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Supreme Court sacks Sheriff, reinstates Makarfi as PDP chairman and other major headlines you missed today...


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The Supreme Court has removed Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the PDP.
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A five-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, in its judgment delivered on Wednesday, reinstated Ahmed Makarfi, earlier sacked by the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, as the National Caretaker Committee.
Reading the lead judgment of the Supreme Court, on Wednesday, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, held that contrary to the majority judgment of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, the suit filed by Makarfi faction before the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt was not an abuse of court.
The apex court also held that the National Convention of the PDP held on May 21, 2016 rightly and constitutionally removed Sheriff. It held that the convention acted rightly and not in breach of any aspect of the PDP’s constitution by setting up the the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.
The judgment of the apex court was unanimously agreed to the lead judgment by Justice Rhodes-Vivour. Other members of the panel are, Justices Onnoghen, Tanko Muhammad, Kayode Ariwoola and Dattijo Muhammad.




Gov Bello Begs Kogi ASUU To Suspend Strike
 Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has appealed to members of the state university’s Academic Staff Union to call off their strike and resume work.

Bello, who visited the university at Ayagba yesterday, pledged to pay all the salary arrears of lecturers and non-academic staff of the institution this month.

He said that the payment would cover those on contract and study leave, as well as those employed in 2015. The governor, however, said those who took the government to court would not benefit from the payment.

“I am going to pay every single dime, compute the arrears of all outstanding salaries. And for peace to reign, we will pay all including those on sabbatical, contract and study leave. “We owe you this and we shall pay you,” he said.


Bello said issues of education should not be politicised or reduced to mediocrity and sentiments.

“Progress, development, advancement, breakthroughs, discoveries, innovations and inventions are supposed to be the hallmarks of this university but we can only achieve these if we are ready to face the reality.

“What future do we have as a people and as a nation if we allow the rot to continue; we must have a rethink,” he said.

The governor warned those fighting the administration for selfish gains to refrain from their action.

Earlier, Prof. Adams Ahmad, Chairman, Governing Council of the university, described the governor’s intervention as `divine.’

Ahmad, who said the strike by the lecturers was avoidable, however, described the crises bedevilling the institution as “chronically endemic,” having accumulated over time and advised that it be tackled in phases.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mohammed Abdulkadir, in his welcome address, appealed to the governor to provide adequate accommodation, electricity, transportation, water and health facilities for the staff and students.

Abdulkadir said that the institution presently has 419 lecturers and would require 361 more academic staff to function efficiently and effectively in all departments.

He noted that non-accreditation of programmes in Health Sciences and the University Teaching Hospital among others had stagnated students who ought to be on clinical teaching by now.

Also speaking, the Attah-Igala and President, Kogi Traditional Council of Chiefs, Dr Idakwo Amen-Oboni said “extreme unionism” was detrimental to peace and development.

The royal father advised the government, university management, teachers, staff, students, parents and guardians to take their responsibilities in the education sector very seriously.

NAN

Man Batters Wife, Throws Her Off Two-Storey Building 
A 35-year-old man, Uche Chukwuka, who allegedly battered his wife and threw her down a two-storey building, appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday.

The accused, residing at No. 22 Railway Line in Idi-Oro, Mushin, Lagos, is standing trial on a two-count charge bordering on assault.

Chukwuka, however, pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges preferred against him. The Prosecutor, Inspector Godwin Oriabure, told court that the offence was committed on June 20 at about 7:30p.m. at the residence of the accused.

He explained that the accused committed the offence, following a heated argument with his wife, which led to a fight. “The accused beat up his wife and pushed her from a two-storey building, which caused her grievous body harm,” Oriabure stated.


He said the offences contravened sections 170 (a) and 173 of the Criminal Law Cap Ch, C17, Vol.3 Laws of Lagos State Nigeria, 2015.

The magistrate, Mr. O.S. Aka-Bashorun, granted bail to Chukwuka in the sum of N500,000, with two sureties in like sum.

He said that one of the sureties must be a community leader or Eze Ndigbo, whose name must be in the gazette of the Lagos State Government.

He adjourned the case until August 8 for substantive trial.

NAN

Ekiti Assembly Suspends Member Indefinitely For Demanding Speaker, Fayose’s Resignation 
The Ekiti State House of Assembly has suspended a member of the house, Gboyega Aribisogan, indefinitely for demanding the resignation of the Speaker, Kolawole Oluwawole, and the governor, Ayodele Fayose.

The house handed the suspension on Tuesday through a resolution, a few hours after Mr. Aribisogan addressed a press conference to make his demands.

The lawmaker had earlier been suspended by the same house for 180 legislative days for alleged anti-party activities.

The house also barred him from accessing the premises the House of Assembly complex within a 1km radius until “further notice”.

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