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Federal grand jury indicts Derek Chauvin and three former officer for violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights
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Federal grand jury indicts Derek Chauvin and three former officer for violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights

A federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers on charges of violating George Floyd's civil rights during the arrest that led to his death last year. Chauvin, 45, Tou Thao, 35, and J. Alexander Kueng, 27, were each charged with two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law, according to the indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice. Thomas Lane, 38, was charged once with deprivation of rights under color of law.   In a video shot by a bystander, Thao could be seen standing between onlookers and his fellow officers as they pinned Floyd to the pavement. Lane and Kueng were also spotted on top of Floyd as Chauvin applied pressure to the victim’s neck. Chauvin "willfully deprived George Floyd of the right, secur...
We’ll no longer tolerate those seeking to throw Nigeria into anarchy – DSS warns
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We’ll no longer tolerate those seeking to throw Nigeria into anarchy – DSS warns

The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned that it will no longer tolerate the actions of “misguided elements” who are threatening Nigeria’s unity and peaceful co-existence.   In a statement by DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, the service said it will henceforth, not tolerate those whose aim is to “throw the country into anarchy.”   The statement in part reads   “While the Service reaffirms its unambiguous support to an indivisible, indissoluble and united Nigerian State in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, it will no longer tolerate deliberate machinations by subversive and hostile groups whose agenda is to throw the country into anarchy so as to serve the interests of their sponsors. Consequently, the Servcie is assiduously work...
Zulum hands over to Deputy as he goes on 21 days vacation
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Zulum hands over to Deputy as he goes on 21 days vacation

Governor of Borno State Babagana Umara Zulum has handed over the government of Borno state to his deputy, Umar Usman Kadafur. Zulum had on April 23, 2021, written to the Borno Assembly, seeking the lawmakers’ approval to proceed on 21 days vacation. The Governor had also requested that in compliance with provisions of section 190 (1) of the constitution, which made him notify the House, the Assembly should approve the Deputy Governor to serve as acting Governor throughout the 21 days, in order to constitutionally give him the full powers to handle Borno State’s affairs without resort to the Governor. However, a statement on Saturday by Zulum’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, said the Borno State House of Assembly has approved the governor’s request.
This Country won’t Stay together Under this Present Constitution, Buhari’s Actions Encourage Secessionists – Afenifere
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This Country won’t Stay together Under this Present Constitution, Buhari’s Actions Encourage Secessionists – Afenifere

Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has said the ''failure'' of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the country is fuelling agitations of secession by groups within the country. Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, 93, alleged Buhari's stubbornness to implement federalism will only make secession inevitable while also saying Buhari was hiding in the 'Fulanization' of Nigeria The Yoruba chieftain also said the 2023 election will not happen in Nigeria if the current state of insecurity is not handled while claiming the country's leadership has no clue on how to handle the security crisis in the country. "The people in charge have no clue to manage the country. And as long as you are not carrying every section of the country along with you, you can’t win any ...
Buhari has a Hidden Agenda for Rejecting Calls for Restructuring, he is Encouraging Secession – Afenifere Leader, Ayo Adebanjo
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Buhari has a Hidden Agenda for Rejecting Calls for Restructuring, he is Encouraging Secession – Afenifere Leader, Ayo Adebanjo

Acting national leader of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo has alleged that President Buhari has a hidden agenda for rejecting calls for restructuring. Reacting to presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu's dismissal of calls for disintegration and insistence that Buhari won’t be bullied into “settling” secessionists in an interview on Arise TV on Wednesday April 21, Adebanjo wondered why the presidential spokesperson will say the president is not interested in restructuring when the people have said it is what they want. He said; “It’s that sovereign national conference, which was attempted in 2014, that Buhari has refused to do — that is the cause of the problem. If he doesn’t do it, he wants to impose this military constitution on us. And that what’s causing people, who feel cheated, to...
Bola Tinubu Hails Aisha Buhari, Describes her as a ”Voice of Conscience”
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Bola Tinubu Hails Aisha Buhari, Describes her as a ”Voice of Conscience”

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has described first lady, Aisha Buhari, as a voice of conscience calling politicians to be their better selves. Tinubu stated this while speaking at the public presentation of the biography of Mrs. Aisha at the Presidential Villa, Abuja today April 8. The book, “Aisha Buhari: Being different,” was written by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, Dr Hajo Sani. Speaking as the chairman of the occasion, Tinubu said “Given the First Lady’s achievement, no one can reasonably question the role of a First Lady any longer. Remember that there were those who argued that the constitution does not assign any official role to the First Lady. With Mrs Dr Aisha Buhari, their concern...
Miyetti Allah to Southerners: Be Ready to Leave the North
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Miyetti Allah to Southerners: Be Ready to Leave the North

Alhaji Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, the Bauchi State chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) on Saturday, February 20 pledged that the association would resist any attempt by Southern governors to evict herdsmen. The MACBAN chairman said it would be tit for tat by the north should the herders be evicted from the south. According to Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed, everyone has the right to live anywhere he or she wants. He said; “In fact, herdsmen, based on their activity of pastoralism, own every part of Nigeria. So why should anyone go against the constitution? ‘’If the southern governors insist on sending our people away, we will have no option than to send their people packing too. “We are no fools. We are only studying the situation. We are all human...
Governor Bala Mohammed Punished Abuja Residents for Trespassing but Defends open Grazing — Falana
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Governor Bala Mohammed Punished Abuja Residents for Trespassing but Defends open Grazing — Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) has faulted Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed's stance on grazing by Fulani herdsmen in the Southern part of the country. In a statement made available to journalists on Saturday February 20, Falana insinuated that it was hypocritical for Bala Mohammed who demolished people’s houses because they encroached on government land as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, to say that herdsmen have a right to stray into people’s land and reside in forest reserves without government permission. The lawyer who also wondered why the Governor who defended herdsmen carrying AK-47 rifles could go on to demolish a house storing such guns, averred that Section 43 of the constitution allows freedom of movement but does not give anyone the freedom...
Presidency Should be Zoned to the South in 2023 – Governor Ganduje
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Presidency Should be Zoned to the South in 2023 – Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has said that the presidency in 2023 should be zoned to the South. Speaking in an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today which aired on Friday February 12, Ganduje said that though zoning is not enshrined in the constitution, it is however a strategy for winning elections. He said; “The Southern part of the country but there should be a consensus of the members. “Zoning system even though it is not in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is a strategy for winning elections.” When asked if the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has done well for Nigerians since coming into power in 2015, the Kano state Governor said the ruling party under President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership improved on Nigeria’s ...
US House impeachment managers request former President Donald Trump testify at his trial over January 6 riots at the Capitol.
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US House impeachment managers request former President Donald Trump testify at his trial over January 6 riots at the Capitol.

The US House impeachment managers on Thursday requested Donald Trump testify at his upcoming Senate impeachment trial over his role in the January 6 riots at the Capitol. Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin sent a letter to Trump's attorney Thursday requesting that the former US president testifies before or during the upcoming impeachment trial, which begins next Tuesday, arguing that his testimony was needed after he disputed the House's allegations that he incited the insurrection at the Capitol. "Two days ago, you filed an Answer in which you denied many factual allegations set forth in the article of impeachment," Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, wrote. "You have thus attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your consti...
Herdsmen’s Actions Illegal, Presidency Misinterpreted Constitution – Adegboruwa
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Herdsmen’s Actions Illegal, Presidency Misinterpreted Constitution – Adegboruwa

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has faulted the presidency’s opposition to the vacation order given to herdsmen in Ondo State by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. The PUNCH reports that Akeredolu had asked herdsmen to leave the state’s forest reserves within seven days. Apart from ejecting the herdsmen, Akeredolu also banned under-aged grazing, night grazing, movement of cattle within the cities and highways. But the presidency in a statement on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Akeredolu lacked the power to unilaterally sack herdsmen from Ondo forests. Reacting in an interview with The PUNCH, the senior advocate said the presidency misinterpreted sections of the constitution. Adegboruwa said...
1999 constitution makes politics lucrative – Afe Babalola
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1999 constitution makes politics lucrative – Afe Babalola

Founder of Afe Babalola University, Afe Babalola has stated that the 1999 constitution makes politics lucrative in Nigeria.   Babalola who said this at an event organized by his university, called for a new constitution which will put a check on  “transactional leaders".   He said;   “There is a very simple solution to that. We need a new constitution where the different nations can develop at their own rate. “West was doing well under the old constitution, east was doing well under the old constitution, north was doing well under the old constitution. “But the present constitution puts leadership in a position that politics becomes the only lucrative business in Nigeria. “We don’t want transactional leaders anymore; we want transformational leaders, w...
Reviewing the constitution is a waste of time and energy – Northern Elders says
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Reviewing the constitution is a waste of time and energy – Northern Elders says

The Northern Elders Forum has criticized the 9th senate's move to review the 1999 constitution.   The NEF in a statement released after the constitution review ad hoc committee chairman, Ovie Omo-Agege asked the general public, executive and judicial bodies, civil society organisations, professional bodies and other interest groups to submit memoranda or proposals for further alteration(s) of the 1999 constitution within two weeks from August 26, described the proposal as a waste of time, energy and the nation's resources.   The Northern Elders who noted that the recent attempt of reviewing the constitution is not likely to bring in any genuine effort to address the basic requirements of securing a stable, secure and prosperous Nigeria, added that the Legislature ...
INEC Rules Out Electronic Voting Until Constitution Is Amended
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INEC Rules Out Electronic Voting Until Constitution Is Amended

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday clarified that there cannot be any electronic voting in Nigeria until the 1999 Constitution as amended is further amended to authorise it. “What the policy says under “ICT and Voter Registration” (Roman figure v – page 12) is that INEC will pilot the use of electronic voting at the earliest possible time (not Edo and Ondo), but work towards the full introduction of electronic voting in major elections starting from 2021. “The key words here are pilot, work and towards,” he stated. He said these connoted a different meaning from the headlines in some media reports yesterday. A section of the media while reporting the release of guidelines for the Edo and Ondo States’ governorship elections later this year, had sa...
Tribunal Affirms Yahaya Bello’s Election as Kogi State governor
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Tribunal Affirms Yahaya Bello’s Election as Kogi State governor

The Kogi state governorship election tribunal sitting in Abuja has affirmed the election of Yahaya Bello as Kogi state governor. Bello was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC ) in the November 16, 2019 poll in Kogi State. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Musa Wada, had petitioned the state election tribunal, challenging Yahaya's election. They alleged that the election was characterized by irregularities, violence, ballot snatching and stuffing, and non-compliance with the electoral act, constitution and INEC’s guideline for governorship elections. The tribunal in its ruling delivered today May 23, struck out the petition for lack of substantial evidence by the opposition.
Suspected Gang Members Express Displeasure Over Disruption of Candle Light Procession for Colleagues in Ikotun
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Suspected Gang Members Express Displeasure Over Disruption of Candle Light Procession for Colleagues in Ikotun

Police officers raided a candle light procession held in Agbaranje, Ikotun, by some suspected criminals in honor of their members who were killed via jungle justice in the area and this angered the suspected criminals. Police operatives from Ikotun Division raided the area on Tuesday evening and dispersed the group that had planned a candle light procession to honour the deceased who were unjustly killed over suspicion that they were ‘One Million Boys’, PM Express reports. Some of the suspects who organized the procession in honor of their slain members were arrested while many escaped and were said to be at large. The publication adds that some of the members, mainly the youths in the area, who are suspected members of a gang, have expressed their anger at having police disru...
Buhari has no power to restrict movement – Adegboruwa
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Buhari has no power to restrict movement – Adegboruwa

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa (SAN), said on Sunday President Muhammadu Buhari has no power to restrict movement in Lagos and Abuja. In a statement made available to Vanguard, Adegboruwa said: “The President has no powers to restrict the movement of persons without recourse to the National Assembly. The President has not invoked his powers under the Constitution to declare any state of emergency, which must be approved by the National Assembly. “We are running a constitutional democracy and it is illegal for the President to take over the affairs of any State of the Federation without the express consent of the people of that State through their elected representatives. “It is only the Governor of the State through the House of Assembly of the State that can ma...
How I Married The Wrong Man At Right Time – Actress, Monalisa Chinda Opens Up
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How I Married The Wrong Man At Right Time – Actress, Monalisa Chinda Opens Up

Beautiful and talented actress, Monalisa Chinda has been dominating the movie scene ever since her debut in Pregnant Virgin.  Having experienced a bad marriage to a label owner, she bounced back and now enjoying her second marriage to Victor Tonye Coker. In this interview, the mother of one shares her marital regrets and joy of her new position as the PRO of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN). Enjoy it. You have just been appointed the PRO of Actors Guild of Nigeria; can you tell us more about this? Basically, I am the director of communication (national), which means I have to foresee everything that has to do with publicity, packaging the guild, making sure that nobody is stepping out of order. Our guild has rules and regulations, so I am to make sure that members do not break the...
Tinubu Speaks on Plans to Remove Oshiomole as APC National Chairman
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Tinubu Speaks on Plans to Remove Oshiomole as APC National Chairman

Bola Tinubu, the APC National leader, has broken his silence on the moves made by some members of the party to remove the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, from office. Recall that on March 4th, Justice Danlami Senchi of an Abuja High Court sitting in Jabi, suspended Oshiomhole as APC National Chairman following a petition from aggrieved members of the party who argue that he cannot continue to be the party chairman since he has been suspended in his ward in his home state, Edo state. The court order has been set aside by Kano state High court. Since then, there have been moves and countermoves by some members of the party to remove Oshiomole from office. In a statement released today Sunday March 15th, Tinubu said while Nigeria has been able to contain Coronav...
Senate Approves HND as Minimum Qualification for President and State Governors
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Senate Approves HND as Minimum Qualification for President and State Governors

The Nigerian Senate has approved Higher National Diploma (HND) as the minimum qualification for citizens seeking to be president or governors. The bill which proposed the certificate as the minimum qualification for president and state governors, and Ordinary National Diploma (OND) as the minimum qualification for those contesting for state and federal legislative seats, passed its second reading on Thursday March 12. President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan sent the bill which is sponsored by Istifanus Gyang (PDP, Plateau) to the Committee on Constitution Review after lawmakers passed the proposed amendment for second reading. It is expected the bill will alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to provide for the amendment of Sections 65 (2) (a), 131 (d...
Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane Seeks Immunity Over Murder of Ex-wife
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Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane Seeks Immunity Over Murder of Ex-wife

Lesotho’s prime minister Thomas Thabane surprisingly appeared in court on Monday alongside his current wife, Maesaiah, 42 to face allegations of murdering his ex-wife Lipolelo Thabane, and asked the court to grant him immunity, arguing his position as Prime Minister grants him automatic immunity. Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was shot several times at close range as she sat in a car near her home, barely two days before her husband’s inauguration  as Prime Minsiter in 2017. According to reports, before her murder she refused a divorce and won a court battle to retain her privileges as first lady until any formal separation between the two. Two months after her death, Thomas Thabane remarried . He sat alongside his current wife, Maesaiah, 42, in court today,  as both deny any wrongdoing. ...
Post Impeachment drama: Trump and Nancy Pelosi attack each other over ‘faith, prayers and dignity’
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Post Impeachment drama: Trump and Nancy Pelosi attack each other over ‘faith, prayers and dignity’

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump have started a new phase of post impeachment drama after Trump this week survived the Democrats attempt to impeach him. Trump, at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, which both Trump and Pelosi attended, thanked "courageous Republican politicians who had the wisdom, fortitude and strength to do what everyone knows was right." He then made implicit references to Nancy Pelosi and Mitt Romney (the only Republican Senator who voted against Trump) as people who use their faith as an excuse to do wrong' "I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong nor do I like people who say, 'I pray for you,' when they know that's not so. So many people have been hurt and we can't let that go...
Senate Inaugurates Constitution Review Committee
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Senate Inaugurates Constitution Review Committee

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has inaugurated a 56-member Constitution Review Committee to be chaired by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege. The committee, inaugurated during Thursday’s plenary consists of all the eight principal officers, one Senator each from the 36 States and two members from each of the six geo-political zones. Members of the committee are: Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi; Deputy Senate Leader, Ajayi Borrofice; Deputy Chief Whip, Sabi Abdullahi; Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha; Minority Whip, Philip Aduda; Deputy Minority Whip, Sahabi Ya’u. Ike Ekweremadu; Opeyemi Bamidele, Smart Adeyemi, Danjuma Goje, James Manager, Stella Oduah, Oluremi Tinubu, Biodun Olujimi, Uche Ekwuen...
Guineans seek President Buhari’s Help to Stop their 81-year-old President’s 3rd Term Bid
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Guineans seek President Buhari’s Help to Stop their 81-year-old President’s 3rd Term Bid

The Guinea Conakry community in Nigeria have asked President Buhari and other African leaders to help stop the 81-year-old President of their country, Alpha Condé,  from actualizing his dream of seeking a third term in office.?? Condé, who is Guinea’s first democratically elected president, threw the country into great turmoil recently after he announced plans to seek a referendum to extend his stay in office.?? At a protest held in Abuja, the  Leader of the Guinea Conakry community in Nigeria, Mohammed Bah, said “We are calling on ECOWAS, African Union, United Nations and other African leaders to prevail on Condé to hand over governance.?? The President wants to tamper with the constitution and by the end of his second term, he is trying to organise a referendum to have anoth...
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, Threatens to Expel Adams Oshiomole from APC
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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, Threatens to Expel Adams Oshiomole from APC

The faceoff between Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki and the APC National chairman, Adams Oshiomole, has taken a new turn with the state governor threatening to expel Oshiomole from the party if he continues his ''anti-party'' activities. Obaseki's faction of the APC in December 2019, suspended Oshiomole from its party. Both men have been at loggerheads over who should control the affairs of the party in the state. Obaseki handed down the threat when he spoke at a meeting of the 18 APC local government chairmen in the state. Reacting to the political rally Oshiomole organised last weekend in Auchi, Etsako West local government area where thousands of people from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defected to the APC, the governor said former governor would not have tolerated a f...
I Never Said Amotekun is Illegal – AGF Abubakar Malami
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I Never Said Amotekun is Illegal – AGF Abubakar Malami

Abubakar Malami, Nigeria's Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation has denied reports of him declaring Amotekun, the South-West security outfit "illegal". Speaking to Radio Nigeria Abuja on Thursday January 24, Malami alleged that he was misinterpreted. The Minister said his statement was just a piece of advice to South-West Governors to use their power and the houses of assembly in their different states to enact a law that will make the operation more effective. Malami said; “I was misinterpreted on Operation Amotekun. I did not say it’s illegal. “I said the Operation Amotekun should be properly backed by law, so if at the end of this government, if the operation has been backed by law, any government that eventually succeeded this government would not r...
Putin is Confident of Becoming Russia’s Leader for Life after Changing the Constitution
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Putin is Confident of Becoming Russia’s Leader for Life after Changing the Constitution

Vladimir Putin in his annual state of the nation address delivered on Thursday in Moscow announced new shocking reforms and sweeping changes to Russia's constitution that will ensure he remains in power for the rest of his life. On Wednesday Russia's prime minister Medvedev resigned after being told by Putin of his plans, and on Thursday during a live address on national TV, said he was sure the Russian people will support his sweeping changes to the country's constitution that could keep him in power beyond 2024 long after his presidential term ends. In his address, Putin described how power would be shifted from the presidency to parliament and the state council and comes as the Russian parliament backed his surprise choice for a new prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin. 'O...
Amotekun: FG to Make Position Known Soon, Says Malami
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Amotekun: FG to Make Position Known Soon, Says Malami

Following controversies that have greeted the setting up of Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), code-named ‘Operation Amotekun’, the federal government said last night it was analysing the development and would make its position known soon. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, in a terse text message to THISDAY hinted at the fact that the federal government was yet to take a position on the matter. But the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) advised the South-west governors and other drivers of Amotekun to publish the operation manual of the security initiative, a move it said would clarify all grey areas about its constitutionality. Nonetheless, some Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) declared their support for the security initiative by the ...
Rumors of Third Term Agenda by President Buhari was Planted by PDP – Adams Oshiomhole
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Rumors of Third Term Agenda by President Buhari was Planted by PDP – Adams Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused the PDP of planting the alleged 3rd term agenda of President Buhari in the media. President Buhari in his New Years day letter to Nigerians, once again dismissed rumors that he will be seeking a 3rd term in office. Speaking with state house correspondents after meeting with President Buhari on Thursday January 2nd, Oshiomhole alleged that the PDP planted the idea of third term agenda by President Muhammadu Buhari in the sub-conscious of most Nigerians to further confuse the political space. “It is still in the sub-consciousness of most Nigerians that the first (sic) Nigerian President tried to do Third Term, emptied the treasury to bribe members of the National Assembly and since that Pr...
Reps Deliberate on Barring 70-year-olds from Contesting for Elective Offices
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Reps Deliberate on Barring 70-year-olds from Contesting for Elective Offices

The House of Representatives has moved to bar politicians above the age of 70 from contesting in elections into various political offices in the country. Deputy Chief Whip, Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha sponsored the bill which seeks to amend relevant sections of the 1999 Constitution which will in turn put a check on the age and educational qualifications of politicians. The Explanatory Memorandum of the proposed legislation reads; "Bill seeks to amend Sections 65(2)a, 106(c), 131(b) and 131(d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) by raising the educational qualifications required for election into the offices of the President, National and State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria.” The bill proposed an amendment to Section 65(2a) of the Principal ...
Constitution Did Not Provide Specific Role For VP’s Office – Arewa Consultative Forum
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Constitution Did Not Provide Specific Role For VP’s Office – Arewa Consultative Forum

The apex northern soci-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), yesterday said that the Nigerian constitution did not assign any role specifically for the office of the vice president and cautioned some Nigerians against fuelling crisis in the presidency. ACF’s secretary general, Mr Anthony Sani, while reacting to insinuation by some Nigerians that the office of the vice had been relegated, said the constitution empowers the president to assign roles to the vice president. “I am finding it hard to make out why the hue and cry about what is happening in the office of the vice president by way of some reorganisation of some functions and reassignment of some staff in the vice president’s office by the presidency. “More so that both the presidency and the vice president ha...
London Trip: ‘Buhari Has Breached Constitution’ – Ubani
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London Trip: ‘Buhari Has Breached Constitution’ – Ubani

A former Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Monday Ubani, says President Muhammadu Buhari breached the constitution for failing to hand over to the Vice President while embarking on a two-week private visit to London. Ubani also condemned the transportation of a bill to London for Buhari to sign. The lawyer faulted the claim that the President was not mandated to hand over power to the Vice President unless he will be away for more than 21 days. He said those making the claim were misinterpreting Section 145(2) of the constitution. Ubani recalled that subsection (2) was introduced to Section 145 of the constitution in 2010 to forestall a repeat of what happened when the late President Umar Yar’Adua embarked on a foreign medical trip without transmitting p...
Kogi Assembly begins impeachment proceedings against Deputy Governor Simon Achuba
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Kogi Assembly begins impeachment proceedings against Deputy Governor Simon Achuba

An impeachment proceeding has been launched by Kogi State Assembly against Deputy Governor Simon Achuba following his recent face-off with Governor Yahaya Bello.   Recall that Simon Achuba had few weeks ago accused Yahaya Bello of failing to pay an accumulated sum of N819,709,980 owed to him.   The impeachment process was reportedly initiated after 21 members of the House signed a petition which was presented during plenary on Wednesday August 7, by the Majority Leader Abdullahi Bello who represents Ajaokuta constituency. The Deputy Governor was accused of criminal indulgence, financial misappropriation and non performance.   Bello backed the impeachment notice by citing section 188 of the 1999 constitution and also called on the House to commence an invest...
Buhari Upgrades College Of Agriculture To University
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Buhari Upgrades College Of Agriculture To University

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to two Bills passed by the 8th National Assembly, upgrading the College of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State, to a full-fledged University, and reforming punitive measure of the Architects Registration Council. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) Mr Ita Enang disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday. Enang said the assenting of the Federal College of Agriculture Bill had upgraded the school from a ‘Federal College of Agriculture’ to a full-fledged Federal University of Agriculture, with all the powers and status of a university. He explained that the assented Architects Registration Council (Amendment) Bill has increased the penalty fee from N1,000 to N500,000. The presidential...
No court order can stop us from practicing our religion- Shi’ites
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No court order can stop us from practicing our religion- Shi’ites

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) better known as Shi'ites, have reacted to the court ruling obtained by the Federal government, declaring them as a terrorist group.  Recall that on Friday July 26th, Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Federal High Court in Abuja, proscribed the group, banning their activities across the Federation. The Federal government is expected to gazette the ruling on Monday July 29th.   The proscription followed the bloody clash the Islamic group members had with the police on Monday July 22nd in Abuja. The clash led to the death of a youth Corper serving with Channels TV, Precious Owolabi, a deputy police commissioner Umar Bebel and 10 others.   Reacting to the ruling, the secretary to the academic forum of the movement, Abdullahi Musa, said the ...
The proscription of Shiites movement is illegal and unconstitutional ― Mike Ozekhome
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The proscription of Shiites movement is illegal and unconstitutional ― Mike Ozekhome

Constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome has kicked against the proscription by the Federal government of the Shiites religious group under the umbrella of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, describing it as “highly discriminatory, unconstitutional, as was the case of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB.”   This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday in a reaction to the ruling of an Abuja Federal High Court which described the group on Friday as a terrorist organisation.   According to him, “what group could be more terrorist than the herdsmen and their known anchor, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association that has held Nigeria down by the jugular for years, killing, maiming, burning, raping, turning Nige...
Minority House Leadership: PDP suspends Elumelu, others
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Minority House Leadership: PDP suspends Elumelu, others

The minority house leadership controversy which led to a fight and near mace snatching days ago, has taken another twist as the PDP has suspended Ndudi Elumelu, the factional minority leader of the House of Representatives as announced by House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.   The PDP in a statement released on Friday by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, also suspended Wole Oke, Lynda Ikpeazu, Anayo Edwin, Gideon Gwadi, Toby Okechukwu and Adekoya Abdul-Majid who were nominated as minority leaders by the speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, against the choices sent in by the party. “The Party noted the roles played by the underlisted members which resulted in the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, reading anoth...
Okorocha’s Son-in-law, Nwosu Wins in court
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Okorocha’s Son-in-law, Nwosu Wins in court

The Appeal Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital, has struck out a suit challenging the emergence of the son-in-law to former Governor, Rochas Okorocha, Uche Nwosu as the authentic Imo State governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in the 2019 general elections. In his ruling, the Presiding Judge, Justice R.C Agbo, said that the appeal was statute barred in line with the virtue of the 4th Alteration of the 1999 Constitution section 285(12). Leonard Okolienta, the plaintiff had appealed the judgment of the lower Court, which earlier ruled that Nwosu was the authentic governorship candidate.
Supreme Court To Determine Delta State Omo-Agege/Emerhor’s Fate
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Supreme Court To Determine Delta State Omo-Agege/Emerhor’s Fate

This may not be the best of time for the embattled the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator, Barr Ovie Omo-Agege as the Supreme Court is set to determine who is the rightful party candidate between the senator and Olorogun O’tega Emerhor. The lingering legal tussle over the leadership of APC in Delta State has now moved to the Supreme Court, leaving Omo-Agege senatorial seat hanging in balance, though the controversial who was recently indicted by the national assembly in the Senate mace saga is running to become the Deputy Senate President. Omo-Agege The Chief Cyril Ogodo led faction of the party has asked the apex court to set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which had sacked it and reinstated Jones Erue leadership as the Executive Committee of the party in the State. ...
Davido Reacts As Senator Adeleke Secures Another Victory In Court
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Davido Reacts As Senator Adeleke Secures Another Victory In Court

Popular Nigerian Musician, David Adeleke, AKA, Davido has reacted as the Court of Appeal on Thursday, set aside the April 2, 2019 judgement of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Bwari, which earlier voided Senator Ademola Adeleke’s candidacy for the 2018 governorship election in Osun State. Mycelebrityandi  had reported that Justice Othman Musaon of the High Court had voided Adeleke’s candidacy on the grounds that he was not qualified. The lawmaker was said to have been in possession of an invalid secondary school certificate. But, a three-man panel of the court in a unanimous judgment on Thursday, ruled that the FCT High Court was wrong to have concluded that Adeleke did not complete Secondary School and that he made false representation as regards his educa...
What’ll Happen to Politicians  Plotting to Disrupt Buhari’s Inauguration – Tony Momoh
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What’ll Happen to Politicians Plotting to Disrupt Buhari’s Inauguration – Tony Momoh

Former Minister of Information, Prince Tony Momoh, has said the Federal Government will spare nothing in bringing the full weight of the law to bear on any political party, individuals or groups trying to disrupt President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration on May 29. Recall that the Federal Government had earlier accused the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential flagbearer in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar, of planning to sabotage President Buhari’s administration. But the main opposition party immediately fired back, asking the government to face its woes. Atiku on his part also accused the Minister of lying to Nigerians. However, in an interview with Daily Independent, Momoh said whil...
Why Buhari Should Not Be Sworn In Again As Nigeria President – Nnamdi Kanu
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Why Buhari Should Not Be Sworn In Again As Nigeria President – Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Friday said President Muhammadu Buhari doesn’t deserve to be sworn in for another term as Nigerian President. In his new broadcast, Kanu called Buhari an impostor and a deceptive leader. He cited the controversial issue of Buhari’s West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) certificate, saying the president never presented it before he was first elected. Kanu said: “Jubril/Buhari has no basis to present himself to be sworn in on the 29th. That was why the impostor said education is no longer important. “If truly no man is above the law and the Constitution of the land is supreme. If the constitution is supreme and is meant to guide the conduct of civilised men within a specifically defined geo-political area, then le...
President Buhari Dragged to court for Refusing to Handover to Osinbajo
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President Buhari Dragged to court for Refusing to Handover to Osinbajo

A Nigerian lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari to court for failing to hand over to the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo. Buhari had on April 24 2019, left the country for what he described as a ‘private visit.’ The suit number FHC/L/CS/763/2019, was filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos. Effiong is asking the Court to determine four issues which are: “Whether in view of the extant provisions of Section 145 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the 1st Defendant can validly proceed on vacation for any length of time without transmitting a written declaration to the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Speaker of the House of Representative...
Court Orders Police To Pay Lawyer N15M For Illegal Detention
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Court Orders Police To Pay Lawyer N15M For Illegal Detention

Anambra State High Court sitting at Otuocha has ordered the Commissioner of Police in the State and two others to pay the sum of fifteen million Naira, to Mr Emmanuel Chinenye Arinze as damages for infringing on his fundamental rights. The order was made following an application for Fundamental Rights Enforcement made to the court by Chinenye Arinze through his team of lawyers led by Prof Ilochi Okafor,SAN and seven others. In his statement on oath in support of the application, Mr Arinze alleged that the officer in charge of Aguleri Police Area Command, Mr Abdu Osu, and another police officer, sergeant Oviaede Mamode had on December 3rd, 2018, arrested, tortured, humiliated and detained him in a police cell at Aguleri Area Command till the following day, being December 4, 2018. T...
Buhari May Extend ‘Private Visit’ To London For Health Reasons
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Buhari May Extend ‘Private Visit’ To London For Health Reasons

President Muhammadu Buhari may not return to the country on Sunday May 5 as scheduled due to health complications. Inside sources in the Presidency who spoke with SaharaReporters said there is a high likelihood of the President extending his stay on the orders of his doctors. President Muhammadu Buhari had travelled to the United Kingdom on April25 for what the presidency described as a "private visit". Constitutional Breach Shortly after his announcement, Buhari’s departure sparked a constitutional debate over his refusal to notify the National Assembly of his planned absence and hand over to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. In 2016, he had handed over to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo after notifying the senate of his 10-day visit to the United Kingdom where he claimed he w...
Northern  Reveal why Tinubu Wants Gbajabiamila as Speaker
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Northern Reveal why Tinubu Wants Gbajabiamila as Speaker

The Northern Youths Movement, NYM, has described the zoning of the speakership position of the House of Representatives to the Southwest by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as an insult on the north and an affront on the principle of federal character as enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria. NYM, in a statement sent to DAILY POST in Abuja, told the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu to perish their thought of taking over the National Assembly in preparation for his (Tinubu) presidential ambition in 2023. The statement was signed by the NYM Chairman, Mallam Ishaya Jato, where the group insisted the north will resist Oshiomhole and Tinubu’s attempt to zone the House of Represen...
I’m Tired of Being Governor – Wike
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I’m Tired of Being Governor – Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday declared that he was tired of being a governor and won’t contest for a third term even if the constitution permits him. He spoke while receiving his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Port Harcourt, the state capital. According to Wike: “Nobody can be more than the state. So, for me, I want total peace in Rivers state. All of us should come back, wherever you are, whether in the federal or local government, come and work for the interest of the state. “I’ll not be governor forever. I only have four more years. After the four years, I’ve gone. The constitution does not allow for third term. Even if it does, bye bye, I’m tir...
Senator Adeleke Responds to Keyamo’s Claim that he Forged WAEC Certificate
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Senator Adeleke Responds to Keyamo’s Claim that he Forged WAEC Certificate

The lawmaker representing Osun West senatorial district at the National Assembly, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has faulted allegation that he presented forged school results to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, during the last governorship election in Osun State. While making a juxtaposition between the WAEC certificate issues of President Muhammadu Buhari and Adeleke yesterday, the spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, SAN, has claimed that the lawmaker forged his own certificate. Adeleke said that Keyamo, a senior lawyer, acted out of ignorance. The Senator, stated this in a statement signed by Niyi Owolade for the Ademola Adeleke campaign Organisation. He said...

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