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Legal battle begins over Magu’s confirmation

Legal battle begins over Magu’s confirmation

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  The confirmation process of the acting chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu before the Senate took a legal dimension yesterday as two different parties approached a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking legal interpretation on the legality or otherwise of the matter. The two suits, already consolidated since the subject matter revolves around Magu, are now before Justice John Tsoho and the legal fireworks will begin on February 8, 2017. A lawyer, Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo, filed one of the suits before the court, praying it  to make a declaratory order, deeming that the Senate has confirmed the appointment of Magu by President Muhammadu Buhari as chairman of the EFCC on the grounds of the provisions of the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004. In the suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/59/17 brought by wa
Pay roll scam: Bayelsa loses N2.6 billion annually to employment scam

Pay roll scam: Bayelsa loses N2.6 billion annually to employment scam

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The Judicial Commission of Inquiry on pay roll fraud has presented the volume 1 of its report to the government with a shocking discovery. The Chairperson of the Commission, Hon. Justice Doris Adokeme while presenting the report to Governor Seriake Dickson at the Executive Chamber, Government House, Yenagoa on Wednesday blamed over bloated wage bill on the activities of fraudsters in the system. A statements by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said it uncovered 6,280 unauthorized employments at the eight constitutionally recognized local government areas and thirty-two Rural Development Authorities which amounted to an annual loss of N2.61 billion. The commission in its findings discovered 3,243 unauthorized employees at Rural Development Authorit
Ikpeazu, Total brainstorm  over unremitted revenue, oil community crisis

Ikpeazu, Total brainstorm over unremitted revenue, oil community crisis

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The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has met with managment of Total E &P Nigeria Ltd over the lingering issues of none-remittances of revenue to the state by the multinational oil firm, and total neglect of the oil-bearing communities in Ukwa West LGA of the state, where the company is currently engaged in an oil exploration activities. The meeting followed complaints by the state and the oil rich communities of Owaza and Asa in Ukwa West LGA of the state which prompted a recent tour of oil facilities in the area by Governor Ikpeazu, with a promise to resolve the lingering issues with Total E&P Nigeria Ltd. At the meeting between the government and management of the oil firm yesterday, the Total delegation led by the Deputy Managing Director, Total E&P, Nig Ltd,...
Financial recklessness; Ebonyi Assembly commences probe of sacked council boss

Financial recklessness; Ebonyi Assembly commences probe of sacked council boss

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The Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Dave Umahi yesterday said that the Ebonyi State House of Assembly has commenced the investigation into the alleged financial recklessness of the sacked Ohaozara Council Caretaker Committee Chairman, Hon Justice Ogbonna Sunday. Explaining the reason behind the sack of the former Council boss, Governor Umahi stated that during a visit to the local government area, it was observed that the place was littered with dirt and was so bushy adding that it some offices it was observed has not been opened in the last one year. Governor Umahi who expressed his displeasure over the constant vandalisation of electrical cables in the state and stealing of diesel from government installations by people recruited by the Ministry of Power to guard the install...
African Leaders Plan Collective Exit From ICC

African Leaders Plan Collective Exit From ICC

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African leaders have passed a non-binding resolution aimed at a mass exit of member states from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The African Union (AU) took the decision following a divisive debate at its annual heads of state summit in Addis Ababa. Part of the resolution also said the AU would hold talks with the United Nations Security Council to push for the ICC to be reformed. The "strategy of collective withdrawal" from the ICC is not without reservations, an AU official told newsmen yesterday after this week's AU summit. Details of the reservations remained sketchy as press time as the official did not offer further details on the exit strategy. Analysts say the move highlights broad antipathy towards the court among Africans who feel the ICC unfairly targets them....
Gunmen attack UN team in Nigeria, kill 5

Gunmen attack UN team in Nigeria, kill 5

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Gunmen have attacked a United Nations monitoring team at the Nigeria-Cameroon border, killing five people. Three Nigerians were among those killed, a UN statement said Wednesday. “According to preliminary reports, at around 14:00 hours, yesterday (Tuesday), an unknown armed group attacked a UN Technical Monitoring Team, killing five individuals – a UN independent contractor, three Nigerians nationals and one Cameroonian national – and injuring several others,” the UN envoy for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Chambas, said in a statement. “The team was conducting a field mission in the vicinity of Hosere Jongbi, near Kontcha, Cameroon, about 700 kilometres north of the capital Yaoundé, as part of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission mandate,” he said. The UN “strongly condem
Vampire/Suspected Escapees: Imo Police debunks report

Vampire/Suspected Escapees: Imo Police debunks report

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The Imo state Police Command has debunked the report captioned, “Vampire Escape: Police Raid Prison, Recover 264 Mobile Phones”, published in one of the national dailies (not LEADERSHIP). The Command however, stated that the report published on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 was malicious and frivolous, adding that no such raid was carried out by the command at Owerri prisons, as written. Meanwhile, the command had said that the report written by the three writers stated that: “As security agencies trade words over the sensational escape of alleged dreaded Chibueze Henry (a.k.a. Vampire), the State Police Command weekend raided the Owerri prisons and recovered mobile phones from the prison in-mates” The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Enwerem, in a release on
Dasuki Gate: Obanikoro returns another N30m, promises to pay a balance of N417m

Dasuki Gate: Obanikoro returns another N30m, promises to pay a balance of N417m

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A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has returned a fresh sum of N30m to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, with a promise to pay a balance of N417m, Punchng reports. He has now returned N167m to the FG. A reliable source was quoted as saying, “I can confirm that Senator Obanikoro has been meeting up his part of the agreement. You will recall that last year, he promised to return a certain amount of money every quarter. He has made a payment of N30m, his first instalment in 2017. He is also reporting at the EFCC as he should." The ex-minister was accused of receiving N4.7bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.). Obanikoro had said in his statement of oath at the EFCC that after re
Protesters storm NTA, CBN, say Buhari’s not dead

Protesters storm NTA, CBN, say Buhari’s not dead

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Protesters storm NTA, CBN, say Buhari's not dead About 200 protesters under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society Groups on Tuesday  stormed at the Headquarters of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Abuja in solidarity with President Muhammadu Buhari, saying his rumoured death was the handiwork of blackmailers and mischief makers. They urged Nigerians to pray for quick recovery of the President to avoid any eventuality, rather than play politics with his death. For about two hours, no vehicle was allowed into the NTA premises and none was allowed to go out. They insisted that the NTA management led by its DG, Mohammed Ibn Mohammed, should give explanation why they had refused to send their crew to cover its rally to tell the world
REVEALED: What the DSS did to Apostle Johnson Suleman During Interrogation

REVEALED: What the DSS did to Apostle Johnson Suleman During Interrogation

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Orbitnews has gathered that the Department of State Services (DSS) has asked the General Overseer, Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, to stop granting interviews. According to reports, the cleric was also directed to watch his tongue because of the importance attached to his messages by his followers. A security source at the DSS was quoted by the Newspaper as saying that Suleiman was equally told by security operatives to know that his followership cut across Christianity and Islam and should therefore mind the way he speaks. The pastor was quizzed by the DSS on Monday in Abuja over his alleged sermon asking his followers to kill any herdsmen found within his church premises. He had claimed that he was warned that unknown herdsmen were planning to either ambush...
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