Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Tuesday 29th January 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines, Tuesday 29th January 2019

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CJN Onnoghen: Senators disagree over legal option
Tue, 29 Jan 2019

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Is President Muhammadu Buhari right to suspend Justice Walter Onnoghen and install Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN)?

This is the “puzzle” the Senate is asking the Supreme Court to resolve.

But the APC caucus said it will not be part of the legal journey.

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Justice Onnoghen is facing charges at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for alleged false declaration of assets. The tribunal ordered his suspension. President Buhari obeyed the order – an action that sparked an uproar.

The Senate, in a suit it filed yesterday before the Supreme Court, is seeking a reversal of the suspension and the inauguration of Justice Muhammad.

The Senate seeks a declaration that Onnoghen’s suspension ” without a support of two-thirds majority of the Senate” was a violation of section 292(1)(a)(i) of the Constitution.

It also prays the court to restrain those listed as defendanrs – the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation – from continuing or repeating the violation of the Constitution and disregarding the power of the Senate in respect to the suspension of the CJN

The Senate, in the suit filed for it by Paul Erokoro (SAN), argued that the President could not on the directive of the CCT suspend the CJN without two-third majority of the Senate or appoint Muhammad as as the Acting CJN without Senate’s confirmation.

The plaintiff submitted two questions for determination.

One of the questions is if having regard to section 292 and Part 1 of the Third Schedule to the Nigerian Constitution and section 21 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, the President could not “suspend” or “prevent” the CJN from performing the functions of his office “on the directive of the Code of Conduct Tribunal or for any reason whatsoever, without an address supported by two-thirds majority of the Senate calling for the removal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria”.

The other question for determination read, “Having regard to section 231 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended, and in particular, sub-sections (1) and (4) thereof, can the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria appoint an acting Chief Justice of Nigeria when there is no vacancy in that office and when the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria is fit and able to perform the functions of the office and without the recommendation of the National Council and confirmation of such appointment by the Senate.”

The three prayers sought by the Senate are:

a declaration that Justice Onnoghen’s suspension without an address calling for the removal, supported by two-thirds majority of the Senate is in violation of Section 292(1)(a)(i) of the Constitution and therefore null and void;
an order rescinding or setting aside the suspension of Hon. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen from his office as Chief Justice of Nigeria and restoring him to the said office; and
an order restraining the defendants from continuing or repeating the violation of the Constitution and disregarding the powers of the Senate at the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The upper chamber yesterday cancelled its planned resumption of plenary today.

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Lagos Assembly summons Ambode over budget
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
Lawmakers threaten Governor with impeachmentThe Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to appear before it within one week on the controversy concerning this years budget.The years Appropriation Bill has not been presented to the lawmakers, causing hot disagreement between the Executive and the Legislature.Last month, the governor sent the budget to the Assembly against the tradition of laying it before the Assembly.Speaker Mudashiru Obasa told his colleagues at
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No dictatorship here, says govt
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
The Federal Government yesterday rejected the allegation that Nigeria is sliding into dictatorship because of the filing of charges against Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).President Muhammadu Buharis administration stands firm on the Rule of Law, the government said.It insisted that Justice Onnoghen has a case to answer on the alleged breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.Besides, it maintained that the only body statutorily empowered to
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Discordant tunes over CJN as Fed Govt cautions foreign envoys
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
The Federal Government yesterday warned representatives of foreign counties and organisations operating in the country to stay clear of Nigerias internal matters.A statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministrys spokesman, George Ehidiamen Edokpa, warned embassies to desist from actions and divisive utterances.Reacting to the recent comments by foreign partners on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, the government urged for caution.The statement reads: The Federal
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NBA orders court boycott
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
THE Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Yesterday rose from its emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen with a five-point demand.It ordered a two-day court boycott by lawyers beginning from today. The NBA warned that it would apply more measures if its demands are not acceded to.Its communique reads: That Hon. Mr. Justice Walter Onnoghen GCON remains the CJN and that his purported removal from office is null an
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Pro, anti-Onnoghen protests rocks Abuja
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
LAWYERS could not meet yesterday over suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghens fate no thanks to protests that rocked the venue in Abuja.The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) fixed the meeting to take a position on the suspension of the CJN by President Muhammadu on Friday.The pro and anti-Onnoghen protests were infiltrated by miscreants who stormed the meeting venue within the Central Business District (CBD).The protesters made it impossible for those against the suspension to air
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My case againstOhanaeze Ndigbo,byObiano
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
ANAMBRA State Governor Willie Obiano yesterday explained his grouse about the apex Igbo socio-political organisation theOhanaeze Ndigbo.He said his disagreement with the group was not over the controversial endorsement of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubarka and his deputy Peter Obi.The governor said it was because of the ingratitude the body showed to Nigerias first President the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, in whose honour a Mausoleum was inaugurated by President M
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Election tribunal upholds Ekiti Governor Fayemis victory
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja, the nations capital, yesterday upheld the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the July 14, 2018 election, Dr Kayode Fayemi.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, challenged the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Fayemi as winner of the poll and lost.APC members trooped out in their thousands on the streets of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, dancing
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INEC worries over conflicting judgments, orders
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed concern over the conflicting judgments and consequential orders emanating from courts, ahead of the forthcoming general polls.The inconsistency, INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu noted, is putting the commission in a difficult situation.In the last one week, there were two different court pronouncements on Zamfara State All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries one coming from a High Court in Zamfara and an Abuja High Court iss
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Security men chase staff off Onnoghens office
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
Security men, including police personnel yesterday chased out staff working in the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).The sprawling office, with adjourning offices, occupied by CJNs support staff, located at towards the back of the Supreme Court complex, was cleared early yesterday by security men.The suspended CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen was not in the office when the incident happened.A source told The Nation that policemen arrived the CJN wing in the building around 7am and ordered
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APC Presidential rally: Police pledges peaceful exercise in Kano
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
The Kano Police Command has assured residents of peaceful conduct of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential rally slated for Thursday Jan. 31 in the state.The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abdullahi Haruna, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Monday.Haruna said that the command has put in place adequate security measures to ensure that the event was conducted peacefully.He said adequate personnel had also been posted to strat
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AD condemns destruction of posters, flags in Lagos
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
The chairman of Alliance for Democracy (AD) Lagos State chapter Kola Ajayi has condemned the destruction of its party flags and obstruction of posters across Lagos describing it as a mockery of democracy.Speaking with reporters at the weekend at the party secretariat in Obanikoro, Lagos Ajayi said: We have many registered political parties in Lagos of which Alliance for Democracy is one of them and we all have right to campaign during election to solicit for votes and support of the electorates,
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Buhari to traditional rulers: ensure peace during polls
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday tasked traditional rulers in the country to ensure peace and security in their domains during the 2019 general election.He spoke through Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the 10th General Assembly of the National Council of Traditional Rulers in Nigeria, NCTRN, in Abuja.He said, Given the activities of unscrupulous individuals who use the election season to forment trouble and disturb the electoral process, the role of security agencies is particularly crucial.
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DSS gave me dollars to set trap for Farouk Lawan, Otedola tells court
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
Mr Femi Otedola, a prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of a former member of House of Representatives, Mr Farouk Lawan, over bribery allegation has said the 500,000 dollars offered to the defendant is from the Department of State Service (DSS).Otedola disclosed this before Justice Angela Otaluka of the FCT High Court, Apo on Monday while being cross examined by Mr Mike Ozekhome (SAN), counsel to Lawan.He said the money was given to him by the DSS to set a trap for Lawan after he wrote a pet
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Okowa is not a listening governor Uduaghan
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
The immediate past governor of Delta State and the All Progressives Congress, APC, Delta South Senatorial candidate, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan has said he left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as his successor, Senator Arthur lfeanyi Okowa is not a listening governor.Uduaghan made this statement at Koko, Warri North local government area of Delta state when the APC governorship candidate, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru campaign train visited Koko.He noted that a man of his caliber cannot be in a
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Ekiti tribunal upholds Fayemis election
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
The Ekiti State governorship election tribunal sitting in Abuja has upheld the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the last governorship election in the state, Kayode Fayemi.The Justice Suleiman Belgore led tribunal, in a judgment that lasted for about five hours on Monday, dismissed the petition by the PDP and its candidate, Kolapo Olusola on the grounds that the failed to prove their case.Read Also:Fayemi: ex-Governor Fayose left N155.79b debtJustice Belgore, wh
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Cobhams supports Banky Ws campaign with song
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
Legendary music producer Cobhams Asuquo has produced a jiggly political song for his fellow artiste, Olubankole Wellington who is more known as Banky W.Banky W is contesting under the platform of Modern Democratic Party, MDP, to represent Eti Osa Constituency, Lagos at the Federal House of Representatives.Banky W shared a video of Cobhams singing to the song in a studio via his Instagram account.I am hereby interrupting your Sunday morning to let you know that @cobhamsasuquo is a GENIUS, he wrot
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I sing different genres Harmony
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
Rising singer Babajide Awojobi popularly known as Jide Harmony is set to revolutionise Yoruba music with his infusion of different genres into his Afrojuju style. The artiste who defined his brand as Crossover/Afrojuju disclosed that he can sing in different genres to create good music.I sing mostly in Yoruba, said Jide Harmony who is also a graduate of Political Science from the Ekiti State University.I also sing different genre of songs such as hip-hop, highlife, fuji, reggae, jazz which I inf
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Lola Maja renews love for make-up at 41
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
Celebrity make-up artist Lola Maja-Okojevoh, who turned 41 last Saturday, has renewed her love for make-up.Lola who is the CEO of Sacred Beauty, declared this on the eve of her 41st birthday when she posted her pictures on Instagram.I wonder if Ill still be this hot when Im 41, wrote Lola who was born in Nigeria on January 26, 1978.Guess Ill find out in a few hours!! So what did you get me’ If you forgot my birthday last year its ok.. Im still accepting 40th birthday presents for the next 1
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Fed Govt to ratify six IMO conventions
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is working with the Federal Ministry of Transportation under the auspices of an Inter-Ministerial Committee to ratify additional six International Maritime Organisation (IMO) conventions before the end of this year.NIMASAs Director-General, Dakuku Peterside, made this known at the eighth Strategic Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges organised by NIMASA in conjunction with Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), in Lagos.T
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Our plan for Warri Port, by firm
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
The SIFAX Group-led consortium, Ocean and Cargo Terminal Services Limited, has promised to turn around the fortunes of Terminal B, Warri Old Port in Delta State.The consortiums Chairman, Taiwo Afolabi, made the pledge at the handing over of the terminal to his firm by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in Abuja.The firm won the concession for the port with a bid of $100.78 million. It would run the terminal for 25 years.Afolabi said he noted the combine
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Priming Apapa ports for ease of doing business
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
THE economy relies heavily on trade and over 70 per cent of external trade is routed through the Apapa harbour. The poor state of access roads to the harbour, home to the two biggest seaports in the country, seems to have defied solution. It has paralysed socio-economic life in Apapa and made the evacuation of cargoes from the Lagos and Tin Can Island a nightmare.Every open space within and around the port has turned into a trailer park, frustrating operations at the two Lagos ports and its envi
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Eight banks withhold N700m overpaid to ex- Airways workers
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
Office of the Nigerias Accountant General is at loggerheads with eightbanks for unauthorised withholding of over N700millionpaid in error into the accounts of some former workers of the Nigeria Airways in their banks.The unprofessional conduct of the banks in not returning the huge sum paid inerror into accounts of ex Airways workers is creating tension between the banks and the office of Accountant General.The N700 million represented the extra money that was mistakenly paid into the account o
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With Egina, Total eyes 23 percent of Nigerias production
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
Upon completion of Totals Egina project targeted to add 200,000 barrel per day to Nigerias oil production, the company would be boasting of contributing 23 percent of the countrys national production.Its Deputy Managing Director, Deepwater District, Musa Kida, made this known at the second Nigeria International Petroleum Summit in Abuja yesterday.The theme of the summit was Shaping the future through efficiency and innovation.According to Musa, owing to the companys determination to support loca
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FG partners UK, others on economic development
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
The Federal Government has reiterated its readiness to partner with any group or stakeholders towards the transformation and economic development of the country.Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed stated this at the closing session of the UK-Nigeria Climate Finance Accelerator workshop (CFA) held at the Zonal office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, in Lagos, weekend.Ahmed, represented by Mr. Israel Igwe, Director, Economic Research and Policy, Ministry of Finance, said there was
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Foreign investors trade N1.22tr on equities
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
Foreign portfolio investors traded about N1.22 trillion on Nigerian equities last year, a marginal percentage point increase on about N1.21 trillion traded by foreign investors the previous year.A full-year Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) report obtained at the weekend from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) indicated that foreign portfolio investors overtook Nigerian investors as the dominant bloc at the equities market last year, ending a two-year dominance of domestic investors in the marke
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Retail SMIS attracts $289.76m, CNY 38.70m from CBN
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has injected $289.76 million into the retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) and CNY38.70 million in the spot and short-tenored forwards segment of the inter-bank foreign exchange market.CBNs Corporate Communications Director, Isaac Okorafor, who confirmed the figures, noted that the dollar-denominated interventions were for transactions in the agricultural and raw materials sectors.On the spot and short-tenored sales in Chinese Yuan, he said they wer
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Buhari meets Zik
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
At last, the Federal Republic of Nigeria has given her first indigenous governor-general and president, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Owelle of Onitsha, a befitting resting place.It is however a shame that ittookabout 23 years for the government to finishthe mausoleum in honour of the world famous Zik of Africa.The sage, unarguablya model Nigerian patriot and foremost nationalist at Independence,was born on November 16, 1904. He became the first senate president, first indigenous governor-general and l
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Donald Trump and the post-American world order!
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
Half way into his four-year term as President of the United States, Donald J. Trump has unquestionably succeeded in redefining and reconstructing the art of politicking, the practice of governance, and the making and implementation of American foreign policy, and almost practically bent them out of shape and recognition. He is such a one-man riot squad with infinite nuisance value that even members of his party, the Republican Party (aka the GOP), stand in awe of him. Anyone who does not identif
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