February 15, 2020

Oluwo should be deposed for assaulting a monarch – Fani-Kayode

Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation has said the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, ought to be dethroned over the alleged assault on a monarch   Newsflakes reported that the Oluwo, who was invited to the Zone 11 police headquarters in Osogbo by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the zone, Bashir Makama’ beat up a fellow monarch.       Oba Akanbi allegedly stood up from where he was sitting and descended on Oba Dhikrulahi Akinropo, Agbowu of Ogbaagba town, inflicting injury on him.   Reacting to the development, Fani-Kayode took to his Twitter page to blast the Oluwo of Iwo.       The former [Read]

Supreme Court to review Imo, Bayelsa judgements on Tuesday

The supreme court has fixed Tuesday, February 18th for hearing of the application for review filed by Emeka Ihedioha, a former governor of Imo state, and David Lyon, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Bayelsa state.   Festus Akande, spokesman of the supreme court, confirmed this to TheCable when he was contacted on Saturday.   “Yes it is true. The appeal of Baysela will also be held that day (Tuesday),” he said over the phone.   Ihedioha had asked the apex court to review the judgement which led to his removal as governor of Imo while Lyon also demanded the apex court to re-examine his replacement as governor-elect [Read]

2,000 Hired To Protest Against Service Chiefs On Monday — Presidency

Bolaji Ogundele,   The Presidency, on Saturday, alleged of a plot by the opposition represented by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to hire about 2000 persons to participate in an ‘orchestrated’ protest march against the nation’s security service chiefs.   Revealing this is a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency also revealed that a recent clip showing a few persons booing during President Muhammadu Buhari’s sympathy visit to Maiduguri last week was part of a scheme to sell a lie about the administration to the undescerning.   The statement, however, described those behind the planned protest, which [Read]

How Corper’s Petition Led To Recovery Of N320m Election Fund – EFCC

The Sokoto State Zonal Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdullahi Lawal, has said that a petition over non-payment of N3,000 logistic allowance by a corp member led to a recovery of N320 million.   Lawal disclosed this on Friday at the ‘Nigerian Youth Walk against Corruption’ rally organized by the EFCC in collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps, among other partners.   He said that the petition was received after the 2019 election in Zamfara, adding that N65 million cash was recovered during an investigation at the Independent National Electoral Commission in Zamfara State.   According to him, the cash was deposited at the Central Bank [Read]

Buhari To El-rufai: Your Entry Into Public Service Was Accidental

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Saturday confirmed that Nasir el-Rufai’s entry into public service was accidental.   He said even though it was accidental, el-Rufai has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the country.   Mr. President who congratulated the Kaduna state governor at sixty, said that El-rufai’s zeal to drive change through inclusive leadership and resilient spirit leaves a legacy that continues to attract and inspire younger people across all walks of life.   The President, in a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, congratulated the governor for his distinguished service to the nation.   According [Read]

Police Give South-West Governors Conditions For Amotekun Corps To Bear Arms

Following the plan by South-West governors to apply to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for the personnel of the Western Nigeria Security Network, popularly known as Operation Amotekun, to carry arms, the police authorities have given conditions for them to be issued the licence.   The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said the request would be assessed within the confines of the law.   He noted that there cannot be gun licence issuance to any security outfit or state apparatus without conforming with the contents and provisions of the Firearms Act.   The Ondo State Attorney General, Kola Olawoye, had told The PUNCH on Sunday that each [Read]

“Why I Beat Up Another Monarch At Peace Meeting” – Oluwo Of Iwo

Abdulrasheed Akanbi, oluwo of Iwo, has explained why he engaged in a brawl with another monarch during a peace meeting.   There were reports that Akanbi attacked Dhikrulahi Akinropo, agbowu of Ogbagba, over a disagreement during a meeting convened by the assistant inspector-general of Police (AIG), Zone 11, to resolve a prolonged land dispute among the monarchs in the Osun west senatorial district.   Akinropo was taken to the hospital due to injuries sustained in the attack.   In a statement after the incident, Akanbi defended his action, accusing Akinropo of attempting to stick his staff of office into his eyes.   “At the peace meeting held at AIG office, [Read]

Ekiti Assembly passes Amotekun Bill into law

Some of the security vehicles provided by South-West states for the Western Nigeria Security Network, Operation Amotekun. Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti   Ekiti State House of Assembly, on Friday, passed the bill for the establishment of Ekiti State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps into law.   The Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, said, “Having passed through the third reading, the bill has become a law.”   Afuye, who lauded the lawmakers for their “leadership and commitment to the bill,” said the Assembly did not short-circuit any process that was required in law-making, The PUNCH reports.   The Speaker said the bill would be transmitted to the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, [Read]

Buhari Suspends Modibbo Kawu On ICPC’s Recommendation

After several months of being investigated on allegations of corruption, the Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Modibbo Kawu, has been suspended with immediate effect.   This is coming months after the anti-graft agency, ICPC, urged the federal government to suspend the Mr Kawu, and 32 other public officers/civil servants undergoing corruption trial at the time.   A source at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) confirmed that Mr Kawu was given the letter of suspension Thursday, pending the conclusion of investigations into the allegations against him.   Another source at the NBC confirmed that Armstrong Idachaba, the present director, Broadcast Monitoring, was handed a [Read]

Police Impose Three-Day Curfew In Bayelsa After Violence

  The Police in Bayelsa state have imposed three-day dusk to dawn curfew after angry All Progressive Congress (APC) protesters destroyed properties following the Supreme Court ruling which sacked the party’s elected candidate, David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.   According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Uche Anozie, who made the announcement on Friday, the curfew will last between 8pm – 6am.   Some Angry groups occupied major streets and the Government House on Friday morning, armed with APC flags and bearing placards, protesting the ruling of the apex court.   Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat in Yenagoa was also not spared as the [Read]

Mike Pompeo Visits Africa, Skips Nigeria

The United States is discussing military cuts in Africa, has tightened visa rules for Africans and President Donald Trump notoriously was quoted as disparaging the continent with a vulgar epithet.   But in his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa in his nearly two years in office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will seek to lay out a positive vision for US cooperation with the continent where China has been increasingly active.   Pompeo on Saturday begins a trip to Senegal, Angola and Ethiopia, chosen for their leaders’ attachment to democratic values in a continent that has seen backsliding in recent years.   “These three countries are major contributors to regional [Read]

INEC Replies Oshiomhole: We Obeyed Supreme Court On Bayelsa Like We Did On Imo

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday said it will not join issues with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, National chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the Supreme Court judgment on Bayelsa governorship election.   The apex court yesterday sacked the APC’s governor-elect in Bayelsa State, David Lyon, and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo and pronounced the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates, Douye Diri and his running mate, Lawrence Ewrujakpor as the winners of the election held in the state.   It gave the ruling after it had found irregularities in the credentials of the ex-APC deputy governor-elect in Bayelsa State, Degi-Eremienyo, and annulled the joint ticket of [Read]