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Reps to Vote On New Age For President, Govs Tomorrow

Members of the House of Representatives will on Wednesday commence voting on amendments to the 1999 Constitution.

One of the amendments intends to lower the age qualification for presidential aspirants to 30 years.

The age bar on other leadership positions like Vice-President, state governors and members of the National Assembly, according to the proposal, will also be lowered.

Under the extant Section 65, the age requirement to contest an election to the Senate is 35 years. For the House of Representatives, it is 30 years.

In Section 106, the age requirement to contest a state House of Assembly seat is 30 years.

For the office of the President, the extant provision in Section 131 is 40 years.

For the office of the governor of a state, the qualification in the extant Section 177 is 35 years.

The proposed amendment also recommends that a Vice-President or deputy governor, whose principal dies in office, shall be entitled to only one tenure after completing the tenure of the deceased.

The recommendations, among others, are in the report of the House Ad Hoc Committee on Constitution Review, which was laid before the House on Thursday.

The committee, which is headed by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Yussuff Lasun, compiled all bills/proposals for amendments to the constitution in line with the legislative agenda of the 8th House.


N1.1bn Subsidy Fraud: Arisekola’s Son Opens Defence

Abdullahi Alao, son of the late Ibadan business mogul, Arisekola Alao, standing trial in a N1.1bn subsidy fraud case, on Monday opened his defence.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alleged that Alao and his company, Axe Energy Ltd., the late Opeyemi Ajuyah, Majope Investment and Olanrewaju Olalusi, fraudulently obtained N1,110,049,444.35 from the Federal Government under the guise that it was subsidy payments for 15,206,733 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit, which they purportedly imported into the country.

Ajuyah, who was facing charges alongside other defendants in the N1.1bn fraud case, died in January 2017.

At Monday’s proceedings, a financial downstream expert in petrol operation, Mr. Sanni Sheriff, explained to a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, the guidelines and requirements for the payment of oil subsidy.

Sheriff, while being led in evidence by the 1st defendant’s counsel, Mr. Olarewaju Ajanaku, told the court that bill of laden, and a shorthand report  endorsed by the Petroleum product Pricing Regulatory Agency, were the important documents in the payment of oil subsidy claims.

He added that the documents used for the payment of subsidy must carry the PPPRA stamp.

While being shown some exhibits in court, Sheriff identified the ones that met the requirements for the payment of subsidy, stating that the documents, originating from the companies allegedly involved in the charge, had the PPPRA endorsement.

While being cross-examined by the EFCC counsel, Mr. S. A. Atteh, Sheriff said he was not present when all the exhibits shown to him were compiled.

The defence presented another witness, Mr. Ferdinard Udumze, a forensic expert, who is also a chief consultant to the Nigeria Police Force.

Udumze told the court that he received a letter and some exhibits addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Forensic Department, Abuja, asking him to examine the signature and handwriting on the exhibits.

Udumze noted that after collecting the exhibits, he carried out some forensic analysis on the exhibits and he was able to examine and compare them with the aid of some instruments.

Udumze stated that after his examination, he wrote a report that the signature and handwriting on the exhibits belonged to one person.

 Atteh, however, objected to the admissibility of the documents presented by the defence stating that the documents were not made available to the commission.

Justice Lateefa Okunnu adjourned till July 25, 2017 and instructed Ajanaku to avail the prosecutor and other parties the documents.

Father And Son Boko Haram Terrorists Arrested By Troops During Patrol

On Monday 24th July 2017, troops of 233 Battalion, 27 Task Force Brigade of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in conjunction with vigilantes on routine patrol arrested 4 confirmed fleeing Boko Haram terrorists at Kurnari village and Nayinawa, outskirts of Damaturu, Yobe State.

The confirmed escaping Boko Haram terrorists, Bukar Waziri, aged 25 years and Mammade Lawan, aged 20 years, were from Buk, while father and son, Muhammadu Damina, aged 40 years and Isah Muhammadu aged 15 years, were from Talala.

During preliminary investigation, they claimed that they were fleeing from the terrorists’ hideout at Talala and Buk in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State because of the unbearable military’s onslaughts and bombardments on their various locations.

In a related development, troops of 33 Brigade Nigerian Army, on Operation FOREST KUNAMA II, on Sunday 23rd July 2017, following a tip off, at about 10.20pm, arrested one Salisu Ibrahim, an armed robbery suspect along Bauchi-Gombe road.

The terrorists and armed robbery suspects are being further investigated.

Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman

Director Army Public Relations

Senate Approves Establishment Of Nigerian Peace Corps

The Senate on Tuesday finally passed a bill to make the Nigerian Peace Corps a para-military agency.

The Senate adopted the conference report on the bill to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps, after it was so advised by its committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives had separately passed the bill last year.

However, after the harmonisation of the two separate bills, the Senate had rejected the harmonised version, which has now been approved.

The bill will be sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent after the House also approves the harmonised version.

It is not clear if the presidency will approve of the bill as several departments in the executive including the police and the military are opposed to the legalisation of the Peace Corps which is currently a private NGO.

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