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AIT founder, Raymond Dokpesi freed from Kuje prison
Founder of AIT, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, finally left detention on Wednesday after spending three days in Kuje prison in Abuja, where a Federal High Court in Abuja remanded him pending when he would meet the N400m bail conditions. Dokpesi apparently met the bail conditions and was released.
After his release, Dokpesi attended the AIT Christmas Carol 2015 organized by his television station to welcome the impending Christmas season. He was greeted enthusiastically by his staff, supporters and admirers.
Naira depreciates to ₦270/U.S .Dollar, ₦365/British Pound
The Nigerian local currency, Naira, on Wednesday depreciated further to N270 per dollar at the parallel market (black market), following reduction of dollar sales to bureaux de change (BDCs) by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). International traders, importers and exporters are groaning under the scarcity of forex.
Over 1,000 refugees of Boko Haram attacks return to Nigeria
Over 1,000 Nigerians, out of the thousands who fled attacks by the Boko Haram jihadists to neighboring West African countries, returned to their homelands this week, Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said Wednesday that the displaced Nigerians are returning in droves as the Nigerian military is mopping up operations against Islamic insurgency in the northeast of Nigeria.
Despite warnings by security agencies and most recently the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives (APC) to the pro-Biafra protests not to stage any protest in Lagos, Niger learnt that Biafra agitators protested along the Alaba-Ojo axis of Lagos State on Wednesday. The pro-Biafra march shut down the major roadways in Lagos and brought business activity to a standstill. IPOB had announced yesterday it would conduct a protest in Lagos on December 16th and 17th 2015.
Governor Wike heads to Supreme Court following appeal court judgement
The embattled Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike heads to the Supreme Court following the appeal court judgement. Wike has instructed his lawyers to appeal Wednesday’s judgment of the Court of Appeal which ordered fresh governorship election in the oil State of Rivers in the Niger Delta region.
Obama appoints Nigerian, Adewale Adeyemo, as his Deputy National Security Adviser
U.S. President Barack Obama has appointed a 34-yr-old Nigerian of Yoruba extraction, Adewale Adeyemo, as his Deputy National Security Adviser. The U S President appointed Adewale (a.k.a. ‘Wally’) Adeyemo who served in top roles at the U.S. Treasury Department to succeed Caroline Atkinson as his Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs.
Appeal Court Verdict: Peterside commends judiciary, congratulates Rivers people
Mr. Dakuku Peterside, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has hailed Wednesday’s verdict of the Appeal Court endorsing the earlier judgement of the Rivers Elections Petitions Tribunal on the nullification of the April Rivers State governorship election.Reacting to the judgement, Peterside praised the Nigerian judiciary for its courage and efforts towards deepening the nation’s democracy and political process. According to him, the judiciary will be remembered for standing tall even in the face of unwarranted provocation and vilification by those who brazenly stole the peoples’ mandate during the March and April elections in Rivers State.
No evidence to prosecute CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar – FG
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami SAN, on Tuesday, said there was no “material fact” to prosecute the Chairman of the Conduct of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Justice Danladi Umar, over corruption allegations by the Anti Corruption Network.Mr. Malami made the disclosure when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions, investigating the allegations of corruption against Justice Umar in a petition to the House by the ACN. A member of the House, Riwa Shawalum, had on November 12, laid before the House the petition signed by the group’s Executive Secretary, Ajulo Ajulo. The group is headed by APC Sen. Dino Melaye.
Nnamdi Kanu has no criminal charge hanging on his neck – lawyer
As the Federal Government on Wednesday struck out the case against a pro-Biafra activist after the prosecutors withdrew criminal charges against him. His lawyer, Vincent Egechukwu has said that the implication of the ruling showed that Nnamdi Kanu has no criminal charge hanging on his neckVincent Egechukwu speaking said that “the implication of the ruling today is that Nnamdi Kanu has no criminal charge hanging on his neck as we talk today. The only thing we need to do is to take the legal process to get him out of wherever they have detained him. I am grateful because we are getting close and close to the goal post,” he said.
Four female suicide bombers, one vigilante killed in Borno — NEMA
One vigilante and four female suicide bombers were killed on Wednesday at a checkpoint in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state after one bomber detonated her explosives, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). One bomber blew herself up at a security checkpoint 50 kilometres east of state capital Maiduguri run by civilian vigilantes who help the country’s military fight Boko Haram.Four girls between the ages of nine and 12 were stopped at the checkpoint in Mafa, according to Muhammad Kanar, head of NEMA for the northeast.