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NSCIA condemns Christchurch terror attack, blames ‘bigoted media reportage’

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 5 hours 40 min ago

The council urged Muslims in Nigeria and across the world to remain calm, patient and prayerful.

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At least 89 dead in Zimbabwe as Cyclone Idai leaves trail of destruction

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 6 hours 10 min ago

The UN said over 100 people have died in weeks of heavy rain and flooding in Mozambique and Malawi, where villages were left underwater.

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More Nigerian students should consider going to France — Ambassador

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 6 hours 21 min ago

The country's ambassador to Nigeria says France wants improved ties with Nigeria.

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Oil slips on economic slowdown, as OPEC-led cuts still support

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 6 hours 29 min ago

Crude markets remain broadly supported by supply cuts led by producer group OPEC and U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela.

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53 new cases of Lassa fever recorded in the last seven days –NCDC

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 7 hours 32 min ago

The sudden surge in the number of confirmed cases in the reporting week negates the claim by NCDC which said there has been a gradual decline in the outbreak.

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Cyclone Idai: 'Massive and horrifying damage' in Mozambique

BBC NEWS AFRICA - 8 hours 27 min ago
More than 100 people have died as the tropical storm swept across Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Hundreds pay tribute to Pius Adesanmi in Lagos

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 10 hours 7 min ago

A mourner describes him as a thoughtful and insightful human being, who beamed with kindness and decency.

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We will win all supplementary polls – PDP

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 10 hours 51 min ago

Any manipulations of the exercise would be resisted by people of the affected areas, the PDP adds.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Presidential panel repeatedly disobeys Osinbajo’s directives

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 11 hours 32 min ago

The panel chairman suggests he is not bound by the vice president's directive.

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Ita Faji deaths: Lagos demolishes 13 distressed buildings in 3 days

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 12 hours 33 min ago

 

The Lagos State Government intensified its demolition of distressed buildings on Lagos Island with 13 structures pulled down in the last three days.

Eighty distressed buildings have been earmarked for demolition by the State Government following last Wednesday’s collapse of a three-storey building at Ita Faji area of Lagos Island, with 20 people, majorly children killed.

Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, escorted by armed police officers stormed some parts of Lagos Island on Sunday and demolished five distressed buildings.

The exercise was led by the Acting General Manager, LASBCA, Omotayo Fakoluju and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mrs Boladele Dapo-Thomas.

The five buildings demolished were located at At 28 Elegbata Street, Apongbon; 199 Tokunbo Street, by Glover; 27 Inabiri Street, 16 Egatin Street and 45 John Street.

LASBCA had earlier on Saturday demolished three buildings.

At Number 33 Ojo Giwa, a three-storey building was demolished by the officials in order to avert another collapsed building.

At 34, Seriki Street, another distressed three-storey building was pulled down by LASBCA officials, while at 21, Okediji street, a three-storey building was demolished.

Others demolished on Friday were located at 60 Freeman Street, 47 Smith sStreet,16 Apatira Street, 28 Apatira Street and 39 Alli Street, ItaFaaji.

Speaking, Dapo-Thomas said that government would not rest on its oars until it sanitised the the whole of Lagos Island.

She added that government would ensure it sanitised and rid Lagos of distressed and dilapidated buildings in a bid to stem the era of building collapse in the state.

Also, Fakoluju said 150 distressed buildings had been identified on the Island, but 30 had already been demolished in the last one year while 80 would now be demolished.

Fakoluju added that the agency would carry out the demolition the 80 structures in phases.

The Acting GM, also disclosed that 20 of the 80 buildings earmarked for demolition were on Adeniji Adele, saying that the agency would no longer look back but ensure that distressed buildings were pulled down immediately.

He disclosed that lots of buildings on the Island had been marked for demolition, but that some of them were subject of litigation which prevented government from going ahead to pull them down immediately.

“Over 80 buildings are ready for removal but we shall be removing them in phases. In buildings which are subject of litigation, we try to evacuate the occupants from the buildings so that there will not be loss of lives,” he said. – The News.

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Court order: Why we denied Atiku, PDP access to inspect election materials – INEC

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 12 hours 34 min ago

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has in a riposte replied the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on its reasons for denying the party access to inspect the election materials used during the presidential election.

The PDP had on Saturday accused the commission’s chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu of disobeying the ruling of an Appeal Court, which directed it to allow its candidate, Atiku access to inspect the documents and materials used in the presidential election.

The party equally accused INEC of colluding with the All Progressives Congress, APC, to deny its candidates victories which Nigerians have given them.

But reacting to the above allegations, spokesman of INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi who spoke to TheCable, opined, “It is common knowledge that since the declaration of the results of the presidential election, the commission has been busy with the multiple activities associated with the national assembly, governorship, state houses of assembly and federal capital territory elections.

“Only last Thursday, the commission presented certificates of return to senators-elect and house of representatives members-elect, including PDP members.

“Nevertheless, the commission will comply when the due process is followed.”

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Jonathan denies quitting PDP, faults mischief makers

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 12 hours 35 min ago

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday denied quitting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or retire from politics for now.

The ex-Vice President described such news as the handiwork of mischief makers who were bent on propagating and disseminating lies to the public.

Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, the Media Adviser to the ex-President, in a statement made available to THECITIZEN stated:

“Our attention has been drawn to a fake story published by an unknown website, alleging that former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan has quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Obviously,  this is a fabrication  borne out of mischief as the publishers of the fake story claimed that the former President  made the statement while being  interviewed by Nigeria News Agency, (NNA).

There is absolutely no way the former President could have spoken to a non-existent news agency, as none in the country goes by that name.

For the avoidance of doubt,  Dr.  Jonathan has no reason at this time to resign his membership of PDP,  the party under which platform he became Deputy Governor,  Governor,  Vice President and President.  Those who derive pleasure in spreading fake information had better occupy themselves with more productive endeavours that are obviously more  relevant to nation building.”

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NJC consent not needed to appoint me as acting CJN – Tanko Mohammad

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 12 hours 35 min ago

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari does not need the permission of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to appoint him as the acting CJN.

Muhammad made the claim in response to a query given to him by the NJC, the body constitutionally empowered to recommend the appointment of chief justices and heads of courts.

A group, Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative, had written a petition to the NJC, asking the council to remove Muhammad as a justice of the Supreme Court for allowing himself to be sworn in by the President without recourse to the NJC.

In his response, however, Justice Muhammad said the NJC ought to be consulted only when a substantive CJN is being appointed or re-appointed.

He said, “In my respectful view, the National Judicial Council has no role to play in the appointment of an acting Chief Justice of Nigeria in the first instance, that is to say on first appointment. The council comes in where the appointment as the acting CJN is to be renewed or extended. I humbly refer to Section 231(4) of the 1999 Constitution.”

Muhammad noted that Justice Walter Onnoghen remained the substantive CJN, adding that the latter was only suspended.

The acting CJN said if the Appeal Court or the Code of Conduct Tribunal reversed Onnoghen’s suspension, he would immediately step aside and return to his former position as a justice of the Supreme Court.

He added, “It was for the larger interest of the judiciary and the constitutionality that I accepted to be sworn in as acting CJN with the conviction that if the order of January 23, 2019 is eventually set aside, the status quo would be restored.

“But before it is set aside, there should be no vacuum in the office of the CJN and the chairman of the NJC.”

Recalling how he was sworn in by the President, Muhammad said he was summoned to the Presidential Villa by Buhari and shown the certified true copy of a motion ex parte granted by the CCT and signed by its Chairman, Danladi Umar.

He said, “On January 25, 2019, I was summoned to the Aso Villa at the instance of the President. Prior to the summons, I was not aware of the fact that the Code of Conduct Tribunal made any order on January 23, 2019.

“Furthermore, beyond what I read in the newspapers and watched on the television just like any other Nigerian, I was not privileged to see any of the processes filed by the parties before the tribunal. Hence, I could not really appreciate the merit or demerit of divergent positions.

“On the 25th day of January, the President swore me in as the acing CJN and not as the substantive CJN. Justice Walter Onnoghen remains the CJN until he is removed from office in accordance with the provision of the constitution. He is only suspended.”

He, however, said he had nothing to do with the speech delivered by the President wherein the latter accused Onnoghen of frustrating his anti-corruption war.

Muhammad admitted that he was a member of the NJC panel that removed Justice Obisike Orji of the Abia State High Court for accepting to be sworn in as chief judge by the Abia State Government without a recommendation of the NJC.

He, however, said his own case was different because he was only appointed as an acting CJN.

Muhammad further stated that the substantive head of the judiciary had been suspended by a valid court order which made it right for him to take over in acting capacity.

The acting CJN therefore appealed to the NJC to dismiss the petition written against him.

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Buhari won’t interfere in re-run elections in states – Presidency

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 12 hours 36 min ago

The Presidency has described as unfair and ridiculous criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari’s apparent disinterest in the upcoming re-run elections in some quarters.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the president on Media and Publicity, stated this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

The Presidential aide was reacting to complaints by some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who wrongfully assumed that the “President will abuse power by changing results to favour them.”

Shehu, therefore, cautioned against “a lot of the hate spewing, incitement to violence and the polarizing statements by so-called political leaders as a number of states brace up for supplementary elections prescribed by the National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“Past Presidents of Nigeria were known to interfere in inconclusive elections, and that is why party members appear to be upset that the same thing is not happening now, but President Buhari is a different kind of leader.

“He swore to defend the constitution and will not veer off from that. The constitution of Nigeria gives the President no such powers.

Shehu therefore, maintained It was unfair and ridiculous to criticise President Buhari for not going against the constitution.

“Party members in states where there will be supplementary elections then need to be reminded that they need to work hard to earn their people’s votes, rather than expect President Buhari to manipulate INEC in their favour.

“Interestingly, while members of the ruling APC party were criticising the President for not interfering on their behalf, members of the opposition were condemning the President based on their assumptions that he would definitely interfere, as many in the opposition did while in power,” he added.

The presidential aide assured that under President Buhari, INEC had been and would be completely independent throughout the elections, free from any interference.

He added that, “President Buhari is a man of conviction, and the manipulation of election results goes against everything he stands for, INEC is completely in charge”.

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APC accuses INEC of collaboration with PDP on Kano, Bauchi, Benue, Rivers, Adamawa re-run polls

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 12 hours 39 min ago

The All Progressives Congress barraged the Independent National Electoral Commission with many complaints Sunday over the conduct of governorship elections in Bauchi, Benue, Rivers, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa and Plateau, accusing officials of being in cahoots with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

The party’s position was made known six days to the rescheduled supplementary elections in five of the states on 23 March and two days after INEC in a volte-face cancelled the planned vote in Bauchi.

In a comprehensive statement, APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu accused Obo Effang, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC) of working in collusion with the PDP and Governor Nyesom Wike.

The APC claimed that Wike was already losing the election until INEC stepped in and stopped the process.

“It was glaring that Wike was losing until INEC stepped in to halt the process apparently to save Wike from impending defeat. INEC must put a halt to this madness and brazen illegality”.

The APC accused Effanga of doctoring the results of the election in many polling units for Wike and urged INEC chairman to transfer him out of the state.

“We call on the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to immediately redeploy Mr. Effanga from Rivers State in order to avoid crisis that may follow the organised crime being executed by Wike and Obo Effanga to rig and alter the result of the 2019 governorship polls in Rivers State in favour of Wike.

“Since the suspension of the electoral process in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike and the State REC Obo Effanga have been re-writing and doctoring unit results in Rivers State Government House to favour Wike”

The APC also criticised INEC somersault on the Bauchi election, after it adopted the report of a fact-finding committee led by Festus Okoye, a national commissioner, said to be close to PDP leaders, such as Yakubu Dogara.

INEC on Friday night said a new returning officer will resume the collation of results in Bauchi on Tuesday, with the issue around the Tafawa Balewa council torn result resolved.

But the APC said INEC could not resolve the issue on its own and that it is a matter for the court.

“We reiterate that according to Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution (as amended) and INEC Guidelines for 2019 General Elections, the electoral body is not empowered to reverse any decision taken at the Collation Centre by the Returning Officer appointed for that purpose.

“Such decisions can only be reversed by a court of law, especially when INEC cannot approbate and reprobate”, APC said.

The APC also pointed out how PDP brazenly rigged the election in Benue, using violence, vote buying and intimidation.

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Adamawa guber supplementary election to hold in 14 LGAs

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 12 hours 41 min ago

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says the governorship supplementary election scheduled on March 23, would be conducted in 14 local government areas of the state.

Mr Kasim Gaidam, the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Yola.

Gaidam said the election would be conducted in 29 Wards (Registration Areas) and 44 Polling Units where over 40,000 votes were earlier cancelled in the recent governorship selection.

“The Commission had prepared for the Supplementary Governorship election in the state. The election is going to be conducted in 14 LGAs, 29 Wards and 44 Polling Units spread across the state,” Gaidam said.

He listed the local areas to include Yola South, Fufore, Ganye, Girei, Guyuk and Hong.

Other are Lamurde, Numan, Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Shelleng, Song and Toungo  local government areas.

Gaidam, however, explained that the election was declared inconclusive as provided by law based only on official registered voters, not Permanent Voters Cards collected or accredited voters.

He said: “Other figures being circulated should be disregarded as only report released by the Returning Officer should be considered.”

It could be recalled that the results of the governorship election announced by INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Andrew Haruna shows that the PDP candidate, Ahmadu Fintiri scored  367,472 votes, while a total of 334,995 votes scored by  incumbent governor, Muhammad Bindow, the APC candidate.

The margin between them was 32,476 votes.

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Major shake-up as army redeploys GOCs, brigade commanders, others

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 12 hours 43 min ago

The Nigerian Army has approved the redeployment of no fewer than 21 General Officers Commanders (GOCs), brigade commanders and others, saying the action is for greater efficiency.

A statement released on Sunday by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, said the army redeployed the commanders of 33, 23, 34, 16 and 14 brigades, among others.

The redeployments also affected senior officers at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, the National Defence College and the Headquarters, Command Army Records.

Musa said, “The army released the postings and appointments of some of its senior officers. Those affected by this include Maj. Gen. H.O. Otiki, who has been posted to 8 Division as General Officer Commanding; while Maj-Gen. S.O. Olabanji, the erstwhile GOC was posted to the Infantry Corps Centre and appointed as Commander, Infantry Corps.

“Also, Brig. Gen. H.I. Bature, from 34 Brigade was moved to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command as Director, Examinations; while Brig-Gen. T.O. Olowomeye, was posted from Headquarters, 33 Brigade, to Army Headquarters, Department of Civil-Military Affairs as the director.

“Similarly, Brig-Gen. B.A. Mohammed was moved from 23 Brigade to Martin Luther International Peacekeeping Centre, and appointed Deputy Commandant; while Brig- Gen. U.M. Bello was redeployed from the Headquarters, Training and Doctrine Command, to 63 Brigade and appointed as commander. Also, Brig-Gen. M.T. Durowaiye was moved from the Directorate of Army Transformation and Innovation to 33 Brigade and appointed as the commander.”

The army said others affected by the posting were Brig-Gen. S.B. Kumapayi, who was moved to 14 Brigade as Commander; Brig. Gen. N.M. Jega posted to 9 Brigade and appointed commander; and Brig-Gen. K.O. Aligbe to Defence Headquarters as acting Director Liaison, National Assembly.

Other generals on the list are Brig. Gen. A.K. Ibrahim posted to Army Headquarters, Department of Administration and appointed deputy director, Veteran Affairs Department; Brig-Gen. G.O. Ajetunmobi posted to 31 Brigade as commander; and Brig-Gen. O.G. Onubogu posted to 16 Brigade and appointed as the commander.

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