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ABUJA HIGH COURT SACKS ALI MODU SHERIFF AS PDP CHAIRMAN

The embattled national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff has been removed by an Abuja High Court on Wednesday, June 29.

The court presided over by Justice Valentine Ashi (court 29) sacked the party’s chairman from office by nullifying the 2014 PDP constitution upon which Sheriff was appointed as the PDP chairman.

 

NIGERIAN ARMY REVEALS THE SOURCE OF COUP ALLEGATIONS

Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has revealed those who are standing behind the rumours to overthrow the government of Muhammadu Buhari. While Buratai didn’t give concrete names, he has blamed some officers and political class for being responsible for this.

The Chief of Army Staff further cautioned against any army misadventure, saying probes were ongoing to unmask those behind the speculation.

 

VIOLENCE HIT LAGOS, AS Trailer KILLS STREET HAWKER

Violence has erupted around Maryland, Anthony area of Lagos following the death of female traffic trader who was hit by a trailer. According to reports, a Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) officer chased a traffic hawker to the trailer and was crushed to death.

Unconfirmed reports says about 11 people have been injured in the violence but policemen are already on ground to control the situation.

 

MAN BURNT ALIVE AFTER DEFILING SALESGIRL TO DEATH

Ekuigbo community of Ughelli – North local government area of Delta state was thrown into confusion on Wednesday, June 29, after a suspected rapist was set ablaze. The suspect was reportedly among hoodlums who attacked a 22-year-old sales girl where she sold fish feed and gang raped her to coma.

Sources claimed that the unnamed victim had died and residents consequently apprehended one of the suspects and burnt him to death while onlookers gathered to behold the sight, including men in police uniform.

 

SGF TELLS SARAKI, EKWEREMADU, WHAT TO DO

Babachir David Lawal, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) spoke about Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu on what to do. Lawal explained that the forgery charges leveled against both Saraki and Ekweremadu has nothing to do with members of National Assembly involving themselves in the court processes.

The SGF explained this in a statement released on Wednesday, June 29, stating that a case of forgery is always brought upon individuals. Lawal stressed the fact that a case like certificate forgery was the reason for the resignation of a speaker of the House of Representatives, Salisu Buhari. He further advised that they should allow the process to take its course.

 

BUHARI’S MINISTERS IN N2 BILLION BRIBERY SCANDAL

The minister of agriculture and rural development, Chief Audu Ogbeh and his deputy, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, have been named in a N2 billion bribery scandal as regard a recent part payment of N15 billion to contractors owed by the ministry.

In reaction, a group named Society for Good Governance (SGG) has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes Commission (ICPC) to investigate the actions of the ministers. However, all eyes are on the ICPC boss, Mr. Ekpo Nta to probe the claims of the SGG.

 

MILITANTS VOW TO ATTACK IMO STATE GOVT, OIL COMPANIES

A new militant group, the Niger Delta Red Squad (NDRS), which has carried out attacks on oil facilities in Imo State, has threatened to unleash more attacks in the future. In the current threat by the group, signed by one General Don Wannie, the militant threatened to attack more government and oil facilities in Imo State.

According to reports, the group fumed that oil producing communities have nothing to show for the many years of oil exploration and exploitation. They warned that if Ohaji /Egbema communities are not given due benefits from their oil resources, they will inflict maximum damage.

 

FORMER FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER, CHIEF OJO MADUEKWE IS DEAD

A one-time foreign affairs minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe has been confirmed dead. The former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national secretary was born on May 6, 1945 in Abia State, Southeast Nigeria. The former minister of affairs was appointed by the administration of late president Umaru Yar’Adua on July 26, 2007. He was also appointed as culture and tourism minister by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 as well as minister of transport in 2001.

The Secretary of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party confirmed that Maduekwe died at his residence in Abuja on Wednesday, June 29 night shortly after returning from the US.

 

EFCC TELLS TREASURY LOOTERS TO VOMIT ALL WHAT THEY STOLE

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is advising all past and current treasury looters to vomit all they stole in order for Justice to reign. The EFCC’s director of public affairs said this while advising all treasury looters, when he granted an interview to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, June 29 in Enugu, South East Nigeria.

Nwaja re-affirmed the anti-graft agency’s total commitment to bring corrupt office holders to face the full wrath of the law.

 

BUHARI’s CERTIFICATE SUIT: COURT RULES ON TODAY

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja will today give its ruling on an application seeking to stop judgment on an earlier ruling dismissing the preliminary objection of President

Muhammadu Buhari in a suit challenging his qualification for the 2015 presidential election.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who had earlier reserved ruling on the motion yesterday, had to adjourned to Thursday to enable service to be delivered to parties in the case. When the matter was called up, parties in the suit were not present in court. Justice Ademola, while suggesting that the absence of the parties in the suit may be due to the possibility that they were not served on the new adjourned date, announced an adjournment to enable parties to be served on the new date.

 

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