The police have early Monday sealed off the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari, last Friday. In a move that appeared to stop any possibility of Onnoghen to accessing the office, policemen were said to have sealed the office and ejected all administrative staff in the axis of the CJN office as early as 7am on Monday. One of the sources said, “The police have sealed the office of the CJN. Officers and men of the Force went to the administrative staff offices at about 7am and ordered clerical and [...]
The Federal Government is set to present the N30,000 new National Minimum Wage proposal to the National Economic Council on Thursday (tomorrow) for further consultations. This was the key resolution of an extraordinary meeting of the Federal Executive Council, which ended in Abuja on Tuesday night. President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the meeting at the Presidential Villa. State governors, the Central Bank of Nigeria and some major Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government constitute the NEC. The Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, informed State House correspondents after the FEC rose that deliberations centred on the minimum wage. Mohammed did not [...]
The Presidency has warned the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to make the family of President Muhammadu Buhari a campaign subject in the 2019 elections. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Wednesday said the PDP should rather address consequences of their 16-year of rule in Nigeria than bring the President’s family into the 2019 elections. “The PDP leadership cannot afford to make family an issue in this campaign. Need I say more? The only thing I want to add is that PDP is engaging in mud-slinging because it finds it [...]
An Appeal Court in Port Harcourt on Wednesday dismissed the appeal by the Ojukaye Flag-Amachree-led All Progressives Congress in Rivers State. The special Appeal Court panel led by Justice Abubakar Yahaya also dismissed two appeals (joinder applications) filed by Flag-Amachree and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Tonye Cole and other candidates belonging to the same faction. Flag-Amachree-led APC in the state had challenged the October 10, 2018 judgement of the State High Court on the party congresses in the state. The High Court ruling was in favour of Ibrahim Umar and 22 other aggrieved members of APC who [...]
The All Progressives Congress is worried by the decision of some aggrieved members, including the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibukunle Amosun, and his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha, to shun the APC governorship candidates in their states. Some members, who were aggrieved by the party’s primaries, had vowed to work against the APC candidates in their states. Besides the two governors, some lawmakers, who could not secure the party’s tickets have also vowed to work against the party’s candidates, except the President. The APC National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, had earlier on Wednesday said the party could win the governorship elections [...]
President Buhari will on Wednesday visit Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The President will use his visit to flag off the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) conference which begins today. He is also expected to meet the troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole at the theatre command fighting insurgency in the north-east region. The planned visit by the Commander-in-Chief comes about two weeks after the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram splinter group, killed dozens of soldiers in Metele, a remote village near the border with the Niger Republic.
The police have said the death in custody of a leader of the Offa bank robbery gang, Michael Adikwu, will not affect the outcome of the case. The force stated that the evidence of the other gang leaders were enough to prosecute Senate President Bukola Saraki. The police had arraigned the gang leaders – Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibukunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salawudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran – at a Kwara State High Court for involvement in the April, 2018 bank robberies during which over 31 persons, including nine policemen, were killed. The police spokesman, Moshood Jimoh, in a statement in Abuja on [...]
The Nigerian Election Debate Group has fixed December 14, 2018 for a debate for presidential candidates of different political parties taking part in the 2019 elections. The vice presidential candidates are billed to have their debate on January 19, 2019. The group’s chairman, Mr. John Momoh, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday. Momoh who is also the chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation added that the debates will hold at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and will be broadcast live by all BON members. President Muhammadu Buhari is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress with Vice-President Yemi [...]
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, said the victories recorded by the party in the three bye-elections held on Saturday in Katsina, Kwara and Bauchi states were pointers to the impending defeat of the PDP in the 2019 general elections. According to him, the most outstanding of the victories was the humiliating defeat the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, suffered in the hands of the people of Kwara State. Oshiomhole said he was excited that the people of Kwara made a statement to Saraki that he would be retired from politics next February. He said, “For me, [...]
Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progressives Congress, has lost another four of its members in the House of Representatives to other political parties. The lawmakers, Dada Awoleye (Oyo), Segun Williams (Ogun), Lawali Hassan and Adedapo Lam-Adesina (Oyo), announced their defections on Tuesday. While Mr Awoleye defected to the Accord party, Messrs Williams, Hassan and Lam-Adesina defected to Labour Party (LP), People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Action Democratic Congress (ADC), respectively. More members of the ruling party have defected in the last one month. Some members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party have also defected within the period.