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A Yola High Court presided over by Justice Ambrose
Mammadi, has fixed February 18, 2016 for ruling in a suit challenging the suspension of Alhaji Abdulrahman Abubakar as member of Adamawa State House of Assembly.
Mammadi will rule on the plenary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit, as well as pass judgement on the suit already argued before him by the parties involved.
Abubakar, who represents Mubi South constituency, had in 2015 dragged the Speaker, Alhaji Kabiru Mijinyawa and the Assembly to court over his suspension for three months and dissolution of the House Committee on Finance, which he chaired.
The state Attorney General was later joined in the suit as 3rd respondent.
In his argument before the court, counsel to Abubakar, Mr Ever Odo, argued that both the speaker and the assembly erred in law, as they have no powers to suspend his client for 30 days.

Jigawa

The Jigawa State Universal Basic Education Board
(SUBEB) says it has concluded arrangements to rehabilitate 10 schools in Malammadori Local Government Area of the state.
Malam Mukhtar Mukaddari, the Education Secretary in the area, told newsmen in Malammadori that the board would renovate and construct additional classroom blocks in the selected schools.
Mukaddari said the project would be executed in both primary and post-basic schools under the 2014/2015 SUBEB project.
He listed the benefitting schools to include Chac-Chanda, Baguwa, Shayya, Dakindo and Kampala.

Kano

Former Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority
(NPA), Alhaji Aminu Dabo has advised Nigerian youths to avoid acts capable of destroying their future.
He made the call when the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) presented him with an award in Kano recently.
He said the advice was necessary in view of the fact that they were the future leaders of the country.
He advised that “as future leaders of Nigeria, youths are supposed to exhibit good conduct and avoid anything that will destroy their future.
He commended the Association for finding him worthy of the award and urged members to face their studies with the seriousness it deserved to enable them to contribute their quota toward the development of the country.

Kebbi

The Emir of Zuru in Kebbi State, Alhaji Sani Sami has
urged Gov. Atiku Bagudu to intensify efforts at improving the education sector in the state.
The emir gave the advice while receiving members of the Old Boys Association of Government Secondary School, Zuru, who paid him a courtesy call in his palace.
He said that the education sector in the state had remained backward for too long.
Sami said that the education sector had suffered considerable neglect over the years.
“Structures are decaying, science laboratories are lacking and students receive lessons sitting on the bare floor, hence affecting students’ performance in external examinations,’ he said.
The emir, however, commended the association for organising an annual general meeting, charging members to task themselves for the overall development of the college.

Kogi

Seven registered voters in Kogi State have sued the Federal
Government  in the Community Court of Justice of ECOWAS, alleging inconsistency in the election of Yahaya Bello as the state governor-elect.
The suit with registration number ECW/CCJ/APP/02/16 filed at the ECOWAS Court headquarter, Abuja was made available to newsmen.
The plaintiffs named as “citizens of Nigeria and registered voters in Kogi State’’ include; Sule Audu, Ikeleji Agada and Labaran Dadio.
Others are Isaka Isa, Abdul Audu, Ademu Abdullahi and Sulaiman Abdul.
The suit filed by the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Festus Ogwuche named FG as the sole defendant.
Lagos

An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court has granted bail in the
sum of N250,000 to a driver, Shakiru Akinsola, for allegedly causing the death of a pedestrian.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, also ordered the accused to produce two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case till January 25, for mention.
Akinsola, 25, who lives at No 2, Shola Olamide Close, Runsewe Estate, Ahmadiyya Ijaiye, a suburb of Lagos, was arraigned for reckless driving.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Benedict Eigbokhon, told the court that the offence was committed on December 27, at Capitol Junction on Old Agege, Area of Lagos.
Eigbokhon said the accused drove in a reckless way and caused the death of one Nwafio John, a 52-year-old man.
“After the accused knocked down the man, he wanted to run away, but was caught by the people at the scene,’’ he said.

Nasarawa

A 37-year-old businessman, Nasiru Alidu, charged with
forgery has been remanded in prison by a Mararaba Grade 1 Area Court in Nasarawa state.
The order to remand the accused in prison given by the judge, Mr Albert Maga, was sequel to the prosecution’s objection to his bail application.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Friday Adaji, had told the court that investigation on the case was ongoing and that letting the accused to go on bail may impede the process.
“It will take time to investigate this matter and letting the accused go on bail may impede the investigation,” Adaji said.
Alidu, who resides at Kudnawi Area of Mararaba is facing a three-count charge of criminal breach of trust, forgery and cheating.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The judge upheld the prosecution’s objection and ordered that Alidu be remanded in prison.

Niger

As part of effort to boost rice production in Niger State,
the Agricultural Graduates Association of Nigeria (AGAN) said it had started collecting names of its members interested in collecting bank loans for rice production.
“We have started collecting list of members who have access to at least one hectare of land,’’ Alhaji Hussaini Iliyasu, the Chairman of the association in the state, disclosed this to newsmen in Bida.
Iliyasu said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had agreed to guarantee a N1.8 billion loan from commercial banks for the farmers under the Federal Government Rice Support Programme.
“We are currently working with some commercial banks towards accessing the loan for our activities. We have reached 80 per cent success with the banks.

Ogun

The Chairman of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of
Ogun State, Mr Kayode Ojumo, has advised residents to desist from dumping refuse indiscriminately in order to maintain a clean environment.
Ojumo, who gave the advice during a tour of the area, noted that indiscriminate dumping of refuse had prompted Gov. Ibikunle Amosun to close down some shops and markets in the area early this year.
According to him, this measure is part of efforts to avoid the outbreak of diseases and ensure a healthy environment that will attract investors to the area.
Ojumo said the Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, had also visited the local government earlier to sensitise them on the importance of a clean environment.

Ondo

Oba Adegoke Adewusi, Olufon of Ifon has lauded the
mega primary school initiative by Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State.
Adewusi gave the commendation while receiving the management of Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), in Ifon, Ose Local Government Area recently.
According to him, the concept has enhanced education in the state.
The monarch thanked Mimiko for citing one mega primary school in the community, adding that the school was not only for academic activities, but also served as a tourist attraction in the town.
“Whenever the school is posted on social media, it always generates positive comments from sons and daughters of the community within and outside the country’’, he said.

Zamfara

The Zamfara State Government said that it would adopt
the Treasury Single Account (TSA) as part of its efforts to eradicate corruption in the state.
The state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Umar Bukkuyum, made the disclosure at a news conference in Gusau.
Bukkuyum said the state government had set-up a seven-man committee toward achieving the objective.
He said the committee to be headed by the government would also have the commissioners for Finance, Commerce and Industry as well as Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs as members.
Others are commissioners for Works and Transport and Science and Technology while the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Abdullahi Shinkafi, would serve as secretary.

Ambassador of Ukraine to Nigeria, Dr Villari Alexandruk (left), in a handshake with Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, after the envoy presented his country’s symbol of power to the Governor in Katsina on Thursday

Ambassador of Ukraine to Nigeria, Dr Villari Alexandruk (left), in a handshake with Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, after the envoy presented his country’s symbol of power to the Governor in Katsina on Thursday

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Yobe: Former APC Guber Candidate, 1,000 Others Defect To PDP

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A former All Progressives Congress (APC) 2019 gubernatorial candidate in Yobe State, Dr Aji Kolomi, was among hundreds of members of the ruling party who joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently.
He was welcomed into the PDP’s fold alongside hundreds of his supporters at the main opposition party’s secretariat in Damaturu, the state capital.
PDP’s Publicity Secretary in Yobe, Hon. Salihu Mohammed Baba, in a statement, claimed that after the party has kicked off “Operation Flush APC In The State”, it has received over 1,000 APC loyalists into its fold.
He said the new entrants, comprising of men and women, were mostly from Abasha, Layin PS and Malaria areas within the metropolis.
“As the operation continues steadily, we welcome the new entrants into our great party the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), and urge our teeming youth to answer the clarion call by joining PDP for better Yobe and Nigeria”, he appealed.

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Abdulsalami Abubakar Warns Against Increase In Fuel Price

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Former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), has warned against an increase in fuel price.
Speaking at the 19th Daily Trust Dialogue in Abuja, he said an increase in fuel price will push millions of Nigerians into poverty.
He said this following the recommendation issued by the National Economic Council for fuel price to be pegged at N302 per litre.
The former Head of State said, “Insecurity in the country is worsened by our dear economic situation. Unemployment and underemployment remain at a high level. Over 18 million Nigerians are still caught up in needless poverty. All of these tend to have negative effects on security. In fact, Nigeria now faces a full security crisis that is confounded by the COVID-19 global pandemic and the banditry in many states in Northern Nigeria.
“Most of these have disrupted the final value change across the country and negatively impacted the ability of Nigeria to produce, process, and distribute.
“There is a continuous rise in the prices of food items beyond the reach of many Nigerians. On top of all these, fuel prices are expected to rise significantly in the coming months as announced last November. We all know that when this happens, it will push many millions of Nigerians into poverty.”
On insecurity, Abdulsalami stated that the situation has overstretched the country’s security forces and has led to the death of thousands.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Nigeria is once again at crossroads. Insecurity remains the single, most difficult challenge for the country. The Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West, violence in the South-East, kidnappings and abductions of travellers across many states all continue to fester in the land.
“In addition to these, ethnic, communal and religious conflicts are rearing their head again in many parts of the country. All of these have greatly challenged and overstretched our security forces. This has caused thousands of deaths and millions of internally displaced persons in the country over the past years,” he said.

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Osun APC Chairmen Forum Accuses Aregbesola Of Championing Crisis

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The Forum of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Party Chairmen in Osun State Local Government Council Areas has cautioned the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, to stop henceforth the disturbance of the political peace of the State.
The APC party chairmen who spoke through their chairman, Rufus Awotidoye, on Tuesday, after a meeting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, stated that the conduct of Aregbesola constituted an obvious distraction to the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
Awotidoye disclosed that the Interior Minister’s affirmation in Ilesa last Friday “of being the brain behind the obnoxious, leprous and antagonistic pressure group within the state APC self-styled, The Osun Progressives (TOP), was unfortunate and needless.”
They praised the quick and prompt condemnation by the State chairman of the Party, Prince Gboyega Famodun, of the needless outburst of Aregbesola, stating that they were in agreement with the chairman’s timely response.
The local APC party chairmen, however, charged the governor to invoke his vast constitutional powers to deal with whoever is constituting a clog to the lawful performance of his official duties.
They warned Aregbesola to stop taking advantage of the gentle nature of the governor to foment trouble and crisis in Osun State each time he visits the State.
They reminded the Interior Minister that his ministerial appointment should be a source of blessing to the people of the State and not the other way round.
The local APC chairmen, who cautioned Aregbesola to desist from distracting Governor Oyetola from performing his statutory duties, accused him of being responsible for all the atrocities being performed against the sitting Governor and his government by the leadership of his militant political group in the state.
They asked the Interior Minister why he has chosen to be the tormentor-in-chief of Governor Oyetola when it’s on record that the governor as his Chief of Staff gave him a hundred per cent support for the eight solid years he ran the administration of the State.
The furious APC local chairmen told Aregbesola that “enough is enough, you should stop riding roughshod on the State as if Osun is a conquered territory of yours.
“There were functional politicians in the state before your foray into the political terrain of the state.
“You should stop playing God who possesses the absolute power to install governors in the State, as all powers belong to God Almighty.
“When it’s apparent that you could not allow any kind of such seditious act against your administration when you were in government, one wonders why you are doing the same to the focused administration of Governor Oyetola.”

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