The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has challenged the court order proscribing his group and declaring it a terrorist group. In a statement on Friday, Mr. Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said the motion challenging Wednesday’s court order was filed on Friday. According to the motion, dated September 21, Mr. Ejiofor argued that IPOB is a non-violent organisation; therefore the decision of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to issue an order, based on a motion made ex-parte, was illegal. A motion ex-parte is a motion heard by the court without the presence of the other party/ parties. The lawyer added that his client, whose whereabouts has been unknown since the violent crisis in Abia started two weeks ago, was not allowed fair he
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has noted that civil servants who send their children to Nigeria’s private universities are corrupt. ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, Dr Deji Omole, who spoke in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Sunday stated that civil servants with wards in private universities must be stealing. He made this statement when he received a delegation of the labor movement in Oyo State led by Waheed Olojede He said, “It is unfortunate that we have to go on strike again, for as long as we continue have bandits in government, we shall continue to struggle. It is sad that in Nigeria that we pay lip service to public education. “They do not want us to have functional education so that they can continue to exploit us. Our presidents will firs
Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, on Tuesday emerged the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the November 18 poll in the state. The governor, who was the sole contestant in the primary, polled 1,070 “yes” votes from a total of 1,092.accredited delegates. Meanwhile, the United Peoples Party, Anambra State chapter, on Tuesday suspended two governorship aspirants in the party, Osita Chidoka and Mr. Chudi Ofodile. Chidoka is a former Minister of Aviation while Ofodile is a former member of the House of Representatives. Also suspended were the National Treasurer of the party, Flint Obiekwe and Nwabueze Anyichie, deputy national secretary. They were suspended for alleged anti-party activities aimed at undermining the authority of the state executive.
The Nigeria Police has invited Aloysius Ikegwuonu aka Bishop over the Ozubulu tragedy. Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in Anambra State, Nkiru Nwode, said yesterday that Bishop, is expected to appear at the police headquarters in Awka on Friday. The police however, clarified that the invitation is not an arrest. Ikegwuonu was the target of attack on St Philip’s Catholic Church, Amakwa Ozubulu, penultimate Sunday. His father was among the 13 people who lost their lives during the attack that left 30 people wounded. Ikegwuonu, who left the state before the attack on the church he built for his community, returned last Saturday. He attended the first Mass at St Philip’s on Sunday which saw the reopening of the worship centre. The service was attended by Secretary t
Anselm Ojezua, has assured that peace will return to the Edo state house of assembly. Anselm who is the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), gave the assurance following the fracas that occurred on the floor of the chamber on Monday. Some members impeached Justin Okonoboh and elected Kabiru Adjoto as the new speaker after violence sparked in the chambers. Speaking with journalists on Tuesday after meeting Governor Godwin Obaseki, Ojezua confirmed ongoing consultations to ensure that Adjoto’s election conformed with party’s power sharing arrangement. He said the change of leadership was nothing new as the national assembly has had similar changes. “We sought to find out if there were fundamental issues that led to the impeachment between yesterday and today.
Babafemi Ojudu, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, on Monday said President Muhammadu Buhari is coming back to Nigeria. He said this while dismissing comments that the presidency sponsored some Nigerians to embark on solidarity protests across the country in support of Buhari. Ojudu said that the presidency does not hire people for protest marches, saying that those who participated in the pro-Buhari protest were die-hard supporters of the president. “I was working in my office when I was called to go and receive them, just the way we also received the BringBackOurGirls’ protesters last time. ”This presidency does not give money to anybody. This is not our tradition, is not our culture to buy protest or induce people to do any. “You will be surprised
Diezani Allison Madueke has finally spoken on several allegations of financial impropriety levelled against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Diezani said she never stole Nigeria’s money. The former Minister made the claim in a statement she issued yesterday. She said the anti-graft agency was taking advantage of her silence to try and convict her in the media hence her response. Recall that the EFCC had alleged that Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former minister of Petroleum Resources, by an order of a Federal High Court has forfeited $153.3 million to the Federal Government. Diezani’s statement, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja, reads, “I wish to state I cannot forfeit what was never mine. “I do not know the basis on which the EFCC has ch
The NNPC and marketers in the downstream oil sector have opened up on the alleged plans to hike the pump price of PMS, in any other case referred to as fuel. The Nigeria Labour Congress recently declared that the Federal government should not take its (NLC’s) threat to embark on an industrial action, lightly up by means of hiking the rate. Reacting, however, the NNPC manager for Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, stated there was no plan to hike the charge. He told newsmen that the NNPC had in no way complained about the economic burden it shouldered in making sure that the country had enough PMS. Ughamadu said, “The government and the NNPC had denied rumours of petrol price increase on several occasions. There is nothing of such for now. And assuming we are incurring losses, w
Hurray!!! Today marks President Muhammadu Buhari’s 100th day’s absence from office, having embarked on a clinical holiday to deal with a yet-to-be disclosed ailment in London. As he was leaving Nigeria for the second one round of overseas treatment, Mr. President passed the reins of government to his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who automatically became the appearing President. Due to his 100-day absence from his primary workplace, President Buhari has won the record as the only serving president to have spent an extended number of days outside his domain, Osinbajo has additionally made history because the first acting President, globally, to clock one hundred days in workplace. Internationally, most office holders mark the primary a hundred days in office to show off their modest achie
Management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disowned any portal been spread around social media that the scheme has launched a portal to pay Ex Corps members the sum of 75,000 naira. In a statement signed by the management of the scheme on Saturday, the blogs which are 'Safe Job' and 'Vanguard News' cited a purported passage of bill on payment of stipends to ex-Corps members by the Senate, and published information claiming that the NYSC Director-General had launched a portal for the payment of the said stipends. The statement also stated a fake Facebook account and NYSC Online platform on the issue hence the management of the scheme stated that the information was not only false, but also misleading and should be disregarded. The statement informed stakeholders th...