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PDP WILL APPEAL KOGI TRIBUNAL JUDGMENT –  AWONIYI

Mr. Yomi Awoniyi, deputy governor to Capt. Idris Wada, the immediate past governor of Kogi State, on Tuesday, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would appeal the judgment of the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal.

It was discovered that the state election petition tribunal had on Tuesday dismissed the petition filed by the former governor for lack of merit and legal incompetence. The former deputy governor however said that,  the desire to appeal the judgment was to deepen the country’s electoral law.

CODE OF CONDUCT TRIBUNAL CAUTIONS SARAKI’S LAWYER NOT TO DELAY PROCEEDINGS

The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal Mr. Danladi Umar has cautioned counsel to Senate President Bukola Saraki, Mr. Paul Usoroh (SAN), to restrict himself to questions that are relevant to the charge against his client in order not to delay the trial.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal chairman urged the defence to subject their cross-examination of the witness to relevant issues to avoid further delay of the trial. The Tribunal adjourned further hearing on the case till June 15.

PDP HOLDS SPECIAL PRAYERS, SEEKS BUHARI’S QUICK RECOVERY

The Peoples Democratic Party has prayed for President Muhammadu Buhari’s speedy recovery as he seeks medical attention abroad. This is even as the party blamed the rising cases of mass killings on the mismanagement of the nation’s affairs.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who led the prayer session, noted that at times like these, Nigerians irrespective of religious or party affiliation should come together to pray for the nation and its leaders. Soon afterwards he led other party members to render prayers for the president, the protection of the first family, our leaders and Nigeria as a whole.

KALU SYMPATHISES WITH ARIARIA MARKET TRADERS OVER FLOODING

Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has sympathised with traders at Ariaria international market in Abia State over Sunday’s flood that submerged their shops, leading to loss of goods worth millions of naira.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu said: “It is painful to hear that flood wrecked shops and destroyed goods at the popular Ariaria international market at a time traders are facing financial crunch.”

He appealed to Nigerians to desist from littering the environment with garbage.

BENUE WILL NOT BORROW MONEY TO PAY OWED SALARIES
The Benue state government has said it will not borrow money from the financial market to clear off salaries owed workers in the state, commissioner of finance David Olofu has said.

However, the commissioner explained that the workers were being owed salaries because of dwindling allocation and stated that government was employing measures to generate funds. According to Olofu, state government are not in anyway resting prior to the non-payment of its staffers but stressed out that borrowing to pay salaries will land the state into a dangerous situation.

COURT REMANDS JONATHAN’S COUSIN, AZIBAOLA ROBERT IN KUJE PRISON

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had ordered that Mr. Azibaola Robert, a cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, be remanded in Kuje prison while he awaits the outcome of his bail application. Azibaola and his wife, Stella, were arraigned for allegedly receiving $40 million contract from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Meanwhile, the court ruled that Stella could continue to enjoy the administration bail earlier granted her by the EFCC as the judge adjourned Wednesdayto rule on the bail application for Azibaola.

SHERIFF ASKS COURT TO VACATE ORDER AGAINST HIM

The immediate past Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff on Tuesday asked a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt to vacate an exparte order which barred him from parading himself as the Chairman of the party.

The counsel for Sheriff Mr. B. Oloyede (SAN), prayed the court to set aside its earlier order, which stopped its client from addressing himself as PDP chairman. Meanwhile, counsel for the PDP, Mr. Onochie (SAN), prayed the court to strike out the applications brought by Sheriff. The presiding judge Liman, however, fixed Thursday June 16, 2016 for continuation of hearing on the matter.

US EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER NIGER DELTA VIOLENCE

The United State in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said that, it shared the concerns of all Nigerians about the violence in the Niger Delta, adding that it was in support of efforts, including dialogue to address the grievances in the Niger Delta.

The mission called on all parties to resolve their disputes through peaceful means, emphasising that human rights of all Nigerians must be protected.

NAVY ARREST MILITANT LEADERS BEHIND NNPC, CHEVRON FACILITIES’ ATTACK

The Nigerian Navy said it has recorded a major feat in the ongoing military attack against Niger Delta militants and pipeline vandals, with the arrest of the militant kingpin who is described as the coordinator of recent attacks on NNPC and Chevron oil facilities in the region.

Commodore Mohammed said the suspects were arrested in collaboration with other security agencies, saying that the arrest was capable of reducing or ending attacks by the rampaging militants. He warned criminal elements in the Niger Delta to desist as Nigerian military were very committed towards striking out their activities from the region.

POLICE CONFIRM ABDUCTION, SLAUGHTER OF 10 YEAR OLD BOY IN KANO

The Kano state police command have confirmed that suspected kidnappers abducted and slaughtered a 10-year-old boy in the state. The police spokesman in the state, Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP. Magaji Musa Majia, on Tuesday identified the abducted boy as Musa Salisu, a primary 6 pupil who was abducted by yet to be identified men.

An uncle of the late Musa Salisu, Abubakar Kafinta, when contacted, stated that “it was not immediately clear that the boy was abducted until 3 hours on, when an unidentified person phoned the family about the unfortunate development”. He appealed to the State Police to bring the abductors to book.

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