Justices of the Supreme Court have upheld the re-election of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as the Ondo State Governor.
In a 4 to 3 judgment, the justices upheld Akeredolu’s candidacy in the October 10, 2020 election in the state, dismissing the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, against the poll.
In his reaction, the Governor described outcome of the judgment as an act of god and as well commended the Judiciary for standing by the truth and not yielding to any influence, while he beckoned on Jegede to join in the task of making the state great.
Jegede had earlier approached the appeal court to challenge competence of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s sponsorship of Akeredolu for the election.
A Kaduna state high court has discharged and acquitted the embattled leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, popularly known as Shi’ite, Sheikh Ibrahim El-zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.
In a ruling that lasted over eight hours, the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, upheld the no-case submission filed by sheikh el-Zakzaky and his wife.
The IMN leader and his wife have been standing trial in the court for the past four years on an eight-count charge of alleged culpable homicide, disruption of public peace and unlawful assembly among others.
Their lead counsel, Femi Falana SAN, had however prayed the court to rule in favour of his clients and dismiss the charges levelled against them, saying there was no criminal case established against them so far by the Kaduna state government.
Members of the Nigerian senate have indefinitely postponed investigation of the chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Danladi Umar.
Umar had filed a suit to stop the senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petition from conducting an investigative hearing on a case of assault brought against him by a security guard and petitioner, Clement Sargwat and his lawyers.
The embattled CCT boss is asking the court to determine whether or not the senate is usurping powers of the police and the court by launching an investigation into the case.
Reacting, the senate committee, which got an originating summon from the court last week over its jurisdiction to continue entertaining the assault case, announced its decision to set aside the case, pending outcome of the matter in court.
Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state has cautioned his appointees against early politicking ahead of the 2023 elections.
Governor Diri, who gave the warning before commencement of the weekly state executive council meeting in the state government house, Yenagoa, vowed to sack any appointees found involved in open politicking.
He therefore cautioned all those involved to immediately withdraw, urging those interested in early politicking to resign or be ready to be sacked.
In another development, the Bayelsa governor urged security agencies to invest more time and resources in intelligence gathering in their effort to overcome banditry, insurgency and other security challenges in the state.
The governor further hammered on the need for security agencies to adopt a holistic approach that would encourage the participation of civilians in their campaign against insecurity
The Federal Government has outlined conditions that states must meet to benefit from the 750 million dollars International Development Association, IDA credit facility extended to Nigeria by the World Bank.
A statement forwarded to the press in Abuja revealed that to qualify for the facility in 2022, state governments are expected to first achieve disbursement linked indicators, DLIs in 2021, which demands that citizens’ inputs from formal public consultations are published online, among others.
Commenting, national programme coordinator of the State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability, SFTAS, Stephen Okon, urged state governments to publish the report on their various websites before the September 30 deadline.
Report indicated that the 750 million dollars is tied to the SFTAS programme, which is designed to strengthen the fiscal transparency, accountability and sustainability in states as a way of improving their revenue base, increasing fiscal efficiency in public expenditure and reducing debt overhang.
The recent difficulty faced by of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, led to thedecision to end the weekly allocation and sale of foreign exchange to Bureau De Change, BDC operators in the country.
The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, gave the hint while fielding questions from reporters after its Monetary Policy Committee, MPC meeting in Abuja.
Emefiele stressed that the move followed the top bank’s difficulty in meeting its mandate of maintaining the country’s foreign exchange reserves to safeguard the value of the naira.
He, however, warned that the nation’s financial regulator will not hesitate to sanction any bank found to be collaborating with BDC operators to facilitate illegal forex dealings.
In the meantime, the CBN boss pointed out that transactions will be cheaper to conduct with Nigeria’s digital currency tagged E-Naira, which he said will certainly come into operation in October this year.
The 36 million dollars border bridge project linking Nigeria with the republic of Cameroon will smoothen the free trade relationship under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, ACFTA, signed by both Countries.
The Minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, stated this while inspecting the bridge project at the Ajassor border community in Etung local government area of cross river state.
Highlighting reasons behind construction of the bridge, Fashola hinted that the project which has attained 99.9 percent completion would advance the actualization of objective of the agreement.
The minister added that the current administration plans to renew and expand old infrastructure that would take both countries to the future for many more decades and strengthen the relationship between them.
The Federal Government has raised an alarm that the country is faced with increasing cases of multiple concurrent disease outbreaks.
Speaking at a conference in Abuja, the minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, alerted that in the last one month, Nigeria has been responding to an outbreak of cholera across states, along with an increasing number of Lassa fever, Monkeypox case, yellow fever and measles cases.
Ehanire blamed outbreak of the diseases on the tropical climate in Nigeria, population density, high number of international travels and local movements, among others.
While corroborating the analysis on outbreaks of diseases in Nigeria, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, therefore stressed the need to reflect on lessons learned so far, and how to as one strengthen the response to covid-19 and other disease outbreaks.
The Nigeria Police Force, NPF, and the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, are warning Nigerians against offering bribes and gratifications to their officers.
Arising from a one-day virtual stakeholder dialogue on ‘effective and sustainable strategies for curbing retail corruption,’ the two agencies noted that bribes is a crime under the criminal code that will not go unpunished.
Addressing newsmen after the dialogue, officials of the two services urged the public to report any officer who demanded bribe to the x-squad, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP monitoring unit and the police complaint response unit.
On his part, a senior FRSC Official, Ntukidem Godwin, hinted that the corps has deployed body cameras to monitor officers’ field activities in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, adding that there are plans to replicate it in other states.