I Have Not Been Notified Of An Appeal By FG- Saraki
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said he was yet to be formally
notified of an appeal by the Federal Government against his acquittal by
the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
Saraki was discharged and acquitted of false asset declaration charges
by the tribunal a week ago, with the outcome stunning many Nigerians,
including some civic groups who called on the United Nations to
intervene in Nigeria’s legal system that they perceived too lenient
Although the Federal Government, through its counsel in the case, Mr.
Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, had announced that it had appealed the verdict of
the CCT, chaired by Danladi Umar, Saraki said he has not received any
notification to that effect.
34 Nigerians Deported From Six European Countries
34 Nigerians deported from six European countries for committing
immigration-related offences yesterday arrived the Murtala Muhammed
International Airport ,MMlA, Lagos in the early hours of yesterday
They were deported from Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Belgium
and Hungary. The deportees, comprising of 32 males and two females, were
brought back in a chartered Airbus Panorama aircraft.
The spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi who
confirmed the arrival of the deportees said; “This morning, we received
34 Nigerians who were brought back from Europe. They were made up of 32
males and two females.“
Ex-Militant Leaders Demand 30% Of Surveillance Fund
Repentant ex-militant leaders in the Niger Delta region, yesterday,
urged the Federal Government to avoid fresh crisis in the region by
ensuring that the 30 per cent pipeline surveillance money was paid
directly to each of the leaders and not through a single individual.
It will be recalled that after President Muhammadu Buhari terminated the
pipeline surveillance contract which was given to the ex-militants by
the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, he agreed to
pay them for the period of their services with a view to ensuring peace
in the region.
However, addressing journalists in Benin City, Edo State, Awe Akuke,
Indian Fineboy Kolotor, Augustine Aboh and others, raised alarm over
alleged plans by a few of the ex-militant leaders to hijack the money,
noting that same will create fresh crisis in the region since all the
leaders were involved in the surveillance job.
According to Akuke, “We don’t want the 30 per cent payment to be given to a single ex-militant leader.
We, the ex-agitators, particularly those of us from Delta State and
other parts of the Niger Delta, note that nobody bought arms for us. We
got arms to fight the struggle before dropping them and we are all
leaderss in our own right.
“This 30 per cent fund which is already with the NNPC should be given
directly to the ex-militant leaders so that peace will reign in the
And if the Federal Government wants to know the authentic Generals they
should call the chairman of the Amnesty Committee, Gen. Paul Boro (retd)
to invite all of us so that we can identify ourselves.
“The coming pipeline security contract that they want to give to
ex-agitators by the Federal Government should be shared among all the
leaders in the Niger Delta.
They should ensure that the ex-agitators who embraced amnesty in the
first, second and third phase are captured to avoid crisis. We all want
peace in the region but we will not accept any attempt to cheat or
undermine any body in the sharing of the money.
“The government should also advise NNPC to always invite all the leaders
of the ex-agitators each time they want to discuss issues with them
rather than invite just a few of them,” he added.
Yakubu Sulieman, the South West Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency
Management Agency, NEMA, has revealed that over 300 houses were affected
in the heavy downpour of Tuesday June 20, 2017 in Ibadan, with property
worth millions of naira destroyed.
the heavy downpour, many houses including a Celestial Church of Christ,
Orogun, along UI-Ojoo Road were submerged and property destroyed.
Areas heavily affected by the rain include Olodo, Oki, Akobo, Onipepeye,
Kute, Eleyele and Ariyo.
said that it is still collating the number of families displaced and
the means of livelihood destroyed. The agency identified the major
cause of the flood as indiscriminate dumping of refuse in rivers and
erection of illegal structures on waterways and flood path.
Ex-Plateau Gov candidate, Chris Giwa defects to PDP, says the party is a better option
Mr. Chris Giwa, who was the ACN candidate for
the Plateau governorship seat in 2011, has defected to the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of 2019 elections.
have tested and tasted the PDP and the APC; from experience, the
average Nigerian believes that PDP is a better option. I have opted to
go with the majority,” he said.
that he had “no immediate ambition”, promised to work for the return of
Sen. Jonah Jang (PDP, Plateau North), to the Senate in 2019.
had a setback in 2015 but we have put that behind and moved on. The
defeat was a temporary setback that has made up stronger after realising
our mistakes,” he said.
members against the temptation to jump ship simply because the party was
out of power, and declared that those doing so would regret “very
remain united, saying that a divided opposition had no chance against an
“As your leaders, we will do everything within our powers to ensure that the PDP remains a strong and united entity.“It
is good to have an ambition, but no ambition is more than the PDP
because it is the platform through which we can achieve such ambitions,”
would be no imposition of candidates, and advised those interested in
seeking elective positions to reach out to the people.
tasked members on discipline, noting that nothing would be achieved if
members were not focused and discipline toward achieving set goals.
top PDP members who gathered at the party’s secretariat to welcome Giwa
included Sen. Jeremiah Useni (PDP, Plateau South), national and state
assembly members, as well as former ministers and commissioners.