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Buharis travel ban on 50 VIPs sparks legal battle
Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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FROM party offices and the media, the battle to reverse Executive Order 6 under which 50 prominent Nigerians have been banned from travelling has moved to the Court of Appeal.

Two lawyers yesterday filed an appeal seeking to set aside Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu’s October 11 judgement validating the Order.

They are asking the Court of Appeal in Abuja to set aside the judgement of the Federal High Court upholding the constitutionality of the Presidential Order..

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But the President’s camp scoffed at the moves against the Order, saying corruption was fighting back.

The Order empowers the Federal Government to take steps, in liaison with investigative agencies, to temporarily seize property linked with corruption, pending investigation and conclusion of trial to prevent the dissipation of such assets.

Justice Ojukwu held that it was within the powers of the President, as granted by the Constitution, to issue Executive Orders for the execution of Executive policies, as long as such orders do not offend the doctrine of separation of powers.

In a notice of appeal, the plaintiffs in the suit, Kenneth Udeze and Ikenga Ugochinyere, faulted the decision.

They also filed a motion of injunction pending appeal, with which they seek to restrain the President and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) or their agents from giving effect to Executive Order No 6, pending the determination of the appeal.

In the notice of appeal, they argued that Justice Ojukwu erred in law and thereby caused a miscarriage of justice when she declared that the Executive Order No. 6 of 2018 did not violate the rights of citizens to own property and that the Judge erred in law also when she unilaterally varied and modified the express terms of Executive Order No. 6 by issuing judicial caution, that the powers of the AGF must be exercised in accordance with the provisions of the constitution, instead of nullifying the Executive Order.

They argued that the lower court does not have the powers to issue advisory opinion on what the law ought to be as in the present circumstances and added that the Executive Order 6 violates the doctrine of separation of powers and all tenets of the constitutional democracy.

The appellants noted that the trial Judge shut her eyes against the materials placed before the court and deliberately failed and/or refused to make specific findings of fact on the issue they submitted before the court, in view of the fact that, “none of the persons listed at the First Schedule of the said Presidential Executive Order No. 6 of 2018 has been found guilty as charged, as their respective trials are still ongoing in various courts in Nigeria”.

Some activists are hailing the Order. They said the implementation of the Order would deal a fatal blow to corruption.

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) and a human rights activist, Dele Igbinedion, made the claims in separate statements.

CACOL praised President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Executive Order 6, Igbinedion said those without skeletons in their cupboards should have nothing to worry about.

CACOL, in a statement by its Executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran, said tackling corruption required drastic measures.

“When we view the precarious situation into which corruption has thrown this nation and its people, we will better appreciate why drastic and precarious situation calls for a measure of drastic steps/ actions,” it said.

The group faulted those criticising the Federal Government for the order, saying that most democratic countries of the world have such provisions in their statute books.

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Kukah, Oyedepo explain mission to Obasanjo
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Two notable clerics, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah and Bishop David Oyedepo, have been explaining their mission to the Hilltop mansion of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State, last Thursday. The visit, they say, should not be viewed as politically-inclined, but one made to broker peace between the former President and his erstwhile deputy Atiku Abubakar.To many, the mission of notable clerics Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese Mathew Hassan Kukah and the Presiding Pastor of Li
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Ill report at EFCC today, says Fayose
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Former Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose is expected to report at the Econimic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today to respond to allegations against him.Fayoses tenure expires today as his successor Kayode Fayemi steps in.The ex-governor told Peoples Democrtic Party (PDP) governors and leaders at a valedictory dinner for him on Monday in Abuja that he would stay and fight this battle.He said: Tell them at the Villa; my name is Ayodele Fayose, Peter the Rock. By the Grace of God, I will be
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Fed Govt shocked as Boko Haram kills aid worker
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
The Federal Government yesterday expressed shock over the killing of another aid worker by Boko Haram abductors.The Islamists made good their threat by killing Hauwa Leman, who worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).The organisatio on Sunday raised the alarm that the Boko Haram faction had threatened to kill the two aid workers in their custody within 24 hours.The Geneva-based ICRC, which often works behind the scenes for humanitarian goals in war zones, identified the k
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Osundare to Fayemi: tackle unemployment, restore Ekitis dignity
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Renowned poet and literary giant, Prof. Niyi Osundare, has advised Ekiti State governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to make poverty eradication, ignorance and job creation top priorities of his administration.He expressed concern about unemployed youths roaming the streets and crowding around motor parks with susceptibility to be used as thugs by unscrupulous politicians.Osundare regretted that Ekiti retrogressed in the last four years when it was muddled by what he called political madness and an
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Oyedepo: Im after a peaceful country
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
The spirit of faith is a daring spirit. You can see what is happening in this country today, it takes men and women of the spirit of faith to stop the devil. Wickedness wont give up without vengeance; you cant be killing people and pretended that you dont know. Nobody is qualified to lead by morality without a feeling for peoples lives.The day of killer agents has come to an end. This year will not end before everyone involved in the killings of the innocent will be paying for it in hard currenc
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Court blocks INECs accounts over N17.3b judgment debt
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered a temporary blockage of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) accounts with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over its alleged failure to settle a judgment debt of N17.258billion.The court also ordered the Federal Ministry of Finance to temporarily withhold money already appropriated for INEC, whether already disbursed or yet to be disbursed.Justice John Tsoho gave the orders yesterday in a ruling on a motion ex-parte for garnishee orders nisi
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Exam malpractices: Fed Govt charges Sen Adeleke, four others
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Senator hires IGPs lawyerThe Federal Government has charged Senator Ademola Adeleke (Osun West) and four others before the Federal High Court, Abuja with alleged examination malpractices.Adeleke and others were accused, in a four-count charge filed in the name of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of fraudulently registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro, Osun State to enable them sit for the National Examination Council (NECO) examination of June/July 2017.Named wi
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Fed Govt disburses N1.5b to 20,344 in Bauchi
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
The Federal Government has issued more than N1.5 billion to 20,344 poor households in Bauchi State under its Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme, its coordinator in the state,Mr Jibrin Yusuf, has said.Yusuf told officials of the state council of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) who visited his office on Monday in Bauchi that the money was disbursed from 2016 to date.According to him, additional 2, 969 households would soon be injected into the scheme to raise the total beneficiaries
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Tambuwal, Makarfi pledge support for Atikuas Dickson, others visit
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and former Kaduna State Governor Ahmed Makarfi have pledged full support for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.Tambuwal and Makarfi lost at the presidential primary in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.They gave their commitment yesterday when Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson led two other PDP governors to their Abuja homes.Dickson told reportersafter the meeting tha Tambuwal stressed the need for the PDP to remain a strong
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Still, in defence of lasting value
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Still, in defence of lasting value Eminent poet Prof. Niyi Osundare, who delivered the Kayode Fayemi inauguration lecture yesterday, reflected on the transience of power and the imperative of lasting legacies, which could make an elected leader to remain a reference point in good governance.Let us begin by deliberating on the choice and import of the word still in the above title. A temporal, somewhat contrastive adverb, the word carries connotations of the relationship between time past and tim
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Intl Day of Rural Women: Obaseki harps on inclusive policy
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
assures on health, gender mainstreamingThe Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that the state government has prioritised policies to place women at the fore of development policies and programmes, assuring that health and gender mainstreaming are key drivers of his agenda.Governor Obaseki said this in commemoration of the International Day of Rural Women, marked every October 15, by the United Nations and its various organs.He stressed that development policies in the state place wo
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Nigeria politics in danger of criminal infiltration Utomi
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Political economist and management expert, Prof. Patrick Utomi, on Monday expressed concern that Nigerian politics if left unchecked would be in danger of being infiltrated by criminals.Utomi said this in Abuja at the High Level Public-Private Sector Forum, hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and Solidarity Center, which was themed Democ
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2019: I am candidate of the people Ezekwesili
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, on Monday said the endorsement of all Nigerians, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo was needed for her to lead the country in 2019.Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, told newsmen in Lagos that it was impossible for her to realise her ambition of becoming Nigerias first female president without the collective endorsement of all Nigerians, including Obasanjo.The News Agency of Nigeria
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Zamfara: Nothing has changed, says INEC boss
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
..says no extension for submission of candidates listThe possibility of the All Progressive Congress (APC) fielding candidates in the forthcoming 2019 general elections in Zamfara state may have been sealed.The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Monday said nothing has changed on the issue.INEC had barred the Zamfara State chapter of the APC from fielding candidates to contest in the 2019 general elections after failing to conduct primary election
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World Food Day: Obaseki harps on improved support to farmers
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
.. assures on food sufficiency measuresThe Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said the state government is pursuing a far-reaching programme on agriculture that prioritises support for farmers to enable them contribute to attaining food sufficiency in the state.The governor said this in commemoration of World Food Day, marked every October 16, by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and other organs of the United Nations (UN).Obaseki said that some of the agricultural programmes
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FG considers legal instrument for offshore gas this quarter
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu on Monday said that by the end of this October, the Federal Government would have settled the contractual structure that would aid the country to unlock gas offshoreinstead of depending solely on the Niger Delta.He said that: Hence, the statement made earlier on that we must ensure that by the end of this quarter, we settle the issues of the contractual framework that would help us unlock those gas resources, so that we have optiona
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Ogun community gives FG condition relocating from power line
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
as NEMSA insists government has compensated residentsIperun district in Ogun State has given the Federal Government conditions for relocating from power line, in accordance with the right of way policy of the government.The residents have told the government that although their lives and property are under threat from the hazards of the high tension, the only condition that they would relocating from their present abode is if the government resettles them.They predicated their reason on the fact
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Fed Govt considers legal instrument for offshore gas
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday said that by the end of the month, the Federal Government would have settled the contractual structure that would aid the country to unlock gas offshore instead of depending solely on the Niger Delta.Kachikwu, who spoke at the ongoing Nigerian Gas Association (NGA), 11th International Conference and Exhibition in Abuja, said this is why the Ministry is determined to settle the issues of the contractual framework that woul
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Trade between India, Nigeria hits $20b
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
There are over 135 Indian companies with a networth in excess of over $10 billion in Nigeria. This, to India Minister of State for External Affairs Mr. Shri Akbar, shows that the long standing relationship between Nigeria and India is not only on the upswing but also gathering momentum.Akbar spoke in Lagos at the celebration of 60 years of Nigeria/ India Bilateral Relationship, themed: Nigeria/ India @60 People. Partnerships. Prospects.Noting that a $10 billion investment is paltry, the envoy ch
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Nigeria Airways: Govt to prosecute indicted persons in Nwazota report
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
THE Federal Government is putting efforts in place to initiate prosecution against indicted individuals, organisations and agencies mentioned in Justice Obiora Nwazota report on liquidated national carrier Nigeria Airways Limited, The Nation has learnt.This is coming as the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) and Federal Ministry of Finance begin the payment of N 22.3 billion to ex-workers and pensioners of the former national carrier, this week.The searchlight on the rested natio
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Customs denying us 25% statutory charge
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Seaport terminal operators have accused the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) of denying them the 25 per cent statutory charge of the value of auctioned containers at the ports.The operators, who condemned the impunity and lack of transparency by Customs in the auction exercise, lamented that for several years, Customs has failed to keep to the agreement, which mandated it to pay them, a 25 per cent charge from the value of all auctioned containers in the country.Spokesman of STOAN, Bolaji Akinola,
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N130.7b subsidy debt: MOMAN begs Fed Govt
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Members of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) have appealed to the Federal Government to promptly settle their outstanding subsidy debt, which stands at N130.7 billion as at August 2018.The Chairman of MOMAN, Mr. Andrew Gbodume, made the appeal in Lagos yesterday. Gbodume said that the inability of government to pay the debt has affected the cordial relationship his members have with the banks.He urged the government to effect payment of the outstanding debt since the relevan
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Telcos eye 90mfringe users
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Nigerias global system for mobile communication (GSM) operators, Glo, 9Mobile, Airtel, MTN Nigeria, and Ntel, are planning to leverage their assets to deliver access to financial services to 90 million Nigerians over the next 30 months.They plan to achieve this feat through a combined mobile base station, integrated identity systems, and distribution network.According to the telcos umbrella body, the Association of Licensed Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ALTON), the move will give fillip to effo
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Intermarc Consulting gets new MD
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Intermarc Consulting Limited Board of Directors has announced the companys strategic repositioning, which is expected to launch the organisation into its next phase of growth and expansion. The firm, in almost two decades, has focused on electronic business with emphasis on e-banking and e-payment intermediation in Nigeria and across Africa by providing cutting-edge solutions through consultancy services.According to a release by the company in continuation of the fulfilment of its vision of con
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Airtel Nigeria marks customer service week
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Airtel Nigeria has commemorated the October 1st International Customer Service Week with carefully planned activities in honour of its customers.It used the annual event to demonstrate its passion to service excellence as the week featured lectures, seminars, a 4km walk, and various reward initiatives targeted at its customers.During the week, the leading telco reaffirmed that it will continue to extra mile in providing excellent customer service across its touch points to its customers, noting
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Vodacom: collaboration key to efficiency, profitability
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Collaboration to enable large and small businesses with specific problem solving solutions will create efficiency to ultimately increase profitability, Vodacom Business Nigeria, has said.Speaking at this years Nigeria Technology Innovation and Telecoms Awards in Lagos at the weekend, where the firm won four awards, its Managing Director, Lanre Kolade, said the firm is taking the lead in the telecoms industry by providing tailor-made solutions that maximise productivity regardless of location.He
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Firm unveils Ekojara online raffle draw platform
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Ekojara game, an online consumer sales promotion platform, owned by Koborise App Technologies Ltd, has been launched.To play the game, a player will have to download the application on iTunes iOS store and Android version from Ekojara.com.Also, the Lagos State Lotteries Board (LSLB) has approved the operations of Koborise App Technologies Ltd., to commence Ekojara gaming activities.Speaking at the media launch, Co-Founder/CEO of Ekojara, Mr. Hillary Nwaukor, an auctioneer, disclosed that the gam
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