July 2019
In a move to ensure the effective recovery of over N5trillion being outstanding debts owed the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) by some Nigerians and companies, the Nigerian government has set up a new task force to get the job done without fail.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, gave the indication during a meeting with board members and management of AMCON and selected heads of government agencies, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The agencies include the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and also the Permanent Secretaries of the Justice and Transport Ministries.
The force comprising Heads of AMCON, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the Ministry of Justice, will be working to develop and implement new strategies that will ensure that the determination of the FG to recover the money is speedily achieved.
Prof. Osinbajo said, all the relevant agencies have to re-strategize to achieve the desired results.
“The key is collaboration. We need a small team comprising these agencies to look at the next steps that we need to take, especially the criminal aspect, forfeiture, and all of that,” the VP directed.
He said the task force should look at the top 20 AMCON defaulters closely and develop a plan of action that brings results.
It would be recalled that the Vice President had previously in May met with AMCON management to discuss how to resolve the issue.
According to the AMCON Chairman, Mr. Muiz Banire, SAN, almost 67 per cent of the outstanding N5tn debt is owed by just 20 individuals/entities.
Banire noted that the agency had been “trying its best in its attempt to recover this through the civil judicial process, but had encountered several challenges.”
Also present at the meeting was the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu; Chairman, ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye; Director/Chief Executive, NFIU, Mr. Modibbo Tukur; Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Sabiu Zakari; and other senior government officials.
Four Big Brother Nigeria 2019 housemates are up for eviction this week.

The housemates were nominated during the live ‘nomination show’ on Monday.

Following the nomination, Mike, Jeff, Omashola, Tacha, are up for eviction this week.

Here are how housemates nominated:

Gedoni- Mike and Jeff

Frodd- Jeff and SirDee

Mercy- Mike and Omashola

Omashola- Mike and Ike

Ike- Jeff and Jackye

Diane- Jeff and Seyi

Jackye- Jeff and Omashola

Khafi- Jacky and Esther

SirDee- Ike and Omashola

Esther – Jeff and Omashola

Mike- Seyi and Tacha

Jeff- Tacha and SirDee

Seyi- Jeff and Tacha

Tacha-Jeff and Gedoni

Meanwhile, Frodd on Monday emerged #bbnaija winner for this week’s Head of House, HoH.

The position of HoH is usually assumed by a winner of the weekly task as instructed by Biggie.
Big Brother Naija, #BBNaija, 2019 housemates, Gedoni and Khafi, have again been caught having sex.

The #BBNaija love-birds were seen having sex while others were sleeping on Sunday night.

The inseparable pair were caught on camera having passionate sex under the sheets while other housemates were fast asleep.

Gedoni and Khafi had on two different occasions been caught in the house having sex.

This would make it the third time the duo were caught making out in the house.

Both housemates were recently seen kissing while under the sheets.
All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart, Bola Tinubu, has described the former deputy governor of Ogun State who died on Monday at 29, as a true progressive and an Afenifere to the core.
In a statement by his Media Office, signed by Tunde Rahman, Asiwaju Tinubu said the progressive family lost another of its foremost leaders.
He said: “Alhaji Ogunleye was an astute administrator, very principled politician and pure Afenifere. He played his part in the socio-economic and political development of Ogun State as deputy to former governor Olusegun Osoba and made important contributions to the country particularly within the progressive camp.
“Before he became Ogun deputy governor in the early 1990s he was the state Auditor of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP). He was also Ogun State Chairman of the Alliance for Democracy, which he later left to become the National Financial Secretary of Action Congress before the party transformed into the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
“He was a committed party man who believes in party discipline and supremacy and believes that whatever the party says should be the overriding thing.
“Alhaji Ogunleye was one of us. He felt the ACN in Ogun was sidelined in the scheme of things in the build-up to the 2011 general election particularly in the choice of governorship candidate.
“Of course I spoke with him at the time and tried to convince him against leaving the party. But Baba was already committed to his course of action and was not ready to change his position. He returned to his natural home when he rejoined the progressives by pitching his tent with the APC after the 2015 elections.
“We pray that Allah (SWT) forgive his shortcomings and grant his soul a peaceful repose in paradise. May He also comfort his family and all those he died left behind”.
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, on Monday opened his defence at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, calling 13 witnesses.
Ikpeazu is the second respondent in the petition filed by Dr Alex Otti, the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), challenging his (Ikpeazu) declaration as the winner of the March 9 poll.
Otti and APGA are seeking the cancellation of the poll’s result in 15 of the 17 local government areas of the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the witnesses, including Messrs Hagler Okorie, Lucky Akabuike and Emeka Stanley, gave evidence as Local Government Collation Agents for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in favour of Ikpeazu.
They disagreed with the petitioners position over the means of voters’ accreditation during the election.
The petitioners, relying on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Guidelines, had stated in their deposition that the Smart Card Reader was the only means of accreditation for the election.
The witnesses argued that the Electoral Act, which was superior to the INEC Guidelines, allowed for manual accreditation of voter, using Voter Register, in instances where the card reader failed.
Justice Lekan Ogumoye, later adjourned the case by 5:44 p.m. to Tuesday, for continuation of hearing.
An All Progressives Congress, APC, House of Representatives member, representing Yola South/Yola North/Girei Federal Constituency of Adamawa State, Mustapha Usman, has been sacked by the Supreme Court.
A five-man panel of the court, in a unanimous judgment on Tuesday, upheld an appeal marked: SC/790/2019 from Abdulra’uf Abdulkadir Modibo also of the APC.
The apex court held that aside that Usman forged his credentials, he also did not participate in the National Youth Service Corps scheme.
The five-man panel of the court, led by Justice John Okoro, also ruled ‎that Modibo, who came second in the APC primary, should be issued certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck out an appeal against the emergence of Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha.
The apex court dismissed the appeal filed by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State, Samuel Nnaemeke Anyanwu, against the emergence of Ihedioha as the party’s candidate in the 2019 governorship election in the state.
A unanimous judgement by a five-man panel of the court upheld the earlier concurrent judgments of the trial court and the Court of Appeal, Owerri, which ruled in favour of Ihedioha on the ground that Anyannwu did not prove his case.
The Imo PDP chieftain had faulted Ihedioha’s victory at the party’s governorship primary.
However, Justice John Okoro, in the lead judgment, held that he could not prove his allegations of manipulation, thuggery among other vices, which he claimed marred the process.
The apex court dismissed the appeal for “lacking in merit” and awarded a N200,000 cost against the appellant.
Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has declared that it was tough uprooting the political structure of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki in Kwara State.
Oshiomhole explained that Saraki was the “smartest political player and seasoned smart guy”, hence uprooting his structures in the state was tough.
Fielding questions from State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Monday, Oshiomhole said he used Oto’ge movement to uproot Saraki’s political structure in Kwara State.
He said: “Remember I was saying that Saraki must be removed, people would say how would I do it? I said okay if he resists removal, then we would uproot. We went to Kwara, we did Oto ge, we uprooted Saraki, and you cannot commend me for this? You know who Saraki is?
“If you are talking of the most smartest political player, seasoned smart guy, he is. But for every smartness he has, I have a superior smartness. At the end of the day who won? As a senate president, we uprooted him as senator, we uprooted his nominee for governor, and senators, we put our own.
“Today, he doesn’t have one senator in Kwara, he doesn’t have one House of Representatives in Kwara. Everything in Kwara is APC and you can’t commend me for that? If you don’t, then I will be like the lizard – I will praise myself if you State House Correspondents don’t praise me.”
Ministerial nominee from Cross River State, and former Group General Manager of Crude Oil Marketing of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Goddy Jedy-Agba, on Monday said oil bunkering was a legitimate activity in the business of oil and gas industry.
Responding to questions during his screening by the Senate on Monday, he said, bunkering is not a crime, adding that people held a wrong notion of what bunkering was all about.
He described ‘bunkering’ as the refueling of ships which transports crude oil on the high seas, noting that ships spent months to reach destination, hence, bunkerers were needed at that point.
“There is a wrong understanding of oil bunkering and I want to correct it here that oil bunkering is not a crime. ”
“Ships transporting crude oil abroad spends months on high seas, it is bunkerers that supply fuel so it is a legitimate business and not the way it is understood to us.”
In his response to Senator Matthew Uroghide on what he would do to stop ‘topping’. The nominee said: “Like bunkering, toppings is not possible at the point of loading.”
Describing toppings as loading beyond the normal measurement, he said it was practically impossible, because about 19 agencies monitor crude oil loading at all times.
The former General Manager said, he would add revenue agency among the agencies of government if he eventually become the Minister of Petroleum.
He lamented the obsolete laws currently operated in the oil and gas industry, saying those laws were meant to protect the interest of foreign oil majors.
“Nigeria operates obsolete oil laws and that is creating serious problems because we still operate OIC laws which were meant to service oil business interest of foreigners.”
“Our pipelines are as old as our refineries. Crude oil is corrosive and when pipeline becomes old it cannot withstand the pressure of oil pumping and that is why we have cases of explosion.”
“Crude oil production is capital intensive which cost about $20 million for three or four cargoes and no Bank in Nigeria could give out that kind of loan.”
“Bunkering is not a crime, but the term has been wrongly used. Bunkering is a legitimate oil activities.”
“Topping is also wrongly used and it is not wrong to do toppings. Topping of oil is done in the presence of 19 agencies and you cannot compromise all of them.”
He urged Senators to review oil and gas laws that would assist the industry.
Former governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode has spoken on his rumoured planned defection from the All Progressive Congress, APC, to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

There have been speculations in some quarters that Ambode was disappointed he did not make the ministerial list President Muhammadu Buhari submitted to the Nigerian Senate.

Many had thought the nation’s leader would compensate Ambode for losing his return ticket to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Buhari picked two nominees from Lagos and Ambode lost out.

Those picked were ex Lagos Governor and immediate past Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and the Managing Director of Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora.

But Habib Aruna, Ambode’s spokesman, in a terse statement Monday night, said any information of his principal leaving the ruling party was “totally untrue”.

While debunking the news as an attempt to malign former Lagos helmsman, Aruna appealed to the public to disregard mischievous persons and their sponsors.

He said: “We enjoin the general public, particularly Lagosians to disregard the planted news by some faceless and mischievous individuals in some unknown blogs, who are hell bent on creating acrimonious situation, spreading fake news that the immediate past governor of Lagos State, HE. Akinwunmi Ambode has dumped the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) for the PDP.

“The news is fake. The former governor is firmly a member of APC, working in his own capacity to see that the progressive ideas and the next level agenda of President Buhari succeed”.
According to reports, State High Court sitting in Kaduna has fixed August 5th to rule on the bail application filed by the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat.

Ibraheem El-Zakzaky
IMN leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky
El-Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention since their arrest in 2015 after members of their religious group clashed with men of the Nigerian Army.

Femi Falana, the counsel to the leader of the Shiite group informed the court that the embattled couple were absent from court hearing on health grounds.

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Members of the Shi’ites group have consistently staged protests demanding the release of their leader.

The protest by the group went violent in Abuja last week Monday July 22nd, which resulted in the death of a youth corp member, Precious Owolabi and a police deputy commissioner of police, Umar Bebel.

The President of Democratic Republic of Congo, His Excellency, Felix Tsisikedi, has been received in Nigeria by the Honorary Counsel of Congo DRC to Nigeria, His Excellency, Prince Don Okonkwo, at the Presidential wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja few hours ago.

The visit of Congo President, HE  Felix Tsisikedi was in view of strategic deliberations to further  broaden the bilateral trade relationship between the both West African Nations. Speaking with Prince shortly after receiving Congo President, he told our correspondent that the  engagement would leave notable impacts on the relationship that exists between Nigeria and Congo.
The Anambra state governorship candidate and Managing Director of Tetrazzini Group, Prince Okonkwo stressed that Nigeria and Congo DRC has maintained a mutual relationship that has overtime enabled relative benefits for both countries. 

He also noted that more productive engagements as regards development projects and otherwise will be looked into for furrher implementation and impacts amongst bother nations.

The Kogi State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected in totality any form of screening of local government workers again in the state.
The PDP, in a statement signed by Bode Ogunmola, spokesman of the party, on Monday, lamented that “now that the state government has received N30.8 billion bailout out funds, it has thought out plans to again inflict pain on the LG workers through another round of screening”.
The PDP also condemned in strong terms, the alleged hiring of a consultant to screen local government workers, stressing that it is another way of siphoning the state funds with the billions of Naira to be paid for engaging a consultant.
“The PDP also notes that the life of workers will be put in danger by travelling up and down. Many workers have died in the past because of this irrelevant screening.
“We therefore cautioned against any form of hardship to be inflicted on Kogi citizens. Enough is enough of the hardship the Gov. Bello led administration has caused the people,” the statement noted.
No fewer than three thousand (3,000) members of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) have renounced their membership of the parties to join the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State.
The defected politicians, who are from Itesiwaju, Iwajowa, Kajola and Iseyin, were received by the Chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha, at the weekend.
Other chieftains of the party at the reception included: Alhaji Azeez Akodudu, Mr Ojebiyi Johnson, Mr Musa Salahudeen, Chief O.K. Salam, Chief Ojewumi, Baba Ige and Alhaji Muraina Siaba.
The defectors, who were led by Chief Basiru Ahmed Aranse, described their defections as home coming.
Mustapha, while speaking, admitted the political sagacity and strong political structure of Alhaji Basiru Ahmed Aranse-led APC and ZLP defectors.
He described their coming into PDP as the end of APC in the four local government areas.
Mustapha however enjoined the decampees to be of good conduct.
He urged them to join hands with the leadership of PDP at the ward, local and state levels in other to give a boost to Governor Seyi Makinde’s drive to make PDP the preferred party by Oyo State citizens.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will commence defence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2019 presidential election today, Monday.
INEC will open its defence in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, against the conduct of the February 23, 2019, election.
The electoral umpire declared Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner.
INEC will in the next six days defend the allegations contained in PDP and Atiku’s petition where 62 witnesses gave evidence against the credibility of the election.
Atiku and PDP had closed their case at the Justice Mohammed Garba led five-man Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.
The tribunal had adjourned till July 29 for the first respondent, INEC, to open its defence.
One of the major issues that will dominate the tribunal session is the controversy generated by the existence and usage of a server by INEC.
Atiku and PDP are contending that the result of the election was downloaded into INEC server, while both the INEC, Buhari and APC vehemently denied the claim.
Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, 2019 presidential candidate, on Monday, highlighted how to prevent the rigging of Nigeria’s future elections.
He said the immediate implementation of the recommendation of the Justice Mohammed Lawal Uwais-led National Electoral Reform Committee would avert rigging of future elections in the country.
In a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists, Atiku also called for the creation of Electoral Crimes Commission as a way of averting rigging.
The former Vice President insisted that the credibility level of 2019 elections fell below that of 2015.
According to Atiku; “One way of addressing the lapses is to implement the salient recommendations of the National Electoral Reform Committee, NERC, headed by former Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mohammed Lawal Uwais. The second, is the creation of Electoral Crimes Commission.
“One of such recommendations, which will enhance the independence of the supposedly Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is the recommendation that the power to appoint the Chairman and board of the INEC be taken away from the President and given to the judiciary.”
Advocating free and credible elections, Atiku said: “Our electoral system needs not just to be brought up to date, by the acceptance of the amendments to the Electoral Act passed by the eight National Assembly, we also need to be up to tomorrow, by taking steps today to ensure that the lapses that made it possible for the 2019 elections to be manipulated or rigged are addressed.
“Of all three arms of government, the Judiciary is the least affected by-elections, meaning that it has the highest objectivity in matters relating to the INEC. It is therefore in the best position of the three arms, to appoint a chairman and board members for the electoral body that are impartial, competent and patriotic.
“This recommendation may seem like a small change, but my experience in life has taught me never to underestimate the big difference small changes can make.
“Nigeria today faces a lot of challenges, chief of which are security and economic revival. To effectively tackle these problems, a government must have an honest and indisputable mandate.
“Where you have an administration whose mandate is considered tainted, such a government will lack sufficient moral authority to tackle the myriad of problems this great nation currently faces.”
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has warned that Nigeria risks falling into totalitarianism and a failed state should President Muhammadu Buhari be left to continuously shrink the civic space.

The group submitted that the fundamentals of the practice of constitutional democracy are animated by the protection and promotion of the basic constitutional freedoms of speech and the opening of the civic space.

It raised an alarm that since coming into office, Buhari has allegedly adopted anti-democratic postures that constitute grave threats to constitutional democracy.

In a media statement issued to STATE PRESS on Monday by its national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group disclosed that Nigeria faces the possibility of a slide into dictatorship if the trends of rapid surrender by the judiciary and legislative arms to the executive arm headed by a former military strongman are not effectively and speedily arrested clinically.

HURIWA expressed fears that both the legislature and the judiciary are now effectively in the hands of lackeys and bootlickers of the executive arm of government.

The rights group argued that if the decline of autonomy by the judiciary and the legislature is not immediately addressed and restored by some progressives internally and externally, then Nigeria may lose all the gains of constitutional democracy that have been made since 1999 when the military dictators handed over to civilians after nearly four decades of military interregnum.

The statement added that “It is an open secret that the judiciary though the national judicial council (NJC) was successfully bullied by the executive arm of government and arm-twisted to self-destruct by the use of a kangaroo trial of the code of conduct Tribunal headed by a chairman that is tainted with anti-graft allegations, to sack Justice Sylvester Onnoghen seen by president Buhari as independent minded, only for the weakest academic link in the supreme court Justice Tanko Muhammad to be rapidly railroaded into the office of chief justice of Nigeria even when his confirmation process in the national legislature turned out to be a show of shame.”

HURIWA also stated that “although the election of Senator Ahmed Lawan to the position of senate president on the surface appeared to be free, fair and transparent, there were underlying power plays and executive bullying using the slavishly loyal Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to precipitate the withdrawal of some of the leading opponents just to make way for the emergence of Ahmed Lawan who is the hard core loyalist of president Buhari since 2015.

“The Federal House of Representatives also saw the conduct of a manipulated poll which led to the predetermined outcome that has seen another lackey of the president and a man with series of allegations of fraud as far back as when he was in private law practice in the USA, emerging as the speaker.

“The judiciary and the legislature at the center are effectively taken over by the executive and the first sign of the looming threats to freedoms of speech and civic spaces is the ex parte order by the Federal High Court which permits president Buhari to classify the Islamic movement of Nigeria or Shiites as a terror group only because they have persistently demanded freedom for their illegally detained leader Sheikh Ibraheem Elzaczacky who had previously been granted bail by the same Federal High Court, Abuja division for which president Buhari failed to comply with.”

HURIWA therefore called on “the international community not to allow the imminent collapse of constitutional democracy to happen because the import of the vicious attacks by the federal government against fundamental freedoms of citizens and the shrinking of the civic spaces is the emergence of totalitarianism which may spiral into breakdown of law and order and anarchy.”
The Biafra Nations Youth League, BNYL, has reminded the Coalition of Northern Groups, CNGs, that “the ultimatum given to Southerners to vacate the North will be expiring by tomorrow, 30th July 2019”.

Following FG’s suspension of plan to establish Ruga settlement for herdsmen across the country, a coalition of group in the North had demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari lifts the suspension or it would take actions against the South after 30 days.

Tomorrow will make it exactly 30 days after the threat was issued, and the BNYL has declared its readiness as it awaits the date, adding that “any action from the Northern groups will be retaliated.”

In a statement to STATE PRESS, the Chief Press Secretary of the BNYL, Comrade Kufre Obot vowed that the group “will not issue further warnings over the killings by Jihadist Fulani herdsmen in the Southeast and South south.”

The BNYL claimed said the “Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and Fulani Nationality Movement in Nigeria, FUNAM are planning to sponsor a terrible attack in the South but the BNYL’s action would surprise them.

“Our greatest battle is Jihadists but we decided that every northerner should not invade our land to kill people for any reason whatsoever,” the statement read in part.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has said that the state would implement the Ruga settlement scheme in spite of its suspension by the Federal Government.
The governor made this known on Sunday in Lafia while hosting a delegation of Fulani leaders, associations, elders and Ardos from across the state who came on a courtesy call, NAN reports.
He noted that even before its suspension, the Federal Government had made it clear that it was optional for states.
The governor explained that his decision to go ahead with the scheme was to ensure peaceful coexistence among the people of the state.
“Even though the Federal Government has suspended its Ruga project, some of us agreed to continue with the same project in our states, hoping that its advantage will become evident,” Sule stated.
While maintaining that meaningful development can only take place under a peaceful atmosphere, Sule commended President Muhammadu Buhari for efforts at ensuring lasting peace across the country.
The governor commended the Fulani leaders for the visit, stressing the need for peaceful coexistence between herdsmen and farmers.
He also used the opportunity to call on youths to desist from kidnapping and cattle rustling, urging them to embrace education which he said would make them to contribute positively to nation building.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday urged family members of the deceased corps member, Precious Owolabi to accept the will of God in good faith.
Owolabi was killed during a protest by members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shiites in Abuja on July 22.
Buhari, who was represented by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, advised the family to take heart, saying that the loss would never be forgotten.
NAN reports that during the condolence, Osinbajo engaged the father of the deceased, Owolabi Ayo in a heart-to-heart discussion.
Director-General, National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shu’aibu Ibrahim addressing Journalists shortly after Vice President’s condolence visit to Precious Owolabi’s family in Zaria on Saturday
Addressing Journalists during the condolence, the Director-General, National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shu’aibu Ibrahim, described last Monday as a very sad day for the NYSC family.
“Actually, last Monday was a very sad day for the NYSC family and for the Vice President to come on behalf of the President on condolence with the family is an indication that the Federal Government really cares for the NYSC.
“And the welfare of the NYSC is paramount to the Federal Government, we appreciate it and I can assure you that we have learnt a lesson from what had happened.
“As you can see, the corps members are very proud of the Federal Government for the President to come to this house, this indicated that Precious Owolabi is a hero, he died in the service of our country.”
NAN reports that the Vice President was accompanied by Gov. Nasiru el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Council Chairmen of Zaria, Sabongari and Kudan Local government Areas.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been dragged to the Supreme Court for alleged perjury over the information he supplied to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the just concluded February 23, presidential election.
The appellants who are Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris are challenging the qualification of Buhari for the election and seeking the apex court to retroactively nullify his candidacy.
The latest move was premised on the dismissal of their suit at the Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja on grounds that it was statute barred and as such cannot be heard.
The appellants specifically wants Buhari’s nomination and subsequent victory at the February 23 presidential election nullified on the grounds that President Buhari lied on oath in his form 001 he submitted to INEC for the purpose of clearance for the presidential election.
The appellants, Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris in the Notice of Appeal marked: CA/A/436/2019, are asking the apex court for an Order to set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal and hear the matter on merit and grant the reliefs sought in the Originating Summons.
The Court of Appeal in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris, had on July 12, held that the singular fact that the suit was filed outside the 14 days provided by the law robbed the court of jurisdiction to entertain the suit.
The suit was accordingly dismissed for being incompetent and lacking in merit.
In the Notice of Appeal dated and filed July 24, the appellants through their counsel, Ukpai Ukairo, presented 12 grounds for the setting aside of the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, amongst which are; that the “Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal erred in law in relying on a Preliminary Objection withdrawn and struck out by the Court of Appeal in striking out and dismissing the appeal.
He added, “The Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal erred in law and breached the right of the Appellants to fair hearing by relying on a Preliminary Objection, withdrawn by the 2nd Respondent and struck out by the Court, thus being a case not made out or relied upon or abandoned by a party in entering a decision in a judgment.
“The Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal erred in law in holding that “the failure of the Registrar to sign the Originating Summons is fatal and goes to the issue of jurisdiction” and thereby struck out the Originating Summons.
“The Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal erred in law in holding that the cause of action for the purpose of calculating the 14 days provided for in Section 285(9) of the 1999 Constitution, (4th Alteration) Act, 2017 within which to file an action under Section 31(5) of the Electoral Act arose on the day the 1st Respondent submitted his Form CF 001 to the 3rd Respondent.
“The Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal erred in law in holding that the Appellants did not put a date as to when the cause of action arose.
“The Learned Justices of the Court of appeal erred in law by denying the right of the Appellants to fair hearing by failing to decide on issue one argued by the Appellants which challenged the competence of the processes filed by the 1st Respondent.
“The Learned Justice of the Court of Appeal erred in law in relying for the purpose of determining the appeal, on the processes filed by the law officers in the Ministry of Justice.
“The Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal erred in law in holding that delving into the other issues raised in the appeal will be regarded as an academic exercise as the case has been held to have been statute barred by virtue of Section 285(9) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) 4th alteration and robs this court of its jurisdiction”.
According to Ukairo, the appellants in the brief of argument distilled two issues for determination, (i) Whether the Learned Trial Judge was right in relying on the processes filed by the 1st defendant through a Law Officer in the Ministry of Justice?
(ii) Whether the Learned Trial Judge was right in holding that the suit was statute-barred by computing the number of days from the 28th day of September, 2018 when the 2nd Respondent held its primary election wherein the 1st Respondent was elected as a candidate of the 2nd Respondent?
“The issue one was distilled from ground one of the notice and Ground of appeal which said ground of appeal was a challenge to the refusal of the trial court to uphold the challenge by the appellants of the competence of the process filed on behalf of the 1st respondent by a law officer from the Ministry of Justice.
“One of the processes that was the subject of the challenge to competence is the further affidavit of the 1st respondent filed on the April 15, 2019 to which is attached a written address which are the only processes wherein the issue of 14 days in Section 285(9) 0f the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (4th Amendment) Act, 2017 was raised.
“The Court relying on the documents assailed by objection to competence arrived at a decision and then held the challenge to the competence academic”, he said.
The appellants had approached the appellate court to nullify and set aside the Judgment of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court which declined to hear their suit instituted to challenge the educational qualification of President Buhari before the conduct of the 2019 general election.
But the appellate court in a judgement delivered held that the suit has been cut up by the Fourth Alteration to the 1999 Constitution which stipulate a 14 days time period within which an election matter must be filed.
Though the appellate court agreed with the trial court that the suit was statute barred having filed out of time, it however, disagreed with the trial court on the date the cause of action took place.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed had in his judgment held that the cause of action took place on September 28, 2018 when the APC held its primary election to select candidate of the party in the 2019 general election.
But the appellate court held that the cause of action took place on October 18, 2018, the date Buhari submitted his form 001 to INEC for the purpose of clearance for the presidential election.
The appellants had filed the suit on November 5, 2018, claiming October 25, the date INEC published the list of successful candidates in the 2019 general election as the date the cause of action arose, making the suit to be competent.
The three man panel of the justices of the Court of Appeal had also dismissed the suit based on the preliminary objection filed by the APC’s lawyer challenging the jurisdiction of the suit on the grounds that it is incompetent.
The judge held that the failure of the Registrar of the Federal High Court to transmit the record of proceedings was fatal to the originating summon and makes the suit incompetent.
The decision prompted the appellants to approach the apex court in their further quest for justice.
Among the reliefs sought are a declaration that Buhari submitted false information regarding his qualification and certifcate to INEC for the purpose of contesting election into the office of the President of Nigeria and that he should be disqualified.
They also prayed for an order of court directing INEC to remove Buhari’s name as a candidate of APC and another order restraining Buhari from parading himself as a candidate in the 2019 presidential election and also APC from recognizing Buhari as a candidate.
The city of Abuja was ignited in spiritual warmth as the entire public gathered to a magnificent and impressive event tagged "Majesty -The Christian Musical". An occasion which entertained several musical praise-performance, dance highlights, eating and merriment amongst guests who expressed their undaunted appreciation to God Almighty.

The event, according to its organizers "Millie House", was amazing and filled with the anticipated atmosphere as envisaged abinitio. The event was held few days ago, at Agnes Place, along Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse2 Abuja.
Impressively, the event was well attended by top Nigeria entertainment influencers, music producers, performing Artist/entertainers, top and reputable persons across relevant sectors in Nigeria and particularly Abuja. 

Unlike the regular showbiz outlook in Abuja, "Majesty The Christian Musical" may have defined a new path in gospel or christian based events in the country, especially with relevance as regards moral standard, ethics and discipline, basically for the growing youths/Teens

The organizers have appreciated guests, performing arts and other invitees for their supports in different ways, noting that without them, the event wouldn't have recorded such huge success.