1. NIGERIAN COURT APPROVES PROSCRIPTION OF IPOB
The Federal High Court in Abuja has approved the application by the Federal Government, seeking the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, granted the order after the military declared IPOB a terrorist group.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) had filed an ex-parte motion asking the court to ban the activities of the group and declare it a terrorist organisation.
2. IPOB FINANCE HEADQUARTERS IS IN FRANCE – FG
The Federal Government has revealed that the financial headquarters of the Indeginous People of Biafra is in France.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, revealed this at a news conference held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa on Wednesday.
The minister said available records showed that the separatist group were getting money both from the Diaspora and at home.
He said the government had, to no avail, taken some diplomatic moves, especially to take action on the Radio Biafra located in the United Kingdom.
3. EFCC CLAMPS DOWN ON SEN. AKPABIO FOR GIFTING A BANK N1.4BN
The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is probing Sen. Godswill Akpabio for gifting a bank N1.4bn.
Although banks refused to provide documents to the EFCC on transactions linked to Akpabio, who has been accused of N108bn fraud during his tenure as Akwa Ibom governor between 2007 and 2015 but according to the EFCC, the Akwa Ibom government is fighting against the probe, saying EFCC is interfering in state matters. Apart from ignoring 7 requests from the EFCC to release its officials for interrogation over the matter, the state also dragged the agency to court as well, the detective said.
When contacted, Akpabio’s media aide, Mr. Anietie Ekong, confirmed the allegation.
4. NIGERIA COURT ACQUITS DIEZANI OF $1.6BN FRAUD CHARGE
A federal high court in Abuja has struck out a charge accusing Nigeria’s former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, of diverting $1.6bn from oil proceeds during her tenure into her own pocket.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba who struck out the allegation contained in count-eight of a money laundering charge before the court said though Diezani’s name was mentioned in the charge, she was not listed as one of the defendants.
This decision was made after Diezani’s lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) filed a motion and an order mandating her to appear in court on the next adjourned date of October 5, 2017, to plead to the charge.
5. 28 CUSTOM OFFICERS ARRESTED OVER CONSPIRACY TO SMUGGLE 1,500 ARMS INTO NIGERIA
Authorities have arrested and detained 28 officers of the Nigeria Customs Service for the part they played in a conspiracy to smuggle a container of arms and ammunition into the country via the Tin Can island port in Lagos.
A container of over 1,500 arms of different shapes and sizes was seized at the Tin Can Island command of the customs on Wednesday.
It’s reported that customs officers had manipulated paperwork to ensure that the container passed through the border without hassle. Meanwhile, investigation into the matter is on.
6. SUPREME COURT REAFFIRMS SACK OF HOUSE OF REPS MEMBER, HEMBE
Supreme Court on Wednesday reaffirmed its stance on the sack of Herman Hembe, the ousted House of Representatives member who represented Vandeikiya/Konshisha federal constituency of Benue State.
Mr. Hembe had approached the Supreme Court again to refer the case to a lower court for retrial after the apex court ordered him to vacate his former seat and return all monies he earned in the House of Representatives since 2015.
The Supreme Court also awarded the sum of one million naira against Mr. Hembe in favour of Dorathy Mato, the defendant.
7. OLUBADAN SUES AJIMOBI, 23 OTHERS FOR INSTALLING 21 KINGS
The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has sued the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and 23 others, for their involvements in the crowning of 21 kings in Ibadan on August 27, 2017.
He argued that Ajimobi did not possess the power and authority to confer anybody with the right to wear a beaded crown and coronet .
He stated this while receiving Senator Olufemi Lanlehin in his palace on Wednesday. While addressing the monarch, Lanlehin, also said that the review of the declaration by the governor was illegal , saying that public outcry against it had shown that Ibadan people were against it.
8. NNPC TO BEGIN OIL EXPLORATION IN SOKOTO BASIN
The Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) has kick-started the process for oil and gas exploration in the Sokoto Basin, a statement signed by Gov. Aminu Tambuwal’s spokesman Malam Imam Imam said on Wednesday.
He added that NNPC is discussing with Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL) to award contract for surface geochemistry, ground gravity and magnetics to see that they begin to drill for oil and gas in the basin.
9. HEALTH WORKERS TO BEGIN INDEFINITE STRIKE TODAY
The Joint Health Sector Union on Wednesday declared a nationwide indefinite strike following federal government’s failure to meet their demands. JOHESU National Chairman, Mr. Biobelemoye Josiah, during a media briefing in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Wednesday said the strike would start today.
He however, call on all wellmeaning Nigerians to put pressure on the government to accede to their demands, he further appealled to Nigerians to bear with them in their struggle to improve healthcare services in Nigeria.
10. INEC READY FOR LAGOS BYE-ELECTION
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday said it was ready to conduct the bye- election in the Eti- Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State .
The state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun, said the election, which was slated for September 30, became necessary as a result of the death of a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Kazeem Alimi, who represented the local government area.
The REC urged Lagosians to give the commission the necessary support to ensure a hitch – free election, adding that more details on the election would soon be made public.