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Nominees Positioned As Future CJNs
The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended 11 justices from different states and zones for elevation to the Supreme Court.
This list contains representation from all six geopolitical zones with North Central with 3, South East with 3, South South and South West with 1 each, and North West and North East having 2 nominees.
They are as follows:
|Hon. Justice Jummai Hannatu Sankey OFR||Plateau||North Central|
|Hon. Justice Chidiebere Nwaoma Uwa||Abia||South East|
|Hon. Justice Chioma Egondu Nwosu-Iheme||Imo||South East|
|Hon. Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani||Bauchi||North East|
|Hon. Justice Moore Aseimo A. Adumein||Bayelsa||South South|
|Hon. Justice Obande Festus Ogbuinya||Ebonyi||South East|
|Hon. Justice Stephen Jonah Adah||Kogi||North Central|
|Hon. Justice Habeeb Adewale O. Abiru||Lagos||South West|
|Hon. Justice Jamilu Yammama Tukur||Katsina||North West|
|Hon. Justice Abubakar Sadiq Umar||Kebbi||North West|
|Hon. Justice Mohammed Baba Idris||Niger||North Central|
In a statement on Wednesday, Soji Oye, NJC’s director of information, said after deliberations at the council’s 104th meeting held on Wednesday, 11 out of the 22 on the list have been nominated. Other judicial offices were also recommended for appointment.
According to Soji Oye, the Supreme Court nominees will be sworn in upon approval by President Bola Tinubu and confirmation by the Senate.
The apex court is currently left with 10 justices after the death of Centus Nweze, and the retirements of Amina Augie and Dattijo Muhammad. The constitution allows the supreme court to have a maximum of 21 justices.
|Hon. Mr. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola GCON CJN||Oyo||South-West|
|Hon. Mr. Justice Kudirat M Olatokunbo Kekere-Ekun CFR||Lagos||South-West|
|Hon. Mr. Justice John Inyang Okoro||Akwa Ibom||South South|
|Hon. Mr. Justice Uwani Musa Abba Aji||Yobe||North East|
|Hon. Mr. Justice M. Lawal Garba||Zamfara||North West|
|Hon. Mr. Justice Helen M. Ogunwumiju||Ondo||South West|
|Hon. Mr. Justice Ibrahim Mohammed Musa Saulawa||Katsina||North West|
|Hon. Mr. Justice Adamu Jauro||Gombe||North East|
|Hon. Mr. Justice Tijjani Abubakar||Yobe||North East|
|Hon. Mr. Justice Emmanuel A. Agim||Cross River||South South|
On November 16, the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) compiled a list of 22 justices of the court of appeal for elevation to the supreme court and transmitted the same to the NJC.
It appears that campaigners were able to get the attention of leadership regarding recent appointments to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC), as the new list contains many younger and more junior justices instead of older, high-ranking members that would typically be in line for promotion based on succession by seniority.
By elevating more junior justices now, they are being positioned to later take over leadership positions like CJN in the future once the current senior justices retire. This is an apparent departure from the tradition of succession by seniority.
|Name||State (Zone)||Expected Tenure Period|
|Kudirat Kekere-Ekun||Lagos (South-West)||August 23, 2024 to May 7, 2028 (3 years, 9 months)|
|Inyang Okoro||Akwa Ibom (South-South)||May 8, 2028 to July 11, 2029 (1 year, 2 months)|
|Tijani Abubakar||Yobe (North-East)||July 12, 2029 to April 15, 2030 (9 months)|
|Emma Agim||Cross River (South-South)||April 16, 2030 to April 26, 2030 (10 days)|
|(Ex-CJN, The Gambia and Swaziland)|
|Moore Adumein||Bayelsa (South-South)||April 27, 2030 to May 6, 2034 (4 years, 9 days)|
|Obande Ogbuinya||Ebonyi (South-East)||May 7, 2034 to June 16, 2035 (1 year, 1 month)|
|Mohammed Baba Idris||Niger (North-Central)||June 17, 2035 to October 25, 2040 (5 years, 4 months)|
Cracks have emerged in the fold of opposition political parties as seven of them formed a coalition named Concerned Political Parties (CCPP)against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Their goal is to resist the APC’s alleged plot to turn Nigeria into a one-party state.
The parties are Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the African Democratic Congress (ADC), the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
After a meeting at the SDP national secretariat, the parties addressed journalists on the formation of the coalition.
In its reaction to the development, the Labour Party said it is the Third Force in the Nigeria political circle.
The LP said the seven political parties that formed the coalition out of 16 are likeminds, adding that it was not approached.
The national chairman of the SDP, Shehu Musa Gabam, who spoke to journalists after their meeting in Abuja said the federal government’s budget of theories can’t solve Nigeria’s economic problems.
Also, the acting national secretary of the PDP, Setinji Koshoedo, who represented the party’s national chairman, Umar Damagum, said the coalition is to offer strong opposition to the APC.
“This coalition wants to offer strong opposition for the good of Nigeria. Our duty is to offer alternative solutions to government policies.
“The government has not shown strategic moves to solve Nigeria’s problems. I think this government should review its policies,” he said.
The national chairman of ADC) Ralf Nwosu said, “The idea is to strengthen our democracy, we have seen that people in government are trying to stiffen viable opposition. Therefore, we are crying out, with what is happening in states like Kano, Plateau and others is an indication that the government wants a one -party state. One political party state is not healthy for our country; let’s save our democracy,” he said.
Also, the acting national chairman of the NNPP Abba Kawu Ali said they still believe in the judiciary and the power of the Supreme Court to correct the wrongs.
“There is no way millions of people will go out and vote for the person they want only for a few people to be in a room and decide otherwise. This is not healthy. But we believe in the judiciary that the wrong of the past will be corrected. We were cheated in 2019 and in 2023, we are still faced with a similar challenge. The judiciary must be seen to be the last hope of the common man,” Ali added.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP last night, the national publicity secretary of the LP, Obiora Iffoh said they are the third largest political party and should be driving the opposition.
“The coalition of the seven political parties is just a group of likeminds. Even though we were not invited, as the third largest political party in Nigeria, we should be driving the opposition.
“But as I said, we have about 16 political parties in Nigeria and these seven that formed the coalition are just a group of likeminds,” Iffoh added.
In his assessment of the Bola Tinubu administration, Gabam said, “We have also looked at the issue of the Renewed Hope Budget. We have analysed that budget and in our own humble analysis and opinion, we believe strongly that the National Assembly (NASS) needs to step in and review the budget.
“Our population is over 200 million, and by now, it must have doubled that number. We don’t want a budget that is theory based, the budget must be operational. It is in the interest of the country for the leadership to develop an operational budget, not a budget based on projections and theories that cannot be realised.
“What we have also is a borrowing budget, the country is over indebted and then there is more borrowing. So, we feel that the budget is not balanced, it is not in tandem with our national interest, the National Assembly must look into it passionately for the overall interest of Nigerians,” Gabam said.
According to Gabam, “We have also looked into the issue of the judiciary, the judiciary is the last hope of the common man, if it still stands. We are worried about the level of instability the country is going through. If you look at recent developments in Zamfara, Nasarawa, Kano and Plateau States, it is very clear that the judiciary must exercise extreme caution with some of its decisions.
“The judiciary should strengthen their conviction towards delivering judgments that can stand the test of time. They should not allow politicians to infiltrate their rank, sanity and capacity to deliver judgements that are sound and can be recognised internationally. We believe the Nigerian judiciary is well entrenched but must be devoid of Executive and political influence, so that they know they are serving Nigeria and not any institution of government or political party.”
He also alluded to the insecurity in the country when he said, “We have looked at the security situation in the country with a lot of concern. When the president came in, he promised to do everything humanly possible to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians. We want to urge him to do more than he is doing, the security situation is not improving. For him to have a conducive environment where people can invest domestically and internationally, the nation must be secured.”
The Economic Community of West African States has stated that the incessant coups in some countries in West Africa drive insecurity in the sub-region.
The ECOWAS Commission President, Omar Touray said this while giving his welcoming address at the 51st Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council at Ministerial Level in Abuja, on Wednesday.
West African countries that have experienced coups in the past two years include Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Guinea.
Touray said: “On the political front, the transition roadmaps and timetables agreed with the transition authorities in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso for rapid and peaceful restoration of constitutional order have been implemented at varied paces amid worsening security situations.
“The attempted coup d’état in Niger has further distracted attention from the support to these transition processes as the transition countries seek to forge solidarity with the military authorities in the Republic of Niger, thereby, creating an impression of a divide between them and ECOWAS.”
He also lamented the economic implications of coup. He said; “In just Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, a total of 4.8 million people face food insecurity, 2.4 million people are internally displaced, and close to 9,000 schools remain closed.
Former Nigeria minister of finance and current Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been listed on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list.
According to Forbes’ 20th annual ranking released on Tuesday, the Nigerian economist holds the 87th spot, surpassing South African businesswoman Mpumi Madisa, who stands at 88th.
However, Tanzanian President, Samia Hassan also makes her debut on the list at the 93rd position, alongside Nigerian media mogul and philanthropist Mo Abudu at the 98th.
Topping the chart is Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission for Impactful Policy and Budget, while Christine Lagarde, European Central Bank President, secures the second spot, with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris following closely in third place.
Okonjo-Iweala, who worked for the World Bank, Nigeria’s Ministry of Finance, and the World Trade Organisation, has been vocal about how economies can become more inclusive when women’s unique experiences are considered in economic planning.
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6 Karen Lynch 59 USA Business
7 Jane Fraser 56 USA Finance
8 Abigail Johnson 61 USA Finance
9 Mary Barra 61 USA Business
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12 Kristalina Georgieva 70 USA Politics & Policy
13 MacKenzie Scott 53 USA Philanthropy
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16 Ruth Porat 66 USA Technology
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18 Ana Patricia Botín 63 Spain Finance
19 Carol Tomé 66 USA Business
20 Sandy Ran Xu 46 China Business
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25 Laurene Powell Jobs 60 USA Philanthropy
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32 Nirmala Sitharaman 64 India Politics & Policy
33 Ho Ching 70 Singapore Finance
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An elder statesman and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Frank Kokori, has been confirmed dead.
Naija News understands that the former General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) died at exactly 1:30 am on Thursday, December 7, 2023, coincidentally on his birthday at exactly 80.
According to Tribune, Kokori’s passage was disclosed at about 2:30 am by his personal assistant, Atawada Barry Oke.
Oke disclosed that the former labour leader’s health relapsed on Monday as he was unable to interact with people around him while he was placed on life support.
Kokori’s death came barely one month after he cried out from his hospital bed on Thursday, November 9, 2023, that he had been neglected and abandoned to die in spite of his huge contribution to the democratic growth of the country.
The Octogenarian has been in sick bed at Mount Horeb Clinic, Warri, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, over kidney-related ailment since early November.
Kokori had, on Thursday, November 9, 2023, made a distress call at about 12:40 am to complain that life was ebbing out of him where he was receiving treatment for his kidney-related ailment.
Kokori had lamented how NUPENG and the nation had abandoned him to fate in the hospital where air conditioner was switched off by the hospital management possibly owing to a shortage of diesel.
The Ovu-born fiery labour leader had complained over the idea of being abandoned in the hospital in Warri by those who should cater for his wellbeing.
He, thereafter, said he would not mind if he were taken abroad for a top-notch medical treatment by the Federal Government of President Bola Tinubu with whom they fought the military junta of late General Sani Abacha in the early 90s over the annulment of the historical June 12 1993 presidential elections.
Chief Kokori’s November outcry attracted dignitaries such as Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State to his sick bed on Friday, November 11. The latter picked up the bills including those of two other patients.
The Islamic Forum in Kano, has called for compensation for victims of the Sunday military bomb attacks in Tudun Biri village, Kaduna State.
The Forum comprises: Tijjanniya Qadiriya, Shiites and the Izala sects.
Mallam Abubakar Rabo, who spoke on behalf of the Forum, also called on the Federal Government to set up an independent panel to investigate the matter.
“This act is condemnable and we are tasking the Federal government to rise up and unearth the truth behind it.
“The Federal government should make the safety of lives and property of the citizens a priority; without people, there can never be a government,” he said.
The villagers were hit while celebrating Maulud.
The Army has since claimed responsibility for the attack, explaining that it was done in error.
A shooting on a major shopping street in central Brussels Wednesday evening left four people wounded, the Belgian capital’s police said.
The assailants had left the scene by the time the police arrived after being called at about 7:30 pm (1830 GMT), police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere told AFP.
“At this point, there is nothing to make us think it was a terrorist act,” she said.
One of the wounded is in critical condition.
The shots were fired on the Avenue de la Toison d’Or, a busy commercial street near a covered passageway featuring upscale fashion boutiques. The passageway was evacuated, according to Belgian media.
• Project worth billions of naira, delayed for efficiency, says FPRO
• ‘We buy our own uniforms, officers’ welfare not police priority’
• Lawmakers consider auction of ‘squalid quarters’
Seven months after handing quit notice to 22,500 police officers living in the 25 barracks marked for demolition by the Lagos State government, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is yet to effect payment of rent to the displaced officers seven months after the promise was made.
The barracks had been recommended for demolition for not meeting up with the structural integrity test and for vacating the barracks between May 1 and 30 to give access for rebuilding activities, affected officers were promised a particular amount of money to rent temporary accommodation for two years, which the rehabilitation project is expected to last.
Under the 2024 proposed budget, the Ministry of Police Affairs has a budget of N938.7 billion, with N806.7 billion allocated as personnel cost, N62.4 billion for overhead and N69.6 billion to be spent on capital projects.
Specifically, ongoing assessment of police barracks nationwide is expected to cost N100,513,975, construction/provision of police stations/barracks will cost N5.77 billion while N1 billion is expected to be expended on rehabilitation/repairs of police stations/barracks.
Former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, had on May 3, announced the demolition, redevelopment and reconstruction of 25 barracks and facilities in full compliance with the Lagos State government’s recommendations.
The affected barracks are: Ijeh Police Barracks, Obalende; Highway Police Barracks, Ikeja; K9 Police Barracks, Keffi Street, Ikoyi; Falomo Police Barracks (A and B), Ikoyi; Bar Beach Police Barracks, Victoria Island; MOPOL 20 Barracks, Ikeja; Women Police Barracks, Obalende; MOPOL 2 Police Barracks, Keffi Street, Ikoyi; Mounted Troop, Ribadu Road, Ikoyi and Queen Barracks, Apapa.
Others are: FPRO Annex Office and Barracks, Ijora Olopa; Iponrin Police Barracks, Surulere; Adekunle Police Barracks, Yaba; Federal Highway Patrol Office, Yaba; Alausa Police Barracks, Ikeja; Mounted Troop, Ikeja; Okesuna Police Barracks, Obalende; Mccarthy Barracks, Obalende; Force Headquarters Annex, Obalende; Obalende Police Barracks, Obalende; Bourdillon Police Barracks, Ikoyi; New Staff Quarters, Ikeja; Elere Police Barracks, Agege; Onikan Officers Mess, Ikoyi and Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), Milverton Street, Ikoyi.
The Force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), who refuted claims at the time that officers were sent packing without enough notice and provisions for alternative accommodation, had said: “We have not forced anyone out of the barracks. They are expected to move out between May 1 and 30. However, they will not be asked to move until their money is paid for a new accommodation.”
But alas, seven months after the May deadline, NPF has not started payment of rent to the estimated 22,500 police officers living in the affected barracks.
The Guardian investigations revealed that the majority of the officers living in the barracks are unaware of the relocation plan. Also, none of the affected police officers has been debriefed by barracks officials on the quit notice.
With police authorities’ lackadaisical approach towards the project, many of the officers and their dependents living in the derelict structures are confused on the next line of action.
The Guardian learnt that apart from the project cost, estimated to run in billions of Naira, the financial implications of relocating the affected officers in a city like Lagos are humongous and may not be feasible with the current national economic realities.
When The Guardian visited Ijeh Barracks, Obalende, housing about 1,000 people, the buildings were defaced with cracked walls, leaky roofs, broken windows and doors, while the barracks lacked potable water, with poor sanitation.
Some officers queried the motive behind the plan, stressing that police authorities have not been able to complete the redevelopment of the barracks at Government Reserved Area (GRA), Ikeja, which started during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
They alleged that they are doing their best to take care of the buildings but the police hierarchy is doing less to improve the living conditions of the officers. The officers argued that it would be difficult to carry out the exercise because each of the marked barracks had no fewer than 1,000 inhabitants, coupled with relatives and friends.
An officer who pleaded for anonymity said: “I am not against relocation of officers but before the relocation, they should provide a conducive place for us to stay. The buildings are long overdue for renovation.
“It has never been conducive living here, but when you don’t get what you need, you have to manage what is provided. We come back from work to live in a place that is not conducive and it affects our work and delivery. This is Ikoyi and if they are talking about relocation, they should consider that Ikoyi is not Iyana Ipaja, Ikorodu or Oshodi.
Another officer said: “We have been living in this condition and the police authorities have been shying away from their responsibilities. I buy my own uniform; we take care of the buildings within the barracks. I am still studying and it’s not as if they care about my certificate, but I’m doing my best to upgrade myself.”
When asked on the number of officers to be affected by the plan, the Force spokesman said he needed an audit to determine the staff strength in the barracks.
According to him, there are people staying in the barracks, who are not police personnel and that is one of the reasons the facilities are overstretched. He said the Force was working on identifying bonafide personnel before taking any action.
Asked about the estimated amount for the cost of construction, he could not confirm the amount earmarked for the project.
He said: “Billions of Naira. I can’t be specific now, but definitely, it runs into billions based on projections. We have a relocation plan for them. It will be done in phases. Money will be given to them to rent any accommodation of their choice around their barracks (locations) for two years before any relocation is commenced. It’s not eviction, but relocation. Note, please.”
When asked why the project didn’t take off on the proposed date and why officers were yet to get their notices, Adejobi said: “It doesn’t matter the time we start. It is better for us to start late than to rush into it and subject them to unnecessary hardship. We will start. It is capital intensive, we are making arrangements and we will do this in phases.
“Their buildings have been marked, but marking does not mean they are going to demolish them, they only mark to show that the buildings are affected and distressed. So, when it’s time for us to commence, those who are going to be affected will not be evicted, they will be relocated. We did it in Abuja and it worked out, so, it will work in Lagos.
“I read in the news that some officers said they are not sure the police hierarchy will give them back the apartment after the redevelopment. We did it in Kano, which is as big as Lagos in terms of population and they were relocated, and given back the keys when it was completed.”
Appalled by the sorry situations of the barracks, lawmakers in the House of Representatives had recently demanded that the Federal Government auction the barracks across the country, because they have turned to ‘squalor quarters’ despite the billions spent on renovating them.
This is even as the House noted that between 2019 – 2022, over N5 billion was spent by the Federal Government on Police barracks renovations in Nigeria, saying despite all efforts, barracks continue to fail to meet basic needs in their current state of disrepair and lack of maintenance.
This was sequel to the adoption of a motion on the “Urgent Public Importance on the Need to Address the Deplorable Living Conditions of Officers of Nigeria Police Force” moved by Murphy Osaro Omoruyi.
Presenting the motion, Omoruyi informed that in September 2020, the National Assembly passed the Police Reform Bill 2020, which was signed into law by the former President, Muhammadu Buhari, on September 16, 2020, which has as one of its core issues to address the living conditions of the nation’s gallant police officers.
The lawmaker noted that the problem of adequate and dignified accommodation for police officers persists and has so far outlived all previous measures.
He expressed worry that police officers and their families live in squalor quarters characterised by large cracks on the wall, bat-infested houses, leaking roofs and dilapidated structures for barracks across the country.
He argued that the deplorable living condition of the Police officers has dampened their morale and productivity, stressing that if this issue is not urgently addressed, the welfare of officers will continue to deteriorate.
When asked if the IGP, Kayode Egbetokun, is keying into the barracks project, the Force spokesman said: “He’s looking into some of the policies he met on the ground, particularly policies that affect the welfare of police personnel across board but let it be on record that welfare of police personnel is paramount to him. One of the agendas he has for the Nigeria Police Force is to reform, standardise and sanitise the police; we can’t ask somebody to stop corruption without giving him what he needs.”
Asked where the money for the project will be gotten from, he said: “It will come from the budget. We are compiling the budget for 2024 and the IGP has given directives to departments to make their proposals. I have submitted everything and mine is being considered. We will still need intervention funds but most of our projects will be budgeted for.
A Federal High Court has frozen the accounts of the Kano State Government due to its failure to comply with a court order to pay N30 billion in compensation to victims of the Filling Idi Demolition exercise.
The frozen order affects 24 Kano State bank accounts, including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) account of the state.
The presiding judge, Justice E.A Ekwo, has also directed the Kano State Government to appear before the court on January 18 to provide an explanation regarding the freezing of N30 billion in the affected bank accounts.
The funds are intended to be granted to the Incorporated Trustees of Masallacin Eid Shop Owners.
The National Judicial Council has picked 11 Justices that will fill the vacant positions at the Supreme Court.
The constitution prescribes 21 Justices for the apex court but the court currently has 10 Justices, following the retirement of Justice Musa Dattijo in October.
Last week, The PUNCH exclusively reported that the NJC screened 22 candidates shortlisted by the Federal Judicial Service Commission.
However, on Wednesday, the NJC uploaded the names of the successful candidates on its website.
Among the shortlisted candidates is Justice Haruna Tsammani from Bauchi State, who chaired the Presidential Election Petition Court that affirmed the election of President Bola Tinubu in the February 25 presidential poll.
Also on the list is Justice Moore Adumein, from Bayelsa State; Justice Jummai Sankey (Plateau); Justice Chidiebere Uwa (Abia); Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme (Imo); Justice Obande Ogbuinya; Justice Stephen Adah(Kogi); Justice Habeeb Abiru (Lagos); Justice Jamilu Tukur; Justice Abubakar Umar (Kebbi) and Justice Mohammed Idris( Niger).
The NJC is expected to forward the names to the President for approval before Friday.
Meanwhile, the NJC also recommended the appointment of Justice Mohammed Ahmed Ramat to the Court of Appeal.
Also, Justice Joel Agya and Justice Umar Abubakar were recommended as the Chief Judge of Taraba and Kebbi states, respectively.
Similarly, Kadi Mukhtar was recommended for appointment as the Grand Kadi Sharia Court of Appeal in Kebbi State.
Justice A. O. Femi-Segun; Justice Alfred Yakubu; and Justice Tajudeen M. Abdulganiyu were recommended to be appointed as Presidents of the Customary Courts of Appeal of Ogun, Taraba, and Oyo states.
Furthermore, Amaebi Orukari and Akinyemi Ayodele were recommended to be appointed as High Court judges in Bayelsa and Ogun states, respectively.
A statement by the NJC spokesperson, Adesoji Oye, on Wednesday, said, “All recommended candidates to the Supreme Court bench would be sworn in after the approval of their recommendation by President Bola Tinubu, GCFR, and the subsequent confirmation of their appointment by the Senate.
“The various Heads of Court recommended would also be sworn in upon the approval of their appointment by their various state governors and subsequent confirmation of same by their respective state Houses of Assembly.”
In what appeared to be a grand design to take over the South East, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday said President Bola Tinubu had approved a blueprint for the “political emancipation” of the geopolitical zone, starting with Anambra State.
National Chairman of the APC, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, disclosed this when he granted audience to stakeholders of the party from Anambra State and several other stakeholders including Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and others.
Speaking at the event, Ganduje said; “President Tinubu has approved the blueprint for political emancipation of the southeast and we are starting with Anambra state. All you need to do is to speak with one voice for it to be louder, deeper and to be heard all over.
“You need a platform for negotiations at the national level. For now you have been known and you have to be united. The libration has started and the liberal revolution is starting from Anambra State.”
Ganduje, who praised Ifeanyi Ubah’s decision to join the APC, said the party is now poised to win legislative seats in the zone.
He also urged leaders of the party in the zone to be wary of their statements and only make statements that unite the people.
Speaking after the meeting, Ganduje said; “You know that APC is a very active party, a very active political party and today we have the timbre and calibre of APC from Anambra State. They have paid us a courtesy call.
“APC is born again in Anambra State. The liberation, the emancipation and the de-marginalization of the South into the geo-political zone is born today and it is coming from Anambra State. So you can see the number.
“By God’s grace, we will win the next gubernatorial election and will win the National Assembly, the State Assembly, and all other grassroot elections, in Anambra State. So what I am telling you is that the South East geopolitical zone is coming into the national politics and the region will be dominated by APC men and that is why they are here today.”
On his part, Governor Uzodinma stressed the importance of the people of the zone joining the APC, saying there was an urgent need to integrate them into national politics.
“It is important that APC as a political party becomes the vehicle for the Southeast region to be fully integrated into the national project that is the Nigerian project. So, we are determined in our region to be part of the Nigerian politics. Consistent with that we are going to do our best to make sure that the five states in the South-eastern region are dominated by APC by endearing our party to the people of the South-east region,” he said.
Chairman of the party in Anambra State, Basil Ejidike, said; “We suggest that the Federal Government appoints Liaison Officers in States without APC governors just as was done during the National Party of Nigeria NPN era. This is to coordinate the proper disbursement of aid and grants accruing from the Federal Government to the states.
“We also request that you use your good offices to interface between us and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, to enable us access materials and palliatives to assist Party members in Anambra, especially during this festive period.”
[STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE] President Tinubu Receives President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic, Says Cooperation Imperative for Economic Prosperity in West AfricaWritten by Admin
President Bola Tinubu says cooperation is imperative for economic prosperity in West Africa, noting that a lack of synergy between Nigeria and Benin Republic has been an encumbrance to mutual development.
Speaking when he received President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic at the State House in Abuja, on Wednesday, President Tinubu said Nigeria and Benin Republic share a lot in common, describing both countries as conjoined twins held together at the hip.
"We are one. No other nation like ours should be worried. What is affecting us is a lack of synergy. We have not developed the necessary economic synergy that will develop our two nations. We must have common economic principles and priorities. The economic programme you are developing through inter-ministerial collaboration is welcomed by me.
"We will support all of our private sector interests to facilitate prosperity in both of our important countries. I appreciate the urgency of your approach, and we welcome this. Leadership is sometimes defined by urgent action. Thank you for your quality leadership. We are together. I am not a backward looking person. I look forward. This is how I avoid missing steps," the President said.
President Talon, who was at the State House to seek the support of President Tinubu on improving trade relations, ahead of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Summit, described the relationship between his country and Nigeria as crucial.
He said Benin Republic is seeking stronger trade ties with Nigeria, emphasizing the free movement of people and goods between both countries.
"Benin has started implementing a national development plan which includes enhanced integration between Nigeria and Benin Republic. Our development plan includes taking into account what investments are required in Benin to enhance our integration with Nigeria in trade terms. It is true that many agreements have been signed to push our integration forward, but they have not been implemented.
"At the level of ECOWAS, we embrace free movement and integration, and at the African level, AfCFTA envisages this; so we need to move urgently to make this a reality.
"Our investment programme must be revised to factor in all factors of the Nigerian economy. We seek to set up an inter-ministerial technical committee that will jointly prepare a draft document for our legislatures. I am ready to sign an executive order to appoint members of the council to advance mutually beneficial cooperation across sectors.
"There have been difficulties bilaterally on the issue of smuggling. We will work hard to coordinate and ensure that your interests are protected as we integrate our economies. I want us to make history together," President Talon said.
Chief Ajuri Ngelale
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
December 6, 2023
Kogi State Police Command has confirmed that gunmen attacked the secretary of the state governorship election Tribunal, Mr David Umar Mike on Monday in Lokoja and made away with sensitive petition documents on the just concluded gubernatorial election in the state.
The state police command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP William Aya, disclosed this in Lokoja on Wednesday.
The police authorities said the attackers of the state governorship tribunal secretary carted away all the petition documents filed by five political parties at gunpoint.
According to the police authorities, the documents carted away from Mike include, petitions filed by four (4) Parties: Action Alliance (AA), Action People’s Party (APP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) as well as two (2) Record Books/a Bag containing his personal item.
The police added that the incident happened just before the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) office at about 1320hrs on Monday, while victims were on their way to the tribunal venue at the state High court complex, Lokoja.
Police said, “On Monday, 04/12/2023 at about 1820hrs, one Mr David Umar Mike ‘m’ Secretary to Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal along with Labode Apreala (f) Confidential Secretary and Hassimu Adamu Assistant Secretary, came to State Criminal Investigation Department, Kogi State Police Headquarters and reported that on the said date, three of them left their Hotel rooms in Lokoja about 1300hrs, heading to their Office at the High Court Complex driving in his (David’s) Peugeot 406 Car.
“That just before the CBN at about 1320hrs, one SUV vehicle which had earlier overtaken him blocked his car with two other SUVs following behind.
“All of them surrounded and blocked him as he attempted to reverse. That he saw about seven hooded men all heavily armed and dressed in black attire who shot severally into the air and dragged him and his two other colleagues out of their car, ransacked the car and made away with all the petition documents.”
SP Aya added that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Onuoha Benthrand, had ordered for a thorough and diligent investigation into the incident.
Meanwhile, the police command has advised general public to avoid statements that may prejudice ongoing investigation into the matter even as the command appealed to anyone with useful information on the incident to provide same to command.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has denied news in circulation that he was at Kuje prison to visit embattled former Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele.
Speaking with Vanguard on behalf of the monarch on Wednesday, his spokesperson, Moses Olafare, said Oba Ogunwusi was at the correctional facility at the instance of a Non-Governmental Organisation, owned by one of his wives, Queen Temitope, Hopes Alive Initiative, HAI, which is on advocacy for the correction centre.
He said the programme, which was organised in partnership with Kuje correctional authority, centred around giving hope to inmates on reintegration into society after completing their terms, and the Ooni was part of it, in commemoration of his eighth anniversary.
“The intent of those spreading the news was to blackmail the monarch; there is nothing hidden about the event. In any case, the king never met Emefiale because it was an official event organised by the NGO in conjunction with the Kuje Correction Centre.
“The programme centres around giving hope to the inmate that, after serving out their terms, they still have hope to reintegrate back to the society. The Arole Ooni was invited to chair the event in commemoration of his eighth anniversary on the throne.
“What is exclusive about a public programme where different public figures spoke and representatives of the inmate also spoke? How then did the Ooni manage to meet Emefiele?
“We must be careful with how people spread falsehoods about people. The video of the event is available to the public. I am not even sure Emefiele attended the programme because he is only in detention and not an inmate yet, so why link the programme to Emefiele? It is simply to achieve blackmail, he added.