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Top 10 stories of Thursday, April 21, 2016

John Odigie Oyegun

APC WON’T LOSE SENATE PRESIDENCY – OYEGUN

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that the party might lose the Senate presidency seat to the PDP, warning that the APC should not give the opposition party any of such chances, adding that the issue should not arise at all.

However, he said since the PDP are preparing to overtake the presidency of the Senate, the APC are equally preparing as well. He further defended the party’s stand and that the PDP are misinterpreting the situation of the Senate President.

 

3 LAWMAKERS SUSPENDED IN IMO

The speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Acho Ihim had yesterday given suspension to three of its members who declined to sit down as instructed. Lawman Duruji representing Ehime Mbano raised a motion but was overruled and Duruji was asked to take his seat.
The speaker was asked to allow Duruji, that it is was not proper what he did, stating this were, both Obinna Egu and Ngozi Obiefule who obliged and were still on their feet. Angered by the conduct, he pronounced their indefinite suspension while other members supported the speaker for his action.

 

DSS TO PAY N5M TO AKANNI

The Director of State Service (DSS) had been ordered yesterday by the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti to pay N5 million to Afolabi Akanni, member Rep representing Efon Constituency over illegal arrest and detention.

Obafemi Adewale, who is the counsel to Akanni appeared in court for him yesterday with other members of his legal team. He explained to the judge that, Akanni was outside the state receiving treatment. Prior to his detention, the judge however stated that Akanni’s rights of individual had been violated and he further gave an order to the DSS to pay Akanni N5 million over illegal arrest and detention.

 

MY TRIAL LIFTED ME POLITICALLY – METUH

Chief Olisa Metuh, the publicity secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday told a federal high court in Abuja that his trial lifted his spirit. He had to face the trial been the spokesman for the opposition party.

Before his trial,  he called a press conference and announced to them that the ruling party could come for him any day. During a cross-examination by counsel, Metuh’s witness Mr. Ike Abonye told the court that Metuh’s ordeals were as a result of the role he played as the spokesman for the opposition party.

 

FG TO SUBMIT 2017 BUDGET

The Federal government has promised that they are ongoing plans with the National Assembly to end the arising problems and sign the 2016 budget to enable the president attend to the bill so as to also prepare to approve the 2017 budget to avoid delay experienced in the passage of the 2016 budget.

Addressing state house yesterday, in Abuja after the meeting,  Senator Udoma Udoma,  who refused to talk about the timetable of the 2017, only agreed that a timetable was approved for 2017 budget to enable the budget been passed to the National Assembly on time but the decision had not been reached concerning the budget yet.

 

TWO SUSPECT ARRAIGNED FOR MANIPULATING AMBODE’S PHONE LINE

Two suspects, Rilwanu Jamiu and Balogun Stanley Oyewole, has been arraigned before the Magistrate court by the Department of State Security (DSS)  for having cloned the mobile phone number of governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State attempting to perfect a N50 million transfer with the said mobile line.

Although the suspects conspired with others now at large to commit the crime on February 10, 2016 at about 10:02 hours. However, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges, while the prosecutor requested that they should be kept in protective custody. She further ordered the accused persons to remain in Kirikiri prison pending the perfection of the condition attached to the bail and adjourned the matter to May 10, 2016.

 

LAGOS MAY EXPERIENCE POWER OUTAGE

The power supply in Lagos might worsen following to the over continous drop in megawatts assigned to them by the transmission company of Nigeria,  TCN, this came as the Ikeja DISCO by consumers led citizens’ Access to Electricity Initiations, CATEIN and Federation of Informal Workers of Nigeria FIWON over poor service among others.

Since the picketing of facilities, they have received 169 megawatts because the system has to be shut down due to no operations. Meanwhile, speaking on their resolve to continue the siege on Ikeja DISCO, Mr. Joseph Emmanuel, General Secretary, CATEIN, insisted they would not stop the picketing until the company met their demand.

 

JONATHAN’S COUSIN SERVE MAGU WITH CONTEMPT PROCEEDINGS

Azibola Robert, cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has put contempt proceeding against chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, before an Abuja high court over refusal to release him, being in the custody of the commission since March, 23 2016 despite the court’s order to release him.

Following the refusal to release him, Robert through his counsel, initiated contempt proceeding against Magu for the enforcement of his fundamental rights granting him an interim bail pending the determination of the substantive motion in this suit, which was granted by the court.

 

FIRE OUTBREAK IN LADIPO MARKET

The Lapido market in Mushin local government area, Lagos State yesterday was razed with fire outbreak leaving about 100 traders displaced with goods worth several millions destroyed in the over 50 shops involved with traders blaming the fire disaster on power surge that emanated from Osoro Junction of the market at about 3amWednesday.

Describing the tragic incident, Mr. Felix Okoro, the Chairman of the affected market lamented that they exhausted all their industrial extinguishers, but to no avail. The traders called on the government to intervene on the matter.

 

INEC YET TO CONCLUDE RIVERS ELECTION

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it was not in a hurry to conclude the rerun elections in Rivers State because the conditions it set for the conclusion of the exercise had not been met, hence the delay of the Rivers polls.

Oluwole Osaze – Uzi, INEC’s Director in charge of voter education and publicity, restated the commission’s earlier decision to stay off from Rivers state, adding that, some certain conditions were given, until the conditions met, INEC would sit and decide on a date.

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