March 23, 2019

* Court orders National Assembly to begin impeachment process against Buhari (Punch) * Senate directs Police, FRSC to investigate cause of Otedola bridge accident (Guardian)

* Court orders National Assembly to begin impeachment process against Buhari (Punch)            * Senate directs Police, FRSC to investigate cause of Otedola bridge accident (Guardian)



Court orders National Assembly to begin impeachment process against Buhari (Punch)

A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has granted an order of mandamus to compel the National Assembly to begin impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari, based on some alleged constitutional breaches. Justice Maureen Onyetenu gave the ex parte order on Wednesday, following a motion filed before her by the Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Ilesa branch, Mr. Kanmi Ajibola; and a human rights activist, Mr. Suleiman Adeniyi. The activists had, about three months ago, written to the Senate and the House of Representatives to begin impeachment process against the President, based on the continuous killings and spending without lawmakers’ approval. Read more

Senate directs Police, FRSC to investigate cause of Otedola bridge accident (Guardian)

The Nigerian Senate has directed the Nigeria Police and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to carry out a thorough investigation on the cause of the tanker fire accident on Otedola Bridge, by the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The lawmakers urged all relevant security agencies to cooperate with Lagos state and other states to make sure that drivers of trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles comply with traffic safety guidelines. “I think this is something that could have been prevented if we all abide by the traffic safety guidelines and ensure the enforcement of existing laws,” Senate President Bukola Saraki said in a statement. Read more

2019: INEC blows hot, vows to track sellers of PVCs (Vanguard)

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has assured of a credible, free and fair general elections next year, disclosing of measures to safeguard the electoral process, including tracking those behind the purported hawking of Permanent Voter Cards PVCs in some online sales portals. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja at a consultative meeting with leaders of political parties also warmed politicians to stop seeing the commission as a political party or its personnel as political rivals. He said the commission is far ahead of mischief makers who may want to subvert the process through making bogus claims or trying to compromise its officials. Read more

Saraki lobbies State Assemblies for state, community policing (Nation)

Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is seeking collaboration of the State Houses of Assembly to support the amendment of the 1999 Constitution to provide for state and community policing in the country. Saraki made the appeal when the 36 States Assembly Speakers, led by its Chairman and Speaker of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulmumin Ismaila Kamba, paid a thank you visit to leadership of the Senate, for passing the Bill which granted financial autonomy to State Legislatures. The President of the Senate, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, noted that state and community policing in the country has become imperative due to rising security challenges. Read more

Kwankwaso, Others pull out of APC (ThisDay)

Apparently unable to deal with the Alhaji Kawu Baraje-led new People’s Democratic Party’s (nPDP) slow pace of talks with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other smaller political parties in forming a coalition against the All Progressives Congress (APC), another group known as ‘Reformed APC’ has emerged from the aggrieved group within the ruling APC. Led by former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and other top members of the APC, especially at the National Assembly, the new group were formally announce its departure from the ruling party by Friday. A member of the group told Thisday in Abuja yesterday, “It appears Baraje and Senate President Bukola Saraki and their group are tied down by their endless discussion with APC.’’ Read more

Why I want to be Oyo governor again – Alao-Akala (Nation)

A former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, on Wednesday declared his intention to contest for the governorship seat in 2019, saying he was bowing to intense pressure by his admirers. The former governor made the declaration on Wednesday at his Bodija, Ibadan, residence while receiving members of  the Akala Support Group who paid him a visit. The group had at a programme held at Premier Hotel in Ibadan on March 29 called on Alao-Akala to re-contest in 2019. “Patriotic people of Oyo State, for quite some time now, I have been inundated by telephone calls and text messages from well-meaning citizens and subjected to intense pressure. Read more

Ekiti Election: IG threatens to dismiss Partisan Police Officers (ThisDay)

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has threatened to dismiss any officer found hobnobbing with politicians or act in a way that could vitiate the July 14 election in Ekiti State. Idris urged his men to be neutral and apolitical in line with the new creed of the Nigeria Police Force to serve Nigerians with dignity and honesty. He spoke in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday during a lecture organised for Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the state and other officers and men of the Force to sensitise them on the need to exhibit right attitudes for this coming election. Read more

Ogun varsities hold post-UTME screening (Nation)

Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye and Tai Solarin University of Education  (TASUED), Ijagun in Ogun State has fixed dates for the screening exercise for candidates to be admitted for 2018/2019 academic year. The OOU screening will hold from Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August, 2018 while that of TASUED is fixed for 24th July, 2018. Applicants eligible for OOU admission include UTME candidates that picked and did not pick the University with a minimum score of 180 in the UTME examination and also Direct Entry candidates with A level results and diploma certificate that applied for the entry through JAMB into the University with a minimum of Upper credit. Read more

NLC cautions DSS against harassing its Members (ThisDay)

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ekiti State chapter, Mr. Ade Adesanmi, has warned security agencies in the state to desist from harassing and intimidating its members, saying the union would stand against such acts if noticed again. Adesanmi added that security agencies have the right to invite members for questioning, but added that members should not be ridiculed for political gains. He said this in reaction to the arrests of two teachers at Olaoluwa Muslims Secondary School in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday by men of the Department of State Services (DSS) over alleged scam connected with the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). Read more

South-East losing land to over 2,800 active erosion sites — Foundation (Vanguard)

World Igbo Environmental Foundation (WIEF) says there are over 2,800 active erosion sites threatening to sack most communities in the South-East of Nigeria from their ancestral lands. Dr Odili Ojukwu, Chairman of the foundation made this assertion in an interview with newsmen in Awka on Wednesday. Ojukwu, an Engineer advocated for community participation in the management and protection of the environment from erosion. He blamed the prevalence of gully erosion on faulty road construction and drainage systems, adding that people must ensure that development activities in their areas do not result to erosion. According to him, there are over 1,000 active erosion sites in Anambra, 300 in Imo, 500 in Abia, 500 in Enugu and 500 in Ebonyi states. Read more

Air Peace first all-female flight goes to Abuja, Owerri Thursday (Nation)

Air Peace female flight and cabin crew members will on Thursday take full charge of the carrier’s four-sector flights on the Lagos-Abuja, Abuja-Owerri, Owerri-Abuja and Abuja-Lagos routes. The feat by the all-female crew breaks the dominance by their male counterparts in the near four years’ history of the airline. The development is coming days after Air Peace gave command to Sinmisola Ajibola, who made history as the airline’s first female captain and was decorated with her new rank by the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema on Monday, June 25. A statement issued by Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah said the flight is planned in honour of the carrier’s first female captain, Sinmisola Ajibola. Read more

NOSDRA to Shell: Obey court order, pay $3.6bn fine over Bonga Oil Spill (Nation)

The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) on Wednesday tasked Shell Nigeria Exploration and Petroleum Company Limited (SNEPCO) to speed up process for the payment of $3.6 billion fine levied against it by Lagos Federal High Court. The compensation is to settle over 350 affected communities in the Niger Delta region. NOSDRA Board Chairman, Sen. Ayo Akinyelure, on Wednesday in Abuja said the oil spillage which occurred 20th December, 2011 due to exploration within OML 118 severely desecrated the oil rich communities, thereby affecting the rural dwellers. Read more

Prison Jailbreak Stalls Court Judgments in Niger (ThisDay)

Following the jailbreak at the Minna medium security prison in Niger State last May, which led to the escape of over 180 inmates, three High Courts in the state capital have not been able to pass judgments on some accused standing trial before the courts. This is even as some reorganisations have taken place within the state command of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS). A source told Thisday that the courts, one presided over by the state Chief Judge, Justice Maria Dzukogi, and another by Justice Zaynab could not deliver judgments on the cases before them recently because the accused persons were not in the courts. It was learnt that the judges were told that the accused persons could not be brought to the courts because they were among the 180 inmates of the Minna medium security prison that escaped in May, this year. Read more

Man remanded for allegedly beating wife to death over N200 (Nation)

For allegedly beating his wife to death over N200,  Henry Anaele, was on Wednesday remanded in prison for the next 30 days by an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court. The Chief Magistrate, Mr O.O. Olatunji, said the accused should be remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons pending advice from the State Director of Public prosecutions (DPP). Anaele, 40, whose plea was not taken, had appeared on a charge for murder. Earlier, Insp. Cousin Adams told the court that the accused had committed the offence on June 15, about 11.45 p.m, at No. 72, Goodness Estate, Satellite Town, Lagos. Read more

Venus rolls over qualifier after slow start (Reuters)

Five-times Wimbledon champion Venus Williams dropped her opening service game and lost the first set before finding her rhythm to beat qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6 6-0 6-1 in the second round on Wednesday. The 38-year-old American brought her experience to bear from the second set to seal a comfortable win in her first meeting with the Romanian. “It’s just credit to her, she played very well and took advantage, you have to at these championships,” Venus said of Dulgheru’s first-set performance. “It’s not easy to play someone you haven’t played, and I’m sure she’s seen me play a lot, so she was extremely competitive,” she added. Read more

Aston Villa sack director of football Steve Round (Sportsmole)

Aston Villa have sacked director of football Steve Round, reportedly leaving manager Steve Bruce to negotiate the club’s transfer dealings on his own. Owner Dr Tony Xia took the surprise decision to swing the axe on Wednesday morning, ending Round’s two-year tenure at Villa Park. The news comes in the wake of speculation that the English Football League is looking into the cash-strapped outfit’s new management structure after voicing concerns at the lack of football knowledge. Read more

There is a cloud hanging over this World Cup and Fifa must not ignore it (Guardian)

There was a time when we used to sneer at the antics deployed by South American nations, or the histrionics on show in La Liga, wondering how supporters put up with all the play-acting, but everyone’s at it now, including – and let’s not kid ourselves – England players. “Shithousery” is the word that gets bandied around these days. Others will know it simply as cheating and, sadly, it’s the one cloud that hangs over an otherwise brilliant World Cup in Russia. Plenty of people will have come across comical clips of Neymar on social media, showing him rolling down motorways and mountains and along country lanes, following that series of exaggerated tumbles against Serbia. Yet the Brazilian is far from alone when it comes to feigning injury and trying to deceive officials. Read more

Roger Federer cruises past Lukas Lacko in straight sets to book place in Wimbledon third round (Standard)

Roger Federer’s serene passage to the latter rounds of Wimbledon continued with a comprehensive dismantling of Slovakian Lukas Lacko on Centre Court. Even as he coasted through a win that could have been far more comprehensive than even a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 scoreline suggested Federer was able to give his adoring public what they wanted, deploying his full repertoire in just an hour and 29 minutes. Such was the ease Federer had, particularly on his own serve, that he was able to rattle off 35 consecutive points on his own serve between the first and third sets in a match where he rarely had to move up from second gear. Read more

Army kills 20 Al-Shabaab militants in southern Somalia (Guardian)

The Somali National Army (SNA) killed at least 20 al-Shabab militants in a fierce fighting in Somali’s southern village of Muse Haji on Tuesday evening, army officials said Wednesday. The fighting broke out when al-Shabab militants attempted to launch an ambush on military base in Muse Haji village in Lower Juba region in southern Somalia. “They (al-Shabab) have tried to attack our base but we have managed to bush them back and killed 20 of them,” SNA Commander for the 43rd Sector, Ismail Sheikh Isaq, said. The commander added that the forces initially fired on a speedy car killing the suicide bomber and then engaged a gun battle with the fighters and later subdued them. Residents in nearby villages told Xinhua that they heard blasts followed by huge gunfire at the military base. Read more

Conservatives are seeking a Gorsuch 2.0 in Trump’s Supreme Court pick (CNN)

As President Donald Trump prepares for a rollout of a nominee who could solidify the rightward tilt of the Supreme Court for decades to come, judicial conservatives are maneuvering, largely behind the scenes, to ensure that the President gets it right. The stakes are high, as a Supreme Court seat is a lifetime appointment and conservatives want to make sure the candidate will be a reliable vote. In a ritual repeated with every Supreme Court vacancy, interest groups and those supporting potential picks are working to boost their favored candidate’s chances and jockey for the best position. The President has made clear that he will select a nominee next Monday from a list drawn up with the blessing of the conservative Federalist Society. Read more

Top Hong Kong court grants U.K. lesbian right to spousal visa (Nbcnews)

Hong Kong’s top court ruled on Wednesday that a British lesbian should be granted a spousal visa in a landmark judgment that could open the door for expatriate same-sex partners to move to the Chinese-ruled city. The British woman, who requested to be identified only as QT in court, sued the director of immigration in 2014 after she was denied a spousal visa that would have granted her resident status and allowed her to work without the need for a separate visa. The woman and her partner, a dual British and South African national identified only as SS and who was offered work in Hong Kong, had entered into a civil partnership in Britain. QT did not appear in court. Read more

Merkel vows to soldier on despite bruising migration dispute (Reuters)

Germany’s right-left coalition government will serve its full four-year term despite a bitter dispute over immigration policy, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, downplaying fears of instability in Europe’s largest economy. Merkel struck a deal this week with her Bavarian allies to limit migrant entries through the border with Austria but she still needs to secure support from her Social Democrat (SPD) junior coalition partners. “I can’t promise that there won’t be disputes again about other issues, as this is usual when a government includes three parties,” Merkel told ARD television when asked if her coalition would last a full four-year term. Read more

Syrian rebels say talks with Russian officers’ fail (Reuters)

Syrian rebel negotiators and Russian officers failed on Wednesday to reach an agreement that would end fighting in southern Syrian, a rebel spokesman said. “The talks with the Russian enemy in Bosra al-Sham have failed because of their insistence on handing over heavy weapons,” Abu Shaima, a spokesman of the central operations room representing main FSA factions negotiating with the Russians told Reuters.Read more


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