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Mohammad’s resignation: Olukayode Ariwoola to be sworn in as acting CJN

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A justice of the Supreme Court, Olukayode Ariwoola, is to be sworn in today as acting chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) by President Muhammadu Buhari following the resignation of Justice Ibrahim Muhammad on Monday.
Ariwoola is the next-highest ranking justice of the supreme court and is expected to take over in acting capacity from Monday. Mohammad was said to have resigned on grounds of ill health, however, it was learnt that he was forced to quit following accusations of corruption levelled against him in a memo by 14 justices of the apex court.

CJN Mohammad Tanko resigns

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, has reportedly resigned on health grounds.
According to a report monitored on Arise News Channel, two impeccable sources at the Supreme Court anonymously confirmed the resignation of the CJN.
Mohammad’s resignation came amid a leaked memo by 14 Justices of the Supreme Court, accusing him of hampering the operations of the Supreme Court by failing to fund judges’ welfare among others.
Muhammad, 68, resigned about 18 months ahead of his official retirement in December 2024, when he would have clocked 70.
The next most senior Justice of the apex court, Olukayode Ariwoola, from Oyo State, is expected to be sworn in as acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

 

Why Dariye, Nyame, are still in prison despite state pardon

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The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) has explained why former governor of Plateau state, Joshua Dariye and former governor Jolly Nyame of Taraba state, have not been released, two months after they were granted state pardon alongside 159 other convicts.
The Council of State led by the President Muhammadu Buhari, had on April 14, 2022, granted pardon to the convicts.
Nyame is serving a 12-year jail sentence for diverting N1.64 billion during his tenure as governor of Taraba, while Dariye is serving 10 years imprisonment for N1.126 billion fraud.
In an interview with The Punch newspapers, spokesman of the NCS, Abubakar Umar, said the NCS was not responsible for the delay in their release.
He said the former governors could not be released by the Ministry of Justice stating so was writes the NCS.
“Why they have not been released is because we are still waiting for correspondence from the Ministry of Justice. “The moment we get that, we will effect their release. It is a presidential pardon, no doubt, but there must be a document to back their release.
“They can’t be released on mere pronouncement alone”, Umar said.

Terrorists reportedly ban political activities in Kaduna communities

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The Ansaru terrorists group has reportedly banned political activities in some communities in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
The Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in Kaduna on Sunday night.
The statement signed by Ishaq Usman Kasai, chairman of the BEPU, said the terrorists group has banned political activities in many commuties in the Eastern part of Birnin-Gwari LGA.
Kasai said the terrorists have continued to gain strength in some of the communities following the recruitment of young people.
“Infact the group continue to gain acceptance from many members of the communities, particularly in old Kuyello and Damari communities in Kazage Ward”, the statement said.
The BEPU the terrorists were marrying girls from the communities
Kasai some of the locals who have joined the group no longer live within their communities for fear of being arrested by security agencies.
The statement said, “The Ansaru and the new recruits are of the belief that their numerical strength will help them to bring the present democratic government down.
“Presently the Ansaru are going round distributing memory cards to the locals which contains their beliefs and doctrine.
“A disturbing scenario is where the group banned all political activities in many communities such as Damari of Kazage Ward.
“Politicians from these communities have to go far away secretly to the neighbouring communities before they hold political meetings.
“For instance, this week an Okada rider who lives in Unguwar Makera of Kazage Ward was seen with a sticker of one of the candidates vying for the Kaduna State House of Assembly and he was thoroughly beaten by the Ansaru.”
The BEPU chairman said, “People in these communities are now disenchanted and frustrated about participating in political activities.
“We don’t know how the coming elections will take place in those areas because even the last Local Government election in Kaduna state did not hold in those communities due to the escalating insecurity…
“In short, the Ansaru are now in charge of many of the communities in the area and the group is expanding its occupation.
According to the statement, “the terrorists now call the shots and determine what is to be done in the villages they are dominating.”
The statement lamented the increasing number of locals joining the terrorists group, adding that those who joined used to come back to the communities recruited others and take them to the forests to for indoctrination.
Kasai said, new recruits were told to fight government to install state.
The BEPU expressed disappointment that despite the worrisome development, there authorities were not doing much to contain the situation.
The statement called on the government to take the battle to the hideouts of the criminals in the forests and flush them out to stop the persistent attacks and killing of people.

Terrorists kill Kaduna Poly Catholic Chaplain

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Chaplain of the Catholic Community in Kaduna Polytechnic , Kaduna, Rev. Fr. Vitus Borogo, has been killed by terrorists.
Vitus who was also the Chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of the Nigerian Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA), was killed on Saturday in his farm located in Kujama, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
The Chancellor of the Kaduna Diocese of the Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Christian Emmanuel confirmed the incident in a statement.
The statement, said Borogo, 50, was murdered when the terrorists raided the farm, located in Kujama, along Kaduna-Kachia road.
“It is with a heavy heart, but with total submission to the will of God that we announce the death of Rev. Fr. Vitus Borogo, which sad event took place today (Saturday) at Prison Farm, Kujama, along Kaduna-Kachia Road, after a raid on the farm by Terrorists.
“Until his death, Fr. Vitus, aged 50, was the Chaplain of the Catholic Community of the Kaduna State Polytechnic, and the Chairman of the Nigerian Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA), Kaduna Chapter.
“Most Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna condoles with the immediate family, the NFCS Family of Kaduna Polytechnic, and indeed the entire Kaduna Polytechnic Community; and assures them of his fraternal closeness and prayers” the statement said.
It added that details of his funeral arrangement will be announced as soon possible.
“Meanwhile we commit his soul to the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and call on all men and women of goodwill to continue to pray for the peaceful repose of his soul and for the consolation of his bereaved family, especially his mother”, the statement said.

Group pushes for Dogara as Tinubu’s running mate

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A group known as “Coalition for Peace and Progress,” has declared that, a former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, is the most suitable to be the running mate of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday in Kaduna, the coordinator of the coalition, Muhammad Chindo, said Dogara has the required qualities and political experience to join the ticket.
According to him, the nomination of Dogara would promote unity and togetherness in the country.
Chindo added that Dogara’s large-heartedness and kind nature” are qualities that would make him the ideal running mate to the party’s flag-bearer.
He said further that, “Above all, it is imperative that the future vice-president must be a Christian who could transcend primordial sentiments bordering on religion and the twin evils of tribalism and sectionalism in the country, which Dogara is most appropriate.
“After a thorough, painstaking search and our avowed commitment and dedication to the noble cause of ensuring a united Nigeria, we unanimously conclude the most suitable to hold the position of the vice-president under the APC is Yakubu Dogara.”
Chindo who described Dogara as a humble and trustworthy individual said he would give the required support and encouragement to the president if nominated.
“It is on record that Dogara has always been a reliable fellow in his dealings with others, especially on matters of state and national interests.
“Throughout his tenure at the national assembly, it was such noble qualities he exhibited that made him to be legendary and unique for all time to come.
“Dogara is a grassroots politician who was tested and trusted by the people of his constituency, who had the honour and privilege to be elected fourconsecutive terms,” the coalition said.
According to Chindo Dogara’s large-heartedness and kind nature” are qualities that would make him the ideal running mate to the party’s flag-bearer.

PDP issues three- day ultimatum to Lalong to focus on governance

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau state, has issued a three- day ultimatum to the state governor, Simon Lalong to return to his duty post or face the wrath of the people.
In a statement on Friday in Jos, the PDP accused Lalong of abandoning governance and wasting public resources on unnecessary travels.
The statement signed by the party’s spokesman, John Akans, said the governor has been desperate following the rejection of his successor by stakeholders in his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Akans said, the PDP in Plateau, “has observed with concern that since the controversial state APC primaries that scandalously produced “Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, as its governorship candidate, Governor Simon Lalong has abandoned governance in the state and relocated to Abuja where all the other aspirants have laid siege in that regard.
According to the statement, “This has made the governor restless and sleepless as he desperately pushes for his acceptance by Abuja, especially after the emergence of the APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, whom Lalong fiercely worked against during the primaries.”
The PDP maintained that “Lalong seems to be the unofficial campaign director of Yilwatda as he intensifies lobbying the national leadership of APC to accept the candidature of Yilwatda who was allegedly elected under a scandalous and controversial circumstances with fake delegates.
“Since then, Lalong has hardly been in Jos.
“Unfortunately, the governor declared Monday to Tuesday public holidays to enable civil servants participate in the continuous voter registration, but he himself has not been on the ground to give encouragement.”
Akans said, “Lalong was not elected as Chairman of (Northern) Governors forum or campaign DG of candidates, but as an administrator of Plateau state, though he has failed woefully in his responsibilities.
“Today, the insecurity crisis in the state and the collapse of infrastructure, education and governance is giving Plateau people bitter experience of their lives.
“Crime, especially kidnapping and killings, has been on the increase in Plateau State, with workers on strike.
“For this reason, we hereby give Lalong three (3) days ultimatum to return to Jos or face mass action.”

Gunmen demand N150m ransom for release of abducted Plateau traditional ruler

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Patient Dombin, Jos

Gunmen who abducted the district head of Panyam, Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau state, Aminu Derwan have demanded for N150 million ransom for his release.
A family source who pleaded anonymity disclosed this on Wednesday in Jos, the Plateau state capital.
Derwan was abducted when the gunmen invaded his palace in Panyam in the early hours of Monday.
The source added that the family has been communicating with the kidnappers to negotiate the ransom.
“We are talking with them and hoping that they will reduce the ransom and release him on compassionate ground,” the source said.
When contacted, spokesman of the Plateau state police command, Alfred Alabo, said a combined tactical team deployed to the area was working hard to find the perpetrators of the heinous act and rescue the traditional ruler.

Army officer’s wife, 15 others, abducted in Kaduna

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Sixteen people, including the wife of an army officer have been abducted by terrorists in multiple attacks on communities in Kaduna state.
The wife of the army officer and the six others were said to have abducted at about 11pm Tuesday when the terrorists attacked Keke ‘A’ and Keke “B” areas of New Millennium City, in Kaduna metropolis. Residents said the attacks started at about 11pm and lasted for about an hour before security operatives arrived.
The wife of the army officer and two others were abducted during the in attack on Keke ‘A’, while four others- a couple and their two house helps were abducted in Keke ‘B’.
One of the residents said, “It appears the main target of the kidnappers was a big house at Keke A, belonging to a army officer.”
He said, “The bandits came around 11pm. I think their main target was a house at Keke “A.”The house belongs to a military an army officer. But the officer was not at home.
“So, the kidnappers broke into the house and picked his wife. They also kidnapped another man who is the immediate neighbour of the army officer.
“The neighbour was picked alongside his eight-year old daughter, but they eventually dropped the daughter when her mother was shouting.
“At that point, they started shooting sporadically to scare away anyone who might think of coming to their aid.
“While all that was happening, another man who was just returning home in his car at that time ran into the kidnappers. He was the third person that was taken away from our area.
At Keke ‘B’, a resident confirmed that, a man, his wife and their two house helps were abducted.
In yet another attacks on Gwando community, Kajuru LGA and Ligari community in Chikun LGA of the state, nine people abducted.
The terrorists were said to have attacked Gwando at about 7pm on Monday and abducted five people.
The attack on Ligari was said to have occurred in the early hours of Tuesday leading to the abduction of the wife of the village head, his brother and two others.
Sources said, “many rural communities in the state
are now at the mercy of the terrorists who invade the villages at will and abduct or kill people.
The source added that farmers cannot go to their farms for fear of either being killed or abducted.

Two senators dump APC for NNPP, LP

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By Sylvanus Tyoakaa, Abuja

Two Senators from Bauchi and Imo States, have resigned their membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), respectively.
The lawmakers are Senator Dauda Jika representing Bauchi Central and elected on the platform of the APC; and Senator Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi representing Imo East Senatorial District, who was elected on the platform of the PDP.
Both Senators in separate letters addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, conveyed their decision to resign their membership of the APC and PDP, to join the Labour Party (LP) and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), respectively.
The APC lawmaker, Dauda Jika, in his letter said, “I hereby wish to notify you of my defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) whose ideals are in line with my political aspirations.”
Onyewuchi, on his part, said, “I wish to inform Mr. President and a distinguished Senators of my defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the Labour Party.
“This is after due consultation with my family, constituents and supporters.
“This will enable me participate fully in the movement for a new Nigeria.”
Today’s defection brings the number of APC Senators to 66, with members of the minority parties standing at 43.
The minority parties in the Senate are presently five in number as at Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022.
They are: the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Young People’s Party (YPP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and Labour Party (LP).