NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [28 JANUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 28 January, 2017.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the appeal filed by embattled former governor of Katsina state Ibrahim Shema and three others challenging their trial by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over 11 billion Naira fraud. The apex court said that the lower court was right when its upheld the decision of Katsina State high court that the 22 count charge against ex -Gov Ibrahim Shema, Sani Hamisu Makana, Lawal Ahmad Safana and Ibrahim Lawal Dankaba filed Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were competent. Shema and the three other defendants had challenged their arraignments before Justice Bako of the Katsina state high court on the ground that the EFCC has no power to try them under a law enacted by Katsina State government. Delivering the unanimous judgment of the supreme court on Friday, Justice Sidi Bage held that EFCC is empowered by its establishment Act to investigate and prosecute any person accused of corruption. EFCC is also empowered by the provisions of its establishment Act to enforce any other laws relating to economic crimes. Justice Bage agreed with the lower court that the 22 count charge filed against the defendants were competent. He dismissed the appellants prayer to depart from its previous decision in favour of their application. He said the appellants did not provide any cogent reasons that would warrant the apex court to depart from its decisions. “This interlocutory appeal lacked merit and it is hereby dismissed,” he held. According to the court document, ex -gov Shema the fourth defendant had conspired with three other defendants who served under him and diverted a total sum of 11 billion Naira belonging to local government councils in the state to Shema . On March 28, 2017 when the matter came up for hearing, the trial court was informed by counsel representing the accused persons that his clients had filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal, challenging the ruling delivered by the trial court in respect of the motion to quash the charge. The Court of Appeal on September 13, 2017 upheld the ruling of the lower court. Consequently, a new date of October 24 was fixed for the trial to recommence at the lower court. However, when the trial resumed counsel representing the accused persons, A..T Kehinde(SAN) informed the court that his clients in the exercise of their constitutional rights, have approached the Supreme Court, to set aside the ruling of the lower courts in respect of the motion to quash the charge against them. Justice Bako acceded to the counsel request for adjournment and fixed February 13, 2018 for report on the supreme court decision. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Barely 48 hours after the bitter confrontation between Abia state substantive Chief Judge, Justice Theresa Uzoamaka Uzokwe and the Chief Registrar, Benson Anya, the Abia House of Assembly, Friday suspended the Chief Judge of the state, Hon. Justice Theresa Uzokwe, for alleged acts of tyranny and gross misconduct. This was following a petition presented on the floor of the House on matter of urgent public importance by the member representing Ukwa west, Mr Mezie Nwubani, and dated January 22 with the caption “Justice Theresa Uzokwe’s unending acts of tyranny, infamy, gross misconduct and incompetence: Urgent need to save the administration of justice in Abia.” The petition jointly signed by Dr. Anthony C. Agbazuere and Mr Obinna Nkume, the Executive Director and Director, Legal Services of the Global Centre for Peace and Justice, an Umuahia-based non-governmental organization, had accused the CJ of acts of lawlessness and disrespect to state authorities, denigration of the office of the CJ, financial malfeasance and embezzlement of funds and “morbid hatred for Abia and her citizens,” among others. Citing the provision of Sec 292 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, Nwubani evoked the empowers the House to investigate the allegations leveled against the CJ, while the member representing Isialangwa North, Chief Martins Azubuike, called on the house to be properly guided by section 36 of the Constitution, which he said provided for fair hearing, in handling the petition. Following a motion by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Chief Solomon Akpulonu, and seconded by the Minority Leader, Chief Abraham Oba, the Honourable members urged the house to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the allegations, while calling for the suspension of the CJ and appointment of an acting CJ by the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu. In the resolution, the Speaker, Chief Chikwendu Kalu, announced the suspension of the CJ and mandated the governor to appoint an acting CJ “in order not to create a lacuna within the justice system in the state”, while also announcing the constitution of an eight-member committee, headed by the member representing Obinwa West, Hon A C Thomas Nkoro, to carry out the investigation of the CJ. The committee had seven days within which to carry out its investigation and report its findings to the House. Meanwhile, following the directive of the Abia State House of Assembly, the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu that same day, swore-in a new Ag chief judge has been sworn -in in Abia state following the suspension of the former state chief judge, Justice Theresa Uzokwe by the House. The Ag state Chief Judge is Hon justice Obisike Orji. Speaking at the swearing in ceremony at the executive council chamber of the Government House, Umuahia, the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu said that the swearing ceremony is in obedience to the constitution of the country having received the resolution of the state House of Assembly a few hours ago suspending the former chief judge of the state. He said that in line with the constitution, the next in rank to the former chief judge was sworn in. Dr Ikpeazu reminded the Ag chief judge that he has a task to perform to restore the confidence of the people in the judiciary and hoped that Abia state will be better for it in the days ahead. Responding, the Ag chief judge Hon justice Obisike Orji who promised not to disappoint the confidence placed on him affirmed that he has a duty to restore the confidence of the people to the judiciary and the justice delivery system of the state and pledged to do all to ensure that the state moves forward Judiciary sources had accused the suspended CJ of high handedness, withholding of staff promotions for over two years, using abusive language on staff of the judiciary, as well as meting out corporal punishment to her staff. All efforts to get her comment proved abortive.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Federal High sitting in Abuja on Friday dismissed the suit filed by the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), seeking an order to compel the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Burutai to produce Nnamdi Kanu in court to face his trial. Trial court judge, Justice Binta Nyako while ruling on a fundamental human rights enforcement suit brought by IPOB lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor, ruled that the suit lack merit. She said that the suit was anchored on the doctrine of last seen. The judge said the doctrine of last seen is mostly used in murder cases. She however,that in the instant case, the affidavit attached to the application did not state that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Burutai or any soldier was the last that saw Kanu before his disappearance. “In the entire affidavit nowhere it was shown that the Chief of Army Staff General Burutai or any soldier was the last that saw Nnamdi Kanu before he was declared missing.” She added that the suit lack merit and she dismissed it. Justice Nyako further noted that IPOB was not the right person to make such complaint in a matter where the defendant had secured his bail thorough guarantors. “Ejiofor , the substantive matter has been adjourned to February 20 and the court had demanded that the guarantors must produce the defendant in court to face his trial”, she added. Nnamdi Kanu,Chidi Ebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawusi and Bright Chimeze were facing a five count treasonable felony charge before Kanu disappeared. IPOB claimed their leader who was admitted to bail on health ground was in his father compound on September 11,2017 when soldiers raided the compound that resulted in the killings of more than 20 of its members.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Reinstates Commitment to Nigeria Statement by Benedict Peters: My attention has been drawn to a tweet in which I was mentioned as the major financierThe post Benedict Peters Refutes Allegation of Funding Political Movement appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
In compliance with the Federal government campaign to encourage local industries with the aim to also reduce the unemployment ratio in the country, Jos basedThe post Industrialist moves to end unemployment, engage over 200 workers in Plateau appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Plateau state government on Friday debunked rumors making the rounds in the state of carving out lands for cattle colonies in Riyom, BarkinLadi and BokkosThe post Plateau govt opt out of cattle colonies appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
National President of Association of Christian Theologians, Prof Olakunle Macaulay, has faulted the composition of a Federal Government panel raised to probe the mass slaughterThe post Herdsmen attacks: Govt panel wrongly composed- Macaulay, theologians president appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Legal Defence & Assistance Project joins the international community of Human Rights Activists and Civil Society Organizations to mourn the passing away of a belovedThe post LEDAP pays tribute to late human rights activist, Oby Nwankwo appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Says erosion enough menace to land in the region The Igbo Leaders of Thought also known as Umeobi Ohaneze which is the apex think tankThe post South East leaders reject cattle colonies appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ), Kaduna State chapter at its Executive Committee meeting on Friday informally endorsed former Caretaker Committee Chairman of theThe post 2019: Kaduna PDP endorses Makarfi for presidency appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Imo State deputy governor, Eze Madumere, has disclosed his readiness to join the 2019 governorship race after years of silence on his political ambition. MadumereThe post Madumere, Imo deputy governor joins guber race appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
A former Commissioner for Public Transportation in Lagos State, Chief Lanre Rasak has commended the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for his performance in transformingThe post Ambode deserves a second term- Lanre Razak appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Scandinavia chapter, has said that the letter by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari is good for theThe post Obasanjos letter to Buhari good for democracy, says APC Scandinavia appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
As the scheming for the 2019 presidential election intensify, pro-democracy and human right activist, Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme, has called on the Igbo political class toThe post Activist Challenges Igbo Politicians on Igbo Presidency appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Federal Government has directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction broadcasting organizations that violates the nations Broadcasting code saying the violation by manyThe post FG to NBC: Sanction Violators of Broadcast Code appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
..Urges FG to Constitute multiparty committee to drive implementation before general election. The Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson, has commended the ruling AllThe post Dickson endorses APC Committee Report on Restructuring appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Justice Dije Aboki of the Kano State Division of the Federal High Court has slammed a 7 years sentenced to one Alhaji Munir Sagagi, ChiarmanThe post N8.75m Fraud: Court slams 7 years sentence to Microfinance Bank Official appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
A Lagos- based couple has a won the first prize of an all-expense paid trip for 2 to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Lagos basedThe post Couple wins holiday trip at PZ-Coolworld Promo Draw appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has intervened in the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) of the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market to the tuneThe post Retail SMIs get $304.4m Forex appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Director-General of the Debt Management Office (DMO) has announced that the Federal Government would issue a USD2.5billion Eurobond in Q1 2018 as part ofThe post FGN bond inclusion in JP Morgan index to re balance earnings appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Federal Government has made a U-turn over an earlier decision to leave metering in the hands of electricity distribution companies, DisCos. In a statementThe post FG makes U-turn, gives electricity metering nod appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Chat show icon Oprah Winfrey has brushed off speculation she might run for US president in 2020, saying in an interview published Thursday she lacksThe post US presidency not for me Oprah Winfrey appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
A member of Osun House of Assembly, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, has urged the Federal Government not to allow the slight improvement in the price ofThe post Oil price increase should not affect economic diversification Assemblyman appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has indicated that its preparing a 155 million ($192 million) loan package for the 70MW Akiira Geothermal Project in Naivasha,The post European Bank to support Kenyan Akiira Geothermal Project appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has said that the proposed Enugu National Meter Test Station (NMTS) would gulp N223 million. Its Managing Director/The post Enugu electricity station to gulp N200 mn appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
In spite of expressed optimism by the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that the bank will begin a gradual cut in monetaryThe post CBN May Not Cut Rates To Keep Foreign Investors-Ebo appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
A habit is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. The regular tendencies we have that are hard toThe post Bad money habits that keep you broke appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
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