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Ondo pastor fakes obituary to avoid N3m debt repayment
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2023: Kwankwaso has no deal with Atiku ― Alkali, NNPP Chair
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Protest rocks Enugu over fuel price hike, CBN monetary policy
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Alleged impersonation: ICPC to prosecute final year law student, 5 others — JAMB
https://www.reubenabati.com.ng/index.php/component/k2/alleged-impersonation-icpc-to-prosecute-final-year-law-student-5-others-jamb

Some Persons In Aso Rock Working Against Tinubu – El-Rufai
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Police Station, INEC Office Bombed In Anambra
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We Are Not Aware Of People Working Against Tinubu – Lai Mohammed
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2023: CBN, Obi, Atiku, Aso Rock can’t stop Tinubu – Fani-Kayode
https://www.reubenabati.com.ng/index.php/component/k2/2023-cbn-obi-atiku-aso-rock-can-t-stop-tinubu-fani-kayode

New naira scarcity ploy to discredit Buhari – Oluwo of Iwo
https://www.reubenabati.com.ng/index.php/component/k2/new-naira-scarcity-ploy-to-discredit-buhari-oluwo-of-iwo

Aisha Buhari Shares El-Rufai’s ‘Bombshell’ On Social Media
https://www.reubenabati.com.ng/index.php/component/k2/aisha-buhari-shares-el-rufai-s-bombshell-on-social-media

Rivers govt withdraws approval of stadium for Atiku’s campaign rally in Port Harcourt
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South African policemen arrested for allegedly torturing Nigerian to a coma
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Why I will work against Abiodun’s re-election – Amosun
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ICPC arrests woman selling new Naira notes on social media
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Court sentences two rapist to life imprisonment
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Naira Redesign Doesn't Make Any Political Or Economic Sense - El-Rufai [VIDEO]
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Man loses pregnant wife after disappointment by bank over new naira notes scarcity in Kaduna
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[OPINION] The Hurried Death Of January 2023 - Tola Adeniyi
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[PRESS STATEMENT] Response to stadium cancellation - Abiye Sekibo
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Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina trader confirms adopting another country’s currency amid new Naira notes scarcity
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Banking halls empty as naira scarcity worsens
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Abuja fuel queues disappear, NNPC pumps 67 million litres
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Presidential Polls: Rivers people already know who I’m supporting — Wike
https://www.reubenabati.com.ng/index.php/component/k2/presidential-polls-rivers-people-already-know-who-i-m-supporting-wike

2023: Support Obi/Datti, Wike, G5 Govs told
https://www.reubenabati.com.ng/index.php/component/k2/2023-support-obi-datti-wike-g5-govs-told

[OPINION] The Governor and the Cemetery Boy - Olusegun Adeniyi
https://www.reubenabati.com.ng/index.php/component/k2/opinion-the-governor-and-the-cemetery-boy-olusegun-adeniyi

[OPINION] Don’t buy Tinubu’s parasitism - Abimbola Adelakun
https://www.reubenabati.com.ng/index.php/component/k2/opinion-don-t-buy-tinubu-s-parasitism-abimbola-adelakun

Obi, Kwankwaso won’t step down for Atiku – NNPP, LP
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IGP Drags Kwara APC Candidate To Court Over Alleged Falsification Of Academic Records
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Fani Kayode, Ex-Wife, Precious Celebrate Son On 7th Birthday
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Trouble For Adeleke As INEC REC Exposes BVAS Crime Performed During Osun Elections
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I Have Been Having Sex, Despite Being Single For Over 10 Years, – Mr Macaroni
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Emefiele Has Hidden Agenda — Fani-Kayode
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Hoodlums Attack, Shoot At Seyi Makinde’s Convoy, Destroy Vehicles
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Naira Swap: Bank Chiefs Challenge CBN On Quantity Of New Notes
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ICPC arrest actress for selling new Naira notes on social media
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[COMMENTS AND ISSUES] Are Nigerias enthusiastic about retrieving Nigeria? - Andrew A. Erakhrumen
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Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has urged voters in Osun State to sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for wasting their votes.

He stated this on Sunday during an interview on Arise TV.

It would be recalled that the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal sacked Governor Ademola Adeleke for overvoting at over 700 polling units in the Governorship election.

The tribunal asked INEC to give Certificate of Returns to former Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

“What the voters in those areas have to do is to sue INEC for damages that you have wasted my votes,” Mr Falana said.

Mr Falana also said it will be a daunting task by Adeleke’s lawyers to overturn the verdict of the tribunal.

“Looking at the judgement, I believe very strongly that it is going to be a daunting task to impeach the judgement. INEC has to be held completely responsible for what happened.

“INEC will have to go back to the drawing table so that we will not have this experience. INEC will have to put its house in order, If we have this in a presidential election, where you issue one or two reports, it will have a crisis of monumental proportion,” he said.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said it will monitor bank’s strong rooms in Rivers State as a way to checkmate banks that hoard the new naira notes and make it difficult for Nigerians to access.

The Rivers State Branch Controller of CBN , Mr Maxwell Okafor , disclosed this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, after monitoring the CBN cash swap in Port Harcourt and Igwurita in Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State, on Sunday.

Mr Okafor said many residents, especially the POS operators, are finding it difficult to access the new naira notes, thereby making it hard for the money to get to the areas where banks do not exist.

He said POS operators were passing through difficulty to get the new notes, saying many get discouraged from going to the banks because of the stress of staying for several hours.


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He said monitoring of bank’s strong room will put an end to hoarding of the notes ny defaulting banks.

“It took us lots of time for us to enter bank hall to assist POS operators get the new naira notes. If Nigerians can experience this type of thing in our presence how much more when we are not around. Banks should make the process of cashing money easier for Nigerians so that they can access the new naira notes, especially the POS operators”


“The POS operators takes money to many of the places where banks do not exist as they can push the money to every nooks and cranny of the state. As for hoarding of the new naira notes, we have to do further exercise as to ensure that money is distributed to the people . It means we have to get to their strong rooms. We will check how they disburse what they have , what they have in the ATM,” he said.

He said the apex bank will visit other banks outside Port Harcourt to ensure compliance with the disbursement of the new naira note and appealed to banks to assist CBN make the process easy.

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said Nigeria is staring disunity in the face because many leaders are more concerned about their selfish interests than the survival and health of the nation.

This is just as he regretted that appointments in government are skewed and lopsided on basis of nepotism and mediocrity and disregard for merit and competence

He said politicians and political parties were trampling on many of the things put in place to give all groups in the country a sense of belonging.

Obasanjo said this while delivering his remarks titled, ‘The Quest For Unity In Nigeria And The Role Of Unity Schools,’ at the 50th anniversary of Federal Government College, Kaduna, on Saturday.

He said, “First, I am concerned that the current state of our nation’s economy has widened the gulf of inequality and left many people in despair. Inflation is on the rise; poverty and hardship have returned to many households. The last decade has reversed many of the economic gains that were made in the first decade of the century. There is a general sense of hopelessness across the nation with seemingly uncontrollable insecurity.

“In addition to the economic hardship is political mischief. Never have we been so politically divided along religious, ethnic and other fault lines and deliberately so. Appointments in government are skewed and lopsided on basis of nepotism and mediocrity and disregard for merit and competence. Elections are here and may compound the problem.

“Political parties and politicians have now been emboldened to discard some of the things that were put in place to give all groups a sense of belonging. Exclusion is being taken as normal. Disunity stares us in the face and many of our leaders are more concerned about their selfish interests than the survival and health of our nation.

“Let me reiterate that the concerns being raised about the nature of the options before us in the Presidential elections for instance are real and should not be trifled with.

“Nigeria belongs to us all and no part of the country should be left in doubt about their place in this union on any basis whatsoever; ethnic, religious, language, region, culture or social standing.”

Obasanjo said the beauty of democracy is that before Nigerians cannot be imposed on them.

“If we choose to do nothing, we will only have ourselves to blame. If we choose to do the right thing, we will by so doing return this country on the right track; one which gives all our people a sense of belonging and a sense of unity of purpose and a stake in the project Nigeria; a project that will give all of us peace, security, stability, shared prosperity, hope and progress and a place within the comity of nations,” he said.

As of the time of filing this report, efforts to reach the Presidency was unsuccessful as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, did not respond to calls or messages sent to him.

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A former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, has disclosed why he’s not supporting his party’s, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Nnamani said the PDP violated its constitution and denied the South the opportunity to run for presidency.

He said this is why he has decided to throw his weight behind the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, for the 2023 general election.

The former governor stated that the PDP constitution specifies that key political offices be rotated between the North and South to ensure equity, justice and fairness.

Recall that barely a week ago how the Enugu lawmaker was suspended by the PDP alongside other party chieftains in Ekiti and Imo states over alleged anti-party activities.


A statement by the lawmaker on Sunday, and made available to journalists in Abuja, read, “Conscious of the need to share and rotate key political offices among the diverse people of our country, the PDP constitution clearly stated that it shall adhere at all times to the policy of the rotation and zoning of the party and public elective offices in pursuance of the principle of equity, justice and fairness.

“Even when the PDP National Chairman Iyorchia Ayu made a firm commitment to step down should a northerner emerge the presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, the leadership jettisoned the constitutional provision and turned the logic upside down.”

The lawmaker recalled that “the PDP in 2019 allowed the North to contest the primary for the presidency in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in which Atiku Abubakar clinched the ticket and contested the election.

Commenting further, he pointed out that it was expected that in 2023, the PDP in a corresponding manner would allow the South to contest for the apex position.

He observed that in a twist of events and alleged political manoeuvering, Atiku got the ticket again.


The lawmaker further said that the outcome of the presidential primary infuriated southern PDP faithful including the G-5 governors who insisted on respecting the North-South rotation principle.

The lawmaker added that “the action of the PDP amounted to injustice and lack of equity maintaining that it is morally wrong to leave power in the North after the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)’s tenure in 2023.”

He noted that Buhari in recognition of the North-South power rotation, created a window for political balancing that enabled Bola Tinubu to emerge as the presidential candidate.

“Having critically examined the situation, I found Tinubu as the preferred candidate from the South to foot the bill in 2023, saying that there is need for political harmony in a manner that gives all parts of Nigeria a sense of belonging,” he said

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several bank customers on Sunday expressed anger visibly as they became frustrated over their inability to access the new notes to pay for basic needs and services.

Also, members of the organised private sectors expressed anger over lack of adequate new notes in circulation, insisting that the central bank must use the extended period to provide more new notes for the public.

The developments came as more retailers and shop owners rejected the old notes amid long queues of customers in banking halls across the country.

Lengthy queues and new naira scarcity have triggered anger and frustration among many Nigerians, who find it challenging to get the new notes for their regular transactions.

Findings by The PUNCH showed that many could not access the new notes at the ATMs while several retailers and shop rejected the old notes over fear that they might not be able to exchange ahead of the deadline.

Many Nigerians expressed anger and frustration just as the scarcity of the N1000, N500 and N200 old notes left many stranded.

One of our correspondents, who visited a First Bank branch in Akowonjo area of Lagos, saw long queues of customers seeking to withdraw cash from the ATMs. They were however, disappointed due to lack cash in the ATMs.


Several customers including some of our correspondents had to borrow money from friends and acquaintances to enable them to pay for purchases.

Speaking to one our correspondents, Okupu Ikoh, a security official at First Bank in Ikeja, said he could not withdraw both the new and old notes in several ATMs he visited in the Ikeja axis.

He said, “I went to a First Bank ATM and there was no money, not even the old notes. Now, I have been to Heritage Bank, GTB and but could not get any cash to withdraw. The banks did not load their ATMs with new notes. They also refused to load the ATMs with old notes due to fear of CBN sanction. We are in a dilemma and I am very angry over this.”

A bar owner, Olaiya Adekemi, who visibly angry, told The PUNCH she stopped accepting old notes from her customers because she found it difficult to exchange them for new notes in the bank she visited.

She said, “I have told my customers I will not accept the old notes from them again. I cannot go and keep queuing again. I would rather lock up my shop and let my goods stay here till the government comes up with what they want to do over this currency matter. This is very annoying. The government is inflicting pains on us.”

Adelowo Oyebamidele, an Ikoyi-based mason said the government planned to punish Nigerians by refusing to release enough new notes into circulation.

He said, “This is not good for Nigerians at the moment. We have been queuing up at the banks for cash, our own money for that matter. The government knows that it is not easy to exchange currency and looking at the time frame, they should extend it because we cannot lose our money for nothing.”


The PUNCH also observed that some bars across some cities in Lagos including those in the Yaba and Mile 2 axis have stopped accepting old notes since Saturday.

A Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation fuel station along Liasu Road, Idimu, Lagos, on Saturday, refuses to sell fuel to customers with old currency.

They insisted that customers could make use of PoS for payment.

A resident of Sango Ota who gave his name as, Yusuf, in a chat with one of our correspondents, said, “Imagine in my area, a fuel station stopped selling the products because they don’t want to collect old notes. I almost became stranded.

It was also observed that operators of PoS now charge higher to deposit old notes even though they don’t have new notes to give.

Our correspondent, who visited five lenders in Lagos cities, namely Ojodu, Isolo, Egbeda, Mushin and Igando, observed that none of the ATMs dispensed cash as commuters continued to move from machine to machine, hoping to catch a lucky break.

The banks are Access Bank, Zenith, Union Bank, First and Ecobank in Ojodu, the Ojodu area-

Our correspondent then proceeded to Ajah, where he visited two banks — Sterling Bank at Ikota complex and Wema Bank, Ilaje. While the Sterling Bank ATM did not dispense cash, there was a crowd of commuters arguing fiercely at Wema Bank, with many trying to break into the queue and withdraw some cash out of fear that the machine might soon run out of cash.

The situation was much worse at Sterling Bank in Awoyaya, where commuters were seen getting into heated physical exchanges as cash was being loaded into the bank ATMs.

While speaking with our correspondent, an official at Sterling Bank said security agents had to be deployed in its Awoyaya branch to get the crowd in line as the verbal altercations degenerated into physical violence.

The source said, “Many banks did not load their ATMs today. At our branch (Awoyaya) the crowd there was very wild. The people just refused to obey the simple rules of queuing up. Everybody wants to withdraw at the same time. We had to bring in external security to get the crowd in check.”

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Many churches in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Sunday rejected the old N1,000, N500 and N200 notes as offerings, insisting on the new currencies.

This, it was gathered, constrained many worshippers to give their offerings electronically, following their inability to get the new naira notes which have remained unavailable.


Our correspondents who visited some churches in Abuja observed that old notes were not accepted in many churches.

At The Redeemed Christian Church of God located along Airport Road, the announcer said, “We have been given a directive last week to stop collecting the old notes, so please today, it is the new notes.

“I’m sure you have it and if you don’t have it, you can please make a transfer to the church account. Thank you.”

Also, a branch of the Church under FCT province 2 rejected the old notes and encouraged members to go cashless.

However, a new-generation church did not give preference on notes to be given


A member who spoke to our correspondent said, “We just collected offerings, old or new. People gave what they had.

“Every seat has a customised envelope that is usually on the chairs before the service starts and we either pay in the envelope or transfer it to the church account.”

At the Living Faith Church in Kubwa, a satellite town in FCT, it was observed that the church was no longer accepting old notes for offering and tithes.

The members were encouraged to transfer their offerings and tithes electronically or write a cheque.

However, a worshipper, Stephanie Ekpo told The PUNCH that in the past two weeks, the church has been announcing that it will no longer accept the old notes with effect from January 29.

Our correspondent who visited the regional headquarters of The Apostolic Faith Church, Jabi, observed a notice on the board warning members against offering the old naira notes.

One of the pastors also reiterated the warning during the Sunday service.


At the Dunamis Church along Airport Road, Lugbe, it was observed that old notes were still in circulation but the church prohibited members from spending the money with effect from Sunday.

At the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Sanctuary of Great God Parish, Dutse Tipper Garage, the collection of offerings went on normally, and there was no announcement regarding the new naira or any preference of notes.

At the Petra Christian Centre, Peka Park and Gardens, Wuse Zone 3, members were seen offering both the old and new currencies.

Equally at the Celebration Church, Eden Park and Gardens, Utako, there was no preference for the new notes.

The Living Faith Church in the Lokogoma area of FCT did not reject the old notes.

Also, at the Celestial Church of Christ, Central Cathedral, Garki, our correspondent reports that there was no restriction on the old notes but it was observed that the majority of the congregants gave the new notes as offerings.

At the Living Faith Church, Jikwoyi, Abuja, parishioners had no directive on the use of old or new currency notes for either offering or tithes.


The Senior Deacon, Gabriel Idris, who monitors offering and tithes’ collection told our correspondent that the bulk of monies collected in the church were old notes.

“You know ours is a big church. Banks come at every service to take the money away. What we collected today were mostly old notes. I can say more than 90 per cent of what worshippers gave the church in the form of offerings and tithes were old notes,” he said.

The same situation was observed at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Kubwa, Abuja, where members freely gave the old notes during the mass.

The PUNCH also observed that some churches around Lagos and its environs are still collected the old notes as offering on Sunday.

A leader in one of the churches along Ikotun-Idimu Road, Alimosho Local Government Area, who simply gave his name as Mr Augustine said, “Churches can still collect the old currency for today because they have tomorrow to go and make the deposits in the bank. But no one may be collecting the old notes within the week.”

A member of the Redeemed Church along, Liasu Road, Egbe, Ikotun, who doesn’t want his name on prints, said there parish still collected old notes as offerings and other things on Sunday.

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The President of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Orji Innocent, raised the alarm over the huge number of members of the association moving out of the country for greener pastures, saying that the association has lost over 2,000 members in the last two years.

He said if the situation is not tackled, it may degenerate to a point where Nigerians would wake up one day and discover there are no more doctors in the hospitals.

Innocent raised the concern on Saturday while fielding questions from journalists after the presentation of a communiqué issued at the end of the association’s conference in Uyo.

He said a survey conducted in December revealed that over 2,000 members left for greener pastures.

Meanwhile, in the communiqué, the association called for increased budgetary funding of the healthcare sector in the country, to the tune of 15 per cent annual budgetary allocation to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.

The communiqué read in part, “The National Executive Council welcomes the committee set up by the Federal Government to mitigate the brain drain in the health sector.

“The association urges a speedy conclusion of the task and immediate implementation of their recommendations to improve healthcare service delivery and reduce the emigration of skilled healthcare workers from the country.


“NEC calls for increased funding of the healthcare sector in the country, to the tune of 15 per cent annual budgetary allocation in line with the 2001 Abuja Declaration for healthcare financing in Africa and global best practices as well as the digitalisation of the healthcare services to improve the quality of healthcare delivery to Nigerian citizens.”

The President said NEC urged the Chief Medical Directors of tertiary hospitals in the country to take responsibility for security in their various hospitals as NARD would no longer continue to watch her members being assaulted by staff members, patients, relatives or security operatives.

He said the association called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate and arrest the perpetrators of the illegal shooting of one of its members in Delta and to ensure they are adequately punished to serve as a deterrent to others.

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A Federal High Court in Abuja will on Monday (today) deliver judgment on a request seeking to stop the conduct of the forthcoming presidential election scheduled for February 25.

The court will also decide whether to sack the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over alleged illegalities in the 2019 presidential election.

The judgment billed to be delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo is based on a suit filed by the presidential candidate of the Hope Democratic Party in the 2019 election, Chief Ambrose Owuru.

Owuru had instituted legal action against Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission, asking the court to declare him the winner of the election.

A notice for the judgment delivery sighted on Friday by journalists at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja indicated that the verdict would be delivered by 9am by Justice Ekwo.

The notice was served on the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

The PUNCH reported that the Rivers State-born presidential candidate had asked the court to declare him the winner of the 2019 presidential election.


Among other reliefs, he had asked the court to determine the legality or otherwise of the decision by INEC in 2019, during which it postponed the election from February 16 to March 23.

He claimed that INEC acted against the constitution by postponing the election and that Buhari’s declaration as the winner of the unlawful act should be declared null and void and of no effect.

The ground of his claim was predicated on the fact that the petition he lodged against Buhari had not been adjudicated upon by the Supreme Court as required by law.

The politician claimed that his petition at the Supreme Court was unjustly dismissed following his absence at the Apex Court due to discrepancies in the hearing dates conveyed to him.

He, therefore, prayed for the court to remove Buhari and declare him (Owuru) the authentic president, and that Buhari should be compelled to refund all monies he collected as salaries, emoluments, and security votes.

The HDP presidential candidate also asked the court to order his inauguration for a four-year tenure of office upon the removal of Buhari from office and that the Federal High Court should stop INEC from conducting the forthcoming presidential election.

While claiming that his tenure had been usurped by Buhari, the plaintiff prayed that the court should compel Buhari to refund all monies he collected as salaries, emoluments, and security votes.

On November 4, last year, Justice Ekwo set January 30 as the judgment date, following the adoption of final addresses by Buhari, the AGF, INEC, and the plaintiff.

Commenting on the suit, a constitutional lawyer, Dr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN), in an interview with The PUNCH, said, “ “Even if Owuru wins, the judgment will merely be pyrrhic as Buhari is already on his way out on May 29 by effusion of time. It has become a mere academic exercise.”

Another SAN, Kunle Adegoke, said, “It is doubtful if the case is a pre-election matter governed by Section 285 of the constitution and it is certain that is not an election petition.

“Where the case does not qualify either as a pre-election matter, the Federal High Court has no duty to decide same within 180 days. If it is claimed to be an election petition, the Federal High Court has no jurisdiction to decide an election petition not to talk of deciding it within 180 days.”

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A former member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Naja’atu Mohammed, said her support was for vice president, Yemi Osinbajo and not the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Naja’atu stated this during an interview with The PUNCH.

WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that Naja’atu resigned from her appointment with the APC and Tinubu’s campaign train weeks before the February 25 polls.

Speaking with PUNCH, Naja’atu said, “Let me tell you what really happened. In the first place, I did not support Tinubu as a presidential aspirant; my support was for Professor Yemi Osinbajo from day one. In fact, I had sent emissaries to Osinbajo to come out and contest, that he is relatively young, well educated, proactive, and brilliant. We noticed that each time Buhari leaves the country; we regain some semblance of sanity, including the value of the Naira.

“When Tinubu emerged, he emerged in the most corrupt way. I knew how delegates were given money to go and vote, but it was not just to go and vote; the name Asiwaju was written on each ballot paper. They were only paid to go and drop it in the box. For that reason alone, I had no interest in that primary election. Yes, I was in the APC, but I couldn’t even liberate myself at that point in time. I waited, but I never attended any of the meetings, and I was not interested in anything.”

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The United Kingdom’s Department for Education has reviewed priority subjects for nationals pursuing relocation to the country via its Teaching Regulation Agency from next month.

According to the UK, the portal for the programme billed for February 1, 2023, will only be available to teachers with professionalism in certain subjects.

The updated document by the UK DfE has specified the eligibility criteria for non-UK nationals who are interested in acquiring the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will enable them to find teaching jobs across the country.

In the report, some subjects which are in great demand in the UK will be given utmost priority.

It added that under retained European Union (EU) and domestic legislation, teachers from some countries can easily apply for QTS, but others cannot, even if they have equivalent skills and experience.


The report further stressed that the new legislation will make this process consistent and fair, as, “It will also support the movement of well-qualified teachers to the English workforce.”

In the report of the latest development on the visa status and modes of application, the UK on its website, said, “A new professional recognition service, called ‘apply for qualified teacher status in England’, will set consistent standards so the qualifications and experience of overseas teachers can be fairly assessed.

“It will eventually be open to qualified teachers from all countries outside the UK.

“From February 1, 2023, applicants with a teaching qualification from the following countries and regions (Australia, Canada, the EEA, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Ukraine and the USA) will be able to use the new service to check if they meet the requirements for Qualify Teacher Status and apply.”

It further explained that applicants with a subject specialism in languages, Mathematics or science and a teaching qualification to teach 11 to 16-year-olds from Ghana, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Jamaica and India will be able to use the service to check if they meet the requirements for QTS and also apply.”

Speaking on the priority subjects, DfE noted that a teaching qualification that meets the standard of a level 6 qualification qualifying you to teach children aged 11 to 16, and a bachelor’s degree made up of at least 50 per cent mathematics, science or a language (excluding English) taught in English state schools.”

DfE listed the priority subjects as French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish, excluding English Language.

It, however, added that there will be an update on other subject specialism by May

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