Senate Panel: Victims Of Abbo’s Assault ‘Fail To Honour Invitation’

The senate committee investigating the alleged misconduct of Elisha Abbo, senator representing Adamawa North, says that the victims of the assault did not honour its invitation. Sam Egwu, chairman of the panel, made this known during plenary, on Wednesday. The Senate had set up a committee to investigate the assault by one of its members after the video of Abbo attacking a nursing mother at a sex toy shop in Abuja went viral. The committee was given two weeks to present its report. During plenary on Wednesday, Egwu said more time will…

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EFCC Hands Over Forfeited Five-storey Building To VON

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, handed over a forfeited five-storey building to the management of Voice of Nigeria (VON), a Federal Government-owned media organisation. According to reports, the building is located on Plot 1386,Oda Crescent, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja. The building becomes the Corporate Headquarters of VON, which until now, was squatting in its ‘parent’s house’, the Ministry of Information, popularly known as Radio House. Handing over the building to VON, chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, who was represented by the Secretary to…

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Exposed: ‘Eni knew bribes would be paid’, ‘Adoke confronted officials over kickbacks’ — OPL 245 trial continues in Italy

Trial continued in an Italian court on Wednesday over the controversial $1.3 billion OPL 245 deal between Shell, Eni-Agip and Malabu in 2011, with a star witness alleging that Eni-Agip officials knew that bribes would paid to Nigerian politicians. Vincenzo Armanna, former Eni manager and defendant in the corruption trial, also informed the court that Mohammed Bello Adoke, former Nigerian attorney-general, told Eni officials that they were at the risk of being arrested because they were negotiating kickbacks. The defendant said there were suspicions and unease over the involvement of Emeka…

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Senate confirms Ibrahim Muhammad as CJN

The senate has confirmed Ibrahim Muhammad as chief justice of Nigeria. He was confirmed at plenary on Wednesday. The senate had earlier gone into a closed-door session over his confirmation. The upper legislative chamber went into the session after Abdullahi Abubakar, senate leader, moved a motion for the confirmation of Muhammad. On Tuesday, Senate President Ahmad Lawan had asked that copies of Muhammad’s curriculum vitae (CVs) be shared among the senators. Muhammad has been occupying the office of CJN in acting capacity since January. He took over the office after…

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Lawan: Delay in appointment of ministers won’t affect 2020 budget

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the delay in appointment of ministers will not affect the presentation of the 2020 budget. Lawan spoke with state house correspondents after a meeting with the president on Wednesday. Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, was also at the meeting. The senate president said budgets are usually prepared by civil servants, adding that if the 2020 budget is presented before the senate by September, it will be passed by the first or second week in December. He said the budget will be ready…

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House of reps asks IGP to shut Edo assembly

The house of representatives has asked Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, to shut the Edo state house of assembly. This follows the recommendation of a panel set up to investigate the crisis rocking the state assembly. A “cold war” between Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and Godwin Obaseki, governor of the state, had split the state lawmakers into two factions. On June 17, nine pro-Obaseki lawmakers got inaugurated under controversial circumstances but the 15 lawmakers loyal to Oshiomhole kicked against it, calling for intervention.…

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Disregard northern elders call on leaving the south, Buhari asks herdsmen

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday told herdsmen to disregard the call to vacate the southern part of the country. The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) had asked herders to leave the southern part of the country if their safety is no longer guaranteed. But speaking through Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, the president said no one has the right to ask anyone or group to leave any part of the country. Questioning the intentions of NEF and “other so- called leaders in delving into issues with unsolicited, ill-intentioned advice”, the president warned those…

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Ighalo on course for golden boot as Nigeria becomes Africa’s bronze king

Nigeria has won its eighth African Cup of Nations (AFCON) third-place match to become the highest winner of the bronze laurel anywhere on the continent. The Super Eagles defeated the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia to clinch the third-place trophy on Wednesday night in Cairo. Odion Ighalo’s third-minute goal was enough for the Eagles to fly home victoriously from the Al-Salam stadium. The Eagles have played the third-place AFCON matches on two occasions more than any other nation — Egypt (6), Cote D’Ivoire (6), Ghana (5), Tunisia (4), Algeria (4). Odion…

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