Mr. Fix-It is dead; PDP condemns Buhari’s “secret meeting” with INEC boss; Policewoman involved in ex-minister’s daughter killing part of investigating team; Buhari takes over peace process in APC crisis; Fayose’s bail: ex-gov set to regain freedom from EFCC custody . . .
Saraki is a very dangerous person — Presidency; Chinese investors to pullout of $1.4 billion Lagos rail deal if Ambode fails to return as governor; Ambode may yet return as governor . . .
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has signified his intention to answer questions on management of funds under his watch. Fayose has promised to make himself available at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) barely 24 hours after the expiration of his constitutional immunity . . .
The Nigerian oil & gas company based in Lagos but drills oil on an alleged trespassed land in an alleged collusion/deception, in cahoots with a Kwale chief, to unlawfully enter an artisan’s private land to drill oil and gas – Umusadege Field, located at OML 56 in Delta State situated in the Niger Delta has now been exposed by the mass media and the social media – (both the print media and online media platforms) . . .
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has agreed to the insistence of state chapters of the party to decide the mode of primary for the selection of candidates for the 2019 elections . . .
APC Can’t Remove Me as Senate President — Saraki; High Oil Price Pushes Subsidy on Petrol to N65.6 Per Litre; FG Closes Case Against, SAN, Judge; Court strikes out suit against Jones Abiri Source newspaper publisher; Femi Otedola accepts Lagos PDP gov’s ticket – Ovation publisher, Dele Momodu . . .
A 47-year old Nigerian, Mr. Friday Okolo (Photo 1: left) has sued an indigenous Nigerian Oil & Gas company, another defendant and a third party for illegal entry, continuous trespass and consequent drilling of oil and gas on his private land without paying compensation.
The opposing parties in the lawsuit are Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Limited (the first defendant), Chief Sunday Ochonogor, a native doctor and herbalist (the second defendant) who is sued in his personal capacity and on behalf of the Umuachi Family of Umusadege Quarters in Kwale, Delta State and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) sued in the corporation’s capacity and on behalf of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources (the third party).
Kemi Adeosun resigns
Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has reportedly resigned. According to sources, Adeosun may have resigned over allegations that she forged her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate. There are reports yet to be confirmed that Kemi Adeosun the Minister of Finance has resigned. According to SaharaReporters ‘it is unclear as of when exactly Kemi Adeosun’s resignation will take effect, as she is “currently in her office working”.
The Federal High Court in Abuja fixed October 8 to hear a suit asking it to sack the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, from office for not possessing a valid discharge certificate issued by the NYSC. A constitutional lawyer, Mr. Francis Obalim, had approached the court, praying for an order quashing and setting aside Mrs. Adeosun’s appointment as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari, same being an act done in circumvention of a condition precedent and in contravention of mandatory Sections 12, 13 and 14 of the NYSC Act which is an integral part of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. It is not clear when she submitted her resignation letter.
Yusuf Bichi named DSS boss
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved with effect from September 14, the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi (fwc), as the Director-General of Department of State Service (DSS). A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the appointee is a core Secret Service operative.
The statement said: “The new DSS boss comes to the job with skills in intelligence gathering, research analysis, conflict management, general investigation, risk and vulnerability operations, counter intelligence and protective operation and human resources management.
“In the course of his career, Mr. Bichi has worked as the state Director of Security in Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto and Abia states. He was at various times the Director, National Assembly Liaison (National War College), Director at national headquarters in the Directorate of Security Enforcement, Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Inspection and Directorate of Administration and Finance.”
Court strikes out suit to stop Saraki’s removal as Senate President
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out a suit filed by associates of Dr. Bukola Saraki to stop any move to reconvene the Senate for the purpose of removing Dr. Saraki as the President of the Senate. Vacation judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba terminated further hearing on the suit filed by two former All Progressive Congress (APC), Senators, Rafiu Adebayo and Isa Misau, following an application by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, (SAN) to strike it out for none diligent prosecution.
At the resumed hearing of the case with suit no. FHC/ABJ/CS/843/2018, no lawyer appeared on behalf of the plaintiffs. Consequently, the AGF who was represented by Mr. T. D. Agbe, urged the court to strike out the case for want of diligent prosecution. The AGF further prayed the court to award a cost of N10million against the plaintiffs who he accused of filing a frivolous suit. In a short ruling, Justice Dimgba acceded to request of the Defendants and struck out the case for want of diligent prosecution.
Suspected Herdsmen Raid Villages In Numan And Took Dozens Of Women Captive
Suspected Herdsmen raided villages in Numan and took dozens of women captive. The women are said to be held by suspected herdsmen after a raid on Gwon, Bolki and Nzumosu communities in Numan local government area of Adamawa State. Numan communities have been under siege by suspected herdsmen since January this year but the repeated attacks have been dismissed as mere farmer/herder clashes by the authorities.
Confirming the recent attacks, the member representing Numan constituency at the state House of Assembly, Mrs. Sodom Tayedi told newsmen that the marauding herdsmen were advancing towards other neighboring communities. She further explained that the exact casualties cannot be ascertained as locals scampered to safety in the bush. Hon. Tayedi lamented that the attackers were mobilizing from Abbare which has a large contingent of Nigerian soldiers.
“There are soldiers in Abbare, yet these attackers will always mobilise from that Abbare. There is never a time they’ll attack and I never called security agents as member representing the constituency. I just called the Brigade Commander again and he assured me that troops are on their way to the area”, she said.
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An Arms Deal Won’t Heal What Ails Muhammadu Buhari
BY MAX SIOLLUN | MAY 11, 2018, 7:04 AM | FOREIGN POLICY | ARGUMENT
Nigeria’s president is trying to prove he can get from Washington what his predecessor couldn’t, but it might not be enough to get him re-elected.
President Muhammadu Buhari appears to be under pressure to disclose the state of his health after he embarked on a fourth medical trip to London . . .