News of the Week

No figure on returned loot yet – Adeosun; Boko Haram plans attacks on churches, mosques, markets, DSS warns; Buhari okays appointment of 30 new federal high court judges; Lagosians will no longer accept excuses, Ambode tells police; Kidnappers Release Siasia’s Mother; Kogi election: Rival groups storm APC headquarters; Kogi election: Wada heads to court . . .

Minister . Kemi Adeosun, Finance

No figure on returned loot yet – Adeosun

The Federal Government is yet to put a specific figure to the amount of money so far returned by those who looted the treasury, as disclosed by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Minister of Finance,  Mrs. Kemi Adeosun,  told journalists , at yesterday’s Federation Accounts Allocation Committee , FAAC, meeting, in Abuja, that the process was still on-going.

According to her, when collated, the funds would be returned to where they were stolen from as appropriate. Her words, “There is no figure on the funds being returned yet.  The process is on-going.  When it is completed and the accounts are available, they would be returned to where they were stolen from.  We haven’t come to that yet.”

Boko Haram . Boko Haram fighters on parade

Boko Haram plans attacks on churches, mosques, markets, DSS warns

The Department of State Services, DSS, has alerted Abuja residents over plots by Boko Haram to attack churches, mosques and markets, using girls to bomb those places.

A memo by the Director of Security Services, Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Ibrahim, urged religious bodies to put their members on the alert.

The memo addressed to the National Presidents of Jama’atu Nasril Islam and the Christian Association of Nigeria asked residents to report suspicious elements around places of worship to the authorities.

Three telephone numbers were provided to such reports. They are: 09063872207, 09053872208 and 09053872209.

According to the memo which was being passed round via whatsApp and the internet, the terrorists plan to use young girls.

Buhari . PMB on Channelstv

Buhari okays appointment of 30 new federal high court judges

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 30 new Judges for the Federal High Court.

The National Judicial Council, NJC, recommended the appointment of the new judges.

The new Judges, according to a statement that was issued by the Council yesterday, are: Hon. Justice Yellin S. Bogoro (Bauchi State), Rosemary O. Dugbo Oghoghorie (Delta State), Taiwo Obayomi Taiwo (Ogun State), Ibrahim Watila (Borno State), Mallong Peter Hoommuk (Plateau State), Isa Hamma Adama Dashen (Adamawa State), Hassan Dikko (Kebbi State), Jude Kanyioh Dagat (Kaduna State), Olayinka Olusegun Tokode (Osun State), Simon Akpah Amobeda (Kogi State), Jane Egienanwan Inyang (Cross River State), Daniel Emeka Osiagor (Rivers State), Prof. Chuka Austine Obiozor (Anambra State),

Others ar, Iniekenimi Nicholas Oweib (Bayelsa State), Hassan Muslim Sule (Zamfara State), Hadiza Rabiu Shagari (Sokoto State), Saleh Kogo Idrissa (Yobe State), Joyce Obehi Abdulmalik (Edo State), Hillary Ide Osho Oshomah (Edo State), Fadima Murtala Aminu (Adamawa State), Toyin Bolaji Adegoke (Kwara State), James Kolawole Omotosho (Ogun State), Nehizena Idemudia Ekunwe (Edo State), Stephen Daylop Pam (Plateau State), Akintayo Aluko (Ekiti State), Dr. Nnamdi O. Dimgba (Abia State), Emeka Nwite (Ebonyi State), Abdulazeez M.Z. Anka (Zamfara State), Abdu Dogo (FCT), and Adamu Turaki Muhammed (Jigawa State).

Lagos . Gov. Ambode donates vehicles, equipment, copter etc. Lagos Police Command

Lagosians will no longer accept excuses, Ambode tells police

•Hands over N4.6b security equipment to State Command, RRS

•Urges FG to increase support to Lagos

•Buhari, IG Arase ask states to emulate Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday handed over security equipment and vehicles to the State Police Command and the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), just as he charged them to ensure that the equipment are deployed effectively to tackle criminal activities as residents will no longer accept excuses.

The Governor spoke at the official handing over of 100 4-door salon cars, 55 Ford Ranger pick-up vans, 10 Toyota Land Cruiser pick-up vans, 15 BMW power bikes, 100 power bikes, Isuzu trucks, three helicopters, two gun boats, 15 armoured personnel carriers, revolving lights, siren and public address systems, vehicular radio communicators, security gadgets including bullet proof vests, helmets and handcuffs, all valued at about N4.765 billion.

Samson Siasia

Kidnappers Release Siasia’s Mother

The mother of Nigeria Under-23 head coach, Madam Beauty Ogere Siasia, has regained her freedom after two weeks of being held captive by suspected kidnappers.

The Bayelsa State police public relations officer, ASP Butswat Asinim, confirmed the development of the release of Samson Siasia’s mother by her abductors on Saturday.

Asinim revealed that Mrs Siasia was rescued at about 1.30am on Saturday following an operation by the Bayelsa State Police Command.

“She was rescued at about 1.30am today by the police following an operation on the case,” Asinim said.

It was gathered that the case is still ongoing despite Siasia’s mother regaining her freedom after two weeks in the custody of her kidnappers.

Asinim said: “Of course we will continue the case and the culprits will be brought to book.”

APC . CHANGE

Kogi election: Rival groups storm APC headquarters

Two rival groups stormed the headquarters of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja on Friday to demand that the party consider their benefactors as beneficiaries of the mandate given to the late APC governorship candidate in last week’s election, Prince Abubakar Audu.

One of the groups is rooting for Audu’s son, Mohammed, while the other is seeking the endorsement of James Falake, Audu’s running mate during the governorship election.

The protesters arrived at the party’s secretariat separately in more than eight chartered commercial buses, singing solidarity songs and displaying placards with inscriptions stating opposing views.

Faleke’s supporters, who were the first to arrive, had some of their placards reading: “James Abiodun Faleke, our governor Jan. 2016”, “INEC, Please declare Faleke winner”, “Oyegun, fear God”, “No political cheating”, and “Don’t steal a deceased’s mandate.”

The group was led by Jibrin Yusuf, who read a statement signed by a former acting Governor of Kogi State, Clearance Obafemi.

He urged the party not to compensate those who worked against the interest of the party during the polls.

Yusuf said, “Also very well known is the fact that the APC governorship mandate is jointly held by the late Prince Abubakar Audu and Hon. Abiodun James Faleke, and the more than 240, 000 votes given by the good people of Kogi State are for the two of them. Now, Biodun Faleke is still alive.”

NIPC . Gov. Idris Wada, Gov Kogi

Kogi election: Wada heads to court

A new twist has been added to the debacle in Kogi State’s inconclusive governorship elections and the sudden death of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, with a request by the incumbent governor Idris Wada before a federal high court in Abuja to stop the December 5 supplementary poll already fixed by INEC.

Alternatively, the governor is seeking a consequential order of court directing INEC to conduct fresh governorship election in Kogi State within a specified period.

In a motion on notice filed at the regis­try of the court by his counsel, Chief Chris Uche [SAN], Governor Wada is contending that being the only surviving candidate with majority of lawful votes cast at the gover­norship election held on November 21, 2015, he is the winner of the said election and ought to be issued a certificate of return by the INEC.

He further asked from the court, an order restraining the All Progressives Congress [APC] or its officers and members from organising and / or holding a fresh primary election for the purpose of any supplemen­tary or other election for the Kogi State gov­ernorship election 2015.

In the alternative, the plaintiff prayed the court to declare that by reason of the death of Prince Abubakar Audu, the candidate of the APC, the Kogi State governorship election held on November 21, 2015 and declared by the INEC [1st defendant] as in­conclusive has been rendered aborted, can­celled, null and void and of no legal effect whatsoever.

The plaintiffs further asked the court to declare that having regards to the provisions of section 141 of the Electoral Act, 2010 [as amended], votes scored by a candidate who died during an election cannot be inherited by or transferred to a person, who was not a candidate at the said election and who did not participate in all stages of such election, for the purpose of conducting such election.

Besides, the plaintiffs asked for a dec­laration that INEC public notice dated November 24, 2015 for the holding of a supplementary governorship election for Kogi State on December 5, 2015 is unlaw­ful, null and void and of no legal effect whatsoever.

NND

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