Kano court quashes appointment of Ganduje’s four new emirs

A Kano high court has declared the appointment and installation of four new emirs in Kano State as illegal. The court sitting was held on Wednesday at Ungogo Judicial Division in Kano. It voided the four new emirs’ appointment by Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state, the Cable reported. The state high court had on May 10 issued an ex parte order restricting Ganduje from going ahead with the establishment of new Emirates or appointing any new emir. But Ganduje defied the order, he had issued out appointment letters to…

Lai Mohammed is a liar – Atiku

Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has described the federal government’s accusation that he is a saboteur as false. He described the information minister, Lai Mohammed, as a ‘liar.’ Atiku was reacting to an earlier statement by Lai Mohammed that the former vice president and his party, PDP, were plotting to sabotage the Buhari administration. “Either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and its presidential candidate are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari Administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable, especially through their public utterances…

LG financial autonomy: Again, National Financial Intelligence Unit warns governors to steer clear of LG funds

… Insists on June 1st date for commencement of new guideline The National Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has reiterated that the June 1 date for the commencement of the new guideline with regards to local government funds remains sacrosanct. This was contained in a statement issued by Ahmed Dikko, NFIU’s acting spokesperson on Wednesday, the second of such statements in one week. “The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) is using this second press statement on the above subject to reiterate its position that the 1st June effective date of the…

Terrorists are now Nigeria’s Commanders-in-Chief, says Bakare

The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday, May 12, submitted that bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, killer herdsmen and looters have become the commanders-in-chief of Nigeria. The cleric said his stance was due to their overwhelming presence across the country and the inability of the relevant authorities to stop their activities. According to him, the whole nation is under the control of terrorists and they are in charge. His words: “It is evident that the bandits; criminals, killing people every day; those kidnapping people over…

Bayelsa govt asks INEC to postpone November 2 governorship poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is considering appeal of the Bayelsa State government to shift gubernatorial election slated for November 2 this year. INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu stated this yesterday at a meeting with stakeholders from Bayelsa State at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja. The delegation, led by Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah (rtd.) told the commission that the date clashed with the state’s yearly thanksgiving service, which is backed by law and which has been observed for the past seven years. He said…

Kingmakers sue Ganduje for splitting Kano emirate

Kingmakers in Kano Emirate have dragged Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to a State High Court challenging his decision to create four new Emirates in the state. In the suit with number K/197/2019 filed on Tuesday at a State High Court, Ganduje, the State House of Assembly, Attorney-General of the state and five others were listed as the defendants, while the kingmakers— Yusuf Nabahani (Madakin Kano), Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim (Makaman Kano), Bello Abubakar (Sarkin Dawaki man Tuta) and Mukhtari Adnan (Sarikin Ban Kano) — were listed as first, second, third and…

FG can seize assets with or without corruption allegation – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the federal government can seize assets from citizens who cannot explain the source of their wealth. The vice president stated this yesterday while declaring open the anti-corruption conference organised by his office and the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) in Abuja. “The Supreme Court in a lead judgment of Akaahs JSC, recently held that forfeiture under Section 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act is a civil process, which neither requires the criminal conviction of the property owner nor…

Buhari hosts Saraki, Dogara, Lawan, others to Iftar meal

• As military dissociates self from call to overthrow govt President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday evening, hosted the leadership of the National Assembly to dinner to break the day’s Ramadan fast. Present at the dinner were Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Ahmed Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila among others. Speaking at the Iftar dinner (breaking of fast), President Buhari said he hoped for a better working relationship between the two arms of government in the 9th National Assembly, and added that the nation deserved better than…

Court fixes date to hear suit against acting CJN’s appointment

The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed June 3, for definite hearing of a suit challenging the appointment of Justice Tanko Muhammad as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Muhammad was made the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria afterJustice Walter Onnoghen was suspended and later sacked as the CJN by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). The Federal Government had brought charges bordering on Non-declaration of assets and false assets declaration against the former CJN Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the date for…

I have no apologies tackling godfather of Lagos politics – el- Rufa’i

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i, yesterda said he feels neither remorse nor need for apology for his comment on defeating the Lagos State godfathers. Governor el-Rufa’i had penultimate Saturday in Lagos recommended ways to retire godfathers in the country, pointing out that the template had worked in Kaduna state. The governor boasted that he defeated and retired four political godfathers in Kaduna State, saying the feat could be replicated anywhere, including Lagos State. He added that the fact that only one million out of the six million registered voters in…

Why May 29 inauguration will be low key – Lai Mohammed

The Inauguration for President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term on May 29, 2019, will be a low-key event, said Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture. Addressing State House correspondents on Monday, Mohammed said a more elaborate event would be held on June 12 which is the new date for Nigeria’s Democracy Day as announced by Buhari in 2018. He explained that it was not financially advisable for the country to hold two major celebrations within a two-week interval. According to Mohammed, invitations have been sent out to world leaders…

You have the right to search a Policeman before he searches you – NPF

Police spokesman, Frank Mba has said that Nigerians have the right to search Policemen in certain situations when the officers are about to carry out inspections. He said this in a statement on Monday titled, ‘(Part 2) Tips for Safe and Cordial Conduct during an Arrest.’ The Police said if an officer is about to search a citizen or a property, that citizen has the right to first search the Policeman in order to ensure that no evidence is planted. According to the Mba, Nigerians also have the right to…

Buhari holds close door meeting with Emefiele amidst leaked audio scandal

• As CBN threatens legal action over ‘stolen’ N500bn allegation President Muhammadu Buhari met yesterday behind closed doors with the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, at the Presidential villa, Abuja. Emefiele, who arrived the Vila around 12pm, rushed towards the President’s office amidst a leaked audio scandal wherein the bank chief was heard discussing with his colleagues about a business deal gone bad. The meeting lasted for about 10 minutes, and while beaming with smiles, the Governor of the apex bank shook hands with the President…

I’m quitting Senate by 2023 – Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, declared that he will retire from the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly in 2023 after serving for 20 years. He said he won’t seek re-election into the Senate in 2023, noting that God has been kind to him, raising him to address enormous challenges faced by his people. Ekweremadu who spoke in Enugu yesterday at an event to mark his 57th birthday said “as I prepare to further represent you by your mandate for the next four years, let me seek your…

Sacking service chiefs not solution to security challenges – Adeboye

The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said replacing service chiefs is not the solution to the security challenges facing the country. Adeboye spoke at the headquarters of RCCG, The Throne of Grace, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, during a Thanksgiving service with the theme, ‘Victory over marital storm.’ The cleric spoke to journalists after the service through the Assistant General Overseer, Administration and Personnel, RCCG, Pastor Johnson Odesola. He said, “I believe the service chiefs are working and aside from those that have attained…