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Court strikes out suit against 54 lawmakers

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday struck out a suit seeking an order declaring vacant the seats of 54 National Assembly members who, last year, defected from the political parties which sponsored their elections. The legislators targeted by the suit include the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and a former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio. Justice Okon Abang held that the plaintiff which instituted the suit, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project, lacked the legal right to institute theRead More

FG to stop importation of textiles by 2023

The Federal Government is to stop the importation of textiles by 2023. This was contained in the terms of reference of the committee for the revival of the textile industry read by the Special Adviser to the Central Bank Governor on Development Finance, Anthony Ifechukwu in Abuja. Mr Ifechukwu said by the end of the year, about 20 textile firms would have been revived and 50 more by 2020. Other terms include identifying clusters for cotton production, zero duty on textile equipment and to address infrastructure deficits in participating States. The CBN Governor, MrRead More

EFCC arrests herbalist for impersonation.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ilorin Zonal Office has arrested a thirty one year old Herbalist, Jamiu Isiaka for allegedly impersonating the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina among other prominent citizens. The suspect with others who are still at large allegedly used the names of the senior government officials to scam a South Korean National, Keun Sig Kim under a pretence of getting him a license at theRead More

Northern govs meet over insecurity

Northern governors are meeting in Kaduna over the spate of kidnapping, armed robbery and banditry. Apart from the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, other governors who have arrived the meeting venue are those of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, Katsina State’s Aminu Masari, Plateau State’s Simon Lalong, and Benue State Deputy Governor, Benson Abonu. As of the time of filing this report, other governors were yet to arrive at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, venue of the meeting. The meeting is expected to deliberateRead More

Orange executives to face trial over workers’ suicide

May 6, 2019 Former bosses at French telecoms operator Orange were due to go on trial on Monday over a series of suicides at the company in the late 2000s. Ex-CEO Didier Lombard with six other former executives and the company itself, are accused of moral harassment in the first case of its kind on this scale in France, setting a potential precedent for large businesses. The incident was a traumatic episode that shocked the nation and raised questions over corporate culture. The trial in Paris’ criminal court, is expectedRead More

Cease-fire at Israel-Gaza border

May 6, 2019 A surge in violence between Gaza and Israel has come to a lull with Palestinian officials reporting that Egypt has mediated a ceasefire. Monday’s cease-fire ended the most serious spate of cross-border clashes for months. The latest round of fighting, along the Israel-Gaza border,  broke out on Friday, peaking on Sunday when rockets and missiles from Gaza killed four civilians in southern Israel. In response, Israeli airstrikes killed twenty-one Palestinians, including twelve civilians, over the weekend. On Monday, two Palestinian officials and a TV station belonging toRead More

Police arrest suspect accused of murder

May 6, 2019 The Police command in Anambra State has arrested the second suspect alleged to be involved in the killing of the President-General of Nimo community, late Chief Frank Igboka. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mustapha Dandaura who made this known while parading the suspect at the Police headquarters in Amawbia, gave his name as Okoye, popularly called IBB. He said the suspect was traced and arrested in his hideout at old INEC road, Awka, on the third of this month, following an intelligence information. InRead More

Court remands 2 men for sexually assaulting

May 6, 2019 An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday ordered that two men be remanded in prison for allegedly defiling a nine-year-old girl. Magistrate Olufunke Sule-Amzat, who did not take the pleas of the defendants, ordered that they should be remanded in Kirikiri Prison and the case file sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice. She adjourned the case until June 6. The defendants, whose addresses were not provided, are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, assault and defilement. Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP Benson Emuerhi,Read More

FCTA insists on ban of coaster buses in FCT

May 6, 2019 The FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Service (DRTS) has reiterated the ban on the use of mini and medium capacity buses known as ‘coaster’ from operating within the Territory. The Secretary, DRTS, Mr Kayode Opeifa, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, says the ban was in accordance with the Federal Capital Territory Administration transportation master plan. The Secretary, said that the reminder became necessary following the number of such buses presently on major roads in the FCT flouting the directive. Mr Opeifa said that officers ofRead More

Yobe to distribute 2.3 million mosquito nets

May 6, 2019 Executive Secretary, Yobe Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr Mohammed Lawan-Gana, said on Monday that the state government in collaboration with a group, Malaria Consortium, would distribute 2.3 million mosquito nets to fight malaria across the state. Dr Lawan-Gana disclosed this in Damaturu at an orientation session with the media on Long-Lasting Insecticidal Net campaign in the state. The Secretary, who was represented by the Director Disease Control of the board, Mohammed Ali, said the nets were increased from 1.5 million in 2011 to 2.3 million in 2019,Read More