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FEDERAL HIGH COURT ISSUES THE WARRANT FOR ARREST OF INNOCENT CHUKWUMA AND TWO OTHERS


Justice Ayokunle Faji of Federal High Court in Lagos issued the warrant on Monday for the arrest of Chukwuma and two others. He issued a bench warrant for the arrest and the production Innosson Nigeria Ltd CEO, Innocent Chukwuma, before the court.

The Police had earlier charged them with an alleged N2.4billion shipping fraud, but the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), later took over the case.
Others named in the charge are: Charles Chukwuma, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines and Anajekwu Sunny.

The Federal Government had a week ago urged the Court to issue a bench warrant for Chukwuma and some of his employees. They were charged in a fraud case before Justice Faji.

The prosecution prayed the court to order the arrest of Innoson Motors Chairman and his staff for failing to turn up to take their plea in the criminal charge.

Last week’s Monday, Chukwuma and his staff were absent in court. Prosecuting counsel, Julius Ajakaiye moved an application, urging the court to order the absent defendants’ arrested. He said the charge was served on them through a court-ordered February 8, 2016 substituted service following the AGF’s take-over of the case.

Consequently, he said the defendants were yet to take their plea and should therefore be compelled to appear. He added that an April 12, 2016 amended charge could not be served on the absent defendants.

They argued that the court lacked jurisdiction to issue the warrant against the defendants “because they were not properly summoned before the court”. They also  said the application offends Order 6 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules, adding that there was no proper service on their clients.

Ajakaiye urged the court to grant his application by ordering their arrest. But defence counsel, Chief George Uwechue (SAN) and Prof. C. Mbadugha prayed the court to dismiss the application.









Christopher Owolabi Warns Leaders Against Promoting Immortality and Indecency



Christopher Owolabi, who is the General Overseer of Christ Apostolic Church, Ori-oke Irapada, Omu-Aran, gave a warning during the church’s Sunday sermon has warned religious leaders against promoting immorality and indecency among their followers.

More so the cleric said that indecent dressing and other forms of immoral acts were now common among some Christians during church services and weddings. The cleric said it was the responsibility of every religious leader to lead by example.

“If such immorality is allowed to thrive inside churches and in the full glare of religious leaders how can such be checked among students and other categories of youths? “I think these indecent acts and immorality should totally be condemned and checked through our preachings and sermons.

“More importantly, we need to be more practical about it in order to instill discipline among the younger ones before God our creator.

“We are not only projecting our faith in bad light but more importantly our great country to the outside. “It is disheartening to see these ungodly acts being perpetrated in the household of God; it’s not projecting us as good and devoted Christians at all,” he said.

He expressed concern that most parents, guardians, teachers and counsellors have failed in their responsibility of shaping the lives of the youngers ones in the society.

“Most of us are now preoccupied with our daily worldly gains, materials and survival to the detriment of our statutory responsibilities to humanity. “We don’t have enough time for our children again and we hardly check on how they dress to churches and other events,” he said.

Conclusively the preacher also called on traditional rulers and other community leaders to step up their responsibility of ensuring a decent, upright and Godly society and  urged parents and guardians to be alive to their parental responsibility by giving their wards good moral upbringing.

RESIDENTS OF KONKON FLED THEIR HOMES FOLLOWING A HUGE FIRE CAUSED BY A PIPELINE EXPLOSION


                             

Thousands of residents of Konkon area of Oyigbo local area of Rivers State have fled their homes following a huge fire caused by a pipeline explosion in the area. Konkon and many communities in Oyigbo have petroleum pipeline criss-crossing them. The area is also notorious for pipeline destruction by oil thieves. The cause of the explosion could also not be ascertained.

They have called on Federal and State fire services to come quickly to the area to put out the fire and stop its spread to other areas. No fire service vehicle has arrived in the area as at the time of filing this report.

The lawmaker representing Oyigbo State Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Promise Nwankwo not only confirmed the raging fire but that residents have fled their homes.

The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the death of three persons in the raging fire caused by a pipeline explosion in the state.
Spokesman of the Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni said three persons have so far been confirmed dead.

Professor Adebayo Has Reacted to 2019 General Elections


Professor Adebayo Otitoloju the Returning Officer for Lagos East Senatorial Election has reacted to 2019 general elections. The renowned professor said: “There is need for some form of reforms,” in Nigerian electoral processes in the reality of true democracy.

The professor has also revealed that the country should imbibe the method of electronic coalition of results and not allow electronic voting.

“We can upgrade the smart card readers to be able to start that process, and once that is done, most of our elections challenges will be removed completely. Logistics is a major challenge.”

According to the reports  the retreat had in attendance INEC management staff, including heads of departments, electoral officers and their assistants, and some collation officers in the state in the 2019 elections.

According to them, if the nation wants to grow its democracy, there is the need to tinker with its electoral system. “I will advocate reforms that will lead to e-collation, not e-voting, that is a collation that will start from the polling units.

The university tutor has made the advocacy in separate interviews with  the sidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 2019 State Level Post Election Review in Lagos.

The New President of the Senate Declared His Intention Pass Bill Within Three Months


The new President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan declared his intentions to pass bill within three months.

It is paramount to note that every Nigerian wants to see the National Assembly pass the budget in good time and it's something both of us in the National Assembly have bought into - that we'll pass the budget within three months by the grace of God.

Lawan said that henceforth the National Assembly would ensure the passage of the nation's appropriation bill within three months of its submission by the executive arm of government.

Lawan stated this known when he fielded questions from State House correspondents after joining President Muhammadu Buhari to perform the weekly Friday's Juma'at prayer at the Aso Rock Mosque, Abuja.

The Senate President, therefore, called for sacrifice on the part of NASS and the executive so as to create "a window for budget defence only, a dedicated period and timeframe, say a month of which only budget defence will be carried out in the national assembly.

"After that for example, every minister or head of agency who did not come to defend the budget of that institution, the National Assembly would go ahead to work on such a budget appropriately.''

High Court Orders AIT and RayPower to Operate

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The Federal High Court in the capital Abuja on Friday said African Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM radio should be allowed to operate until a ruling on their legal challenge to the ban till the next court hearing which is due on Thursday.

Daar Communications is owned by business tycoon Raymond Dokpesi, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party. Raymond Dokpesi established RayPower FM as the pioneer private Radio in 1994 and AIT in 1998.

The Nigerian radio and television station owned by an opposition politician resumed broadcasting Saturday after a court order temporarily overturned a ban imposed for alleged "inflammatory" content and unpaid licence fees.

The National Broadcasting Commission said it had suspended the licence of the Daar Communications Plc, the owners of the two outfits, for breaching broadcast rules, not paying licence fees and "inflammatory, divisive, inciting broadcasts and media propaganda against the government."

Moreso, Dokpesi said the ban was politically motivated and was ordered by the presidency and had warned that a "media and press clampdown is in the offing."

CAN President Asked To Resign Within Seven Days


Reverend Prince Thompson has asked  the president of CAN to resign within seven days due to fact that he has been used by politicians to cause traumatic for the Christian settings.

In a press conference on Tuesday, convener of the coalition of  the Concerned Christian Forum of Nigeria, CCFN, Rev. Prince Thompson, said the President of CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria),  Pastor Samson Ayokunle had become a tool in the hands of politicians.

Moreso, the group said the current CAN leadership has made recent days traumatic for Christians in Nigeria.

According to the coalition, the faith of Christian faithful has never been so bashed in the history of the country as it has been in that space of time courtesy of the leadership of the body.

It, therefore, issued Reverend Ayokunle-led executive seven days to hand over the affairs of the association to an interim committee to run its affairs pending when a new election will be conducted.

Clergy Describes The Nigeria 2019 General Elections As Worst Ever Conducted

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A clergy has described the just concluded  2019 general election in Nigeria as the worst ever conducted election in history of the nation.

The Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) President, Rev. Dachollom Datiri, described the 2019 general polls as the worst ever general election in the history of the country at the opening of the Church’s 96th General Church Council, ongoing at its headquarters in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) also equally prayed that those seeking justice will find it at the tribunals.

The clergy said that the elections have come and gone, proving wrong apprehensions of Nigerians of potentially violent polls.

The elections were generally peaceful, but with the drafting of the armed forces including the Nigeria army to the polling units, and the number of petitions already at the tribunals reaching 736. These were the worse elections ever in the history of Nigeria.

The clergy later stressed out that we all need to pray that justice will be done at the tribunals.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Femi Fani-Kayode Reacts To Tinubu's 2023 Presidential Aspiration


Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Femi Fani-Kayode has spoken their mind on Tinubu presidential aspiration in 2023.Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a renowned Igbo political personnel has responded to the intention of Bola Hammed Tinubu political ambition to succeed the office of the president after the current tenure of President Mohammad  Buhari in 2023.

According to reliable source, Chuks Ibegu the Spokesperson for Ohanaeze Ndigbo stated that Bola Tinubu should not run for presidency on the yardstick of morality.

Conversely recently, the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode had commended the APC National Leader for “aspiring” to be president in 2023.

According to Fani-Kayode  tweet on twitter: “I am not in Bola Tinubu’s party but I commend him for having the courage to aspire to be President in 2023.

Fani-Kayode aslo tweeted that, “How many southern politicians from either APC or PDP have had the guts to do that? If nothing else he has challenged the myth that the north owns Nigeria.”

However, Ibegbu alleged that most people in the South East are not comfortable with the former Lagos State Governor; hence he should not run for president.

In the opposite direction according to Ibegbu: “Every Nigerian has the right to contest for any position but we are talking about morality now, Tinubu has the right, I Chuks Ibegbu has the right to be president of this country but we are talking about morality, justice, fairness and equity.

“Tinubu has the right to come out to be president but by right, equity and fairness he should not come out, he has no reason to come out morally. “In the South West, many are not comfortable with him so he should not come out.”

Nigeria Immigration Service Launches Online Visa Portal


The Nigeria Immigration Service ( NIS) has  launched an online Visa application portal with effect on May 13 2019. This was revealed by NIS Public Relations Officer, Mr James Sunday.

Mr Sunday James said,“The Comptroller-General of Immigration Muhammad Babandede, hereby calls on genuine investors to take advantage of the innovation as it improves migration and transparency in the system in line with the Federal Government’s policy of Ease of Doing Business.”

He further stated that  prior to the migration to a web-based portal, applicants were expected to forward applications for visa via email or hard copy to the Comptroller General for approval.

The spokesman, however, said that with the web-based regime, applicants would only be required to log onto NIS Portal where they could apply for the facility, make payment, and receive approval online.

Visa on Arrival is a class of short visit visa issued at the port of entry. The facility is available to frequently travelled high net worth investors and intending visitors, who may not be able to obtain visa at the Nigerian Missions/Embassies in their countries of residence due to the absence of a Nigerian mission in those countries or exigencies of urgent business travels.

Walter Onnoghen’s Counsel Told The Tribunal That His Client Never Confessed To Hiding His Bank Accounts



Walter Onnoghen’s counsel, Okon Nkanu Efut (SAN), told the tribunal that his client never confessed to hiding his bank accounts. He urged the tribunal to dismiss the charge, acquit and discharge his client because not only was the charge incompetent but the prosecution failed to establish the Onnoghen’s guilt.

Meanwhile, Onnoghen is being tried at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on a six-count charge, in which he is accused of breaching the Code of Conduct for public officers.

He is accused of allegedly making false declaration of assets and also failing to declare some. Efut argued that contrary to the prosecution’s claim that his client confessed to the offence, in his written statement, Onnoghen said he forgot to declare some of his assets, especially some bank accounts.

The defence counsel decried the competence of the charge and the procedure adopted by the prosecution, which he contended were unlawful.

According to Efut: “It is true in ordinary parlance that once a person says he did something, that is admittance. But, confession in law is different from confession in general parlance.

“When the defendant said he forgot, he did not mean he confessed. We are submitting that there has been no confession at all. There is no admission of guilt. Confession, in law, means admission of guilt.”

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Calls Mr Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State Governor-elect

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A statement issued by Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, said that the former president made the call when Mr Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State governor-elect visited him in Abeokuta.

According to Obasanjo, the love and votes of the people of Oyo State have ensured the emergence of Makinde, adding that their continued support was necessary to make him succeed as a governor.

“He cannot do it alone and since you have supported him before and during the elections, you need to continue to be together to make him successful,” Obasanjo was quoted as saying in the statement."

He urged Makinde to jettison the type of democracy that only targeted or benefited selfish interests of selected few.

“You have a onerous task ahead in improving the status of the capital of the old Western Region and you have to work to unite them all."

Diamond Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc Agrees to Merge Together

Diamond Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc have agreed to merged together to become a formidable bank. Mr Herbert Wigwe, Access Bank Chief Executive Officer, told the shareholders at the EGM that the merger with Diamond Bank enables Access Bank to acquire a bank with 17 million retail customers and the most viable mobile payment platform.

Wigwe said that the expected revenue and cost synergies were material and promises significant long term value. Further more, Wigwe said the bank, after the merger, would attract more opportunities such as trade finance from international partners.

“With the final merger of both banks and the status of the resulting entity as ‘the largest bank in Africa’s largest economy,’ this greatly bolsters the bank’s brand, opening doors of opportunity both in local and international markets,” he said.

Wigwe said the merger was expected to produce the largest banking group in Africa based on its number of customers with more than 29 million customers.

“The resulting entity which will maintain the brand name Access Bank, but with Diamond Bank colors, will have more than 29 million customers, 13 million of which are mobile customers,” he said. The shareholders gave the approval at an Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs) of both banks held in Lagos. The two banks have agreed to merge together.

OPWS Was Inaugurated By President Muhammadu Buhari In 2018


According to the report OPWS was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018 to tackle cases of armed banditry on communities in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states.

The force commander said the military outfit had intensified operations along Loko-Agatu, Kwande and other border communities in Benue to prevent recurrence of the attacks.

He condemned the preference to cattle over human lives by those who retaliated because of cattle theft. Flt Officer Mohammed Abubakar, the Sector Commander, OPWS in Gwer West Local Government Area, said some people were using military uniforms to rustle cattle.

“Those people who did this are suspected to be Livestock Guards, according to our local sources,” he said. The military has said certain powerful forces in Benue were responsible for recent attacks on communities in the state.

Yekini also said such individuals were instigating violence as could be seen in the recent attacks on communities preceding major elections in the country.

“It is obvious that some forces are instigating violence in Benue; it is not a coincidence that there was an attack on Agatu community a week to the presidential election and now there is another attack on Gwer West a week to the governorship election,” he said.

Maj-Gen Adeyemi Yekini, the Force Commander, Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), made the statement at a press briefing in Makurdi.

" My Last Lap Of Four Years, I Think Is Going To Be Tough." -President Buhari

“My last lap of four years, I think is going to be tough. “People are very forgetful and that’s why during the campaign, I spoke about our cardinal agenda,” the president elect said.


President Mohammadu Buhari, speaking when members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) paid him a congratulatory visit on Friday said his second term as president of Nigeria would be tough.

The meeting was attended by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF) Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno and over 20 ministers.

Mohammed Buhari had at presidential election polled 15,191,847 to defeat his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP who scored 11,262,978 votes.

The president elect, Muhammadu Buhari has hinted on how his second tenure would be.

2019 Senatorial Seat in Nigeria

Here are the winners for the Senatorial seat in the concluded 2019 elections;
ABUJA (FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY)
Philip Aduda (PDP)

LAGOS
Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Central) – APC
Senator Adeola Solomon (West) – APC
Bayo Oshinowo (East) – APC

EKITI
Prince Dayo Adeyeye (South) – APC
Opeyemi Bamidele (Central) – APC
Bunmi Adetunbi  (North) – APC

OYO
Kolawole Balogun (South) – PDP
Teslim Folarin (Central) – APC
Abdulfatah Buhari (North) – APC

OSUN
Ajibolan Bashiru (Central) – APC
Adelere Orilowo (West) – APC
Francis Fadahunsi (East) – PDP

ONDO
Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice (North) APC
(South) –  Incoclusive
Ayo Akinyelure (Central) PDP

OGUN
Ibikunle Amosun (Central) – APC
Tolu Odebiyi (West) – APC
Lekan Mustapha (East) – APC

KANO
Malam lbrahim Shekarau (Central) -  APC
Alhaji Kabuki lbrahim Gaya (South) - APC
Mallam Barau Jibrin (North) - APC

KADUNA
Uba Sani (Central) - APC
Suleiman Abdu Kwari (North) - APC
Danjuma La’ah (South) - APC

KATSINA
Kabir Barkiya (Central) - APC
Bello Mandiya (South) - APC
Ahmed Baba-Kaita (North) - APC
GOMBE
Danjuma Goje (Central) - APC
Saidu Alkali (North) - APC
Amos Bunus (South) - APC

JIGAWA
Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia (NorthEast) - APC
Danladi Sankara (NorthWest) - APC
Senator Muhammed Sabo Naku (Central) - APC

SOKOTO
Aliyu Wamakko (North) - APC
Abdulahi Ibrahim Gobir (East) - APC
Abubakar Shehu Tambuwal (South) - APC

ZAMFARA
Abdulaziz Yari (West) - APC
Tijani Yahaya Kawa (North) - APC
Yet-to-be (announced) Central

KEBBI
Ibn Na’Allah (South) - APC
Adamu Aliero (Central) - APC
Yaya Abdulahi (North) - APC

ADAMAWA
Aishatu Dairu Binani (Central) APC
Ishaku Cliff (North) - PDP
Bino Yero (South) - PDP

BAUCHI
Haliru Jiga (Central) - APC
Lawal Yahya (South) - APC
Court to decide Candidate (North) - APC

BORNO
Kashim Shettima (Central) - APC
Ali Ndume (South) - APC
Abubakar Kyari (North) - APC

TARABA
Emmanuel Bwacha (South) - PDP
Other two yet to be announced

YOBE
Ibrahim Gaidam (East) - APC
Ibrahim Bomoi (South) - APC
Ahmed Lawan (North) - APC

ABIA
Theodore Orji (Central) - PDP
Orji Uzor Kalu (North) - APC
Yet to be declared (South)

ANAMBRA
Ifeanyi Uba (South) - YPP
Two others yet to be declared

EBONYI
Sam Egwu (North) - PDP
Michael Ama Nnachi (South) - PDP
Obinna Ogba (Central) - PDP

ENUGU
Ike Ekweremadu (West) - PDP
Chimaroke Nnamani (East) - PDP
Chuka Utazi (North) - PDP

IMO
Rochas Okorocha (West) - APC
North (Inconclusive)
East (Yet to be declared)

AKWA IBOM
Bassey Albert (North East) - PDP
Christopher Ekpeyong (NorthWest) - PDP
Akon Eyak (South) - PDP

BAYELSA
Donye Diri (Central) - PDP
Lawrence Ewrujakpor (West) - PDP
East - (Yet to be announced)

CROSS RIVER
Dr Sandy Onor (Central) - PDP
Senator Rose Oko (North) - PDP
Senator Gershom Bassey (South) - PDP

RIVERS
Thompson George Sekibo (East) - PDP
Betty Apiafi (West) - PDP
Parry Mpigi (South-East) - PDP

DELTA
James Manager (South) - PDP
Ovie Omo-Agege (Central) - APC
Peter Nwaobochi (North) - PDP

EDO
Mathew Urhoghide (South) - PDP
Clifford Ordia (Central) - PDP
Framcis Alimikkhena (North) - APC

BENUE
Orker Jev (NorthWest) - PDP
Abba Moro( ) - PDP
Gabriel Suswam ( ) - PDP

KOGI
Oseni Yakubu (Central) - APC
East - (Inconclusive)
Dino Melaye (West) - PDP

KWARA
Oloriegbe Yahya Ibrahim (Central) - APC
Lola Ashiru (South) - APC
Umar Sadiq (North) - APC

NASARAWA
Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (South) - APC
Senator Abdullahi Adamu (West) - APC
Godiya Akwashiki (North) - APC

NIGER
Aliyu Shabi Abdullah (North) - APC
Mohammed Bima (South) - APC
Mohammed Sani Musa (East) - APC

PLATEAU
Not yet announced