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18 Jun 2019

News In Pictures: Lagos NURTW Boss, MC Oluomo, Hosted By Governor Of Atlanta

Lagos state leader of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW, MC Oluomo, and his family were guests at the Georgia state government house on the invitation of the state governor, Brian Kemp and his wife, Marty.
Oluomo shared photos from their visit on his Instagram page with the caption

''Honorary invitation too me and my lovely son Ololade by the executive governor of Atlanta Georgia USA Brain Kemp and his Marty Kemp.
ALHAMDULLIA.

See another photo from the visit below;

Iheadioha Suspends All LG Chairmen, Over 600 Councilors In Imo

The Imo state governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has suspended all the 27 Local Government Area Chairmen, their deputies and the 645 councilors in the state.

The governor equally suspended all the political appointees of the 27 LGAs of the state.
A statement issued in Owerri, the state capital on Tuesday by Chibuike Onyeukwu, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, said that the governor’s action was in pursuant  to the provisions of Sections 4, 5, and 6 of the Local Government Administration as amendment law, 2019 and S.73(3) of Imo State Local Government Administration Law No 15 of 2000 as amended.

Consequently, the governor has set up Interim management Committees in all the LGAs of the state.

The statement said that the governor had directed the Directors of Administration and General Services of each LGA to take over the management of the councils until the Interim management Committees were confirmed by the state lawmakers.

The statement also said that Ihedioha had approved the dissolution and removal of Chairman and Members of the State’s Independent Electoral Commission.

The statement read,” Governor Emeka Ihedioha, has approved the suspension of Chairmen, Vice Chairmen, Councilors and political appointees of the local governments of Imo State and constitution of Interim Management Committees for six months.”

“The suspension is contained in the instrument signed by the Governor, pursuant to the recommendation made to him by the Imo State House of Assembly.”

“This is in pursuant also, to the provisions of Sections 4, 5, and 6 of the Local Government Administration (Amendment) law, 2019 and S.73(3) of Imo State Local Government Administration Law No 15 of 2000 (as amended) and all other laws enabling him.”

“The Governor has set up Interim Management Committees to manage the affairs of each Local Government.”

“Consequently, the Directors of Administration and General Services(DAGS)  of each Local Government have been directed to take over management, pending the confirmation of  Interim Management Committees by the State Assembly.”

“In a similar development, the Governor approved the dissolution and removal of the chairman and members of the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC).”

“This is following a resolution supported by a two-thirds’ majority of the State Assembly rendered on 6th June 2019, seeking their removal from office. The action is also in accordance with the provisions of S.7(1) of the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission Law and all other extant laws of the State.”

“The Commission will be reconstituted in due course to put in place the machinery for conducting a credible election into the local governments.”

“The Governor further directs that these officers handover to the most senior civil servant in the Commission.”

BREAKING NEWS: Egypt's Ex President, Morsi, Buried

Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was buried in Cairo on Tuesday, his lawyer said, a day after he collapsed in court and died.

Rights groups called for an independent probe into the detention conditions and death of the Islamist, who was ousted in 2013 after a year of divisive rule.
State TV said the 67-year-old’s death was due to a cardiac arrest.

“He was buried in Medinat Nasr, in eastern Cairo, with his family present,” said Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud, one of his lawyer.

Morsi, also the country’s first civilian president, had appeared “animated” during a hearing in a retrial over charges of collaborating with foreign powers and militant groups, judicial and security sources said.

“The court granted him his request to speak for five minutes… He fell to the ground in the cage… and was transported immediately to the hospital. A medical report found… no pulse or breathing,” said the attorney general’s office.

“He arrived at the hospital dead at 4:50 pm exactly and there were no new, visible injuries found on the body.”

Another of Morsi’s legal defence team described the moment he received news of his death.

“We heard the banging on the glass cage from the rest of the other inmates and them screaming loudly that Morsi had died,” the lawyer, Osama El Helw, told AFP.

Since Morsi’s overthrow on July 3, 2013, his former defence minister, now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has waged an ongoing crackdown that has seen thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters jailed and hundreds facing death sentences.


– ‘Killing him slowly’ –


A judicial source said Morsi had fainted during a break in the trial hearing.

The court officials “had just finished the session for the espionage case and they informed the judge that he had fainted and needed to be transported to a hospital where he later died”, he told AFP.

Morsi last saw his family in September 2018. A month later, one of his sons, Abdallah, was arrested.

Abdel Maksoud was the last member of his defence team to see the former Islamist president, in November 2017.

The Brotherhood’s political wing — the Freedom and Justice Party — accused Egyptian authorities of “deliberately killing him slowly”.

They “put him in solitary confinement… they withheld medication and gave him disgusting food… they did not grant him the most basic human rights,” it said in a statement.

Rights group Amnesty International called on Egyptian authorities to open “an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation probe” into Morsi’s death and his detention conditions.

Human Rights Watch echoed that demand, saying Morsi had suffered years of “insufficient access to medical care”.

“The United Nations Human Rights Council… should establish an investigation into ongoing gross violations of human rights in Egypt, including widespread ill-treatment in prisons and Morsi’s death,” it said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a strong ally of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, paid tribute to the “martyr”.

The Gaza-based Palestinian movement Hamas, originally an offshoot of the Brotherhood, also hailed Morsi’s influence.

Iran’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi called his death “sad and unfortunate” and said that “while respecting the views of the great nation of Egypt, offers its condolences.”


– ‘Premature death’ –

Internationally he received some support, but in his homeland, Morsi has a chequered legacy.

He spent just one turbulent year in office after the 2011 uprising, before being toppled by the military after millions took to the streets demanding his resignation.

The Islamist leader has been in prison since his ouster, on trial in several cases including for spying for Iran, Qatar and militant groups such as Hamas.

Morsi was also accused of plotting terrorist acts.

He was sentenced to death in May 2015 for his role in jailbreaks during the uprising that ousted his predecessor, longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Following the news of his death, Egyptian television channels went into feverish overdrive, labelling the Brotherhood a “terrorist group” and playing a looping tagline: “The Brothers are liars”.

A group of British parliamentarians in March 2018 warned that his detention conditions had not met international standards and could lead to his “premature death”.

Other Brotherhood leaders have also died in custody.

The years following Morsi’s overthrow have seen a surge in bombings and shootings targeting security forces, particularly in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, now a stronghold of the Islamic State group.

Morsi’s turbulent rule was marked by deep divisions in Egyptian society, a crippling economic crisis and often-deadly opposition protests.

His death comes days before Egypt hosts the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament, starting Friday.

Authorities have been on high alert, announcing on Facebook Wednesday that thousands of forces would be deployed to secure venues.

AFP.

Man And Son Land In Kirikiri For Defiling 13 Year Old Step-Daughter

Two men- Olabisi Olaniawo, 35, and Busayo Adeshope, 27, who allegedly defiled a 13-year-old girl were on Tuesday in Lagos remanded at Kirikiri Prisons by an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

Olaniawo, who resides at Igando and Adeshope, resident of Ikeja, Lagos, are being tried for defilement, NAN reports.
The defendants committed the offence between 2015 and 2019 at their residences, the Police Prosecutor ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde told the court.

He said that the defendants, who are foster father and step-brother to the victim, defiled the 13-year-old orphan.

“The first defendant took custody of the girl when she was nine years old after the death of her parents and started having sexual intercourse with her.

“When the girl relocated to the second defendant’s house, who happens to be her step-brother, he was also having carnal knowledge of her.

“The girl told a trusted person what the defendants had been doing to her.

“The case was reported and the defendants were arrested,” the prosecutor said.

The offence violated Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs B.O Osunsanmi, did not take the pleas of the defendants.

She ordered that they should be kept behind bars pending the receipt of legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPPs).

The case was adjourned until July 15 for mention.

First Bank Drivers Land In Trouble Over Attempt To Kidnap Branch Manager

Police in Anambra State has arrested two official drivers of a commercial bank for threatening to kidnap the manager of the bank’s branch.
Both men were said to have been using an anonymous phone number to send text messages to the branch manager, who is a female, threatening to kidnap her except she paid the sum of N2million to them.

The Police Spokesperson in Anambra, SP Haruna Mohammed who disclosed this to journalists through a press release, said that “ On the 16/6/2019 at about 8:15pm, Police detectives attached to the Command’s Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested two men at Jesus Estates Oba in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State.

“The men are Izuchukwu Nebolisa ‘m’ aged 33 years and Simeon Obiakor ‘m’ aged 35 years respectively, suspects are drivers attached to First Bank PLC Awka branch.

“They conspired and continuously threatened to kidnap their branch manager one Chinwe Ezenwa ‘f’ through anonymous text messages that they will kidnap her unless she pays two million Naira to them.”

Haruna said the men were set up and arrested by men of the command after sustained intelligence with the aid of modern technology.

He said, “They have equally confessed to the crime and the Sim card used in sending the threat massages to the complainant has also been recovered in their possession.

“Case is under investigation after which Suspects would be charged to Court for prosecution.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mustapha Dandaura has called on members the public to be wary of their close aids including domestic staff and do a thorough background check before employing staff in order to avert this kind of ugly situation.

JUST IN: PDP Files Petition Against INEC

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are in a war of wits with the opposition PDP as the party has now filed a petition before the Governorship Election Tribunal against the Commission alleging denial to access elections materials.
The PDP is accusing INEC of alleged violation of orders of the court, which instructed the commission to allow them access to electoral materials.

In the petition, PDP accused the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kano, Professor Risqua Shehu Arabic of alleged contempt of court for refusing them access to the elections materials.

The tribunal on 7th of May, 2019 granted PDP access to inspect the electoral materials.

Counsel to PDP, Barrister Bashir Umar told journalists that upon granting the order, the tribunal urged all parties involved, including APC, INEC, PDP to draft schedule within which the inspection of materials begins and completed.

Barrister Bashir regretted that INEC has slowed down the process of issuance of the electoral material while failing to meet the 22nd May, 2019 deadline.

” We have written the legal adviser of INEC, J.B Daudu, SAN to notify the chamber of the deliberate attempt to deny us the documents and to further draw public attention. The PDP governorship candidate also paid an unscheduled visit to INEC office in Kano for on-the-spot assessment, yet the condition did not change.

” That was why we were left with no option than to file form 48, which queries the disobedience of INEC to obey orders of tribunal filed on 8th of June, 2019, otherwise, they will be committed to contempt of court.

” We subsequently filed form 49 after there was no response, for the commission to come before the tribunal to explain why it will not be punished for violating or refusing to obey orders of the court,” Bashir explained.

The tribunal has fixed Wednesday 19th June, 2019 for hearing of the PDP application.

Breaking News: Senate President, Lawan, Makes First Official Appointment

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has appointed Babagana Muhammad Aji and Festus Adedayo as his Chief of Staff and Special Adviser on Media and Publicity respectively.

This was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Administration, Dr. Betty Okoroh.
The appointments are with immediate effect.

“The appointments were made based on merit, experience, track record and competency of Aji and Adedayo needed by the Senate President in executing his planned legislative agenda,” the statement said.

Aji, who is currently an Administrative Coordinator of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Outreach Services, holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Planning and Administration, and another one in Public Administration both from University of Maiduguri.

He started his working career with the University of Maiduguri in 1987 as Administrative Assistant and rose to become the Registrar of the University in 1997.

Aji later joined the services of University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) where he was appointed as Director in 2016.

He is a member of several professional bodies including the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and Registered Administrative Managers of Nigeria, and attended several workshops, trainings and conferences both locally and abroad.

Adedayo is a holder of PhD in Political Communication from the University of Ibadan, and a member of the Editorial Board of Tribune newspapers.

He was Special Adviser on Media to the Oyo state Governor between 2011 to 2015, Special Adviser on Media to Enugu state governor between 2004 to 2007 and Special Assistant to Enugu state governor on Public Policy Analysis between 2003 and 2004.

Christian Association Of Nigeria Gets New President

The President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC), Rev. Supo Ayokunle, has been re-elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.

The results were announced on Tuesday by Bishop Matthew Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja.
Ayokunle got 59 votes to defeat the runner up, Rev. Caleb Solomon-Ahima, President, Fellowship of Christian Churches in Nigeria, TEKAN, who got 44 votes.

Ahima, according to the CAN constitution, becomes the Vice President of the organisation.

Ayokunle was born on Jan. 25, 1957 and hails from Isheke, Oyo State.

He has had his first degree in Sociology from the University of Ibadan in 1983.

He had a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, PGDE, and a Master of Education (M.Ed) in Guidance and Counselling from the same university.

Ayokunle equally bagged a Master of Divinity in Theology (M.Div Th) from the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso in 1995 before proceeding to the United Kingdom to obtain a Master of Arts (MA) in Theology and Religious Studies from Liverpool Hope University.

He also obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theology with emphasis on liturgical studies.

President Buhari In Closed Door Meeting With APC Governors

President Muhammadu Buhari is meeting with the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors Forum behind closed doors.
The meeting which is holding at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja started at about 11.37am.

The Forum is headed by Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu.

State Governors at the closed doors meeting included those of Lagos, Ekiti, Edo, Plateau, Niger, Kogi, Borno, Nasarawa, Yobe, Osun, Ogun, the Nation reports.

Deputy governors at the meeting included those of Katsina and Kaduna.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, were also at the meeting.

BREAKING NEWS: Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Shut Down Indefinitely

Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo state, has been shut down indefinitely by the school authorities.
In a circular signed by the Registrar, Mr Sule Atiku, no reason was given for the decision but report says there are issues of industrial relationship between the management and trade unions of the institution.

According to TVC, the lecturers and other staff have refused to work over unpaid entitlements and salaries.

The statement advised students to vacate the school not later than 3pm today.

The management noted that the closure became imperative in order to forestall breakdown of law of order.
 
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