Buhari’s vacation; Saraki & CCT, MASSOB, Biafra Referendum, Supreme Court, Tinubu, Dokpesi & AIT . . .
Osinbajo takes over, as Buhari begins 5-day vacation
President Muhammadu Buhari began a short vacation from today, February 5 to Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
A statement on Friday by the Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, said “While President Buhari is on vacation, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will perform the functions of the President.
“In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution, President Buhari has dispatched a formal notice of his vacation to the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
Bukola Saraki loses bid to stop trial at CCT
Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday, had his appeal seeking to stop his trial over alleged false assets declaration, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), dismissed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
In the lead judgment taken by Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, the court held that the CCT was properly constituted to exercise jurisdiction over Saraki’s trial.
It also resolved the issue of whether the tribunal had jurisdiction to try criminal matters and issue bench warrants against Saraki.
The seven-member judges of the apex court had in a unanimous judgement, ruled that Saraki should go and face his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
MASSOB to FG – ‘Conduct referendum for Biafra secession now’
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), yesterday, asked the Federal Government to quickly conduct a referendum in the south-east geopolitical zone as a precursor to secession or face the total shutdown of socio-economic activities in the region and beyond.
The pro-Biafra group vowed to unleash its potent force towards making Nigeria ungovernable if its stance was not heeded by the Federal Government.
MASSOB Director of Information, Samuel Edeson in a statement to newsmen in Enugu yesterday, said: ”We shall use everything at our disposal to fight Nigeria government especially through civil disobedience. We are going to call for sit at home in all Biafra land and Lagos. MASSOB will drag former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the International Crime Court, ICC, for all the atrocities he committed against Biafra since 1970.
“We are asking for justice for the massacre of Odi people, the Tiv, Jukum and the massacre of MASSOB members in Aba, Okigwe and Onitsha including the killing of six Igbo traders in Apo, Abuja. MASSOB will be taking her campaign to United States of America, United Kingdom, France and China embassies in Abuja. MASSOB therefore calls on all people of old eastern region, Delta, parts of Kogi and parts of Benue State to support the referendum that would soon take place in Biafraland. Our freedom is non negotiable”
I’m disappointed in Supreme Court judgment – Saraki
Senate President Bukola Saraki, has reacted to the Supreme Court decision on his CCT trial. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said:
“After listening to the ruling of the Supreme Court in the appeal he filed to challenge the process of arraigning him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki hereby states as follows :
“He expresses disappointment over the Judgment of the apex court in the country on the six grounds of his appeal
“He however will like to put it on record that the facts of the substantial matter are not before the Supreme Court since the apex court was only invited to rule on some preliminary issues in the process of commencing the trial.
“The Senate President believes he will have his day in the court to prove his innocence of the charges preferred against him during the trial proper.
“Dr. Saraki will like to thank everyone who has expressed support for him from the beginning of the case.
“He assures everyone that at the end of the day truth will prevail and justice will be served.”
Tinubu & Dokpesi settle libel suit out of court
The national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has agreed to accept to an out-of-court settlement over a libel sut against AIT. Tinubu agreed to an unreserved apology from the Chairman of DAAR Communication Plc, Chief Raymond Dokepsi as settlement for the libellous documentary “Lion of Bourdillon” aired on Africa Independent Television, AIT during the closing end of the 2015 presidential election campaigns in Nigeria.
Lawyer to Tinubu, Wole Olanipekun(SAN) and Dokpesi’s counsel Chief Mike Ozekhome(SAN) Friday presented the terms of settlement reached on 29 January, 2016 before the trial court Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe.
The terms of agreement include among other things, a retraction of the broadcast by AIT, an apology by AIT, which should be aired daily for a quarter.
The trial court subsequently adopted the terms of settlement.
Letter of retraction:
Retraction and Apology by DAAR Communications Plc to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Further to the terms of settlement in Suit No: ID/196GCMW/2015 between Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Daar Communications Plc filed as a result of the broadcast of a documentary titled ‘Lion of Bourdilon’ and which terms were adopted at the High Court of Lagos State on 5th February, 2016 as the judgment of the court, the defendant, Daar. Communication Plc, hereby retract and apologies to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as follows;
1. Daar Communications Plc, acknowledges that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is an outstanding. Political leader of unblemished character and integrity, as well as a leading public figure and opinion moulder who has made and continues to make immense, colossal and gargantuan contributions to the progress and development of the nation in general. And Lagos State in particular.
2. Daar Communication Plc admits that in airing the said documentary, it had no intention whatsoever to embarrass or diminish the high reputation of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu which it respects and attests to.
3. Daar Communications Plc hereby makes a public and unequivocal retraction of the said documentary titled ‘Lion of Bourdillon’, which was broadcast on its television station, AIT.
4. Daar Communications Plc hereby tenders unreserved apology to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the broadcast of the documentary on its television station, AIT.
5. Daar Communications Plc prays that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will live long to make more enormous contributions to the advancement of our nation, Nigeria, Lagos State and the world at large.