Zamfara govt suspends Emir, District Head over alleged involvement in banditry

The Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim and the District Head of Kanoma town, Alhaji Ahmed Lawal have been suspended by the Zamfara State government. They have been asked to step aside for their alleged involvement in armed banditry activities. This was contained in a statement on Thursday by the Director-General, Media and Publicity to the state Governor, Alhaji Yusuf Idris. It said Governor Bello Mutawalle has approved the suspension of the two monarchs, following series of petitions against them by their subjects. The statement orders the traditional rulers to…

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NBC shuts down AIT, Ray Power FM

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) yesterday shut down indefinitely the African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM over alleged failure of the two broadcasting outfits belonging to Daar Communications Plc to abide by the commission’s directives, the provisions of the NBC Act Cap N11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. The Director General of the commission, Mallam Moddibo Kawu, who announced this while briefing journalists in Abuja, said Daar Communications had over the years turned itself into an example of how a professional broadcast outfit…

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APC suspends Ondo governor for anti-party activities

The National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress has suspended the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, for anti-party activities, according Saturday PUNCH report. The party’s NWC had on March 1 resolved to issue a query to the governor over what it described as glaring anti-party activities. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Isa-Onilu, after a meeting presided over by the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the party had said the governor’s anti-party activities “greatly affected the fortunes of its candidates in the recently conducted presidential and…

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Buhari extends acting CJN’s appointment by 3 months

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the appointment of Ibrhaim Muhammad, acting chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), by three months. Voice of Liberty gathered that the NJC quietly conceded to Buhari’s request for the extension of the acting CJN’s tenure at its meeting held between Wednesday and Thursday. Muhammad’s first three-month acting tenure which started when he was sworn in on January 25 following the President’s suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the CJN expires on April 25 (Thursday). The NJC,…

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Court acquits, discharges suspended SEC DG Gwarzo over alleged N115m fraud

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, on Tuesday dismissed corruption charges involving alleged mismanagement of about N115m public fund preferred against the suspended Director General of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mounir Gwarzo. Mr Gwarzo’s co-defendant, Zakwanu Garba, who was the Executive Commissioner of the commission, was also discharged and acquitted. The then Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, had, in November 2017, suspended Gwarzo over allegations of financial impropriety, part of which formed the basis for the charges preferred against him and Garuba. Delivering…

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How suspended Onnoghen tendered his resignation letter at Aso Rock

• Presidency keeps mum • As Supreme Court, NJC feign ignorance Some justices of the Supreme Court delivered Walter Onnoghen’s resignation letter to the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, on Thursday, latest information on the matter have revealed. Onnoghen’s resignation as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) became public on Friday, a day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended his compulsory retirement for misconduct, with Buhari expected to take a decision on the recommendation, which could include having to forfeit his retirement benefits, Onnoghen decided that…

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My Asset Declaration Forms Were Tampered With, Says Onnoghen

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has alleged that the two asset declaration forms he submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) have been tampered with. Speaking through his counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, at his resumed trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja on Monday, the suspended CJN said the forms he submitted in 2014 and 2016 were mutilated and in loose form. The Federal Government had produced its first witness, Mr. James Opala, a Senior Investigation Officer of the CCB to testify…

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Onnoghen Skips CCT Trial over Toothache, High Blood Pressure

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was absent from the Tuesday’s proceedings of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, where he has been charged with six counts of non-declaration of assets. Onnoghen wrote the tribunal, informing it that he had a toothache and could not attend the hearing due to a medical appointment he had with his doctors. The lead counsel representing Onnoghen, Adegboyega Awomolo, presented a letter from the hospital where Onnoghen is expected to be meeting with medical officials on the appointment. Reading through the letter,…

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