss of lives in Kano state. While an election constitutes a formal citizenry decision-making process by which a population chooses a credible individual to hold public office, we find it disturbing that citizens’ choices and decisions were largely influenced…

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GANDUJE SPEAKS ON HIS VICTORY AT THE POLLS, ADVISES HIS OPPONENTS

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje (file) The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has described the election process in the state as “really democratic”. He thanked all his supporters for coming out in their numbers to re-elect him, while he called on those aggrieved by the outcome of the exercise to simply take it in good faith. “We have to appeal for peace and stability. Those who jubilate should jubilate in peace to avoid intimidation and those who are not happy should take it in good faith. “But all I can say is,…

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STILL ON ONNOGHEN, OKUPE AND ADEYANJU

By Femi Adeniyi Law courts are globally pre-sumed to be temples of justice where impartial judgements are dispensed. The least that could ever be expected from any government is to deliberately resort to using the instrumentality of law to discredit perceived political opponents, as well as dissenting voices. Justice Onnoghen News broke out early this year that Justice Walter Onnoghen, who has now been suspended as the Chief Justice of the Federation, had failed to declare his assets and maintains bank accounts in foreign currencies and equally made efforts to…

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SEE HOW MANY WOMEN AISHA BUHARI WISHES HER HUSBAND WOULD APPOINT AS MINISTERS

Despite BUHARI failing largely to involve women in his government during the first term, women are are already dreaming big for his second term. Wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has said she wished her husband cabinet will have as many women in percentage as the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, TEEP, has in 2019. Speaking at the unveiling event for the Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF, entrepreneurs for 2019, the wife of the president said she appreciated the drive of the foundation to ensure more female participation. She said: “The strategy vision…

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HOW SARAKI PLANS TO UNFLUENCE NEXT SENATE LEADERSHIP

As plans unsettle APC Senate caucus By Henry UmoruA He lost out in the race to return yo the Senate, but to imagine that he would allow things roll bye without fighting is to assume he has thrown in the towel. Ahead of the inauguration of the 9th Senate, there are allegations that Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, is already putting in place, machinery to ensure that he influenced who emerge as the next Senate President and the deputy. The alleged plot is said to have caused serious anxiety in…

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WE WERE MARGINALISED EVEN BY OUR OWN SON- OKOROCHA’S KINSMEN TELLS NEWLY ELECTED GOVERNOR

If Okorocha felt that his own people would rally round him after his loss of political fortunes, he is dead wrong. Governor Rochas Okorocha’s kinsmen have appealed to the Imo State Governor-elect, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, to “look kindly on our people, as Ideato South local government area truly suffered huge neglect in the past eight years “. Ihedioha Similarly, representatives of the South East Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Elders Council, also appealed to Ihedioha, “to take a holistic review of the collateral damage done to Imo people’s psyche and state’s…

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