IPOB: Court orders Abaribe, others to produce Nnamdi Kanu

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, adjourned until June 26 to enable Sen. Enyinaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia) and two others to produce the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu in court. Abaribe, Immanuel El-Shalom, a Jewish Chief High Priest, and Tochukwu Uchendu, a Chartered Accountant, who stood surety for …

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Dogara congratulates Tinubu at 66

The Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) as he clocks 66 years. In a congratulatory message on Wednesday in Abuja, Dogara commended Tinubu over what he described as “relentless commitment and sacrifice for democracy and track records of service, mentoring …

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Saraki calls for review of Nigeria’s tax laws

The President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called for the urgent review of the nation’s tax laws, to achieve a more efficient and productive tax regime. Saraki gave the advice on Wednesday while inaugurating the Technical Committee on Reforming Nigeria’s Tax System at the National Assembly, Abuja. He said the Federal Government’s …

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N13.5m: RMAFC says Senator’s approved pay is N1.1m

Everest Amaefule, Eniola Akinkuotu, Ifeanyi Onuba and Olaleye Aluko

The National Assembly Service Commission should be held responsible for the running cost of N13.5m paid to each senator on a monthly basis, the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission has said.

In a statement by RMAFC spokesman, Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed, the commission said on Wednesday that the approved remuneration of a senator for a month was N1.06m, adding that anything outside the payment was against the law.

Senator Shehu Sani, a senator representing Kaduna Central constituency, had in a recent interview confirmed the reports that each senator gets a jumbo pay of about N40m per quarter.

Sani had explained that each senator receives N13.5m a month for running cost apart from salary and allowances.

According to him, although senators are not directed on how to spend the money, they are expected to “retire the payment.”

Washing its hands off from the jumbo pay, RMAFC said only the National…

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Court orders naval officers to forfeit Lekki houses to FG

Oladimeji Ramon

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered two naval officers – Captains Olotu Morakinyo and Ebony Aneke – to temporarily forfeit their landed properties located in the highbrow Lekki area of Lagos to the Federal Government.

Justice Muslim Hassan made the forfeiture order on Wednesday following an ex parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

In the application, the anti-graft agency alleged that the naval officers, who were attached to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency as Guard Commanders, acquired the properties with proceeds of fraud.

It listed the properties as a three-bedroom terrace duplex, located at Lekki Gardens Limited Phase 4 Lekki-Ajah and a five-bedroom duplex in Lekki, Lagos.

Apart from the houses, the court also ordered the temporary forfeiture of  N11,040, 000 found in the bank account of a company, Lakewood Garden Ventures Limited, said to be linked to Aneke and his sister, Jimmie.

Justice Hassan,…

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Empowering the Girl-Child through Policy Interventions

On the sidelines of the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women 62 held in New York recently, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) held a side event that highlighted government’s core policy and legislative interventions that seek to empower the Girl-Child. Abimbola Akosile outlines the outcomes from the event

The United Nations Commission for the Status of Women 62 took place recently in New York, US, and in line with the issues on the frontburner, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) held a side event.

The event was attended by over 40 participants from across the globe of notable repute and from different backgrounds including civil society, development partners, the international community, private sector, Nigerians in the Diaspora and the media.

The meeting was also attended by CISLAC global board of Trustee members such as Dr. Afia Zakiya, Mr. Francis John and Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), among others.

It…

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The unheralded wisdom in Danjuma’s intervention

Niran Adedokun

nadedokun@gmail.com

Partisans, political hirelings and ethnic apologists have taken serial swipes at the former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Defence, Gen Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, for that shocking outburst at the convocation of the Taraba State University in Jalingo last weekend.

The one-time Chief of Army Staff ruffled feathers when he called on Nigerians to defend themselves against the attacks from herdsmen suggesting that “the armed forces are not neutral, they collude, they collude, they collude with the armed bandits, they kill people, they kill Nigerians, they facilitate their movement, they cover them… If you are depending on the armed forces to stop the killings, you will die one by one. This ethnic cleansing must stop in Taraba State. It must stop in all the states of Nigeria, otherwise Somalia would be a child’s play.”

Of course, Danjuma has received support from many quarters as well but most of that has come from leaders of the various…

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Lagos and Kano ruled the airwaves and railways (3)

J.K. Randle

Continued from Wednesday

While the railways flourished, students at King’s College were provided with warrants to enable them spend their “Long Vacation” anywhere in the country. For them, travelling by train or Ojukwu Transport Service lorries was free. Then, came the Jalupon disaster in 1958 when students from Lagos who were on their way to the College of Arts and Science perished in a train crash. One of them was my cousin, Oladele Mclean. Thereafter, travelling by train lost much of its attraction.

Even more remarkable is that over the years, both Lagos and Kano have had the good fortune of being under the leadership of some super performing governors (both civilian and military). Till today, Alhaji Audu Bako who was Commissioner of Police while serving as Governor of Kano State gets a lot of kudos for his industrialisation of Kano as well as infrastructure (particularly roads) and tourism initiatives such as Bagauda Lake Hotel, Bagauda Restaurant etc.

On a…

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