Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 30th January 2019

Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 30th January 2019

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NJC Gives Onnoghen, Muhammad Seven Days to Respond to Petitions
Wed, 30 Jan 2019

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) yesterday rose from its emergency meeting in Abuja and gave suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, and the acting CJN, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, seven days to respond to petitions written against them.

Also caught in the wave of petitions is the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr. Danladi Umar, whose matter was referred to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) for consideration.

Umar also has a formal complaint to attend to at the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), where a former president of the association, Chief Olisa Agbakoba, has filed a demand for the withdrawal of his practice licence.

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However, Justice Onnoghen has appealed the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, ordering his suspension.

Meanwhile, a boycott of courts directed by the NBA over the controversial suspension of Onnoghen was partially successful.

The NJC had on Sunday summoned the emergency meeting to look into the constitutionality of the suspension of the CJN.

However, at the meeting held yesterday at the NJC’s Secretariat in Abuja, both Onnoghen and Muhammad were not in attendance as they recused themselves.

A former president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Umaru Abdullahi, according to a statement by NJC’s Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, was elected to preside as interim chairman.

The council, according to the statement, considered four petitions in all: one against Onnoghen, two against Muhammad and one against the Umar.

It stated, “The National Judicial Council held an emergency meeting today (yesterday) and considered four petitions filed at its secretariat.

“The petitions are: Petition against Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, by Zikhrillahi Ibrahim of Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civil Education; petitions against Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative and Olisa Agbakoba, (SAN); and petition against Danladi Yakubu Umar, Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative.”

It added that while the council referred the petition against Umar to the FJSC, which is the appropriate constitutional body empowered to deal with it, the council in line with its procedures forwarded the petitions against Onnoghen and Muhammad to them for their responses.

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Constitutional Breaches Under Buhari’s Watch
Wed, 30 Jan 2019

I have chosen to write this letter to Your Excellency for the enviable role that your country plays as champion of Democracy and the Rule of Law. I am also writing you as Nigeria’s international development partner working together to deepen and strengthen our democracy as well as to help in the transformation of our economies and societies for the better.

President Muhammadu Buhari is threatening our democracy by serially breaching the provisions of our constitution and undermining organs and institutions of State in order to advance his personal interest. While the President has ironically taken oath to safeguard and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the reality of his selective and wanton violations of its provisions means that his oath is observed only in the breach.

And as Your Excellency very much knows, respect for the rule of law is integral to promoting and preserving the values and principles of democracy. Sadly, however, by the actions of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, one is forced to think otherwise.

As a presidential candidate in the forthcoming general elections that will be conducted and supervised by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, I feel the urgent need to share with you some of these key violations of the provisions of our constitution and to demand that you pile pressure on the federal government to desist from these violations and ensure a level playing field for the general elections that are only a couple of weeks away. We acknowledge with profound appreciation the positions taken by some members of the international community in Nigeria and urge Your Excellency to add your country’s very strong voice against these breaches of Nigeria’s constitution. Your Voice is very important to the survival of Nigeria’s democracy.

Some of these constitutional infractions are highlighted below for your information and action as you may deem appropriate.

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Buhari: I’ve Tried My Best to Fix Economy
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he has been doing his best to fix the economy in line with his campaign promises even though the indices might not be too favourable. He expressed this view yesterday at the party’s presidential campaign rally in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State, saying []The post Buhari: I’ve Tried My Best to Fix Economy appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Olawepo-Hashim Banks on Peoples Trust
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
By Vanessa Obioha The People’s Trust (PT) presidential candidate, Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, believes fervently that the story of gloom in the country can be turned to that of boom and the tide of poverty averted and movement towards prosperity for al started. With paradigm shifts in leadership, which Olawepo-Hashim represents, implementation will be scientific. In []The post Olawepo-Hashim Banks on Peoples Trust appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Akwa Ibom Governorship Candidates Face Tough Tests
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Nseobong Okon-Ekong and Amos Etuk write that contenders in the race for the Hilltop Mansion, residence and office of the governor of Akwa Ibom State have an uphill task Governor Udom (Peoples Democratic Party) Governor Udom Emmanuel is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State. He hails from Onna council []The post Akwa Ibom Governorship Candidates Face Tough Tests appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Cameroon’s AFCON 2019 Runs into a Hitch
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The Comoros Football Federation (FFC) has lodged a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over Cameroons participation at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. A post on social media from the General Manager of the Comoros team, Ben Amir Saadi, confirmed the move. The Comoros believe that Cameroon should be excluded from []The post Cameroon’s AFCON 2019 Runs into a Hitch appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Don’t Hope in Politicians, Bishop Kukah Warns Nigerians
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Segun James With the general election barely three weeks away, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah, has asked Nigerians not to put all their hopes in politicians, warning that ‘democracy dies when people hand over their fate to politicians.’ Kukah in a lecture he delivered at the 70th anniversary of the []The post Don’t Hope in Politicians, Bishop Kukah Warns Nigerians appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Buhari’s Approach to CJN’s Case Fair, Balanced, Says Tinubu
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Segun James A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, yesterday described the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari as ‘fair and balanced’. Tinubu said this in a letter entitled: ‘Reply to Atiku’s State of the Nation’, made available to reporters in Lagos. []The post Buhari’s Approach to CJN’s Case Fair, Balanced, Says Tinubu appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Positioning for Post Oil Economy
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Nigeria needs to diversify its economy for sustainable economic growth, writes Nume Ekeghe The need for the federal government to work harder and further diversify Nigerian economy, especially the countrys revenue base was recently brought to the fore at a forum organised by the Nsukka Professionals Association (NPA). Experts who spoke at the event with []The post Positioning for Post Oil Economy appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Don’t Arm Thugs for Elections, NSA Warns Politicians
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), yesterday disclosed that reports reaching the security forces revealed that some politicians are planning to use bandits and terrorists to cause violence in the forthcoming general election. Monguno made the disclosure in Abuja during a meeting with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum []The post Don’t Arm Thugs for Elections, NSA Warns Politicians appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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PSC Approves Appointment of Eight New DIGs
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the appointment of eight new Deputy Inspectors General of Police, just as it announced the approval of the re-constitution of the management team of the Nigeria Police Force based on zonal representation with effect from Monday, January, 28, 2019. The approval was made at the PSC’s 4th plenary []The post PSC Approves Appointment of Eight New DIGs appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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