Nigeria National News Today 26th January 2019

LASG Urges Residents To Report Enforcement Impostors

The Lagos State Government has urged residents to always report suspected enforcement impostors to the authorities.

The Commissioner for Environment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, said on Friday that functionaries of the ministry had apprehended three such individuals.

Durosinmi-Etti said that the individuals impersonated and posed as officials of the Ministry of Environment, in order to extort unsuspecting residents.

The commissioner urged Lagosians to be wary of individuals who usually deceived people using fake identification cards.

Businesswoman In Court Over Alleged N4.5m Oil Fraud

A businesswoman, Clara Mbazue, was on Friday brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly obtaining N4.4 million under false pretences.

The accused, 35, appeared on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining under false pretences and stealing.

She, however, denied committing the offences.

Controversy Surrounding Selection Of New Emir Of Lafia

Three Ruling Houses (non gazetted) in the Lafia emirate council, decried of being alienated from the selection process of new  Emir of Lafia.

Recalled, the  Paramount Emir of Lafia, late Alhaji Mustapha Agwai 1 passed on last two weeks and since he was buried in his palace according to Islamic rite, leaving the stool vacant.

Two Ruling Houses ( Ari Dunama and Dalla Dunama)  gazetted by the Nasarawa State government, already are in front line  contesting for the throne, while Umar Sanda, Musa Danjaji Laminu and Musa Gana, (not gazetted), were left out from the selection.

Forgery: Court Remands Woman In Prison, Grants 3 Persons Bail

FCT High Court, Kubwa, on Thursday ordered the remand of one Victoria Adelana in prison and granted three other people bail, docked over alleged forgery and obtaining N14 million under false pretence.

The defendants: Victoria Adelana, Adewole Olugbenga, Patrick Ojo and Ezechi Benedeth, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 24 count charge bordering on conspiracy and forgery.

Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya ordered Adelana’s remand after the EFCC prosecutor, Dianne Nkwap, opposed her bail, because there are issues contained in the bail application she had to respond to.

Buhari Names Braimbraifa Acting NDDC MD

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of an acting Managing Director for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). He is Professor Nelson Braimbraifa.

A statement issued in Abuja on Friday by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) said the President, following a Federal Executive Council (FEC) resolution, has equally vested the supervisory role of the commission in the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, as well as approved the dissolution of the extant board.

CJN’s Suspension: Nigeria Had Fallen Into Full Scale Dictatorship ― Olawepo-Hashim

Presidential candidate of Peoples Trust (PT) in the February 16, 2019 election, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has called for international sanctions against officials of the executive arm of the Federal Government of Nigeria, declaring that the suspension of the Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari was a decent to full-blown dictatorship.

The Presidential hopeful in a statement on Friday, said that the development was an aberration to the laws of Nigeria and an indication that the country had again fallen into dictatorship.

Buhari Cannot Unilaterally Suspend Onnoghen ― Ubani

The second Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Barrister Monday Ubani has said that the President cannot unilaterally suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

Ubani who spoke on the issue maintained that Onnoghen’s suspension is strange, while calling on President Buhari to give more clarity.

N30,000 Is Not Sacrosanct ― Labour Minister

Against the position and argument of the Organized Labour, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige declared on Friday that the N30,000 minimum wage recommended by the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage (TCNMW), was not sacrosanct.

The minister stated that the TCNMW was just an advisory committee, as the government is the final and competent authority to fix a minimum wage.

Offa Robbery: Over 20 AK47 Rifles Stolen By Hoodlums

One of the prosecution witnesses in April 5, 2018, Offa robbery trial, Hitila Hassan, has said that more than 20 units of AK47 rifles were carted away by hoodlums from the armoury of the police station in Offa during the robbery attack.

Speaking at the resumed hearing of the case at Kwara state High Court in Ilorin on Friday, the prosecution witness, a police inspector from the Nigeria Police headquarters, also said that one Michael Adikwu now dead and a dismissed police officer led the robbery incident that claimed 33 lives including nine policemen and women.

Onnoghen’s Suspension, Coup Against Nigerian Judiciary ― NBA

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has condemned the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief of Nigeria (CJN) and his replacement with Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed in an acting capacity.

A statement made available to newsmen late Friday night said the association, “Unequivocally rejects and condemns this attempted coup against the Nigerian Judiciary and evident suspension of the Nigerian Constitution by the Executive arm of the Federal Government”

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